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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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December 11,2008 – Retiring Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer was the only member of Alabama's 7-member House delegation to vote in favor of the $14 billion dollar loan package for the auto industry. Meanwhile, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby,a ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee continues to speak against the plan.

December 10,2008 – Severe weather threatens much of Central and South Alabama today prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Watch for the following counties: Autauga, Montgomery, Elmore, Bullock, Barbour,Coosa, Lowndes, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell Tallapoosa, Cleburne, Randolph, and Pike counties. This Tornado Watch continues through 2 o'clock this afternoon. Following this severe weather, there is the possibility of frozen precipitation in North Alabama tomorrow.

December 9,2008 – The Montgomery County Commission is cutting its projected spending for 2009 by 10 percent and putting a hiring freeze in place. This after recording a 9 percent decline in sales tax collections for November.


Officials say no dangerous substance was found in a suspicious letter mailed to Alabama's Capitol Monday. The letter was addressed to Governor bob Riley. Similar letters were mailed around the country to five other governors.

December 8,2008 – Alabama's Senators are speaking out against the proposed government bailout of the "Big Three" U.S. automakers. Senator Richard Shelby of Tuscaloosa says even though the bailout was trimmed down from 34 billion dollars to 15 billion dollars, it's not a good plan. Shelby calls it the "bridge loan to nowhere". Senator Jeff Sessions of Mobile says it might be better for automakers to pursue Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

December 5,2008 – Governor bob Riley says he will make a decision, soon, about whether to declare proration in the state's education budget. Doing so would allow state officials to dip into a "rainy day" fund to help balance the budget. Meanwhile, state representative John Knight Chairs the House Appropriations Committee, and he is concerned about shortfalls int he general fund budget,too.

December 4,2008 – The capital murder trial of Montgomery resident Brent Springford continues today. Springford plead guilty last month in the murder of his parents, but because he faces capital murder charges, a jury must hear the case. Springford is accused of beating to death and slashing the throats of Winston and Charlotte Springford.

Montgomery, Alabama – So you decided to go shopping,while criminals are shopping for you.

December 3,2008 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb was the guest presenter at the Bridge Builder's Lecture Series hosted by the Alabama State University Center for Leadership and Public Policy. The event was free and open to the public.

December 3,2008 – Some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom:

Governor Bob Riley, back from a meeting with President-elect Barack Obama, says he finds Obama to be engaging and genuinely concerned about how the economic downturn is impacting state governments.

December 2,2008 – Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, Montgomery businessman William Blount, and lobbyist Al LaPierre are all out on bond today after being arrested Monday on federal charges. Prosecutors allege Langford, while serving as President of the Jefferson County Commission, accepted 230,000 dollars in a series of bribes from Blount. Allegedly, some of the money was funneled thought LaPierre. Attorneys for the accused maintain their innocence.

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