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WVAS-FM racks up at the 2017 ABBY Awards

16 hours ago

WVAS-FM, the voice of Alabama State University received four Best in Broadcasting awards at the 2017 ABBY Awards Dinner; which was held at the Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama on Saturday, March 25. 

Deadline is Looming for Central Alabama Residents

22 hours ago

   The Small Business Administration is reminding Central Alabama residents that a deadline closing fast.     April 25 is the last day for residents of seven counties to apply for disaster loans linked to last year’s drought. Assistance is available for residents in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair, Shelby and Talladega counties, which had some of the worst conditions during the dry spell. 70 percent of Alabama is abnormally dry or experiencing drought conditions, according to the most recent statistics.

Montgomery to Kick Off College Football Season

Mar 22, 2017

A new college football game is coming to Montgomery; officials announced Tuesday that the Montgomery Kickoff Classic will officially jumpstart college football season.  The game will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in the nation, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President, ESPN Events says the Montgomery community has been very supportive and successful in hosting our events.

Montgomery Police Initiate Homicide Investigation

Mar 22, 2017

 Montgomery police are conducting a homicide investigation into a weekend shooting. Investigators say 20 year old Brittany Young was found with a gunshot wound in the 57-hundred block of Express Drive Sunday morning. She was taken to a local hospital where she died the following night. Investigators continue to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting. Police do ask individuals with knowledge of the incident to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000, or the Montgomery Police Department at 652-2831. 

   A fatal accident that occurred last week has resulted in the arrest of a Deatsville woman. State Troopers say an SUV driving through a construction zone on Autauga County Road 85 last Thursday fatally struck a worker on the site. The driver of that SUV, identified as 35 year old Kelly Nicole Dingler, has now been charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities say Dingler was placed in the Autauga County Jail under 15-thousand dollars bond. 

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Disillusioned with traditional protest, activist, writer and Occupy Wall Street co-creator Micah White moved to rural Nehalem, Ore. — population 280 — not long after the Occupy movement fizzled out to run for local office and test out an idea of social change.

"We could have activists take over small towns for the benefit of people who live there and the people who are going to move there, and actualize all of the grand ideas that we have on the left," he tells me. "That's where I'm at as an activist, thinking, 'Is that possible?' "

The great jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis once told an interviewer: "There's only freedom in structure, my man. There's no freedom in freedom."

In the past, entrepreneur Elon Musk has described a "neural lace" that could add a symbiotic digital layer to the human brain. In the future, it seems, he'll try to build that device through a new company, Neuralink.

It's clear from the numbers. Google has a diversity problem.

For the past few years, the company has publicly shared its workplace makeup in a report detailing the race, gender and ethnicity of each employee hired the previous year. Last year, while the number of black employees went up, they still represented only 2 percent of the company's workforce and Google admitted it fell short of its diversity goal.

Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

2 hours ago

On Saturday mornings, the most popular item Minto Island Growers sells at its farmers market booth is not the certified organic carrots, kale or blueberries. It's tea.

The farm grows Camellia sinensis, tea plants, on a half-acre plot in Salem, Ore. The tender leaves are hand picked and hand processed to make 100 pounds of organic, small batch tea.

The choices you make in the face of desperation, the morality of violent resistance to injustice, the ever-widening chasm of social inequality: Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables is unquestionably relevant today. Hugo himself said "I do not know if it will be read by all, but I wrote it for everyone." But at around 1500 pages, the book's sheer size may intimidate some readers — even devoted fans refer to it as "the brick."

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Anti-Apartheid Activist Ahmed Kathrada Dies At 87

3 hours ago

Ahmed Kathrada spent decades in jail with Nelson Mandela, then spent the first years of democracy helping to shape the country's government after the fall of apartheid. The 87-year-old Kathrada died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

According to a statement posted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, he "passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain."

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