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Buckle up even if you’re not the driver is the message the Alabama Senate is sending to help regulate behavior on the roads. Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery introduced a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 73 which requires all back-seat passengers to wear seat belts.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has recused himself from an investigation of Governor Robert Bentley, the man who appointed him to the job last week. The announcement Wednesday is confirmation that the attorney general's office is conducting an investigation related to Bentley. Marshall, after being sworn in Monday, said he would recuse from any direct investigation involving the governor. Marshall appointed former Montgomery County district attorney Ellen Brooks to oversee the probe.

The House Legislative Black Caucus says Gov. Robert Bentley is breaking state election law by waiting until 2018 to hold the election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat. Caucus members said during a press conference on Tuesday, Bentley needs to be "forthwith" and call for a special election.

The Alabama House of Representatives Republican Party debated a resolution in support of President Donald Trump over the minority Democratic Party. The resolution urges Congress to implement Trump’s government reform agenda. During the debate several Democrats voiced their opinion of the resolution including State Representative John Knight.  Knight along with several other Democrats argued against the resolution and Trump’s efforts.

Series of Suspicious Fires Investigated

Feb 15, 2017

   Montgomery Fire Department investigators are looking into a series of suspicious fires that have occurred on the same street over the past several days.  A statement from the Department reports that all three of the affected houses were vacant and all are on Myles Street. Myles is located off Fairview Avenue near St. Jude.     The first fire took place Saturday on the street’s 18-hundred block. The second occurred Monday morning in the same block…and the third happened Tuesday in the 19-hundred block. No one was hurt in any of the blazes.

Summer Jobs Program is Back

Feb 14, 2017

   The city of Montgomery has opened registration for its very popular Summer Jobs Program. Now in its second year, the program offers work opportunities for young people aged 17 to 21. Participants work 20 to 30 hours per week for $9.73 an hour. Several city departments are involved in the effort, including the Montgomery Clean City Commission, Parks and Recreation, Montgomery City-County Public Library, Finance, Montgomery Fire/Rescue, Risk Management, Street maintenance, Planning and Sanitation. The jobs run from June 2nd to July 13th.

The state is taking control of Montgomery's public school system.  The state school board voted unanimously Thursday to clear the way for a state takeover.  The move means the Alabama Department of Education will intervene is as many as roughly two dozen failing schools.  Local officials will continue overseeing schools that are doing better.  The takeover is expected to last three to five years.  

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he will conduct interviews with candidates to be the next state attorney general.  Bentley will name a new state attorney general after appointing Luther Strange Thursday to the U.S. Senate.  The governor said he will begin interviews this week and would release names afterward.  However, the governor has already been communicating with a number of potential candidates

   Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions. He made the announcement this morning. Strange will replace Sessions, whose selection as U.S. attorney general by President Donald Trump was confirmed Wednesday. The 63 year old Strange has been the state's attorney general since 2011. Strange will serve until an election is held to fill the seat for the remainder of Sessions' term, which ends in January of 2020. Bentley has said that election will be held in the general election in 2018.

Siegelman Freed

Feb 8, 2017

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has been released from a federal prison in Louisiana where he was serving a six-year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.  Siegelman's supporters cheered the release of the 70-year-old Democrat who for decades was a dominating figure in state politics. A spokesperson for Siegelman said the former governor's friends and family are "very excited about his release and very much look forward to seeing him."