Alabama man convicted of killing in 2013 robbery
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been convicted in the 2013 shooting death of a man during a robbery.
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson told news outlets that 31-year-old...
Democratic presidential hopefuls honor Selma march
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thunder rolling above Brown Chapel AME Church, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker warned Sunday of a looming threat to American democracy and called for protecting...
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times...
Booker, Sanders to speak at Selma commemoration
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Several Democratic presidential candidates are coming to Selma next weekend for the annual commemoration of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march.
Alabama officer back at work 4 months after shooting
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was shot and seriously wounded last year in an ambush is back on the job.
Micah Hale told WSFA-TV that returning to work with the Selma Police Department made him nervous initially.
"It was like going back to school for the first time," he said.
But Hale says he is a deeply religious person, "so I rely on my faith."
Shrinking Selma system closes 2 schools, more possible
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Leaders of Selma's shrinking school system have decided to shut down two schools in the west Alabama city.
WAKA-TV reports that Cedar Park Elementary School and Byrd First Class Learning Center will close after the school year ends.
The president of the city school board, Johnny Moss, says other schools could be closed in coming years.
Judge dismisses Alabama mayor’s lawsuit against city council
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A judge has dismissed an Alabama mayor's lawsuit against his city's council, the latest development in a power struggle over who can appoint department heads and control spending.
The Selma City Council passed an ordinance removing Mayor Darrio Melton's authority to appoint a police chief, fire chief and tax collector. The council then overrode Melton's veto, leading him to sue in October. The disagreement stems from two potentially conflicting sections of state code.
Alabama company recalls hot sausages due to metal bits
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama company has recalled tons of hot sausages because they may be contaminated with bits of metal.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's recall notice says it has not had any reports of injury from the R.L. Zeigler Co. sausages, which were shipped nationwide from Selma, Alabama.
Alabama’s capital city starts new year with Emancipation Day
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital city is marking the new year by celebrating Emancipation Day.
On Jan. 1, 1866, Montgomery began recognizing the Emancipation Proclamation, signed three years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln to declare freedom for "all persons held as slaves."
How Selma, Birmingham helped chef reclaim soul food
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Chef Carla Hall knows soul food. She's been cooking it for her entire career. Now, her mission is to reclaim it. When she set out to trace the path of soul food throughout the South, that journey brought her to Alabama.
In her cookbook "Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration," released Oct. 23, her first step in reclaiming soul food is to define it.
"Soul food is the true food of African Americans," she writes.
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Closed Concordia College Alabama to sell off inventory
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A company says Concordia College Alabama's assets will soon be available for purchase after the historically black Lutheran school closed at the end of the spring semester.
Treasurer sues as Selma government power struggle continues
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The treasurer of a city in Alabama's Black Belt is suing to be reinstated to her position, even as city officials continue to wrangle with a budget crisis that sparked 68 layoffs.
News outlets report Selma Treasurer Ronita Wade, placed on leave three times since 2017 by Mayor Darrio Melton, sued Melton and the Selma City Council on Tuesday in Dallas County Circuit Court demanding reinstatement.
Alabama man arrested in death of 42-year-old man
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been arrested in the death of a 42-year-old man last week.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said Sunday that 34-year-old Winston Harris was arrested and charged with murder in the death of Ricky Dewayne Sanders.
3 Selma police officers arrested over statements
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Three Selma police officers have been indicted on charges of making false statements during an investigation by the state.
The three surrendered at the Dallas County Jail on Friday following their indictment Thursday, the Alabama attorney general's office said in a statement.
Alabama city hands out layoff notices to 68 employees
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A central Alabama city says it will lay off 68 employees because it lacks money.
Local news outlets report Mayor Darrio Melton met with employees Monday to notify them of layoffs, which take effect Nov. 5.
Melton and Selma City Council dispute whether the city's budget passed in September was balanced. Melton claims the council didn't account for $1.2 million in debt payments.
Selma mayor files lawsuit against city council
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Selma has filed a lawsuit against the city council over an effort to take away his appointment powers.
The Selma Times-Journal reports that Selma City Council Attorney Jimmy Nunn and Council President Corey Bowie said the lawsuit stems from a dispute over appointment powers.
2nd man arrested in wounding of Alabama police officer
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A second suspect has been arrested in the wounding of an Alabama police officer last month.
News outlets report 31-year-old Octavius Brown was arrested late last week in the shooting of Selma Police Officer Micah Hale.
Brown is charged with attempted murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and shooting into an occupied building. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.
Dedication planned at park named after civil rights activist
DETROIT (AP) — A dedication ceremony is planned at a renovated Detroit park named after a civil rights activist slain in 1965 in Alabama.
A ribbon-cutting will be held Saturday morning at Liuzzo Park in northwest Detroit. The Viola Liuzzo Park Association secured funding from several sources to make improvements to the park which is part of Mayor Mike Duggan's initiative to renovate city parks and playgrounds.
Man arrested, held on $5M bail in police ambush
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Bond is set at $5 million for a man charged in what authorities are calling the ambush-style shooting of a police officer in Selma, Alabama.
District Attorney Michael Johnson says 21-year-old Kevin Devonta Johnson Jr. is charged with attempted murder and other offenses in an attack on Officer Michael Hale, who was wounded but survived.
A hearing is set for Nov. 6. Court records aren't yet available to show whether the man has a lawyer.
Police in Alabama investigate 2 shooting deaths
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama are investigating two shooting deaths in a city where a police officer was also shot and wounded.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier told news outlets officers were called around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to a shooting behind an elementary school. Collier says a man in his early 20s was found shot to death in a vehicle.
He says there is nothing to link the Sunday night shooting to the wounding of an officer or another shooting death earlier Sunday.
Alabama police chief: Officer wounded in ‘ambush’ shooting
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police chief said Sunday that one of his officers was hospitalized and was expected to survive after being shot while on patrol.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier did not immediately release the name of the officer who was wounded before dawn Sunday.
Collier said he believes the shooting was an "ambush" with multiple people involved.
Police Chief: ‘Cowards’ ambushed, fired at officers
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police chief says two of his officers were lured and ambushed by "cowards," and that it's not the first time it's happened.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier tells AL.com that up to eight shots were fired at two police investigators called Monday night to a public housing complex. The officers were not injured, but Collier says a patrol car was struck.
Alabama man accused of abusing girlfriend’s 3-year-old son
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has been hospitalized in Alabama after police say he was beaten and burned by his mother's boyfriend after the child accidentally went to the bathroom.
Man convicted of shooting son over wings while watching game
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor says an Alabama man had shot and wounded his adult son during an argument over chicken wings while they were watching football.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who police say shot and killed her estranged husband in her own driveway has been charged with murder-domestic violence.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier tells AL.com that 38-year-old Jacqueline Dixon is charged in the Tuesday morning shooting death of 44-year-old Carl Omar Dixon.
ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons.
Citing a statement from Lewis' office, WSB-TV reports that the 78-year-old Georgia congressman was "resting comfortably" in a hospital Saturday night for "routine observation."
The statement says Lewis expects to be released Sunday.
2 schools in Alabama vandalized
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A school district in Alabama says thieves have struck two schools, causing about $200,000 worth of damage.
WSFA-TV reports the Selma city school district said the suspects targeted air conditioning units and ripped out the copper lines at R.B. Hudson Middle School and Sophia P. Kingston Elementary School.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Police say man accused of fatally shooting another man has been arrested after a manhunt in Alabama.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier told Al.com that 21-year-old Jalen Furlow surrendered to police early Sunday after the shooting death of 24-year-old Leon Sanders. Furlow is charged with murder and being held at the Dallas County Jail on no bond.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The suspect in a drive-by shooting in Alabama that killed a woman and critically wounded her 17-year-old son has been captured.
AL.com reports 19-year-old Markquelle Benjamin was taken into custody at a Selma apartment complex Tuesday.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the Art Institute of Atlanta's commencement ceremony.
Lewis is scheduled to speak during the 11 a.m. Monday event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre northwest of Atlanta.
The Georgia Democrat and civil rights worker led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march. The protest ended with marchers being brutally attacked by law enforcement officers.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Civil rights activist U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to address Harvard University graduates.
The Ivy League school is hosting its 367th commencement ceremony on Thursday with a keynote speech from Lewis.
It caps several days of activities that also featured speeches from Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) and Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
BOSTON (AP) — A civil rights icon and a Caribbean politician who tangled with President Donald Trump offered Boston University graduates some choice words on America's cultural rifts.
"We have a right to know what is in the food we eat, what is in the water we drink and what is in the air we breathe," said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, who gave the university's commencement address on Sunday.
‘Tin Man’ to fill empty windows with art project
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas is tired of seeing windows boarded up with plywood throughout Selma.
To fix it, he's come up with a community art project to give people something beautiful to look at instead of plain plywood.
"What we're trying to do is show people that come into Selma that even if the building is empty, we have something to show you," Lucas said.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been convicted in the fatal shooting of girl killed over a cellphone.
Al.com reports a Dallas County jury found Larry Hunter Jr., who was 18 at the time of his arrest in 2013, guilty in the death of Alexis Hunter, who was shot in the head outside of Selma High School. The suspect and the victim were not related but knew each other.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city councilman has turned himself in on a charge of public lewdness.
WSFA-TV reported Friday that a warrant for Samuel Randolph's arrest was issued Thursday. Randolph represents Selma's Ward 5.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama have arrested two men following a shooting at a Selma gas station that left one dead and two wounded, and are searching for two more.
The Selma Police Department says 30-year-old Jimmie Lee Tyus and Darryl Davuntay Kennedy are wanted on charges including murder. Twenty-year-old Jeffery James Bennett Jr. and 21-year-old Vincent Devonte Ellis were arrested Tuesday on similar charges.
Alabama woman finds dream inside elementary classroom
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Tamesha Coleman knew at an early age she wanted to be in front of a classroom one day.
She started out like many others, lining up her dolls as a child and teaching them make believe lesson plans.
In ninth grade, Coleman's teacher, Patricia Hardwick, let her teach her peers lessons, solidifying her desire to teach for a career.
"I always wanted to be a teacher as a little girl. I was inspired by my mother (Gwendolyn Colman) and my high school English teacher," Coleman said.
Poll shows single-digit race between Gov. Abbott and either Democrat as White unveils education plan that includes gambling
AUSTIN - As a new poll showed Gov. Greg Abbott with just a single-digit lead over either Democrat vying to face him, Houston businessman Andrew White sought to improve his chances of winning the party nod against former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez by touting a plan to pump billions more into public education.
Civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten in Selma, tells St. Joe’s crowd, ‘We are going forward.’
First, U.S. Rep. John Lewis warmed up his audience with humor: He told a story about his childhood days preaching to farmyard chickens.
Funeral set for civil rights icon F.D. Reese
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Funeral services to honor the life of civil rights icon Frederick D. Reese have been set for Thursday and Friday. Reese, who was known as F.D., was an early leader in the civil rights movement and invited Martin Luther King Jr. to work in Selma.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a 2016 slaying in Dallas County
WSFA-TV reports on Dec. 16, 2016, 19-year-old Jaequan (JAY-kwan) Simmons was found unconscious in a vehicle, with gunshot wounds. He died shortly after.
Authorities say the shooting remains unsolved, and there are no suspects.
Today in History for March 7th
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Several members of Congress joined civil rights activists and others Sunday afternoon for the annual commemoration of a day of racial violence in Selma dating to 1965.
A bipartisan group including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was to recall "Bloody Sunday," when voting rights protesters were attacked by police as they attempted to cross the bridge.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — About a dozen Democrats and Republicans prayed and sang "Amazing Grace" during a solemn ceremony Friday at the site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated nearly 50 years ago, marking the start of a three-day congressional "pilgrimage" to sites with ties to the civil rights era in the South.