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A panel of retired judges will hear suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore's bid to return to the bench. Alabama Supreme Court justices said Monday that they will recuse themselves from hearing Moore's appeal because their impartiality might be questioned. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Moore denied the accusations, saying he never told probate judges what to do.

Alabama State University Gets 3-D Printer

Oct 24, 2016

Alabama State University has been awarded a 271-thousand dollar grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art 3-D printer. The printer will be used by students in ASU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and will enable researchers to custom design and build tissue replacements. Dr.

Monday is Last Day to Register to Vote in Alabama

Oct 24, 2016

   Today is the last day to register to vote in this year’s general election. To do so, residents with a valid, government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license can go to the secretary of state’s website, alabamavotes.gov and do it electronically. You can also go by your county’s Board of Registrars. Mailing in an application is also an option, but it must be postmarked with today's date. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says the number of registered voters is currently about 3.3 million, up about 500,000 since the last gubernatorial election.

Cheerleaders at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery presented a check to a local breast cancer awareness group.  The cheer squad and their coach, Anteidra Martin presented a $400 check to the Women of Hope Foundation; President Donna McCord says she is grateful for the cheerleaders taking an active role in breast cancer awareness.  McCord says the proceeds will be used to buy care items for baskets presented to women diagnosed with breast cancer.  

Former ALEA Secretary Cleared of Wrongdoing

Oct 21, 2016

Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier has been cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury. The Alabama attorney general's office yesterday issued a statement that an investigation requested by Governor Robert Bentley into Collier’s activities as head of ALEA is now closed after a grand jury found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Bentley fired Collier in March saying a review found possible misuse of funds. The findings were sent to the attorney general's office.

A mini-mart opened in downtown Montgomery Thursday.  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange joined other city elected officials, community leaders and supporters packed "Sous La Terre" or SLT Mart for its soft opening.  Owner George Trawick tells WVAS News the mini-mart will serve residents and visitors in the downtown area.  The store will host its grand opening on Oct. 25th.  

A historical marker honoring Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray was unveiled Wednesday in Tuskegee.  A number of speakers spoke about Gray's accomplishments, some calling him a "trailblazer" and a "living legend."  Marilyn Stamps with the Alabama Tourism Department was among the speakers; she says Gray's work will be on display for generations to come.  The marker is located across the street from Tuskegee University.  

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and River Region ROCK (Respect Others, Create Kindness) Taskforce, the Family Sunshine Center and Montgomery Public Schools teamed up to present a ROCK Rally at Dozier Elementary School this morning. The event is designed to educate students on what they can do to prevent bullying.

   A drought emergency has been issued for North Alabama and parts of East and Central Alabama. The Declaration by the state’s Office of Water Resources placed 28 counties under the drought emergency.   Conditions across Alabama become dryer every day as there is little rainfall and above normal temperatures.     The Office’s Water Management Unit manager Tom Littlepage says falling reservoir and groundwater levels also have indicated drought conditions have become more severe. Water managers are urged to monitor water sources and implement conservation measures as needed.

Montgomery Public Schools are celebrating October as Parent Visitation Month; all month long, parents and guardians are invited to visit their child's school.  Tuesday, Montgomery Schools Superintendent Margaret Allen joined other education officials to encourage parental involvement.  MPS Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Christopher Blair says parents can increase their engagement by asking questions about their child's education.  Parents and guardians can find tools and resources online at engageeducateinspire.org.