Montgomery http://apr.org en Montgomery's Historic Bell Building Gets New Role http://apr.org/post/montgomerys-historic-bell-building-gets-new-role <p>A building that has stood out in Montgomery for many years is getting a new role.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Todd Strange says an Indiana couple has purchased the Bell Building in downtown Montgomery. The 187-foot-tall office building was constructed in 1907 by businessman Newton Bell, and it was the tallest building in downtown for years.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:05:13 +0000 Associated Press 53740 at http://apr.org Montgomery's Historic Bell Building Gets New Role Montgomery Allows Armed Guards in Bars http://apr.org/post/montgomery-allows-armed-guards-bars <p>The Montgomery City Council has approved a law letting nightclubs employ armed security guards.</p><p>Council members say they hope the ordinance passed Tuesday will prevent violence like a shooting that left two people dead at a now-defunct bar in December.</p><p>The new law lets nightclubs use armed security workers as long as they are certified by the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Security Regulatory Board.</p><p></p><p>Council member Jon Dow says the workers will have to go through weapons training, and they'll have to keep a certification card with them at all times.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:44:01 +0000 Associated Press 52378 at http://apr.org Montgomery Allows Armed Guards in Bars Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday http://apr.org/post/montgomery-observes-rosa-parks-100th-birthday <p>Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.</p><p>A 96-foot by 40-foot wall is covered in chalkboard paint and has space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..."</p><p>Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, told the Montgomery Advertiser that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 15:12:49 +0000 The Associated Press 24263 at http://apr.org Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday Ala. Organization To Count Montgomery's Homeless http://apr.org/post/ala-organization-count-montgomerys-homeless <P>The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is gearing up to count the number of homeless people in Montgomery and conduct interviews to determine their needs.</P> <P>Homeless population counts are required for community agencies to receive funding from the U.S. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:03:03 +0000 The Associated Press 23930 at http://apr.org Ala. Organization To Count Montgomery's Homeless Feds Provide $100K Grant For Passenger Rail Study http://apr.org/post/feds-provide-100k-grant-passenger-rail-study Federal railway officials are providing $100,000 to study the possibility of passenger train service linking Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham. The Federal Railroad Administration said Thursday it is earmarking the money in response to an application from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Amtrak used to run passenger trains linking the three cities, and the study will look at restoring the service. Amtrak's Crescent route runs through Birmingham as it connects New Orleans and New York, and the Amtrak Sunset Limited used to come through Mobile as it connected Ne Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:03:58 +0000 Associated Press 16378 at http://apr.org Feds Provide $100K Grant For Passenger Rail Study Civil Rights Memorial center remembers shooting victims at Sikh temple http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-memorial-center-remembers-shooting-victims-sikh-temple <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The victims slain by a gunman in a Wisconsin temple will be honored during a memorial in Alabama. The Civil Rights Memorial Center will join churches and other organizations Sunday to mark the attack the killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, took his own life after shooting at police responding to the scene. In Alabama, the event will be held in front of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, which honors those who died during the Civil Rights movement. The memorial is scheduled for 6 p.m.</p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:08:07 +0000 The Associated Press 16122 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Memorial center remembers shooting victims at Sikh temple Uncovering the Dark Secrets of Lincoln Cemetery http://apr.org/post/uncovering-dark-secrets-lincoln-cemetery <p>When you go to any cemetery, you hear the sound of weed cutters and lawn mowers carefully cutting grass around graves for maintenance. But at Lincoln Cemetery, it&rsquo;s a new sound of progress.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking at a cemetery that has been neglected for many years that right now we are trying to restore and save it,&rdquo; says volunteer Phyllis Armstrong, as she carefully navigates through the cemetery. She&rsquo;s been cleaning up Lincoln for a decade and is familiar with its dark history.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:14:32 +0000 Maggie Martin 14342 at http://apr.org Uncovering the Dark Secrets of Lincoln Cemetery