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Commission Approves Waste Management Plan

Dec 8, 2015

The Montgomery County Commission has approved a ten-year Solid Waste Management Plan with an eye on reducing the amount of garbage sent to the Tallasee landfill.  A Montgomery Advertiser story reports that from 2005 to 2014 the amount of waste collected nearly doubled.  About 12,000 tons of trash was collected for Montgomery County last year and that number is projected to rise to more than 16,000 tons this year.  The plan includes options for the county to offer portable recycling containers along with a central recycling location.  The hope is to eliminate 25 to 50 percent of the waste.

2016 ASU Board of Trustees Committee Meeting

Dec 8, 2015


Mentor Protégé Program in Montgomery

Dec 7, 2015

A Department of Defense initiative is benefitting a local technology consulting firm as well as students at Alabama State University.  The Mentor  Protégé program allows large veteran companies to work with young, comparatively small firms in helping them boost their participation in prime and subcontract awards.  In this case, Tec Masters of Huntsville is mentoring Consulting Technology Experts or CTE of Montgomery.  CTE Vice President Keith Ellis says the collaboration also involves interns from ASU.  The Mentor Protégé relationship usually lasts about three years.  

State Motor Unit's First Female Member

Dec 7, 2015

The Alabama State Trooper Motor Unit has it first female member.  Trooper Lucy Still made history last week when she joined the Motorcycle Unit that was created in 1935.  Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said Still is a symbol of the positive changes made in the state law enforcement.  Still began patrolling Alabama highways last week.  

Bentley Criticizes Speech

Lawmakers Reject Expanded Background Checks

Dec 4, 2015

Alabama's two U.S. Senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions were among 50 senators to vote against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal the day after the latest U.S. mass shooting that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California.  Thursday's 50-47 vote underscored that political gridlock remains over curbing firearms.  

Shared Costs Falling

Bentley Administration Sends Letter to White House

Dec 3, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley says the federal government is not keeping his administration informed about refugees from the Middle East.  Bentley made the comments in a recent letter to the White House.  The governor also said the federal government has not allowed states to participate in the vetting process.  Last month, Bentley said the state will not accept Syrian refugees.  Bentley also said mobile-based Catholic social services which processes refugees in Alabama has not submitted quarterly report on resettlement.  

Blog Alleges Misconduct

Civil Rights Group File Lawsuit Against Alabama

Dec 2, 2015

A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama, claiming that its law requiring voters to have photo identification will prevent thousands from casting ballots.  The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Greater Birmingham Ministries filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday.  The lawsuit cites estimates that at least 280,000 people will be disenfranchised because of the law.  The complaint says those affected are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic, and it says that amounts to intentional racial discrimination.

Clinton Speaks at Historic Bus Boycott Event

Dec 1, 2015

It was 60 years ago Tuesday that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated city bus to a white man, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Numerous events have marked the occasion Tuesday including a program at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church emphasizing the role lawyers played in the boycott.  The man who represented Rosa Parks, Fred Gray spoke at the occasion.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acted as keynote speaker for the event.

Alabama Children Fair Poorly in Annual Report

Dec 1, 2015

There is a not so good report on the well-being of Alabama's children.  The latest Kids Count Data book was released at midnight.  The report shows the state's children suffer from higher rates of poverty and or live in more low-income households than they did 15 years ago.  The Kids Count Data numbers translates into about 300,000 children and families who live at or below the poverty line.

Happening Today! NPR teams up with WVAS-FM

Dec 1, 2015

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Park’s arrest, NPR Michel Martin and WVAS will host a thoughtful conversation with elders who took part in the movement and young people who will share their vision for the future. We are almost out of tickets, if interested check and reserve your FREE ticket to attend at : http://bit.ly/1Pf22qg #busboycott60