Montgomery

Science & Health
6:58 am
Tue September 2, 2014

B-17 'Flying Fortress' to Land in Montgomery

The "Memphis Belle," a B-17 that was used in the 1990 WWII film of the same name
Jordan Kirtley via kmuw.org

One of the best-known planes from World War II is scheduled to visit Montgomery in October, giving area residents the chance to fly in it.

The restored B-17 bomber, known as the "Flying Fortress," will be at Dannelly Field and available for tours and flights from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the plane is one of few remaining B-17s in the world that is still airworthy.

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Business & Education
6:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Montgomery's Historic Bell Building Gets New Role

The Bell Building in Downtown Montgomery
Credit wsfa.com

A building that has stood out in Montgomery for many years is getting a new role.

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.

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Politics & Government
7:44 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Montgomery Allows Armed Guards in Bars

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The Montgomery City Council has approved a law letting nightclubs employ armed security guards.

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.

The new law lets nightclubs use armed security workers as long as they are certified by the Alabama Security Regulatory Board.

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.

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Rosa Parks' 100th
9:12 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday

Rosa Parks in 1955. Montgomery is honoring civil rights icon Parks with a downtown project.
Credit USIA / Wikimedia Commons

Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.

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..."

Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, told the Montgomery Advertiser that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.

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Homeless Count
5:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Ala. Organization To Count Montgomery's Homeless

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is getting ready to count the number of homeless people in Montgomery.
Credit http://mach-homeless.org/

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.


Homeless population counts are required for community agencies to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Volunteers will target areas of the city where homeless people are known to gather and will distribute food, hygiene items, blankets and coats.

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Passenger Rail Study
5:03 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Feds Provide $100K Grant For Passenger Rail Study

Federal railway officials are providing $100,000 to study the possibility of passenger train service linking Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham.
Bruce Fingerhood Flickr

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.

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Arts & Life
12:08 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Civil Rights Memorial center remembers shooting victims at Sikh temple

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.

Arts & Life
1:14 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Uncovering the Dark Secrets of Lincoln Cemetery

Volunteer Phyllis Armstrong compiles a list of graves that need identification.
Maggie Martin/APR News

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’s a new sound of progress.

“We’re looking at a cemetery that has been neglected for many years that right now we are trying to restore and save it,” says volunteer Phyllis Armstrong, as she carefully navigates through the cemetery. She’s been cleaning up Lincoln for a decade and is familiar with its dark history.

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