Alabama News: Segregation Amendment; School Grades Controversy

By: AP
By: AP
Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press...

Alabama Constitutional Amendment #4 as it appears on a sample ballot.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Segregation ended decades ago in Alabama. But it's still mandated in the state constitution. Voters will get a chance to change that on Election Day. But even some black political groups oppose the measure, because they say the change doesn't go far enough to purge racism from the document.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A century-old building that housed Tuscaloosa's first synagogue is slated for demolition after owners have failed to repair damage from last year's devastating tornado. But the building's owner says he's still trying to save it by reaching out to the local Jewish community and churches to pay for repairs.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Birmingham Civil Rights institute has received a $100,000 donation to help mark next year's 50th anniversary of the 1963 sit-ins, marches and boycotts. The gift came from the charitable arm of financial holding company BB&T. The money will go toward education and outreach.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The chairman of the Montgomery County school board says in a letter that she wants a state takeover of the school system amid an investigation into whether grades were altered by some administrators. Charlotte Meadows says the letter was still a draft, but it reflects her views on the issue.

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