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      Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing today on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police training, to carry a pistol on school property. It is one of a number of ideas introduced after the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school.

High school band trip ends in fatal crash in Alabama

Mar 13, 2018

(AP) — A bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring many passengers. First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack.

 Interim State Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson told board members last week that top personnel cuts need to be made. In a board of education work session Richardson said that reducing the number of employees, known as exempt or at-will, has become necessary.

A consultant hired by the Alabama Personnel Department conducted a study in recent months to look at job tasks, titles and salaries. State lawmakers are now preparing to eliminate jobs after seeing unnecessary spending on high-ranking personnel. 

Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 43 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey along with other state and local officials announced on yesterday a new initiative that would both educate and equip Alabamians to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives. According to Ivey, the new partnership, Let’s Get Alarmed Alabama, came about after the success of a similar program in Montgomery. Throughout the past year, the Montgomery Fire and Rescue have partnered with the Montgomery EMA, local military volunteers, and several local non-profits to distribute and install 20,000 smoke detectors to households throughout Montgomery County.

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November 27,2008 – Alabama State University is preparing for the big showdown as the ASU Hornets tackle the Tuskegee Golden Tigers in the 85th Annual Turkey Day Classic. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.

Two state rainy day savings accounts took effect after a state canvassing board certified the results from the general election. The accounts went into effect Tuesday. The accounts could provide as much as $620 million to lessen or prevent state budget cuts this year.

November 26, 2008 – The Southern Poverty Law Center Director of the Intelligence Projects, Mark Potok, says his group has seen an increase in racially threatening internet postings and activities targeting President-elect Barack Obama.

November 25,2008 – A local economics professor agrees with President-elect Barack Obama's pick for Treasury Secretary. Professor Kevin Deravi, of Auburn Montgomery, says Timothy Geithner has the experience need to handle the task ahead and calm jitters on Wall Street.

An Alabama man is among the 14 people who have received pardons from President George W. Bush. Robert Earl Mohon, Jr. of Grant, Alabama was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

November 24,2008 – Gas prices continue to drop just in time for Thanksgiving motorists who will be hitting the roadways this week. AAA Alabama is reporting Monday's fuel prices ringing up at 1.87 per gallon statewide.

November 21,2008 –
The State Finance Director says steps are being taken to ensure that any possible funding cuts do not impact Education.

Alabama Democrats are pushing to eliminate the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries.

Gasoline prices around the state continue to tumble with AAA Alabama reporting prices being cut in half since the record $4.00 per gallon mark back in July.

November 20,2008 – It's a sad reflection of the economy; more people are losing their homes to foreclosure in Alabama. Attorney Jim Smith works with the Mortgage Foreclosure Task force which offers free assistance to residents. He says most residents are unaware that they can lose their homes in as little as 21 days. The toll free hot line for free help aimed at preventing foreclosure is -1-877-393-2333.

November 19,2008 – Montgomery resident, Brent Springford, Jr. , has plead guilty in the beating deaths of his. Springford was charged in the Thanksgiving 2004 murders of his parents, Winston and Charlotte Springford, both 62. Even though Springford plead guilty to five counts of capital murder in the case, he must still stand trial on December 3rd.

November 18,2008 – It's cold and Flu season, and public health officials are encouraging residents to take precautions and get their Flu shots. The Alabama Department of Public Health reports on average, 226,000 people are hospitalized each year nationwide because of Influenza.

November 17,2008 – Alabama Senator Richard Shelby plans to fight a Democratic proposal to bail out U. S. automakers to the tune of 25 BILLION dollars. Shelby, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, says such a bailout would only postpone the inevitable.

November 14,2008 – Alabama congressman Artur Davis is up in arms over a panel formed by the Alabama Democratic Party to recommend federal appointees for President- elect Barack Obama. Davis says the panel has no legitimacy, but party officials disagree.