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Montgomery Credit Rating
3:55 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Montgomery Credit Rating Is Lowered

Credit rating agency, Moody's Investor Service, has downgraded Montgomery's credit rating, citing what it calls the city's weakened financial position.
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A credit rating agency has downgraded Montgomery's credit rating, citing what it calls the city's weakened financial position.

Moody's Investor Service issued the lower rating in a report released Monday.

The city was downgraded from an Aa2 rating, which is the third-best rating available, to an A1 rating with a negative financial outlook.

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Loan Business-Moratorium
4:13 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Montgomery Bans New Quick-Loan Businesses

The city of Montgomery is enacting a temporary ban on new business licenses for payday lending companies.
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The city of Montgomery is enacting a temporary ban on new business licenses for payday lending companies.

The 90-day moratorium approved by the City Council on Tuesday also includes businesses that let consumers pawn their car titles.

Alabama cities including Birmingham and Tuscaloosa have enacted similar moratoriums.

Short-term lenders have been controversial among Alabama lawmakers for several years. The companies include title loans, payday loans and check-cashing businesses.

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Downtown Montgomery Patrols
1:11 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Police Ramping Up Patrols In Downtown Montgomery

Montgomery Police say they're increasing downtown patrols after complaints of underage drinking and other inappropriate conduct near the riverfront entertainment district.
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Montgomery Police say they're ramping up downtown patrols after complaints of underage drinking and other inappropriate conduct near the riverfront entertainment district.

Public Safety Director J. Christopher Murphy says officers will patrol the area on bicycles and marked patrol cars, and undercover officers will also canvass the area at night.

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.

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Altered Student Grades
5:19 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

7 On Leave Amid Montgomery Grade-Changing Probe

Montgomery Public Schools' Superintedent says that seven employees will be placed on leave immediately for their role in a grade-changing scandal.
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The superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools says that seven employees will be placed on leave immediately for their role in a grade-changing scandal.


Superintendent Barbara Thompson said no teachers were among those who were penalized.


Thompson and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange made the comments at a Tuesday news conference. Thompson and Strange credited teachers who they say resisted some administrators' efforts to get them to change student grades.

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