Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange http://apr.org en Montgomery Credit Rating Is Lowered http://apr.org/post/montgomery-credit-rating-lowered <p></p><p>A credit rating agency has downgraded Montgomery&#39;s credit rating, citing what it calls the city&#39;s weakened financial position.</p><p>Moody&#39;s Investor Service issued the lower rating in a report released Monday.</p><p>The city was downgraded from an Aa2 rating, which is the third-best rating available, to an A1 rating with a negative financial outlook.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:55:03 +0000 The Associated Press 39395 at http://apr.org Montgomery Credit Rating Is Lowered Montgomery Bans New Quick-Loan Businesses http://apr.org/post/montgomery-bans-new-quick-loan-businesses <p>The city of Montgomery is enacting a temporary ban on new business licenses for payday lending companies.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The 90-day moratorium approved by the City Council on Tuesday also includes businesses that let consumers pawn their car titles.</p><p>Alabama cities including Birmingham and Tuscaloosa have enacted similar moratoriums.</p><p>Short-term lenders have been controversial among Alabama lawmakers for several years. The companies include title loans, payday loans and check-cashing businesses.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:13:32 +0000 The Associated Press 37262 at http://apr.org Montgomery Bans New Quick-Loan Businesses Police Ramping Up Patrols In Downtown Montgomery http://apr.org/post/police-ramping-patrols-downtown-montgomery <p></p><p></p><p>Montgomery Police say they're ramping up downtown patrols after complaints of underage drinking and other inappropriate conduct near the riverfront entertainment district.</p><p>Public Safety Director J. Christopher Murphy&nbsp;says officers will patrol the area on bicycles and marked patrol cars, and undercover officers will also canvass the area at night.</p><p>Montgomery City Council passed an ordinance last year to establish a downtown entertainment district and some say underage visitors have started bringing their own liquor and loitering in the area.</p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:11:42 +0000 The Associated Press 33673 at http://apr.org Police Ramping Up Patrols In Downtown Montgomery 7 On Leave Amid Montgomery Grade-Changing Probe http://apr.org/post/7-leave-amid-montgomery-grade-changing-probe <P>The superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools says that seven employees will be placed on leave immediately for their role in a grade-changing scandal.</P> <P>Superintendent Barbara Thompson said no teachers were among those who were penalized.</P> <P>Thompson and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange made the comments at a Tuesday news conference. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:19:08 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21833 at http://apr.org 7 On Leave Amid Montgomery Grade-Changing Probe