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10:02am

Tue June 3, 2014
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Low Voter Turnout Predicted

The polling precincts are now open for today's primaries.  Alabama's chief election official is predicting a low voter turnout for today's primary elections across the state.  Secretary of State Jim Bennett believes between 25 to 27 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million registered voters will go to the polls.  Today is also the first election where voters have to show a photo ID.  That can include a driver's license, non-driver ID, Alabama voter ID or a passport.  Daniel Baxter, the director of elections for Montgomery County , doesn't believe the photo ID law will pose an undue hardship on vote

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10:16am

Mon June 2, 2014
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Multiple Traffic Fatalities

It was a deadly weekend on Alabama roads and highways.  State Troopers say a Prattville teenager, who had graduated Friday night from Prattville High School, was among eight people who died in traffic accidents across the state.  Troopers said 18-year-old Christy Christian was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle wreck in Chilton County.  The crash occurred just after 3 a.m.

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9:57am

Fri May 30, 2014
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Tax Credit Fight

The two sides involved in a legal squabble over a controversial state law that allows school tax credits are gearing up for the appeals process.  On Wednesday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional.  Attorneys representing state officials and two families that use the law filed a request Thursday for the judge to put the ruling on hold while they appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.  Democratic state Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery said the judge made the proper ruling.  Senator Ross said he's cautiously optimistic that a high

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10:54am

Thu May 29, 2014
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MPS New Organizational Structure

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a new organizational structure that allows Superintendent Margaret Allen to hire five executive directors whose duties will include overseeing various education programs and the school system's principals.  At a Wednesday session, the school board voted unanimously to approve the changes as part of a long range strategic plan.  The Montgomery County School Board also approved the hiring of Emily Little to serve as the new principal of Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School.  Little currently serves as the principal of Dannelly Elementary S

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5:44pm

Wed May 28, 2014
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Accountability Act Ruled Unconstitutional

The Alabama Accountability Act has been ruled unconstitutional by a Montgomery judge.  Circuit Judge Gene Reese Wednesday struck down the law that allows families to receive tax credits when moving their children from failing public schools to private schools.  He said it violates the state Constitution's requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill.  When the Act passed in 2013, it had been added onto a law intended to give local school systems more flexibility.  The law was challenged in court by members of the state teachers' organization.  A group defending the Ala

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11:10am

Wed May 28, 2014
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Maya Angelou

Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died.  Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release today.  She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.  She was 86. 

Grand Opening

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6:18pm

Tue May 27, 2014
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Deadly Weekend Accidents

Alabama State Troopers say none of three people who died in Memorial Day weekend crashes were wearing seatbelts.  Sgt. Steve Jarrett said in a statement Tuesday that state troopers investigated three fatal wrecks between Friday evening and early Monday morning.  The accidents were reported in Jackson, Shelby and Wilcox counties.  Troopers do not handle traffic deaths in city limits, so those totals are not included in this count. 

Trial Date Delayed

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10:15am

Tue May 27, 2014
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Memorial Day Ceremonies

Various ceremonies were held Monday in River Region communities to mark Memorial Day.  Large crowds honored the nation's fallen veterans at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Facility on Perry Hill Road.  Another ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse was sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  At the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.  Birmingham Congressman Spencer Bachus, who worked for years for funding for the cemetery, was among the speakers at a ceremony in Shelby County. 

MPD Trainee

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4:29pm

Fri May 23, 2014
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ASU's New Organizational Chart

The Alabama State University Board of Trustees approved the new organizational chart Friday proposed by president Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd.  Dr. Boyd says she's pleased to have a vote of confidence and believes this new chart is a major step in the right direction. 

Hurricane Predictions

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5:36pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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Tax Fraud Ring

The U.S. Attorney's Office in the middle district of Alabama announced Thursday that members of a $20 million dollar stolen identity theft/tax refund fraud ring have been indicted.  U.S.

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