Alabama

Gov. Bentley Announces the 2016-2016 Alabama Teacher of the Year

Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday honored Alabama’s 2016-2017 newly selected Teacher of the Year Dana Jacobson at the monthly proclamation hour ceremony at the State Capitol.  Prior to the ceremony, the Governor met with Jacobson to discuss education issues and opportunities for Alabama. “Teachers are an important resource in lives of students, and the Teacher of the Year honor is…

Lowndes Co. Man Accused of Stealing from the Elderly Arrested

Source: Lowndes Co. Sheriff’s Office According the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, the man accused of stealing money from the elderly is behind bars. Kenneth Dynd Gordon was arrested in Montgomery at about 11:30 Tuesday night. Gordon is accused of posing as a contractor to take advantage of senior citizens. According to the sheriff’s office, once a victim makes a pre-payment…

Alabama Joins Suit Over Transgender Restroom Policy

Alabama and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that…

Birmingham Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Federal prosecutors say the owner of pizza franchises throughout the Southeast has pleaded guilty to submitting false tax returns. Authorities said Tuesday that 64-year-old Ramon Arias of Mountain Brook pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns that didn’t account for money he took from Little Caesars restaurants he owns. Officials say Arias diverted money from the gross receipts…

Alabama City Councilman Shot in Face During Robbery While in South Africa

A city councilman from Mobile, Alabama, is in stable condition after he was shot in the face in Johannesburg, South Africa. The city released a statement Monday from relatives of councilman C.J. Small Jr. saying he was shot Saturday when someone ambushed a tour bus on which he was riding. The statement says Small and others were robbed of cellphones…

12-Year Old Girl Dies During Game of Tug of War

Authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died after collapsing at a school in Pell City. Pell City police spokesman Don Newton tells Al.com the girl was participating in field day activities at Williams Intermediate School when she collapsed. Chief Greg Turley says the girl had been playing tug-of-war when she fell to the ground. Newton says nurses began CPR and…

Kratom Now a Schedule 1 Drug in Alabama

Courtesy of Kratom Facebook States worried about the effect of a plant-based substance called kratom are moving to ban it over abuse concerns. The controversy around kratom – a plant originating in Southeast Asia – has led Alabama to become the sixth U.S. state to ban it. Kratom is now a Schedule 1 drug in Alabama, the same classification as…

I-Team Investigation: Teacher Sex Charges

The state of Alabama has received bad grades for a number of things in the past, but one failing grade, according to a 2014 study, really stands out. The study, compiled by a former U.S. department of education staffer Terry Abbott, found Alabama is ground zero for teachers convicted or accused of having sex with students. Several cases have made headlines…

Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Wife to Speak at Sanctity of Marriage Rally

Courtesy of Sanctity of Marriage Alabama Facebook Sanctity of Marriage Alabama announced Thursday that Kayla Moore (wife of Chief Justice Roy Moore and President of the Foundation for Moral Law) and State Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) will be among the speakers to address supporters of Chief Justice Roy Moore at a statewide rally on Saturday. Friends of Chief Justice Moore,…

Valley Grande Man Convicted of Child Abuse

Jonathan Wilson of Valley Grande, Alabama has been convicted of child abuse. Wilson and his wife Tessie were arrested in 2014 and charged with aggravated abuse. Dallas County Authorities say the couple abused an 11-year-old girl. Investigators say the victim was the couple’s niece — who had been placed in their care about a year ago before they were arrested….