Anniston Could Lose Amtrak

Anniston could lose Amtrak train service by the end of the year — unless Congress takes action. A federal law requires that by the end of December, railroads must have automatic brakes built into tracks across America. But getting that done has taken longer than expected. Amtrak says that unless Congress gives railroads more time to install the systems, then many routes will have to eliminated, including the one through Anniston.

Boaz Women Hit By Car, Badly Hurt

A Boaz woman was seriously hurt when she was run over on Highway 168. Dawn Crosson is well liked by Boaz police — she’s frequently downtown. And when officers speed by to answer a call, she’s known to yell ‘go get’em boys.’ She lives in Manor House. Police say the driver didn’t see her because he was blinded by the sun as it set.

A Nose For Trouble -- Using Dogs To Find Guns At School

Sniffing out guns and bombs at Alabama schools. Calhoun county school system now has a German Spotted Pointer and a Black Lab trained to smell guns and explosives. Their nose knows the vapors left behind by the weapons. It may be the only school system in the country using dogs to sniff out trouble on campuses.

Under Pressure, Governor Reconsiders Closing License Offices

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson says it’s unfair to blacks: closing drivers license offices. He met with governor Bentley yesterday, calling it a good meeting. Jackson says the closings will make it harder for people in mostly black counties to get a picture-ID to vote. But the governor says a photo-ID — that can be used for voting — can be issued in every county at the registrar’s office. But Jackson also complained that the closings will make getting a driver’s license hard for many — so Bentley agreed to talk to law enforcement officials and revisit the issue.

Albertville Wants Voters To Approve School Tax

Albertville school board wants to charge a property tax. So, they’re asking the county commission to let voters decide in a special election on December 15th. If approved, there would be a 3.5 mil school district tax — that would have to be approved again every three years.

Fewer Troopers At Big Events

State budget-cuts mean fewer troopers at some events. State officials say you’ll see fewer Alabama troopers than in past years at major events such as Mardi Gras, Talladega and FootWash. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier said the troopers will continue to help provide security at major events, but just not as many officers as their used to be. State doesn’t have the money in the budget. Meantime, the governor defending another budget cut: closing some rural drivers’ license offices — he said it’s a business decision — necessary to save money. The offices were staffed one to three days a week

Convoy To Move Hospital Patients

Big week-end coming for healthcare in Birmingham –one old hospital shuts down – a brand new one opens — and the real work is transferring all the patients to the new facility. So, as the old country song says, “looks like we got us a convoy” of ambulences — 45 of them, with lots of police watching will move 100 patients from Trinity Hospital to Grandview Medical Center — and Grandview will start taking other patients — who aren’t transfers — at 6 o’clock Saturday morning.

Gas prices up a bit

Alabama gas prices have inched upward, but we’re still under the $2/gallon mark. puts the statewide average price for gas today at $1.99 a gallon, which is up a couple of cents in the last week, but overall it’s still down four cents a gallon in the last month. We’re paying a lot less than drivers in other states. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded today is $2.29 a gallon, which is steady in the last week, but it’s down 11 cents a gallon in the last month. A year ago the statewide average price was $3.10 a gallon, when the national average was $3.29 a gallon.

Fatal Wreck Near Boaz

Fatal wreck Saturday morning on Alabama 179 near the Boaz City limits. Head on crash — the driver in one of the vehicles died…name not yet given. The other driver in the hospital — condition unknown.

Some Counties Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses

Fatal wreck Saturday morning on Alabama 179 near the Boaz City limits. Head on crash — the driver in one of the vehicles died…name not yet given. The other driver in the hospital — condition unknown.

Falling enrollment at JSU

Enrollment at Jacksonville State University has dropped to its lowest point in 15 years. The Anniston Star says the school enrolled 8,314 students this semester, which is the lowest in 15 years, and it’s the fifth-straight year that the school’s enrollment has dropped. The University is looking for a VP of enrollment management. School officials have noted a couple of reasons for the school’s dropping student population, including the increasing cost of college, as there’s been a drop in financial aid.

Bentley's Divorce Deal To Be Made Public

They have a divorce deal. Governor Bentley and his wife Dianne. Didn’t take long — she filed for a divorce a month ago. Now they have settled on dividing-up money and property. And the governor says he will ask the court to make all of it public. The governor issued a statement saying, “The last four weeks have been a very difficult time for my family and for our state. The people of Alabama have prayed for us and have encouraged us. For that, I am extremely grateful.”. The Bentley’s were married for 50 years.

Chain Reaction Wrecks In Boaz

One wreck leads to another in Boaz. In all, five vehicles involved. Happened just after lunchtime yesterday. Police blame wet roads. In one accident, a car was turning and three vehicles rear ended each other trying to stop. Then, a Mustang came over the hill — hit the brakes, slid into oncoming traffic — and was T-boned by a Jeep. The driver of the Mustang taken to the hospital.

Warrior Police Officer And Two Suspects Wounded

Three people wounded — a Warrior police officer, and two suspects — when they traded shots during a traffic stop yesterday. Happened near I-65 on an access road in Jefferson county. Not clear why the men were chased, though one had an outstanding warrant. When officers boxed in the car, a passenger started shooting. The officer was hit — but saved by his bullet-proof vest. The two suspects who were both shot — taken to the hospital– their conditions unknown. The officer’s name not given, he’s going to be on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated. It’s the third officer who’s shot someone in Warrior in recent months.

Crash info wanted

Albertville police are looking for more information in a crash that happened on September 21st. This was a fatal wreck, at 4:45 in the morning, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 431 and Martling Road. The wreck killed Jacob Helton, who was on his way to work at the time. Police are looking for anyone who might have seen what happened. If you saw it, call Albertville Police at 256-891-8300.

Alabama Losing Money On Sales Tax

When you order stuff online — you don’t pay sales tax in most cases — and the President of the Gadsden City council wants that changed. Deverick Williams says Etowah county loses about $5 million a year in sales tax that’s not collected for online buying. He’s hoping Alabama Congressmen will support a bill in Congress that would make sure sales tax gets collected.

Woman Accused Of Stealing From Doctors

Stealing from doctors. A grand jury brought charges against a woman in Birmingham who ran the officer for a group of surgeons. 49 year old Anntwine Moss facing several charges — accused for stealing more than $980,000 from Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Alabama — the money stolen between 2006 and 2013. The grand jury handed down the indictment last week.

State Wrestles With Budget Cuts

How bad are the budget cuts? That’s what they’re trying to figure out in various Alabama state agencies. They’re still doing the math — to see how much of a cut they will have to cope with and what — if any service — may be cut. A spokeswoman for Gov. Bentley says the governor and finance director are reviewing spending plans for various state departments.

One person killed in wreck

Authorities are investigating an accident that killed a 30-year-old Oxford woman on Monday morning. It happened at the intersection of U.S. 78 and National Drive. The Anniston Star says Brenda Morgan was driving east on 78 in a Pontiac Grand Am, when a Ford Fusion veered into her lane, and hit the Grand Am head-on. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her young son, who was in her vehicle, was hurt, and so was the driver of the Ford Fusion. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Rod run Sunday benefits Crossville fire department

The seventh annual Cody Renfroe Rod Run takes place Saturday.

It runs from 4 to 8 at Crossville City Park.

The event bears the name of a former volunteer firefighter who died in the line of duty seven years ago.

Organizers welcome all types of vehicles. Proceeds benefit the Crossville Fire Department.