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Magical Christmas Toy Drive: Moving Day

Friday is the final day of our Magical Christmas Toy Drive and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated. Motivated Movers picked up the toys and brought them to the Salvation Army’s Toy Distribution Warehouse Friday.  Lt. Tonya Farrington says they’ll be serving 500 families and around 1000 kids.  She says that wouldn’t be possible…

UPDATE: Suspect Identified in Ozark Police Officer Shooting

The suspect accused of shooting an Ozark police officer has been identified as 23-year-old Bradley Cutchens Credit: WDHN Authorities haven’t released the name of the officer who was wounded in Thursday night’s shooting, but Mayor Bob Bunting says the officer is in “very critical” condition after being shot in the face. We’re told the officer was answering a call when…

Maj. Gen. Speaks at Lee High School

Major General Sam Barrett, Commander, 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base, spoke to ROTC students at Lee High School students Tuesday morning. Major General Barrett is a graduate of Lee High School and commended the students for joining ROTC.   He also recognized two students for their achievements in ROTC this year.  Students say it was an honor to…

Final Preparations Underway at Alabama Bicentennial Park

Final preparations are underway at Alabama Bicentennial Park in Downtown Montgomery. Monuments will be unveiled at the Bicentennial celebration on December 14th. Gov. Kay Ivey will dedicate Alabama Bicentennial Park, which tells the state’s story in 16 bronze plaques. The 2019 Bicentennial celebration will be three days of events marking the 200th anniversary of Alabama’s admission to the United States….

Judge Orders DNA Testing in Case of Missing Aniah Blanchard

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Lee County District Judge Russell Bush is ordering DNA testing for the man charged with kidnapping, in the disappearance of missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard. Judge Bush ordered 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed to submit a DNA sample to authorities. The college student is the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, of metro-Birmingham. She was last seen on Oct….

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…