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Charter School Commission Meeting

Aug 27, 2015

Members of the newly appointed Alabama Public Charter Schools Commission gathered in Montgomery for an organizational meeting Thursday.  Those present were given an overview on charter school legislation and what role the panel will play in the approval process. As its first act, the commission elected former Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson as its chairman.  Applications for public charter school start-ups are due by February first of 2016.  All approved applicants can begin their planning for opening in school year 2017-18.  

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Hyles Files: Mystery Melon

Aug 27, 2015

September 2, 2015 episode

WVAS-FM Senior Correspondent Marcus Hyles gives his views on varies topics. Winner of both AP and Alabama Broadcast Association Awards. 

Listen to Hyles Files every Wednesday at 7:30am and 5:30pm  CST on 90.7 WVAS-FM

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who championed voting rights for blacks throughout her life, died Wednesday at age 104.  It was Robinson who invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to participate in a voting rights march in Selma in 1965, then was nearly beat to death during the march, which came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."  Robinson also became the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.  Her son, Bruce Boynton, said she had been hospitalized after suffering multiple strokes and died Wednesday morning in Montgomery.  

Victim Identified In Tractor Trailer Crash

Aug 25, 2015

Police have identified the man killed in a crash on Hyundai Boulevard Monday.  They say 29-year-old Maurice Perry of Montgomery died at the scene where two 18-wheelers collided near the Hyundai Assembly Plant.  He drove one of the trucks.  The driver of the second tractor-trailer was not seriously injured.  Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash.  

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The fight over redistricting is headed back to federal court. A three-judge federal panel will hear arguments Tuesday in Montgomery over whether legislators relied too much on race when they drew legislative district lines.  A divided U.S. Supreme Court in March sent the map back for an additional review.  The Legislative Black Caucus had challenged the lines that were drawn by the newly elected GOP legislative majority.  Black lawmakers said Republicans "stacked and packed" black voters into designated minority districts, limiting their ability to influence elections elsewhere.

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

Aug 21, 2015

Alabama's jobless rate is on the rise again, but just slightly.  The jobless rate announced Friday for July 6.2 percent; that's one-tenth of a percent higher than the rates for May and June.  Shelby County recorded the lowest unemployment rate among the state at 4.6 percent.  Wilcox County has the highest jobless rte at 16.2 percent.  

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Friends and Family Remember Beverly Ross

Aug 21, 2015

A beloved member of the Montgomery County School Board and longtime educator has died.  Beverly Ross passed away Thursday afternoon.  She was 65.  Ross represented District 7 on the county school board.  She also served as vice president of student affairs at Trenholm State Community College.  Fellow school board member Mary Briers said she admired Ross' dedication to helping students.  Funeral services for Beverly Ross will be held tomorrow at 12 noon at Resurrection Catholic Church.  

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MPS Confirms The Passing of Beverly Ross

Aug 20, 2015

District Seven School Board Representative Beverly Ross has passed away, that's according to a statement from the Montgomery Public Schools System.  Friends say she suffered a sudden illness this week and was hospitalized until her death Thursday afternoon.  Ross was first elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010.  She served as board President from 2008 to 2010.  She was also dean of students at Trenholm State Community College.  Ross earned two degrees from Alabama State University.

Three Counties Host Voter Registration Events

Aug 20, 2015

As the November elections draw near, the Alabama Secretary of State's Office say voter registration events are being hosted in the coming weeks in St. Clair, Green and Dale counties.  Secretary of State John Merrill also announced that over the next week five of the 17 Republican presidential candidates will be in Alabama to campaign.  Donald Trump will make a campaign stop in Mobile Friday night.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will address the Alabama Republican Party summer luncheon on Saturday.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz will attend the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner on August 25th.  Dr.

Bentley Plans to call Special Session in September

Aug 19, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley plans to call a special session sometime in September.  He says he will promote essentially the same tax proposals as he did in the last session.  But he told reporters Wednesday that he will not accept a shift in use tax funds from the Education Trust Fund without a plan to replenish that money.  The governor spoke to a meeting of the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force Wednesday.  He urged them to contact their local senators and representatives on behalf of his budget plan.  

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