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Governor declares state of emergency over flu virus

Jan 12, 2018

   Governor Kay Ivey Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency as the flu virus continues to spread across the state. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, emergency departments and outpatient clinics are seeing very high volumes of patients. The statement notes that this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu outbreak. Governor Ivey has implemented the Public Health Emergency where healthcare facilities can follow emergency operation plans and administer alternative standards of care if necessary.

      A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alabama's requirement to show photo identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Wednesday ruled the provision does not violate the Voting Rights Act. Alabama in 2014 began requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls.

 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, in her first State of the State address since scandal catapulted her into the governor's office, told legislators Tuesday that the state has turned the page after a cloud of controversy covered state government for much of the past two years. Amid a rosier budget projection, Ivey's speech focused on the state's economic recovery and laid out a legislative agenda that included pay raises for teachers and state employees, increased funding for state prisons to avert a federal takeover of the state system, and developing rural broadband.

Hyles Files: Never Tired of Bacon

Jan 10, 2018

Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery to begin the 2018 legislative session. Legislators convene at noon today to begin a session under an election year backdrop. Lawmakers and state offices are up for election in 2018. The session will be dominated by two major budgetary issues: prisons and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Alabama is facing a court order to improve mental health care in prisons. The state will have to pick up some of the cost of the insurance program if Congress does not renew funding.

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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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