Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:36 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:23:27 GMT
An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce in the Gaza war. Israel's defense minister warned that the military may soon...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:09:20 GMT
The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.Full Story >
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:08:50 GMT
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...Full Story >
President Barack Obama is telling Central American presidents that the United States and the wider region share responsibility to address an influx of minors and families who are crossing the southwest border of the U.S.Full Story >
MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) -
It's a position the county administrator has always hired, but when Montgomery County Administrator Donald Mims made his recommendation for deputy administrator, some members of the county commission took issue. The lingering issue came to a head on Monday.
Tempers escalated after both county attorneys gave their opinions of the law, involving a commission's role in hiring and firing merit employees. Both attorneys agreed the commission had the authority to fund and authorize the position, neither the commission nor the administrator could do it alone. Still it was inconclusive for some.
Commissioner Rhonda Walker was concerned about the opinion.
"These are dangerous waters to tread in," Walker said.
It quickly became a racial issue. The two Caucasian commissioners, Reed Ingram and Walker, versus three African American commissioners, Elton Dean, Jiles Williams and Dan Harris, who believe they have the final say, not the administrator.
Attorney Tommy Gallion even weighed in.
"This doesn't have a damn thing to do with law, but for this community to operate, we have to get rid of racial prejudice on both sides," Gallion said.
Ingram says there is a lot more sensationalism involved than should be at this point.
"I think if it had been any other candidate it would have been less drama, obviously there's some hidden agenda here," Ingram said.
Dean and Harris both said they didn't have a preferred candidate, even putting Mims on the spot.
Elton Dean directly asked Mims, "Has Elton Dean, Jiles Williams or Dan Harris told you we need a black deputy administrator?" Mims responded, "No".
Mims works at the pleasure of the commission, and Ingram believes Mims has been put in a difficult position.
According Alabama Ethics Commissioner James Sumner, using the ability to fire an employee over a motivated act is a directly violation.
"When a more senior person is trying to do something there's a lot of pressure for them to go along. That's why the law steps in and says, you can't do that. You can't use your position to manipulate a subordinate," Sumner said.
Ingram proposed getting an Attorney General's opinion on the law, which would require a resolution from the commission. Elton Dean said he would not sign it.
Dean left before the meeting was over and did not return WSFA 12 News' calls for a comment. Harris declined our interview request.
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:38:42 GMT
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. Jenna Montgomery and Jess Taylor both pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. MontgomeryFull Story >
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday.Full Story >
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >