Alabama legislator seeks to ban abortion procedure, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Apr 20, 2016

Tuscaloosa officials are seeking money to replace the city's old passenger train station.

A City Council committee voted Tuesday to select an architect to design the new station and to apply for a grant through the Southern Rail Commission.

Mayor Walt Maddox tells The Tuscaloosa News he fears the city will lose Amtrak service unless it invests in a new station.

The passenger rail service stops in Tuscaloosa during its daily trips between New Orleans and Birmingham. The current station is located in western Tuscaloosa, and the new one would be located in an eastern area that was hard hit by the 2011 tornado that killed dozens in the city.

Amtrak's Tuscaloosa station has about 12,000 passengers annually.

An event that helps connect people with disabilities with organizations providing assistance is happening today. A-P-R’s student reporter, Miranda Fulmore, has more…

The Disability Summit is an event focused on empowering people with disabilities of all ages with information, resources and technology.

The conference will have vendor’s on-hand to answer attendees’ questions about resources that are available.

The summit is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. ADRS is a state agency whose mission is to enable Alabama’s children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential.

The Disability Summit will be held today starting at 1 p.m. at Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery.

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Department of Economic and Community Affairs is working to spread awareness of the resources available to survivors.

For victims of child abuse, there is a network of child advocacy centers spanning all sixty seven counties that works closely with law enforcement.

Jim Byard* is the director of ADECA. He says that for victims of sexual assault, there is also a network of support.

 “There is a network and it’s the Alabama Coalition Against Rape, so they’re rape crisis centers or domestic violence shelters across our state. While they rely on funding from the government they also rely on private donations and local support.”

For the month of April ADECA has changed their website and social media to blue and teal, the colors of these awareness causes. More information on crisis resources is located there.