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Every week on WVAS, we bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 52 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report… 

The Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization (SAYNO) and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the annual Kids and Cops Day on Saturday. The event, which is also being hosted by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission, was designed to allow children an opportunity to interact with law enforcement and learn about their equipment and technology in a positive atmosphere. Executive Director of SAYNO, Inc. Anderson Graves says the indoor festival will include interactive activities, police-related scenarios, and other fun activities.

Hyles Files: Casserole and Death

Oct 13, 2017

Qualifying has closed for the Alabama Democratic and Republican parties in the race for state’s Senate District 26 seat, which Quinton Ross just vacated to take over as President of Alabama State University. Five candidates have qualified on the Democratic side while just one is running from the Republican Party. Democratic candidates include Deborah Anthony, Fred Bell, David Burkette, Tony Cobb Jr. and John Knight. DJ Johnson is the GOP’s nominee. The special primary election is set for Dec. 12. A runoff would be held Feb. 27 if needed. 

Making Contact: Mrs. Hamer, Echoes Airs Tonight

Oct 9, 2017
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Tonight's regularly scheduled program Biz Talk MGM is taking a break for the Columbus Day holiday. In place of it, WVAS will broadcast a half-hour special "Mrs. Hamer, Echoes" part of the Making Contact series, a weekly magazine/documentary style public affairs program distributed through Public Radio Exchange. The program examines the words and brief context of the life of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer,  who would have turned 100 on October 6.

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On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands.

"Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, one of the Republicans in the crowded field in Florida's 27th Congressional District, said in 2009 that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was 7 years old.

She does not mean at Disney World.

"I went in," she says in a 2009 Spanish language interview that appeared on YouTube this week. "There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship, not like airplanes.

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Now it's time for sports.

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After Donald Trump won the White House, Democrats said they wanted to reconnect with rural voters. But Virginia's Governor's race suggests the party is still having a hard time. Reporter Jessie Knadler has more.

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The ongoing wildfires in Northern California have reminded many Americans of the courage — the heroism — of the men and women who fight fires in forests and wilderness.

A new film called Only The Brave is based on the true story of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled, and ultimately lost their lives, in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire during late June of 2013. Hotshots are the elite crews that attack and try to contain wildfires with chainsaws, shovels and flames of their own (to create firebreaks).

The world Philip Pullman created is back—in his hands, and now ours.

The His Dark Materials trilogy, which was introduced more than 20 years ago with a book called The Golden Compass, is set in a world ruled by theocratic overlords collectively known as the Magisterium, and in which children often disappear into the hands of people called the Gobblers. However, human souls — especially those of children — take shape outside their bodies as daemons: talking animal spirits who give humans aid, comfort and companionship.

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