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The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, City and County leaders delivered updates on the Montgomery Internet Exchange, MGMix and the tech economic development on Wednesday afternoon. Less than 18 months ago, Montgomery became home to the State’s only internet exchange and now leaders have announced an upgrade to the capacity of the Internet Exchange to handle 100 Gigabits of traffic per second. Mayor Todd Strange says the new status has a significant meaning for Montgomery.

   State and federal law enforcement agencies are conducting a joint investigation into current and past employees of the Selma Police Department after guns and other items disappeared from the department's evidence vault. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Tuesday that his office is assisting in the investigation that also involves the city police department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The investigation comes after an evidence technician was fired for allegedly stealing guns from the evidence vault.

The City of Prattville has been selected as one of 31 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding to reduce childhood hunger. The office of Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr., and Parks of Recreation Department partnered with United Christian Church and the Autauga-Prattville Public Library to kick off the new initiative called CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.

Woman's Body Found in Well in Elmore County

Jun 6, 2017

   The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder from last week. Detectives believe 59 year old Jane Huddleston was possibly strangled to death Thursday or Friday and then dumped in a well on her property in the 79-hundred block of Highway 14. Acting on a tip, authorities say they found her body yesterday. Detectives say a man that had been living with the victim, 41 year old David Helms, has been charged with murder. As he was being booked in the Elmore County jail, Helms apparently broke an interior window of the facility trying to escape.

Alabama Parks Adding More Adventure Activities

Jun 5, 2017

 Alabama's state parks are adding more adventure activities in an attempt to lure visitors. The state is currently seeking companies that would operate floating play structures called "Tarzan boats" at three parks. They'd be located at Oak Mountain near Birmingham; Chewacla near Auburn and Lake Lurleen park near Tuscaloosa. The structures typically include slides, jumping platforms and swings. The move is the latest by the state to install adventure activities at state parks. A zip line has been added at Guntersville State Park.

Montgomery Teen Killed in Traffic Accident

Jun 1, 2017

   A Montgomery teenager lost her life in a crash on Interstate 85 late yesterday afternoon. In a release, State Troopers report that three vehicles collided just after 4pm on I-85 at the 32 mile marker near Tuskegee. A pickup truck, SUV and minivan were involved in the wreck. A 15 year old passenger of the minivan was killed. She was not wearing a seat belt according to Troopers. Her name has not been released. Two other people were also injured in the accident. No other information is available in this ongoing investigation.

   During the long Memorial Day weekend state troopers investigated four traffic fatalities in Alabama and one boating accident that left two dead. The traffic crashes happened in Baldwin, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Conecuh counties. Three drivers were killed and one passenger. Only one of the four was wearing a seat belt. The boating mishap occurred in Cleburne County when a man and his 3 year old son drowned. Their kayak flipped over in the Tallapoosa River. State Troopers say neither of them was wearing a personal flotation device.

Wettest May on Record in Montgomery

May 30, 2017

   This has been the wettest May on record and we’re not done yet. So far this month 12-point-2 inches of rain has fallen on the city. The majority of that, 8.15 inches, fell on May 20 – setting a record for that date. The wettest May before this one was in 1978 when the city got 12.01 inches of rain. For the year, Montgomery has received 33.47 inches of rainfall. Normally the area averages around 22.78 inches by this time. That’s a surplus of more than 10 inches for the year. 

Population of Montgomery in Decline

May 26, 2017

   Montgomery has maintained its berth as the second largest city in the state, but according to the latest census report the city’s numbers have been in decline. As of 2016, Montgomery had a population of 200,022 residents. That’s a drop of more than 800 from the previous year. Huntsville has overtaken Mobile to become Alabama's third-largest city. The north Alabama city is home to 193,079 people. That surpasses Mobile's estimated population of 192,904. Huntsville is the only one of the state's four largest cities that is growing.

Spike's Blues: The end of an era

May 26, 2017

One of the longest running programs on WVAS-FM is making its final run tonight. Spike's Blues, hosted by Spike Graham also known as Richard Lee Young is ending production of its regular programming. The show first premiered on WVAS in 1994 and listeners could hear a variety of blues from the Mississippi Delta, local blues artists, traditional blues and modern day blues. Young, an accomplished musician himself who formed the Spike Graham Orchestra will be embarking on other endeavors.