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.

Food drive Saturday

The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place Saturday.

The Etowah Community Food Bank, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the postal service all participate in this as part of a nationwide effort.

Mail carriers work with the food bank and United Way of Etowah County to make this the largest single-day food drive in the county’s history.

Those who get their mail from the Gadsden, East Gadsden, and Alabama City can place nonperishable food items beside their mailboxes Saturday in sturdy bags for pickup.

Gadsden man dies from Friday crash

A Gadsden man has died from Friday night’s crash on First Avenue.

The coroner has identified him as 57-year-old Michael Urioste.

He says Urioste drove a three-wheeled motorcycle, and an autopsy determines whether or not a medical issue contributed to the crash.

Man slaps woman, woman stabs man with pen

A DeKalb County man went to jail yesterday after a fight.

Sheriff’s officials have not released his name, but they say it happened at a home on College Road in Powell.

Authorities claim a man slapped a woman, and the woman stabbed him with a pen.

Pisgah opens storm shelter

Pisgah has a new storm shelter.

It sits behind Rosalie School.

The new building can withstand winds of 300 miles per hour.

Man found dead hanging from electrical tower

Scottsboro Police continue investigating a man’s death — a man they found hanging from an electrical structure yesterday.

The coroner says his body surfaced at a tower near Stewart Road.

Authorities have not released his name, as they have not notified his family yet.

Deadline Nears For Satellite Radio Refunds

Have you had sattellite radio and tried to cancel it? The state Attorney General out with a reminder that there’s a deadline to apply for refunds from a settlement with Sirius XM. Luther Strange says that if you’re eligible to get some money back, you have until May 3 to apply. Sirius XM agreed to settle back in December because customers complained it was hard to cancel in some cases the company automatically renewed service without asking.

Huntsville Cop Arrested For Excessive Force

A Huntsville police officer who was fired for using excessive force — then rehired by city council…now facing federal criminal charges. Officer Brett Russell indicted by a federal grand jury for hitting a man during an arrest back in 2011. The city issued a statement saying that it had already taken action that it deemed appropriate and that Russell underwent retraining. Now he could face prison time.