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New Food Vendor Chosen By Alabama State University

May 23, 2017

   The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has approved a contract with a new food vendor. The board voted yesterday to contract with the Aramark Corporation which has its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The current contract with Gourmet Food Services was not renewed and is set to expire May 31st. Board members did not specify why Aramark was chosen from five companies that were considered. A committee had reviewed the five vendors, including Gourmet Food Services, and made a recommendation to ASU’s President, who reportedly took that recommendation to the board.

Record Rain Falls on Montgomery Saturday

May 22, 2017

   Flash flood watches extend across a half-dozen states as torrential rains are expected in many areas of the South. The National Weather Service says there are flash flood watches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Weekend rains have saturated the ground. Montgomery recorded over 8 inches of rain Saturday, which shattered the record for that date. The most rain that had fallen on May 20th before Saturday was two inches.

Montgomery Police Make Arrest in Weekend Homicide

May 19, 2017

   A Montgomery man is facing capital murder charges in a weekend homicide. Police say they have charged 32 year old Larry McCall Jr. in the shooting death of 56 year old Carl Barnes. He was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the 100 block of West Patton Avenue Saturday night. In a release, detectives say they are still investigating the case and that no other information is being made available at this time. McCall was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under no bond.

Education Budget Passes Alabama Legislature

May 18, 2017

The state education budget is on its way to Governor Kay Ivey. Lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives this morning gave final approval to the $6.4 billion education trust fund. The budget, if signed into law, would keep state schools mostly funded at the same levels as this fiscal year but provides some increases for K-12 and other programs. The bill provides money to hire another 152 teachers in fourth through sixth grades. It would also give a $13 million increase to the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Tensions over redistricting are straining the final days of the legislative session. The Republican majority is poised to give final approval to new legislative districts over the objections of Democrats. The Legislative Black Caucus on Tuesday said the Republican majority has not treated Democrats fairly and the proposed map is racially gerrymandered to entrench GOP dominance. Black lawmakers promised to slow down House and Senate debate. Filibusters are one of the few maneuvers the minority party has to influence legislation.

   Civil rights activist Dr. Gwendolyn Patton will be remembered this week at several services. Patton passed away last week at the age of 73. The Freedom Fighter championed numerous causes in her life as an activist. She became the first female student government association president at Tuskegee University. She was a founding member of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the National Rainbow Coalition, the National Anti-War, Anti-Draft Union and the National Association of Black Students.

Montgomery Police Investigate a Saturday Homicide

May 15, 2017

   An adult male was found shot to death in Montgomery over the weekend. In a statement, police report that the man was fatally shot in the 100 block of West Patton Avenue around 10 o’clock Saturday night. His name has not been released. Any details on what may have led to the shooting or any possible suspects have not been given. Police are asking that anyone with information on the fatal shooting to call police at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at 625-4-thousand or CrimeStoppers, which is 215-STOP.

Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget

May 12, 2017

The Alabama Legislature has approved a general fund budget. The House of Representatives yesterday passed the 1.8 billion dollar spending plan by a vote of 93 to 6. It had already passed the Senate. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee Chairman Steve Clouse says the budget puts about 93 million dollars in reserve. He says that money will likely be needed in the next budget after the state has used up all the BP oil spill settlement money that is currently shoring up Medicaid. The general fund budget now goes to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.

Body Found in Lowndes County

May 11, 2017

   Authorities are asking for the public’s help in a death investigation in Lowndes County. The State Bureau of Investigation is reporting that the body of Shmeko Shontae Sturdivant was found off Benton Road Monday afternoon. An investigator with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office told the Lowndes Signal that the woman’s body had been set on fire and left on the side of the road. No other information has been provided. Investigators are asking that anyone with information on this incident to call SBI at 334-242-1142 or, to remain anonymous, the SBI Crime Tip Line at 800-392-8011.

Montgomery Police Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

May 10, 2017

   Montgomery police have arrested one of their own in a drug trafficking investigation.  The department initiated a criminal probe after receiving information that the officer, identified as 38 year old Amanda Millwood, was allegedly involved with controlled and illegal drugs. According to a police department release, Millwood was arrested late last night along with two other suspects for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.  Also charged in the case were 34 year old Constance Millwood and 36 year old Beverlee Gardner.