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Alagasco Changing to Spire

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   The state’s largest natural gas distributor is changing its name. Alagasco is becoming Spire. Company officials say the change was made to better reflect its expanding customer base. Alagasco has around 425-thousand customers in Alabama, but it also has customers in Mississippi and Missouri. Besides becoming Spire, the company has a new logo and color theme. Service and construction workers for Spire will wear bright orange uniforms. Also, monthly bills will arrive in an orange envelope.

The Alabama State University football team returns back home this weekend to open up conference play Saturday night against Prairie View A&M University at ASU Stadium. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney has more. 

Every Thursday WVAS brings you its Restaurant Report Card – the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 61 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report.

Hyles Files: Pizza Buffets

Sep 20, 2017

Montgomery City Budget Postponed Again

Sep 20, 2017

   For the second meeting in a row the Montgomery City Council last night was unable to agree on passing a budget for the next fiscal year. At issue is a lodging tax increase that would generate 1 million dollars for the spending plan. Some council members feel like the lodging industry is taxed enough in Montgomery, and more taxation might hurt convention business in the city. Others, including Mayor Todd Strange assert that a lodging tax hike makes sense, because it doesn’t put the revenue burden on Montgomery residents. The city council has recessed until its October 3rd meeting. 

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The latest Republican push to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act appears to have met the fate of all previous Senate repeal efforts this year – it doesn't have the votes needed to pass the chamber.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that she'll oppose the bill, authored by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy. Collins's decision means three Republicans have now publicly said they are against the bill – and that's one more than the GOP could afford to lose.

The proposal the Senate is considering that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would result in millions losing health insurance and a $133 billion reduction in the deficit by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Graham-Cassidy legislation.

With more than 1 million autos damaged in recent U.S. hurricanes, car rental firms have had to move vehicles quickly into affected areas. The ability to manage large fleets involves artificial intelligence and data — tools that are keys to a future of self-driving fleets.

Often even before the first rain falls in a hurricane, rental cars are on the way.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump expressed his opinion that NFL players who kneel or otherwise take part in protests during the national anthem prior to games should be fired.

For the first time, a female Marine has completed the grueling Infantry Officer Course.

The 13-week course is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military, and one-third of the class dropped out before graduation.

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