I-Team

Crumbling Classrooms: A Look Inside MPS Schools & the Millions It Will Take to Repair

Two hundred million dollars in deferred maintenance… That’s just the estimate for Montgomery Public Schools, but one board member said that number could actually be higher. Unusable classrooms, faulty heat and A.C. units… and numerous schools that need new roofs. Now, we’re taking you inside the schools to see these issues up close. It is no secret that Montgomery Public…

I-Team: Seeking Shelter Pt. 2

Alabama News Network is continuing to investigate the need for storm shelters across Central Alabama.  In part one of our investigation we found a need for shelters in rural Elmore County.  We also learned about the Safer Place program.  It allows community members to open shelters for their neighbors. In part two of our investigation, we’re focusing on Montgomery County…

I-Team: Seeking Shelter

When severe weather hits, you’re told to get to your safe place.  If you live in a mobile home that could mean getting out and moving to a safer, more sturdy building, but what if there are no shelters close to where you live? An Alabama News Network I-Team Extra found some parts of our viewing area with no shelters…

i-Team: Policing POV

In addition to handguns and handcuff, a growing number of law enforcement agencies nationwide have added body cameras to the list of standard issue equipment for their officers. Since many cameras started recording over the last few years, the public has been able to see what happened during some heated and controversial encounters. Some of the most recent cases in…

i-Team: Building the Future of MPS

As MPS leaders work to get its financial house in order, in the midst of the state intervention, every option is on the table, including job cuts. State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson has said he doesn’t want cuts to impact classrooms by cutting teachers, so consolidation is likely on the horizon for many schools in the near future. Richardson says…

i-Team: FEE$

Many Alabamians use a credit card or a debit card to pay when they shop online or at retail stores. The stores pay the card companies without directly passing that fee along to the customers. But that’s not the case when it comes to paying many utility bills or court fines. Alabama News Network’s Tim Lennox has been counting the…

i-Team: Ransomware Attack

Ransomware: it is information superhighway robbery and it could lead cyber criminals to a computer near you. According to the FBI, the number of ransomware attacks is up 300% from 2015. It’s a global problem local Montgomery County officials are very familiar with following an attack on the county’s computer database last month. That attack, which encrypted the county’s data,…

i-Team: ASU Interpretive Center Update

1/3asu interpretive update3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3asu interpretive update2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3asu interpretive update Show Caption Hide Caption The U.S.Park Service operates three interpretive centers along the route of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. There’s one in Selma and another on Highway 80 in Lowndes County. Now the third and last building is complete on the…

i-TEAM: Trooper Shortage

If you drive Alabama’s roads, it’s hard not to notice who you don’t see much of: Alabama state troopers. You can drive for at least an hour in any direction without ever seeing one. It could be because they’re hiding, but most likely, it’s because there aren’t enough of them. Alabama only has 243 troopers on the job. That’s among…