News for Your Thursday in West Alabama
Today is Higher Education Day at the state house in Montgomery, a day historically targeted to get Alabama lawmakers’ attention about funding the state’s colleges and universities.
University student representatives will have opportunities to speak one-on-one with legislators, there will be a parade with school mascots and marching bands and SGA leaders from all 14 of the state’s public universities will sign a statewide pledge of support. The event will end with a luncheon to be attended by Gov. Ivey.
The long-awaited results from a feasibility study for the City of Northport to form an independent school district are expected to be released Monday. A previous attempt to form a city school system met defeat due to residential distaste for raising property taxes.
A city ordinance capping the total capacity of gastropub customers is being called racist by the owner and attorneys for Twelve25 on the Strip. The minority owned restaurant by day, bar by night claims in a newly filed Tuscaloosa County lawsuit that the ordinance will devastate their business model and does not so negatively impact gastropub owners who are white.
Alabamians litter highways at among the highest rates in the nation.
ALDOT has even assigned a permanent crew to remove litter in our area but they struggle to keep up with the volume of roadside litter. The crew collected approximately 50 tons of litter March 2022 through March 2023.
Tomorrow ALDOT is encouraging area residents to participate in the first-ever Spring Clean Day and remove litter from roadways. Besides being unsightly, litter can impact property values and tourism.
Former Walker County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Hudson has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2019 incident in which his patrol car struck an ATV and killed 14-year-old Oakman teen Austin Aaron in Jasper.
As part of the plea deal, Hudson received an eight-year suspended sentence with five years’ supervised probation. The sentencing order stated that the remainder of his sentence will be unsupervised.