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AEA's New Leadership

Apr 11, 2016

The Alabama Education Association has hired a new executive director.  An AEA spokeswoman said in an email Saturday that Brenda Pike will start her new position on May 16th.  Pike serves as the executive director of the Indiana State Teachers Association.  Pike worked eight years as the assistant executive director for the Texas State Teachers Association before she was hired at the ISTA.  While at ISTA, Pike instituted robust membership and communication programs along with technological advancements to engage members and communities around improving public education and student learning.

Montgomery Woman Charged in Deadly Shooting

Apr 11, 2016

A woman shot another woman to death in Montgomery this weekend.  Police say 20-year-old Lakeyah Ellington-Hampton was found with gunshot wounds while in the 1200 block of Lynwood Drive Saturday night.  She later died from her injuries.  Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Alisha Womak and charged her with one count of murder.  She is being held on a $150,000 bond.  

A Vestavia Hills physician has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after illegally dispensing narcotic painkillers without legitimate medical reason.  U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced in a news release on Friday that a judge has sentenced 51-year-old Dr. Muhammand Wasim Ali on 10 counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances.  Ali had pleaded guilty to the charges in November.  The judge also ordered him to forfeit $2,450 to the government and fined him $85,000.  Ali will be placed on supervised release for three years following his prison term.

Helen Keller Foundation

Apr 8, 2016

State and local officials kicked off a campaign to select Helen Keller for the new $10 bill during a press event Wednesday at her birthplace in Tuscumbia.  The Treasury Department announced last year that a woman will be chosen for the new bill and that it will be the first U.S. currency to have tactile features allowing those with vision loss to determine the denomination by touch alone.  The new bill is slated to debut in 2020.  

Seven Tornadoes Reported in Parts of Alabama

Apr 8, 2016

The National Weather Service says storm surveys show seven tornadoes skipped across central Alabama late Wednesday and early Thursday.  No one was seriously hurt and most of the twisters were weak, causing scattered damage.  But the storms serve as a reminder of the possibility of severe weather in the state during the springtime.  The weather service says a preliminary survey shows the strongest tornado was an EF-2 that hit Bullock County Wednesday.  The other six twisters all had winds of 85 mph or less and were rated at EF-0.  They affected Barbour, Lee, Montgomery and Bullock counties.

Community College System Rally

Apr 6, 2016

The Alabama Community College System Day celebration held in Montgomery drew about 2,000 students, staff and faculty.  Tuesday's event highlighted the state's 25 community and technical colleges.  Community College System Interim Director, Janet Kincherlow-Martin says community colleges offer a unique experience to students.  The Second Annual event was held on the lawns of the State Capitol and the Alabama State Archives and History Building.  

Impeachment Proposal in the Legislature

Apr 6, 2016

Embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley faces a call for his impeachment two weeks after admitting sexually charged remarks to a female aide.  Republican Rep. Ed Henry introduced the articles of impeachment Tuesday in the Alabama Legislature.  The impeachment effort is considered a longshot endeavor.  House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon says the committee will vet the proposal to see whether there are grounds for impeachment.  McCutcheon says he doubted the process would be complete before the legislative session ends next month.

State Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto

Apr 6, 2016

State lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Robert Bentley's veto on the General Fund budget.  Senators voted 22-10 and the House of Representatives voted 71-24 Tuesday to override Bentley and enact the spending plan against his wishes.  The governor had said the budget does not give adequate funding to the state's Medicaid program, claiming the Medicaid would have to cut services to "vulnerable" citizens and reduce reimbursement rates to doctors.

Legislative Session Returns Tuesday

Apr 4, 2016

Legislators will hit the ground running as they return from spring break Tuesday.  On their plate, legislation to give teachers a pay raise, lottery bills, Governor Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction project, proposed changes to teacher tenure and evaluations and payday loan regulations.  Not to mention Governor Bentley has said he will veto a general fund budget that he says does not provide adequate funding for Medicaid.  Lawmakers have said they intend to override the veto.

Weekend Traffic Fatalities

Apr 4, 2016

Two fatal accidents happened in Central Alabama over the weekend.  The first occurred Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 80 near the 185 mile marker.  State Troopers report that 18-year-old Rameshe Gabrielle Weaver of Phenix City was killed when the car she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer rig.  The driver of the truck was injured and taken to a local hospital.  On Saturday a single-vehicle wreck claimed the life of a Fort Payne man.  Authorities say an SUV overturned on I-65 North about one mile north of Prattville.