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   A drought emergency has been issued for North Alabama and parts of East and Central Alabama. The Declaration by the state’s Office of Water Resources placed 28 counties under the drought emergency.   Conditions across Alabama become dryer every day as there is little rainfall and above normal temperatures.     The Office’s Water Management Unit manager Tom Littlepage says falling reservoir and groundwater levels also have indicated drought conditions have become more severe. Water managers are urged to monitor water sources and implement conservation measures as needed.

Montgomery Public Schools are celebrating October as Parent Visitation Month; all month long, parents and guardians are invited to visit their child's school.  Tuesday, Montgomery Schools Superintendent Margaret Allen joined other education officials to encourage parental involvement.  MPS Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Christopher Blair says parents can increase their engagement by asking questions about their child's education.  Parents and guardians can find tools and resources online at engageeducateinspire.org. 

A new pilot program has been created to benefit three Montgomery public schools whose students are at risk of being food-insecure. The, School Pantry Program(SPP) will offer an on-campus food pantry for children and their families. To jumpstart the program a $50,000 grant was awarded to the Montgomery Area Food Bank by the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Montgomery’s Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Lawrence Oakley says the program mission is to help students and their families.

Former Montgomery Police Chief Drue Lackey has Died

Oct 18, 2016

Former Montgomery Police Chief Drue Hiriam Lackey has died at the age of 90.  According to his obituary, Lackey died Sunday. He is best known for fingerprinting Rosa Parks after she was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery bus. He also was there when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for disobeying Alabama’s segregation laws. Lackey joined the Montgomery police department in 1948 and served as its chief from 1967 until his retirement in 1970.

A national campaign to reduce calories in beverages launched in Montgomery Monday.  Area elected officials and community leaders joined the "Balance What You Eat, Drink and Do" program  hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Beverage Association.  The program's goal is to reduce the beverage calories consumed per person by 20 percent by the year 2025 nationally. Officials say Montgomery and Lowndes counties make up the 5th market added to the nation-wide program.  

   A Celebration of the life of Lucy Baxley is planned for Wednesday in Montgomery. The former Lt. Governor died Friday at the age of 78.  It's been announced that visitation is taking place at two locations on two different days. The first occurs Tuesday evening in Pelham from 6 to 8 o’clock. Then on Wednesday, visitation is set for 9 to 11am in Montgomery at Frazer United Methodist Church on the Atlanta Highway. That is also where a Celebration Service in honor of Baxley is being held immediately following visitation. Lucy Baxley was Alabama’s first female lt. governor.

The acting head of the Alabama Supreme Court has asked suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove his personal items from the state courthouse and turn in his building keys. Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart asked Moore to remove his items and return his keys by Oct. 18. The Supreme Court letterhead also appeared to have had Moore's name removed from the list of justices. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Moore's attorney released the letters Thursday.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley joined state education experts Thursday to announce the annual Alabama’s College Readiness and Advance Placement program.  According to the Alabama State Department of Education and A+ College Ready, Alabama ranks number one in percent growth in qualifying scores in AP courses over the last eight years.  Education experts say more Alabama high school students are challenging themselves in all AP courses. 

Kwast speaks at Eggs and Issues

Oct 13, 2016

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Eggs and Issues Breakfast this morning at the RSA Activities Center, General Steven Kwast, Commander and President of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base discussed the national security challenges facing the nation. Kwast says because of the recent cyber innovations in the city, the River Region can stay ahead of cyber enemies. Since the launch of the Internet Exchange, the City of Montgomery has become the fastest internet connection. 

Auburn Man Dies After Being Hit by SUV

Oct 13, 2016

Auburn police are looking into a fatal accident involving a pedestrian. The wreck happened around 7:40 Wednesday night on South College Street near Harmon Drive.  Investigators tell local media that a 51 year old Auburn man was struck by an SUV as he crossed South College Street. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The 33 year old driver of the SUV is said to have remained on the scene until police arrived. The victim’s name has not been released while police contact next of kin.