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Two Arrests Made in Crenshaw County Murder

4 hours ago

   Authorities have made two arrests in a fatal shooting in Crenshaw County.  A release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency indicates that two Lapine men have been charged with murder in the death of 33 year old George Michael Watson of Carbon Hill.  They have been identified as 19 year old Eddie Joe Flowers and 18 year old Adam Durand Gregory. The teenagers were taken into custody shortly after police arrived on the scene of the shooting Monday on Upper Panola Road. Bond has been set at $1 million for each individual.

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford delivered his final State of the City Address.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.  WVAS News spoke to Ford about his experience in office and his expectations for the next chapter in his life.  Ford says he will work to revitalize historic neighborhoods surrounding Lake Tuskegee and plans to add author to his name with an upcoming book release.  

A panel of retired judges will hear suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore's bid to return to the bench. Alabama Supreme Court justices said Monday that they will recuse themselves from hearing Moore's appeal because their impartiality might be questioned. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Moore denied the accusations, saying he never told probate judges what to do.

Alabama State University Gets 3-D Printer

Oct 24, 2016

Alabama State University has been awarded a 271-thousand dollar grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art 3-D printer. The printer will be used by students in ASU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and will enable researchers to custom design and build tissue replacements. Dr.

Monday is Last Day to Register to Vote in Alabama

Oct 24, 2016

   Today is the last day to register to vote in this year’s general election. To do so, residents with a valid, government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license can go to the secretary of state’s website, alabamavotes.gov and do it electronically. You can also go by your county’s Board of Registrars. Mailing in an application is also an option, but it must be postmarked with today's date. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says the number of registered voters is currently about 3.3 million, up about 500,000 since the last gubernatorial election.

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Public health authorities and infectious disease specialists now say we may not be able to rid the U.S. of the Zika virus. Despite months of intense work — including house to house inspections and aggressive mosquito control — federal, state and local officials have not been able to stop the spread of Zika in Miami.

West Virginia residents have settled part of a civil lawsuit over a chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for thousands of people in 2014, according to The Associated Press.

A Canadian woman who worked as a nurse has been charged with the murders of eight nursing home residents in Ontario over the course of seven years.

If Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer is found guilty, as The Globe and Mail reports, the 49-year-old woman would be "among the worst serial killers in Canadian history."

It's one of the biggest medical mysteries of our time: How did HIV come to the U.S.?

Scientists say they have figured out when and where the virus first arrived here by genetically sequencing samples from people infected by the virus early on. In the process, they have exonerated the man accused of triggering the epidemic in North America.

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The jury hearing the federal trial of seven people who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon entered a fourth day of deliberations Wednesday — a day after jurors' ability to reach a verdict came into question.

Vote flipping. The stories and conspiracy theories have begun.

In every recent election, there have been reports of voters pressing one candidate's name on a touchscreen machine, only to have the opponent's name light up instead.

It can be unnerving for voters and often leads to allegations that the machines have been "rigged" to favor one candidate over another.

Sharbat Gula, whose piercing stare and bright green eyes brought new attention to the plight of refugees fleeing Afghanistan in the 1980s, is now in a Pakistan jail. Gula was arrested in an investigation into identity-card fraud, local media report.

Gula, who's also known as Sharbat Bibi, is facing a possible prison sentence after federal agents arrested her in Peshawar as part of an inquiry into forged national identity cards, according to the Dawn news agency in Pakistan.

This week, Alt.Latino takes a literary turn as we explore the world of Latino noir.

Good guys, bad guys and cops who are both; murder, intrigue and gallows humor; highly stylized writing — it's all there, as with any noir fiction. But these books and stories are written by Latinx authors.

The barbarians are invading Rome — again.

At least, that's the complaint of a group of Italian intellectuals protesting the "siege" of the city's cultural sites by outside enemies such as McDonald's and cheap souvenir shops.

Some 170 people have signed their names to an open letter appealing to UNESCO for help in combating the "commercial exploitation" of the ancient city.