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I-Team Extra: Crumbling Classrooms

In an Alabama News Network I-Team Extra, Andrew James investigates maintenance needs across the Montgomery Public School system.   School leaders estimate deferred maintenance needs are near $200 million and say the money in the budget doesn’t even scratch the surface. So what is the plan to address the maintenance needs & who will pay for it?  Hear what MPS…

ASU Students Watch Historic Inauguration

Students at Alabama State University took in Steven Reed’s Historic Inauguration Tuesday. A group of student leaders held a watch party for the swearing-in ceremony.  Professor Dr. Rolundus Rice was also on hand to answer questions and explain the historic significance of the event. One student tells us he was very involved in the mayoral election.  He helped register students…

Federal judge blocks Alabama’s tough abortion law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law, which would have called for a sentence of 10 years to life in…

Montgomery Used As Model for Other Cities

Montgomery is becoming a model for many cities across the country.  A delegation from Topeka, Kansas is visiting this week. Around 60 community leaders are in town to learn about Montgomery’s economic development and downtown redevelopment. It’s part of an inter-city visit and Topeka leaders say Montgomery has been on their radar for years. They were surprised to see so…

Governor Ivey: STAR I.D. Deadline Approaching

Have you heard of the STAR I.D.?  It’s a new identification system and state leaders are urging you to get yours as soon as possible. This is the new driver’s license with a star in the top left corner.  The federal deadline is October 1, 2020.   On that day, you will need a STAR I.D. or a passport for all…

Area University Health Clinic Offers Free Services to Patients

Faulkner University’s Speech Language Pathology Clinic is bringing medical services to families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.  The clinic has been open for about a year now and plans to expand in the future. The clinic provides one-on-one treatment, free of charge.  The clinic has seen 400 patients since it opened last August, and they now have…

Coosa River Boosts Wetumpka Tourism

The World’s Longest Annual Paddle Race is making its way through Wetumpka this week, and city leaders hope the event can help turn Wetumpka into a water sport destination. The Great Alabama 650 Paddle Race is the most recent way that Wetumpka is capitalizing on its proximity to the Coosa River.  Paddlers come right past downtown Wetumpka, many of them…

Elmore County Recycling Program Ends This Month

A longstanding recycling program in Elmore County is ending this month. Right now, Elmore County partners with the Alabama Department of Corrections for the recycling program.  The county provides the bins, and ADOC handles the pickup and sorting of recyclables.  With the program ending, the bins will be removed in the next four or five weeks, which some county leaders…

MCSO Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo

Some local seniors grabbed their fishing poles for a day out on the water with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. It was all part of the Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo.  There is a six fish limit, but many people say this is about more than just fishing.  It’s a chance to get out and enjoy a nice day meeting new…

American Red Cross Prepares Emergency Response Vehicles

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are staging in Montgomery as Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the east coast.  Today we got an inside look at how the volunteers are preparing. These crews will be deployed up and down the east coast to some of the hardest hit areas.  Right now, it’s still too early to know where exactly they’ll…