KSAM News

KSAM News

BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL SATURDAY

The 9th Annual Butterfly Festival is coming up tomorrow, October 13th, at 101 Tam Road from 10 AM to 2 PM. It’s sponsored by the Walker County Master Gardeners. Tag and Release of Monarchs will occur at noon. They will have a children’s area with face painting, new crafts, outdoor games, photo spots and Bug Bingo. The Seed Ladies will be there. Walker County Beekeepers will be there so you can learn about keeping bees and how honey is made.

UPDATE HURRICANE MICHAEL

Former Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon. It was classified as one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the U-S. Weakening over land, it turned into a tropical storm by late Wednesday.

It brought in maximum winds of 155 miles-per-hour when it came ashore near Mexico Beach in Florida. Debris has been scattered across miles of the coastline of Florida. It left in its wake damaged roofs and downed trees and power lines.

Almost 300,000 homes and businesses have lost power in Florida. Thousands of homes in Georgia and Alabama also lost power.

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY DISCUSSES UPCOMING MID-TERM ELECTIONS

Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about Homeland Security Threats.

With the mid-terms ahead in a few weeks, one of the vulnerable areas focused on were the November elections.

Secretary Nielsen addressed the committee on what was being done to address security in the upcoming elections . . . .

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Tuesday an unknown suspect passed forged checks in the 1200 block of Josey Street. In the 100 block of Northbound I-45 an unknown suspect threatened a public servant. In the 600 block of University Avenue, a known suspect threatened to cause serious bodily injury to another.

On the night shift Tuesday, a motorcycle was stolen in the 2000 block of 19th Street. At the corner of Montgomery Road and Sam Houston Avenue, Bethany Portela was arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance.

TAX REFORM 2.0 PASSES THE HOUSE

The office of Congressman and House Ways and Means Chairman, Kevin Brady, informs us that recently the House passed Tax Reform 2.0., three pieces of legislation meant to build on the results of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

They report the first bill, Protecting Family And Small Business Tax Cuts Act, will lock in the individual and small business tax cuts, helping families and small businesses thrive.

The second bill, the Family Savings Act, will help more middle-class American families and younger workers save for key life events like retirement, education and unexpected emergencies by expanding access to new and existing savings vehicles.

The third bill, the American Innovation Act, will help entrepreneurs move from the kitchen table to main street and beyond. It helps risk takers create jobs and invest in their communities.

HURRICANE MICHAEL MOVING TOWARD FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Weather forecasters say that Hurricane Michael was upgraded today to “an extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm. Word is, it could be the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle area in 100 years.

This morning, Hurricane Michael’s winds were said to have increased to around 140 miles-per-hour. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon.