Alabama

Happy 199th Birthday Montgomery!

City was formed by combining two small towns.

Montgomery turns 199 today, and city boosters will begin the countdown to Montgomery’s 200th birthday, December 3, 2019. The city was formed on December 3rd 1818….days before the State of Alabama was created.   One of the oldest existing photographs taken in the city shows the Inauguration of Jefferson Davis as first (and only) president of the Confederacy, February 18,…

State Reaction to Death of Former President George H.W. Bush

41st President died Friday at the age of 94.

  U.S. Senator Doug Jones: “I was deeply saddened this morning by the news of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. President Bush served the United States of America throughout his life with honor and dignity, both at war and here at home, as a Navy pilot, a diplomat, and a statesman. He made the most of his 94 years of life…

Shooting Protesters Block Major Road in Hoover

Demonstrators upset with the police shooting of a black man at an Alabama shopping mall are blocking one of the busiest roads in the state. Several dozen protesters holding signs and chanting blocked heavily traveled U.S. 31 at Interstate 459 on Monday night. The site is near the Riverchase Galleria, where a police officer killed 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr….

Gas Prices Drop as Thanksgiving Week starts

Montgomery prices as low as $2,21

The website Gas Buddy.com tracks gas prices nationwide. They indicate the $2.21 per gallon price on Ann Street is the lowest in the Montgomery area since March. The national per gallon average is $2.63. Prices usually go up in advance of big travel holidays. Yet, as The Associated Press reports: Analysts say gas prices have dropped 20 cents or more…

Alabama Unemployment Stays Above National Average

National rate is 3.7. Alabama rate is 4.1%

“The preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is 4.1%, unchanged from September’s rate, and above October 2017’s rate of 3.8%.” The Alabama Department of Labor reports no change in the unemployment rate in October. It remains above the national average at 4.1% Selma has one of the highest rates for cities—7.2%.   Categories: Montgomery, News, Statewide, West Alabama Tags: Alabama,…

Feds: Mercedes in US Slow & Sloppy on Recall Notifications

All U.S. Mercedes assembled at Vance Alabama plant

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government is investigating Mercedes-Benz, alleging that the German automaker has been slow to mail safety recall notices and file required reports involving recalls of over 1.4 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a review found that Mercedes’ U.S. unit exceeded time limits for mailing letters to owners. In documents posted on its…

OSHA Cites Selma Facility After Employee’s Death

Here is the Labor Department press release: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Globe Metallurgical Inc. for personal protective equipment violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries at its facility in Selma. OSHA inspectors determined that the employee suffered fatal burns after an explosion from a molten silicon spill. OSHA cited the company…

Murder Charges Dropped Against Teen Accused of Killing His Parents

Jesse Holton was accused of killing his parents back in 2016

The Elmore County District Attorney’s Office has dropped murder charges against Jesse Holton.  Holton was accused of killing his parents at their Eclectic home in 2016.   Instead, Holton has pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge.  District Attorney Randall Houston released the following statement on the charges being dropped: Jesse Holton Press Release   Categories: News Tags: Alabama, elmore county, jesse…

Two Alabama Groups Call for Less Marijuana Prosecution

Troy is cited for arresting black residents on pot possession charges at more than 10x the rate of white residents.

From an SPLC News release: “The report (From The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Appleseed Center for Law and Justice) identified wildly disparate arrest rates for white and black people in certain jurisdictions. Among the 50 law enforcement agencies that arrested the most people for possession, seven arrested black people at 10 or more times the rate of white…

Alabama Gov. Ivey Extends Fundraising Lead Over Maddox

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended her fundraising lead in the race for governor. According to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday, Ivey reported raising more than $735,000 last month. Challenger Walt Maddox reported raising $373,000. Ivey’s largest September contributors were businesses and influential political entities, including $25,000 each from the Alabama Farmers Federation, Drummond Coal, Blue Cross and six other…