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Alabama State University students took a stand against sexual violence Tuesday at the "Not on My Campus Rally."  The event was aimed at promoting the awareness of sexual assault around the nation.  Director of ASU's Violence Against Women's and Men's Program, Cheryl Lang says they are trying to help educate the community and work towards a solution.  

Dothan City Commissioner Convicted in Assault Case

Apr 12, 2016

A judge has convicted a Dothan city commissioner of assaulting a television news reporter.  Multiple media outlets report commissioner Amos Newsome was convicted Monday and his 10-day jail sentence has been suspended.  Newsome is ordered to serve 12 months on probation, pay a $500 fine and court costs.  Newsome struck a reporter after an October commission meeting.  The commissioner tried evading the reporter and eventually swatted at the man, which left a cut on the reporter's face.

Teacher Pay Raise Approved by Senate Committee

Apr 12, 2016

A Senate committee has approved a four percent pay raise for most public school teachers, administrators and employees.  The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Trust Fund Committee approved the raise Tuesday.  

Mando Corporation Expands Operation in Opelika

Apr 11, 2016

A South Korea-based automotive part manufacturer will bring a $19 million expansion to its existing location in eastern Alabama.  Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller says that Mando America Corporation will add 32 jobs to their North American headquarters in Opelika.  Fuller says the expansion process should begin to take place over the next couple of weeks.  The new jobs will bring Mando's total investment in Opelika to $220 million and more than 700 employees.  

AEA's New Leadership

Apr 11, 2016

The Alabama Education Association has hired a new executive director.  An AEA spokeswoman said in an email Saturday that Brenda Pike will start her new position on May 16th.  Pike serves as the executive director of the Indiana State Teachers Association.  Pike worked eight years as the assistant executive director for the Texas State Teachers Association before she was hired at the ISTA.  While at ISTA, Pike instituted robust membership and communication programs along with technological advancements to engage members and communities around improving public education and student learning.

Montgomery Woman Charged in Deadly Shooting

Apr 11, 2016

A woman shot another woman to death in Montgomery this weekend.  Police say 20-year-old Lakeyah Ellington-Hampton was found with gunshot wounds while in the 1200 block of Lynwood Drive Saturday night.  She later died from her injuries.  Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Alisha Womak and charged her with one count of murder.  She is being held on a $150,000 bond.  

A Vestavia Hills physician has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after illegally dispensing narcotic painkillers without legitimate medical reason.  U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced in a news release on Friday that a judge has sentenced 51-year-old Dr. Muhammand Wasim Ali on 10 counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances.  Ali had pleaded guilty to the charges in November.  The judge also ordered him to forfeit $2,450 to the government and fined him $85,000.  Ali will be placed on supervised release for three years following his prison term.

Helen Keller Foundation

Apr 8, 2016

State and local officials kicked off a campaign to select Helen Keller for the new $10 bill during a press event Wednesday at her birthplace in Tuscumbia.  The Treasury Department announced last year that a woman will be chosen for the new bill and that it will be the first U.S. currency to have tactile features allowing those with vision loss to determine the denomination by touch alone.  The new bill is slated to debut in 2020.  

Seven Tornadoes Reported in Parts of Alabama

Apr 8, 2016

The National Weather Service says storm surveys show seven tornadoes skipped across central Alabama late Wednesday and early Thursday.  No one was seriously hurt and most of the twisters were weak, causing scattered damage.  But the storms serve as a reminder of the possibility of severe weather in the state during the springtime.  The weather service says a preliminary survey shows the strongest tornado was an EF-2 that hit Bullock County Wednesday.  The other six twisters all had winds of 85 mph or less and were rated at EF-0.  They affected Barbour, Lee, Montgomery and Bullock counties.

Community College System Rally

Apr 6, 2016

The Alabama Community College System Day celebration held in Montgomery drew about 2,000 students, staff and faculty.  Tuesday's event highlighted the state's 25 community and technical colleges.  Community College System Interim Director, Janet Kincherlow-Martin says community colleges offer a unique experience to students.  The Second Annual event was held on the lawns of the State Capitol and the Alabama State Archives and History Building.