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Teens in Custody After West Alabama Car Chase

Apr 14, 2016

Authorities in west Alabama say two Ohio teenagers are in custody after a car chase ended with police shooting and injuring one of the teens.  Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood tells a local news outlet authorities responding to a 911 call Wednesday night pursued a vehicle into two nearby counties.  Underwood says the car was occupied by 19-year-old McKinney Alexander and driven by a 17-year-old female, both from Youngstown, Ohio.

Dr. Phillip Cleveland, Deputy State Superintendent for Career and Technical Education, is now the new interim state superintendent.  The Alabama Department of Education made the announcement during Thursday's meeting.  Governor Robert Bentley attended the meeting, he said  he's pleased with the selection of Dr. Cleveland.  Dr. Cleveland will serve up to six months as an interim superintendent until a new state superintendent is nominated.  

ALEA Secretary Defends Use of Aircraft

Apr 14, 2016

The head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says a state aircraft was used in 2014 to deliver Gov. Robert Bentley's forgotten wallet to him at the beach, but that Bentley did not request the air delivery method.  Law Enforcement Secretary Stan Stabler made the statement Wednesday in response to reports that state resources were used to deliver the governor's wallet.  Stabler, in defending the move, said it is the job of the dignitary protection unit to make sure public officials they protect are equipped to carry out their constitutional duties.

Alabama Operation Lifesaver

Apr 13, 2016

Alabama Operation Lifesaver is trying to curb railroad deaths and collisions by hitting the road for a 40-city tour across the state.  Alabama ranked sixth nationally in train/motor vehicle collisions in 2015 with 90 collisions, according to ALOL.  Five of those resulted in deaths.  Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Nancy Hudson says the tour will emphasize pedestrian safety.  Alabama has about 3,500 miles of tracks, and roadway meets railway at more than 6,000 intersections along those tracks.

Former Attorneys General Seek Siegelman's Release

Apr 13, 2016

A group of more than 100 former state attorneys general is asking President Barack Obama to pardon former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who's serving a prison sentence for bribery.  The letter was sent to the White House on Wednesday.  Presidential intervention is Siegelman's final hope of getting his prison sentence out.  Appellate courts have upheld his conviction.  Siegelman was convicted in 2006 of selling a board appointment to HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy in exchange for contributions to his 1999 campaign to establish a state lottery.   

Greenetrack centered Bill Rejected

Apr 13, 2016

State senators have rejected a bill aimed at keeping Greenetrack's bingo casino operational.  Senators on Wednesday were four votes short of the 21 votes needed to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.  Sen. Bobby Singleton sought to write into the state constitution that Greenetrack can have the same type of electronic gambling machines operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians at three Alabama casinos.  Singleton says Greentrack provided needed jobs in the poverty-stricken Greene County, comparing it to automobile plants in other areas of the state.  

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.