MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - College bowl fever rises this weekend. Alabama will likely duplicate what Troy did earlier this bowl season. Auburn is also favored to win the final and biggest bowl game JanuaryMore >> State government will now be much more transparent thanks to the work of The Alabama Legislature.More >> Crime is down across the board this year in Montgomery in all areas: violent crime, murder, rape, robbery, burglary, larceny, property crime, and motor vehicle theft.More >> Full and healthy stomachs lead to better learning in schools and a more prosperous nation. Children are able to concentrate more in the classroom and acquire the skills they need to compete in a global economy.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Our editorial "Pensions Paying Foolishness" taking issue with sending pension checks to public employees who abused the public trust and were serving jail time for it elicited thisMore >> Sending checks to a prisoner doesn't make sense. Especially when our tax money is being sent.More >> Cheers to President Obama for reaching an agreement on a trade deal with South Korea. We encourage all members of the Alabama congressional delegation to vote for it.More >> More than one million students expanded their imaginations here at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival over the past 25 years.More >> Sunday, December 5, 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus-boycott.More >> Workforce preparedness is key to survival for states in as competitive an economic environment we've ever had in our country and the key to that is quality education.More >> A lobbyist should not be permitted to spend one penny on a public official.More >> Dying my hair pink for the day seemed a small price to pay for the payoff – 100% participation in this year's River Region United Way campaign from the nearly 100 members of our team.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We salute the 35,000 veterans living in the River Region and encourage everyone to celebrate and honor our veterans more than just one day a year. Less than 10% of Americans haveMore >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While it is encouraging that sales tax revenue was up over a million dollars in the first month of the new fiscal year in Montgomery, the reality is 2010 fiscal year sales tax revenueMore >> Alabama voters spoke loudly: it is time for real change. Sweeping changes are coming to our statehouse.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Voters will decide November 2 whether to spend one billion dollars from the Alabama Trust Fund over the next ten years on transportation infrastructure. The ballot issue is AmendmentMore >> We have some key information updates from previous editorials:More >> Violent crimes statewide continue to decrease but domestic violence homicides continue to increase. Five years ago there were 27 in Alabama. Three years ago there were 32. Last year there were 40.More >> Student success stories are on the rise...More >> Our "Integrity Issues" editorial calling for more stringent ethics legislation that should include a ban on Pac-to-Pac transfers of campaign contributions, subpoena power for the ethics commission...More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery continues to bring in more attractions and conventions thanks to new facilities and more resourcefulness and hustle from city leaders. An old stand by is here now –More >> Black eyes continue for our state. Whether the 11 people, including four legislators, are found guilty or not of the indictments by an Alabama grand jury and acted on by the federal government remains to be seen.More >> The formal education of our children is a complex and challenging task. There are many ideas about what works and what doesn't.More >> Alabama ranks third in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men.More >> Fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars is never acceptable. Cheers to...More >> The oil well that broke, gushing 100 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico the past five months is finally capped. The war of words that continue to gush between the governor and attorney general appears...More >> Here are some of the comments you've given about our recent editorials. Our editorial on Advance Placement test improvement upset many.More >> Alabama boasts more than just the top ranked football team in the nation.More >> Saturday will mark nine years since the terrorist attacks on America.More >> All children can learn despite their circumstances and hurdles they face. The students at Thelma Smiley Morris Elementary in Montgomery demonstrate that every day.More >> Labor Day will be like most others for many Americans and Alabamians these days – looking for work, rather than going to work, or having a day off from work.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery is one of the leading Information Technology Centers in the country, thanks to the Gunter Annex of Maxwell Air Force Base. That's why for the 23rd straight year, theMore >> It serves no helpful purpose to bad mouth your home town.More >> Viewers are weighing in on WSFA's editorials. Here are some of the responses we've received.More >> Alabama must improve its proficiency standards for students statewide. Slightly more than half of our public school students are proficient in math and reading.More >> Some people define good sportsmanship as the "golden rule" of sports — in other words, treating the people you play with and against as you'd like to be treated yourself.More >> Since 1986 nearly 15,000 injury causing accidents involving amusement rides have occurred in the US...More >> Due to the death of Montgomery City Councilman Willie Cook last month, a special election to replace him on the council will be held on September 14th, and we urge everyone in district 6 to vote.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL(WSFA) - Regarding our "Campaign Issues" editorial, Joseph Cates, a teacher at Lowndes Academy and an adjunct history instructor at Auburn Montgomery, responded: "I don't live in Macon orMore >> Our editorial on "Voting Interest" elicited this response...More >> You offered much feedback on our "Voter Interest" editorial.More >> Right now, more than 30% of our 7th graders are not proficient in math and more than 25% of our 8th graders are not proficient in reading. That is not acceptable.More >> Alabama is a better place for children than it was a year ago, but not as good a place than 47 other states. That's not acceptable.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Many Montgomery public school students will see a new principal at their schools when they return to school in a few weeks: 23 of the 59 schools will have new leadership. TheMore >> Editorial: The Auburn Knights – 7/22/10 In 1930 a group of student musicians at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University, formed a swing band… not such an unusual event atMore >> Editorial – Media access to gulf oil spill – 7-20-2010 Last week BP finally capped the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but only after somewhere between 93 and 184 million gallons of crude oilMore >> Editorial: June 22, 2010: Food and Fund Drive Over $12,000 and nearly 4,000 pounds of food… that's what YOU gave to the Montgomery Area food Bank last Friday during WSFA 12 News' annual Fund and FoodMore >> Here are some of the critical issues facing the people we will elect to represent us for statewide office on November 2.More >> I do it, my kids do it, my friends do it, many of you do it, and yet most of us would agree that when someone else talks on a cell phone while driving, it could be dangerous.More >> Many of you are old enough to recall that in Alabama's primary election of 1986, Charlie Graddick faced Bill Baxley in a runoff for the democratic nomination for governor.More >> Montgomery may soon be home to a Caterpillar plant that might employ more than 500 people and another major employer that could bring more than 500 jobs.More >> Calling what is happening in the Gulf an oil spill does a disservice to the word spill. It is a disaster of epic proportions – ecologically, economically and emotionally. The regulatory failure andMore >> Last week the River Region United Way Pacesetter Campaign began and runs through July 15th. It's a great way to jumpstart the United Way public campaign. Kudos to these companies for giving early andMore >> Youth sports injuries are reaching epidemic proportions. That's the opinion of Birmingham orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, one of our nation's top sports surgeons.More >> More than two thirds of Alabama's registered voters didn't vote in this year's primary election. When so few of us decide who represents us, it is tough to complain with the results,More >> One of my favorite quotes about the election process, "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Looking for a great place to spend the upcoming holiday weekend? Try Alabama's beaches. The Gulf Coast is taking a beating. The BP oil spill likely will be the worst in our nation'sMore >> In 1969 Auburn University at Montgomery offered students its first classes downtown in the old Bell Street campus of AUM.More >> No one likes talking about my subject today but it has reached epidemic proportions because of that very reason.More >> Our nation's debt is 13 trillion dollars and it is growing by the second.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Evidence of excellence abounds in our region. Baptist Medical Center East was just recognized for being in the top 5% of the nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide for excellence inMore >> State legislators didn't pass legislation banning texting while driving so now the Prattville City Council is considering a proposal to ban it while driving inside their city limits.More >> MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We have much to pray for every day – but especially this Thursday, a National Day of Prayer. We pray for as positive an outcome as possible from the oil leak that threatens ourMore >> As we see the month of April come to a close so does Child Abuse Awareness Month.More >> Unemployment remains double digits throughout our country yet Congress continues to sit on a deal that would create tens of thousands of new jobs in America.More >> Our "Census" editorial elicited this response from someone who emailed with the name Liberty Bell (e)...More >> DANGER, DANGER, DANGER…WARNING, WARNING, WARNING shouted the robot in the old television show, "Lost in Space," when it sensed impending danger. More >> In addition to turning in our taxes this week, we should all turn in our census form. It will take considerably less time to fill out than our taxes – less than 10 minutes tops. We may or may not getMore >> There's a move afoot to try and get Alabama to opt out of the new federal health care plan. Ironically, to a certain extent, we can opt out in part by doing our best to avoid many health issues broughtMore >> Spring cleaning is a tradition in many homes. It is a cleansing process for many – particularly after a harsh winter. It is also needed. We applaud the nearly 3,000 volunteers who have already signedMore >> Our Tuition Caps Editorial prompted this differing feedback: "It isn't fair to the taxpayers of this state to have to shore up the loss on investments in the Pact program." And "The state assuredMore >> Auburn and Alabama rank in the top 50 of the 129 public universities in America. They are economic engines that fuel our state's growth, employing thousands and supplying quality workforce candidates.More >> If you had to create a school program from the ground up that best served the students and families in Alabama today, what would it be? For one thing you would want school to be a fairly continuous process,More >> We all need information to help us make decisions , and we often use that data in a risk / benefit analysis of the situation. There's one risky decision many of us make far too often; speeding. AndMore >> Montgomery police respond to more than two dozen domestic violence calls every day. Victims who suffer abuse face enough trauma without the added trouble of ping ponging among service agencies to getMore >> The current Alabama Worker's Compensation Law is unfair to small business concerns; especially those that engage in providing health related services to our homebound elderly and disabled citizens. TheseMore >> 45 years ago this Sunday, 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma en route to Montgomery, an event which later led toMore >> If you have young school age children, there's a good chance that someone read to them in class on Tuesday, perhaps even one of our news anchors, because March 2nd is Read Across America Day. 12 yearsMore >> Our "Denying Choices" editorial regarding charter schools in Alabama elicited these responses: "It's all politics." "This just proves these people really aren't looking out for the children's bestMore >> Leaders often give us words of wisdom that if heeded, should uplift us all. The leader who founded what is now Tuskegee University – Dr. Booker T. Washington – has been attributed with much common senseMore >> I said it in 2008, in 2009 and I'm saying it again in 2010. We must step up to the plate when comes to taking responsibility. Men, you must stop creating babies and walking away from them. If you careMore >> How many times and how many ways can we say ... parents and young people, we absolutely must do a better job of respecting ourselves, our fellow man, and our communities. Just last week in north AlabamaMore >> Today, I proudly proclaim Montgomery Alabama is the place I truly choose to call home! Growth is taking place around us daily. Can't you see it? With each of us working together, shoulder to shoulderMore >> Tim Tebow is among the greatest college football players ever and by all accounts is an even better citizen than football player. His mom, Pam, spoke in Montgomery last year about her and Tim's beginnings,More >> The following is a full statement by: Col J. Christopher Murphy Director, Alabama Department of Public Safety DOTHAN, AL - It is the duty of the Alabama Department of Public Safety to investigateMore >> If the gaming machines statewide are illegal, they should be shut down. If they are not, they should be taxed. It is ludicrous what is going on statewide. It boggles the mind and frustrates even theMore >> Teach for America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in public schools. Teach for America recruits on more than 350 college campuses, seeking seniorsMore >> There are a lot of things good about Montgomery Public Schools. We have challenges as well. Wilson Elementary and Carr Middle School opened their doors last August. The new Carver High and BellingrathMore >> Alabamians continuously demonstrate their giving nature – evidenced again when 676 waiting children were adopted through the state's adoption system last year. That broke a record set the year before.More >> You had plenty to say regarding our guest editorial on the High Cost of Education. Helen Swanner emailed: "Finally, someone has the gumption to tell it like it is! To begin firing teachers and supportMore >> A double digit decrease in crime in Montgomery hasn't happened in more than a decade. It did in 2009 and all involved in making it happen deserve credit. Engaged and involved citizens who activelyMore >> Students and parents look to teachers and administrators for leadership. What they are seeing from the Montgomery County Board of Education is the antithesis of leadership. Bickering and squabbling,More >> The regular session of the Alabama legislature starts next week, a very early start because it's an election year. The head start will be needed to deal with the pressing problem of how to cut at leastMore >> The dictionary offers a long definition of the word ethical, which I won't bore you with, but most of us understand being ethical as simply doing the right thing. Much has been made over the past yearMore >> More than half a million Alabamians don't have health insurance - a little more than one out of every ten of us. We have more than a dozen health care providers in our state, although Blue Cross BlueMore >> Only 3% of Montgomery County Public schools improved reading skills of first graders in the first half of this past school year, according to performance tests.
That improved to 91% the second half ofMore >>