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Casino Owner Seeks Gaming Vendor

Aug 5, 2015

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says if he can find an electronic machine vendor, the shuttered casino will soon reopen.  McGregor made the comments Tuesday after a Montgomery judge said he will delay a decision on whether to return more than 1.600 gambling machines seized in a raid at the VictoryLand complex in 2013.  Circuit Judge Williams Shashy said he want to see what happens in other pending cases and the Legislature before deciding on the request by McGregor.  In June, the judge ruled the state Attorney General's Office was unfair when it singled out VictoryLand for prosecution.

Budget Frustration

Aug 5, 2015

Legislators are showing signs of frustration as they struggle to find answers to a budget shortfall in the General Fund.  Tuesday, Governor Robert Bentley criticized a House Committee for approving a $156 million cut to the Medicaid program.  In the Alabama Senate, a committee voted 6-2 for a proposal to establish a state lottery and casinos.  Before the vote, Joe Godfrey with Alabama Citizens for Action urged senators to reject gambling as a solution.  However, former Auburn Football Coach Pat Dye, is backing the gambling proposal.

Lawmakers Square off in Gaming Debate

Aug 4, 2015

The second full day of the legislative special session got off to a turbulent start Tuesday morning.  Republican Senator Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery took to the podium to question why proposals to fund the state's operating budget are at a standstill.  He claims gambling interests are at work.  The gaming bill's sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh bristled at the accusation.  

Gaming Bill

No Support for Taxes

Aug 4, 2015

The Alabama Senate remains divided over the issue of taxes.  Republican Senate leader Del Marsh of Anniston said there is little support for the governor's proposals to raise taxes to avoid deep cuts in government services.  Marsh also said there is no consensus on what to do to address the budget shortfall.But a Senate committee did approval a bill that would do away with marriage licenses in the state and replace them with contracts.  

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Budge Woes Persist in Special Session

Aug 3, 2015

The Alabama Legislature has resumed a special session on a budget shortfall the same way it began three weeks ago, with no consensus on what to do.  Governor Robert Bentley is asking lawmakers to approve$302 in taxes to avoid deep cuts in government services.  But the Republican leader of the Alabama Senate Monday said there's little support among senators for raising taxes.  The state operating budget is facing a shortfall of at least $200 million.  

Work Begins

Work Begins on General Fund Budget

Aug 3, 2015

The Alabama Statehouse will be buzzing with activity today as legislators in the House and Senate return to Montgomery to resume a special session following a three-week long recess.  Governor Robert Bentley wants lawmakers to fix a shortfall in the General Fund budget.  He has proposed $302 million in taxes that includes a 25 cent per pack hike in cigarette taxes.  Senate president Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston said Senate Republicans have developed their own plans to address the shortfall.

Inmate Search

Former Doctor Found Guilty Again

Jul 31, 2015

A former doctor has been found guilty for a second time in a murder for hire scheme.  David Nash was convicted of felony murder Thursday in the death of Ralph McNeil, who was also known as critter man because he trapped unwanted animals.  Authorities have said Nash's girlfriend was in a custody dispute with McNeil, her ex-boyfriend, which prompted the two to pay a pair of cousins about $9,000 to kill the man.  The woman has been convicted of murder.

A former Prattville police officer has been indicted on multiple felony charges, including impersonating a peace officer.  According to the Alabama Attorney General's office, the indictment issued Wednesday names 46-year-old John Wayne McDaniel Jr.  He is charged with theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, extortion and claiming to be a Prattville police lieutenant.  Authorities said McDaniel resigned from the police force in 2013.  The AG's office said McDaniel was originally arrested on the charges in 2013 and was released on bond.  

Tax and Budget Proposals Unveiled

Jul 30, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley has released his tax and budget proposals ahead of next week's special session on a budget shortfall.  Legislators will return to Montgomery Monday to continue a special session.  The state is facing a $200 million shortfall for the fiscal year that begins October 1st.  The governor is seeking a cigarette tax increase, raising the business privilege tax on larger businesses and he has also proposed to end the ability of taxpayers to claim a state income tax deduction for federal Social Security taxes paid.  

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Three MPD Officers Placed On Administrative Leave

Jul 29, 2015

Montgomery's police chief says a police officer has been arrested and two other police employees have been placed on administrative leave with pay.  Police Chief Ernest Finely told reporters Wednesday the disciplinary action was taken in connection with a domestic incident that occurred last Sunday at the home of a police officer.  Chief Finley said officer Janice Braswell was arrested and charged with misdemeanor harassment.  Braswell posted bond and was released.  The investigation is being handled by the Office of City Investigations.  

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