Saturday, Sep 5, 2015

Anniston police report that a toddler drove a minivan into a concrete drainage ditch on Snow Creek Wednesday around 12:30pm near East 19th Street and Davis Avenue. Police said the child was able to get the vehicle out of gear, it rolled down a hill and into the ditch. The child was not injured but was taken to RMC as a precaution.

 

The Joint Committee on Alabama Public Pensions studying the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) will examine reforms tried in other states as it looks for ways to control costs in the pension program. The committee met for the second time Tuesday and heard an overview of retirement programs in other states. The Legislature created the committee earlier this year to study the RSA, which manages about $38 billion in assets, including pension funds for teachers, state employees and judges with about 340,000 members. In 2013, the funding ratio for Alabama's pension system was 66%, which is below the national average of 72%.

 

Governor Robert Bentley continued his push for tax increases Wednesday, urging members of a health care task force to call lawmakers and tell them to support his plan for about $300 million in tax increases. Bentley said the state faces its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression. He said he would meet legislators one-on-one and press them to name their alternatives to tax increases. The 38-member Alabama Health Care Reform Task Force later approved a resolution supporting $300 million in new revenue for the General Fund.

 

The Birmingham Park and Recreation Board is considering three options for the future of the Confederate Monument at Linn Park. Wednesday, Ralph Cook with the city's legal department gave the board a history of the monument and the park. Cook told the board their three options are to keep the monument where it is, move the monument to another public location, or move the monument to a private location. Activist Frank Matthews addressed the board saying, Do not run from your blackness" and encouraged the board to remove the monument.

 

Tuesday, the Gadsden City Council took another step toward starting work on a riverfront park in East Gadsden. The Council awarded a $2.4 million dollar bid for riverfront development on the east side of the Coosa River to Bob Smith Construction of Trussville. The bid was originally $3.5 million, but was reduced to $2.4 million through negotiations. The work will begin in the very near future. The project stretches along the riverfront from the Coosa Landing marina to behind the old Hobby Lobby building.

 

Janet Hall, 59, a retired Talladega County school teacher, was killed in a two-vehicle crash at about 11:50am on Highway 76 in Winterboro Tuesday. According to authorities, Hall's vehicle hydroplaned and she collided with an oncoming vehicle. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45pm. Hall retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. She had been an elementary school teacher. Alabama State Troopers are investigating the fatal wreck.

 

 SPORTS!

 

The Padres have discovered an alternative fuel source, and his name is Yangervis Solarte. Solarte drove in two runs, and Tyson Ross pitch six solid innings as San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman has ordered Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court on August 31st if no settlement is reached before then in Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

 

Jake Coker practiced on Wednesday after suffering a minor foot injury. He was the first through drills during the media viewing portion of practice. Saban said after practice that the Alabama quarterback decision will be made by what the players do on the field.