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   Operation Southern Shield is being held all this week in five Southeastern states in an effort to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths.The campaign by law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee targets drivers who are speeding, impaired, distracted and not wearing seat belts. Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   Operation Southern Shield is being held in July since it is one of the busiest driving months of the year.

Three People Killed in Pike County Crash

Jul 11, 2017

   State Troopers have now identified the three people killed in a Pike County pileup yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred on U-S Highway 231 around 2:10pm about four miles north of Ariton. Troopers say a tractor-trailer rig and two cars collided, blocking traffic for hours. A woman driving one of the cars was killed. She has been identified as 61 year old Debra Myers Askew of Brundidge. Two people in the other car also died – the driver, 49 year old Robert Pecnick and his wife, 46 year old Suzette Pecnick, both from St. Augustine, Florida. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Tuskegee Murder Under Investigation

Jul 10, 2017

   Macon County authorities have made an arrest in connection with a weekend murder. Investigators are looking into the shooting death of 18 year old Jaivontavious Sellers of Union Springs. He was gunned down around 2:20am Saturday in the 200 block of East Martin Luther King Highway. One person has been arrested. Police say 18 year old Kayonna Robinson has been charged with hindering prosecution. More arrests are expected. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

   Montgomery police have now charged a juvenile male with reckless murder and assault in connection with a fatal shooting yesterday. In a press conference police revealed that a 9 year old boy was killed and a 16 year old was wounded in the incident that occurred at a home in the 17-hundred block of Coral Lane which is located near Norman Bridge Road. The 16 year old’s injuries were not life-threatening. Captain Regina Duckett says that reckless murder charges can be brought regardless of the intent. The juvenile was placed in the Montgomery County Youth Detention Facility.

   The inundation from Tropical Storm Cindy has caused significant crop losses in Alabama. As a result, Governor Kay Ivey is asking for federal assistance for farmers. The governor has requested that some Alabama counties be given a disaster declaration. The letter she sent to U-S Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue claims that a number of Alabama’s Agricultural producers have incurred great losses because of the storm.The state’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan says the cotton, corn, hay, peanuts and soybean crops were most adversely affected.

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Montgomery, AL – The Montgomery chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity brought an early Christmas celebration to more than 80 underprivileged children Saturday as part of their mission to uplift their community. The festivities at the Omega Center on South Court street included a visit from Santa, a large table of food and more than 200 toys packed under a large tree. Sam Jeter, who pledged in 1975, said the annual event is a great time for them to get together as members and give back to the less fortunate.

MONTGOMERY, AL – Our top stories this hours from the WVAS newsroom.

Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Supreme Court refuses to throw out a lawsuit filed against Governor Bob Riley by the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committee. The suit was filed back in July because Riley used a line item veto to remove language that the Legislature put into the new General Fund budget that shields some health and social service programs from budget cuts in the face of proration.

Montgomery, Alabama –
The Alabama Supreme Court refuses to throw out a lawsuit filed against Governor Bob Riley by the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committee. The suit was filed back in July because Riley used a line item veto to remove language that the Legislature put into the new General Fund budget that shields some health and social service programs from budget cuts in the face of proration.

Montgomery, Alabama – Local Economics Professor, Dr. Kevin Deravi, says that the average citizen won't feel relief from recent cut to the key interest rate. The Federal Reserve Tuesday slashed the interest rate to 0.25 percent. Dr. Deravi tells WVAS news that it will take quite some time before the average consumer feels the cut.

December 16,2008 – State officials are beginning work to implement budget cuts. This after Governor Bob Riley announced proration of the Education budget by 12.5 percent and an across the board cut in state government spending, including a hiring freeze. The declaration of proration was the result of lagging sales tax collections.

December 15,2008 – Governor Bob Riley is expected to announce today what cuts the state must make to balance the state Education Budget. The Governor says he is also looking at ways to curb spending by non-education agencies financed but he state General Fund budget.

December 12,2008 – Next week, Governor Bob Riley is expected to officially declare proration and set out the amount of cuts that education will face. Once the Governor officially calls for proration, the move will free up about $437 million dollars from a rainy day fund to shore up the education budget.

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