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Author Mark Greaney Joins David Lamb to Discuss New Gray Man Book

Netflix is Turning Greaney's Gray Man Series into a Summer Blockbuster

Life is good for author Mark Greaney. Greaney has a just released the latest in his Gray Man series, “Sierra Six”. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, this summer Netflix will release the most expensive movie in the history of the streaming service, “The Gray Man”. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans and is based on Greaney’s…

State Legislators Get to Work on Allocating $650 Million Plus in Coronavirus Funds

On Wednesday, Alabama legislators began the special called session on allocating more than a half-billion dollars in American Rescue Plan funds. In the governor’s proclamation to legislators, Gov. Kay Ivey is directing the Legislature to appropriate more than $443 million dollars to deliver pandemic related healthcare and services, expand broadband connectivity throughout Alabama, improve  access to clean water though water…

Rooster Bridge a Unique Part of Demopolis History

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The Rooster Bridge near Demopolis was originally built 102 years ago. It’s construction closed the only gap in a highway that stretched from coast to coast. Hundreds of people use the bridge every day now — without much of a thought. But the Rooster Bridge has an interesting history. “It’s just such a neat story,”…

I-Team: Where’s Our Radar?

A radar gap in West Alabama is complicating severe weather coverage. Alabama News Network Chief Meteorologist Shane Butler compares the National Weather Service radar gap to forecasting through a blurry lens. “All those beams, they come to an intersection out there, but they’re not where they need to be as far as the beam height,” Butler explained, “they are a…

COVID In Alabama: One Year Later

March 13, 2020 was a day that changed everything as Alabama’s first coronavirus case was confirmed in Montgomery County.  Things like social distancing and face masks quickly became a big part of everyday life. “We had a pandemic plan, just no one thought they’d ever have to use it,” shared Montgomery City/County EMA Director Christina Thornton. The Emergency Operation Center…

EXTRA: Plans to Expand Montgomery Riverfront

Alabama News Network is getting a first look at plans to expand Montgomery’s Riverfront. The Riverfront Greenway Trail will connect the Riverfront to parts of North Montgomery.  Lois Cortell with the City of Montgomery shared the plans to build close to a mile long walking and biking trail starting at Riverfront Park. The project would not be possible without a $35,000…

I-Team: Pending Salvation Army Sale Impacts Montgomery Whitewater Project

This week marks one year since Montgomery’s Whitewater Project was announced.  The 120-acre outdoor complex will be centered around an Olympic standard whitewater rafting course.  You won’t see many changes at the project site off Maxwell Boulevard right now, but county leaders say the project is full steam ahead. Project Catalyst (Source: Montgomery County Commission) One component of the project…

Extra: Emergency Call: Alabama

Alabama lawmakers are exploring a new statewide emergency notification system this legislative session. The proposal making its way through the state legislature would give all county EMAs a base level notification system.  This would include text and call alerts of severe weather notifications from the National Weather Service. The legislation has the support of Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth and the…

Changemakers: Bryan Stevenson

Usually when we hear lawyers say they’ll “fight for you,” they’re referring to personal injury, but when Public Interest Attorney Bryan Stevenson says he’ll fight for you, it’s about protecting a client’s basic human rights. For more than 30 years, he and his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative which is based in Montgomery, have helped those who’ve been dealt a…

Extra: A Conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King’s Barber

Malden Brothers Barbershop sits on Jackson St. in Centennial Hill, a once bustling neighborhood in Montgomery that catered to black citizens at a time when Montgomery was dominated by segregation. Many of the most iconic figures of the civil rights movement were patrons. Nelson Malden was Dr. King’s barber. He remembers their first meeting. “I saw the blue Pontiac pull…