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News
5:07 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Hubbard challenges Senate to pass "austere" budget, Korens Incorporated Plant

House Speaker Mike Hubbard is urging the Alabama Senate to approve an austere budget before addressing any short- or long-term revenue bills.

Hubbard said Thursday taking action too quickly could have "unintended consequences."

The House passed the state's general fund budget with $200 million in cuts earlier this month.

Gov. Robert Bentley sought $541 million in new taxes this year and has threatened to veto any budget that includes cuts to the state's $1.88 billion budget.

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Newscast
9:13 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Layoffs for Alabama Workers, Solar Sail Set to Launch

A Walter Energy mine in Tuscaloosa County

Alabama workers are facing layoffs at the state’s Blue Bell Creameries facilities and at Walter Energy.

Blue Bell is trimming its workforce nationally due to the temporary closure over listeria concerns. Over 250 Blue Bell employees in the state will be temporarily furloughed, with another 45 losing their jobs entirely. Blue Bell recently stated that they’ll be cutting a third of their workforce nationwide.

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Newscast
9:07 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Obama to speak in Birmingham, Medicaid expansion opposition and Alabama bike summit

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama will be in Birmingham this afternoon to talk about the economy.

The President will be speaking at Lawson State Community College on consumer protection issues and the contrast between his vision for the American middle class and Republican efforts to undermine that vision.

According to a White House press release, Congressional Republicans are continuing to roll back progress toward a safer financial system and stronger economy, encouraging the types of abuses that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

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News
4:38 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Selma to Montgomery Anniversary, Holocaust Exhibit, Jefferson County Tuberculosis case

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  The daughters of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and Governor George Wallace will meet with Governor Robert Bentley today. It’s all part of a ceremony to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.    It was on this date in 1965 that Dr. King led the procession to Alabama’s State Capitol. APR spoke with Bernice** King during the remembrance of “bloody Sunday” in Selma.

She says voting rights are being challenged in the U.S. and the fight has to go on.

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Newscast
9:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Hubbard ethics trial, Selma-to-Montgomery March and Montgomery trolley tour

Speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives Mike Hubbard

State prosecutors say indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is once again manufacturing investigation leaks to distract the public from his criminal wrongdoing.

Yesterday, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Hubbard's motion to dismiss their indictment. Hubbard claimed there were violations of the grand jury secrecy act and other problems with the investigation against him.

State prosecutors said Hubbard's claims are baseless, and a “bogus narrative”.

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Arts & Life
4:21 am
Tue March 24, 2015

"More Bridges to Cross..."

“At that time, we’d been singing songs, we shall overcome, and before I’d be a slave…be dead and buried in my grave,” says Bennie Lee Tucker. He’s seventy four years old, and he spent the last fifty five of those years here in Selma. “And we gonna let nobody turn us around, no more Governor Wallace…no more white folk,” he says.

On the front porch of his home on Eugene Avenue, Tucker recalls March 7th, 1965. It was the height of the voting rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior wasn’t the name on everyone’s mind that day.

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Newscast
8:36 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Planning for Selma commemoration, world premiere in Montgomery and same-sex marriage update

Composer Mohammed Fairouz
Credit Samantha West

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will make their way Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

This means a lot a work for city workers to prepare for the crowds. James Benderson is the director of city planning and development for Selma. He says they have a lot of help.

“We have state police agencies, a lot of the local police municipalities within the area will be helping out. We have the national parks service helping out, so it’s a collaborative effort between a lot of different agencies making it work out for everybody.”

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News
5:23 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Wintry Weather, new Montgomery mayoral candidate, Mobile Mardi Gras

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          Weather forecasters along the Tennessee Valley are warning residents of the Shoals to be on guard for icy roads tonight and tomorrow. The overall threat of snow and sleet has eased over much of Alabama. But, towns like Florence could still see some of the wintry weather that been plaguing areas of New England. Lauderdale and Colbert Counties are under a winter storm warning until 6 p-m. this evening while the majority of the northern counties are a winter weather advisory for most of Monday.

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Montgomery tickets
12:14 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Montgomery to offer traffic ticket amnesty

Montgomery County Courthouse

Montgomery citizens with unpaid traffic tickets may be getting a reprieve.

The Montgomery County District Court recently announced it will offer amnesty to those wanted for arrest in relation to traffic tickets over 90 days unpaid.

To be eligible, citizens must have a 90-day old unpaid traffic ticket and be wanted for arrest. Under the new program, those that pay half of the outstanding balance on the ticket will have their arrest warrant cancelled. Participants will then have six weeks to pay off the remainder of the balance.

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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.
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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.

Volunteers in 2012 found 144 people living on the streets of Montgomery, and 507 staying in local shelters.

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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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