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The intrepid inspectors with the Montgomery County Health Department are in action again this week tracking down restaurants whose violations could put you in danger when eating out. This week the health team conducted a total of 39 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.

      Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing today on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police training, to carry a pistol on school property. It is one of a number of ideas introduced after the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school.

High school band trip ends in fatal crash in Alabama

Mar 13, 2018

(AP) — A bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring many passengers. First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack.

 Interim State Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson told board members last week that top personnel cuts need to be made. In a board of education work session Richardson said that reducing the number of employees, known as exempt or at-will, has become necessary.

A consultant hired by the Alabama Personnel Department conducted a study in recent months to look at job tasks, titles and salaries. State lawmakers are now preparing to eliminate jobs after seeing unnecessary spending on high-ranking personnel. 

Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 43 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.

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It's the worst Lassa fever outbreak ever recorded in Nigeria according to the World Health Organization.

"In January alone there were more cases [203 suspected cases than during the whole year 2017 combined," says Lorenzo Pomarico, emergency coordinator for the medical group ALIMA, the Alliance for International Medical Action. "This is an extraordinary and unprecedented outbreak in its sheer scale."

Some Retailers Are Holding Your Returns Against You

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Shoppers and consumer advocates are up in arms after finding out that major retailers have been keeping closer tabs on them than they thought.

Retailers such as Best Buy, Victoria's Secret and the Home Depot have been working with a third-party organization to manage a database that determines which of their consumers should be banned from making returns, The Wall Street Journal reports.

There's a big movement among major retail companies to become more than just places that sell you things. In the latest example, Walmart is partnering with a home-services app called Handy to give shoppers a deal on professional help assembling furniture or installing a TV.

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Politics In The News

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy ended his drought in convincing fashion Sunday.

The four-time major tournament winner went on a final-round birdie binge to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. It was his first victory since 2016. McIlroy pulled away at the end with five birdies on the last six holes for an 8-under par 64.

As dominant as his win was, McIlroy shared the spotlight with Tiger Woods, who finished eight shots back.