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Interstate 85 is back open after Opelika Police shut down both side this morning in response to a man making a false report of being held hostage.  Local news outlets report Capt. Shane Healey says police received a phone call around 11:30 a.m.

Special Session Gets Back Underway

Sep 6, 2016

   Alabama lawmakers are back in Montgomery to resume a special session on funding Medicaid and other state services. Lottery legislation is dead for the session, so the focus turns to a bill that would divide money from the 2010 BP oil spill settlement. A bill passed the House earlier in the session that would allocate 450 million dollars toward debt repayment and 191 million dollars for road projects in coastal counties. The early debt repayment would free up around 70 million dollars for Medicaid in the next fiscal year.

According to the Central Alabama CrimeStoppers the Prattville Police Department and the FBI are searching for a man wanted in connection with the bank robbery of  First Community Bank.  According to the release, the robbery occurred on August 10th around 3:30 p.m. at the First Community Bank in Prattville.  A video released shows an armed suspect entering the bank and demanding money; the suspect escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.  The video can be seen on the CrimeStoppers Youtube channel.

Hundreds of Montgomery County Public School teachers did not receive a paycheck Wednesday.  But after what is being called a "system glitch," they are still awaiting payments through direct deposit.  School Superintendent Margaret Allen has called the issue a human error and she says MPS takes full responsibility of the issue.  Allen says steps are being taken to get the delayed paychecks out to employees, including contacting banks to have funds expedited and waiving bank fees associated with the error.  

Alabama State University hosted its 2016 Freshman Convocation Tuesday with guest speaker Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.  The event themed, "Journey to Success" addressed several topics including new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts by EJI. Students also participated in the voter registration drive held during the convocation.  Organizers say several voter registration drives will be held over the next few weeks.  

Bryan Stevenson Speaks at ASU

Aug 30, 2016

Students at Alabama State University had a chance to hear from  the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson, during ASU's annual University College Convocation for freshmen on Tuesday, August 30th.  The event, themed "Journey to Success," highlighted new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge the legacy of racial inequality in America.

Hundreds of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama employees will be tested for pulmonary tuberculosis after an employee tested positive for the airborne disease.  The Alabama Department of Public Health said it was notified about the employee, who works in the paint shop, early last week.  Pam Barrett, director for the division of tuberculosis control said the department will start testing as many of the estimated 540 paint shop workers as they can Tuesday.  

A man practicing with his crossbow in his front yard accidentally shot a United Parcel Service driver in the chest, that’s according to law enforcement officials.   Citing Autauga County Sheriff's Office records, a local news outlet reports the UPS delivery man was driving around noon Thursday when a crossbow bolt flew into his truck, striking him.

Governor Robert Bentley proposed lottery seems to be moving toward final passage in the Alabama Legislature.  But not without some push back, Senator Quinton Ross from Montgomery says at issue are some of the gaps in the proposed bill.  Among issues with the bill, Democrats are pushing for protection for existing gaming centers.  Legislators could give final approval to the bill Friday.  

The Alabama House of Representatives has narrowly approved Governor Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery.  Thursday night, Representatives voted 64-35 for the bill after 10 hours of contentious debate.  Bentley is seeking the first statewide vote on a lottery since 1999.  He proposed a lottery as a method of providing funds to the state's Medicaid program. Senator Vivian Figures said earlier this week, aside from the lottery issue, her bill would have generated funds for the state's Medicaid program.