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The Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization (SAYNO) and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the annual Kids and Cops Day on Saturday. The event, which is also being hosted by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission, was designed to allow children an opportunity to interact with law enforcement and learn about their equipment and technology in a positive atmosphere. Executive Director of SAYNO, Inc. Anderson Graves says the indoor festival will include interactive activities, police-related scenarios, and other fun activities.

Qualifying has closed for the Alabama Democratic and Republican parties in the race for state’s Senate District 26 seat, which Quinton Ross just vacated to take over as President of Alabama State University. Five candidates have qualified on the Democratic side while just one is running from the Republican Party. Democratic candidates include Deborah Anthony, Fred Bell, David Burkette, Tony Cobb Jr. and John Knight. DJ Johnson is the GOP’s nominee. The special primary election is set for Dec. 12. A runoff would be held Feb. 27 if needed. 

Making Contact: Mrs. Hamer, Echoes Airs Tonight

Oct 9, 2017
Library System at Howard University

Tonight's regularly scheduled program Biz Talk MGM is taking a break for the Columbus Day holiday. In place of it, WVAS will broadcast a half-hour special "Mrs. Hamer, Echoes" part of the Making Contact series, a weekly magazine/documentary style public affairs program distributed through Public Radio Exchange. The program examines the words and brief context of the life of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer,  who would have turned 100 on October 6.

Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks. In Central Alabama the damage came in the form of downed trees and power outages. Some of those downed trees hit structures, but fortunately there have been no reports of injuries or loss of life from the storm in Alabama. At its peak, the storm caused outages to more than 14-thousand homes in this part of the state.

   A change of leadership in the Athletics Department at Alabama State University. Director of Athletics Melvin Hines has officially resigned from the position. President Quinton Ross last night issued a statement announcing that Deputy Director of Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams will take over as interim director. She will begin her new duties immediately. In his statement, Dr. Ross said the university is fortunate to have someone of Williams’s caliber to step in.

Montgomery City Council passes budget

Oct 4, 2017

 Montgomery finally has a budget for the new fiscal year. The Montgomery City Council approved the 245 million dollar spending plan at its meeting last night by a vote of 5 to 4. The budget does include a one percent increase in the lodging tax, which is why some council members voted against it. Mayor Todd Strange was both satisfied and relieved with the budget’s passage. The budget allows the city to put one million dollars in its reserves and also provides for merit raises.

Alabama Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross resigned from the Alabama Senate Monday after accepting the position of President at Alabama State University. Ross was known as an eager advocate for the Democratic agenda; including funding for the public school system and spearheading the "ban the box" bill which would have prevented state employers from asking about a prospective employee's criminal background on a job application.  He says although he’s going right down the road, he’s confident his former Senate colleagues will continue to keep their focus during the legislative session.

Four Die in Macon County Accident

Oct 3, 2017

   Four people were killed in a traffic accident in Macon County Saturday night. State Troopers are reporting the two-vehicle crash occurred when a van and pickup truck collided on Alabama Highway 186 about three miles northeast of Tuskegee. Both drivers were killed along with two passengers in the van. Troopers have identified the four as 45 year old Gladys Yvonne Rush, 51 year old Lisa Maria Robertson and 43 year old Joshua Emile West, all of Montgomery – and Brent Benjamin Cobb of Madison, Wisconsin. A cause remains under investigation. 

ASU Citywide Job Fair Set for Wednesday

Oct 2, 2017

Alabama State University is holding its citywide Job Fair Wednesday. Over 70 employers have been confirmed for the event looking to hire talented local residents of Montgomery and the river region. The job fair is set for 9 am until 12:30pm in the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome. It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Alabama State University Office of Career Services. Those attending the fair are asked to wear appropriate business attire and to have several copies of up-to-date resumes.

Two Alarm Fire at Atlanta Highway Business

Sep 29, 2017

   The Montgomery Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm fire last night at a business on the Atlanta Highway. Firefighters were called to the 6-thousand block of the Atlanta Highway and found heavy black smoke pouring from the rear of the Mr. Sandman Mattress and Furniture Store. A statement from the fire department reports that the blaze was contained to the first floor of the structure though the entire strip of stores at that location sustained smoke damage. Investigators believe the fire likely began in the break room and then spread to the show room. No injuries were reported.