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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…

Governor Ivey Offers Help to Fultondale After Killer Tornado

James Scott, 19, pauses while picking through the remains of his home(AP Photo/Jay Reeves) FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Kay Ivey is promising help to families and businesses impacted by the tornado that tore up some of Birmingham’s suburbs. She said the people of Alabama are praying for them and will help them rebuild. The terrifying tornado trapped entire families…

Medical Officials Urging People to Not Participate in Christmas Parties and Other Large Gatherings

Medical officials are pleading with people to forgo Christmas parties and large gatherings as the state faces a surge in COVID-19 cases that looks to only get worse. Dr. Mark Wilson delivered the plea in a Friday press conference with doctors from UAB Hospital. Wilson is the health officer for Jefferson County. He said holiday parties are not a good…

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…

Alabama Department of Labor Introduces New Appointment Process

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Department of Labor has created an appointment process for people to get in-person help with employment claims after people were sleeping overnight in a parking lot in the hopes of seeing someone. The department announced that beginning on July 6 it will take 300 appointments per day in Montgomery. The Labor Department had been…

MPS Boardmember Passionately Pleads Case for Ad Valorem Tax Increase

AD VALOREM TAX

At Tuesday night’s Montgomery School board meeting, the board approved the hiring of lobbyists to work on the Ad Valorem tax with the legislature. Before the vote, several members made impassioned pleas in support of the issue,  including District 1 member Jannah Bailey. Categories: Montgomery, News Extras, News Video Tags: Ad Valorem, Jannah Bailey, Montgomery Public School Board, mps

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…