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WVAS-FM racks up at the 2017 ABBY Awards

59 minutes ago

WVAS-FM, the voice of Alabama State University received four Best in Broadcasting awards at the 2017 ABBY Awards Dinner; which was held at the Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama on Saturday, March 25. 

Deadline is Looming for Central Alabama Residents

7 hours ago

   The Small Business Administration is reminding Central Alabama residents that a deadline closing fast.     April 25 is the last day for residents of seven counties to apply for disaster loans linked to last year’s drought. Assistance is available for residents in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair, Shelby and Talladega counties, which had some of the worst conditions during the dry spell. 70 percent of Alabama is abnormally dry or experiencing drought conditions, according to the most recent statistics.

Montgomery to Kick Off College Football Season

Mar 22, 2017

A new college football game is coming to Montgomery; officials announced Tuesday that the Montgomery Kickoff Classic will officially jumpstart college football season.  The game will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in the nation, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President, ESPN Events says the Montgomery community has been very supportive and successful in hosting our events.

Montgomery Police Initiate Homicide Investigation

Mar 22, 2017

 Montgomery police are conducting a homicide investigation into a weekend shooting. Investigators say 20 year old Brittany Young was found with a gunshot wound in the 57-hundred block of Express Drive Sunday morning. She was taken to a local hospital where she died the following night. Investigators continue to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting. Police do ask individuals with knowledge of the incident to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000, or the Montgomery Police Department at 652-2831. 

   A fatal accident that occurred last week has resulted in the arrest of a Deatsville woman. State Troopers say an SUV driving through a construction zone on Autauga County Road 85 last Thursday fatally struck a worker on the site. The driver of that SUV, identified as 35 year old Kelly Nicole Dingler, has now been charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities say Dingler was placed in the Autauga County Jail under 15-thousand dollars bond. 

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More than 650,000 prisoners are released every year in the U.S., but no federal agency tracks the unemployment rate for this population. Experts say low reading and technological literacy, as well as reluctance among employers to hire former convicts, means many drop out of the labor force altogether.

One of Germany's largest banks mistakenly sent more than $5 billion to other banks, according to German media. It's not the first stumble for state-owned development bank KfW, which famously sent hundreds of millions of dollars to Lehman Brothers on the same day the U.S. bank filed for bankruptcy.

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President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is going to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meetings with Russian officials, Senate sources tell NPR.

The committee is looking into Russia's attempt to meddle in last year's presidential election, as well as possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Airlines have surprisingly strict dress codes for people traveling on "buddy passes," and astonishingly tone-deaf explanations.

Those are two takeaways from a story on Sunday that prompted shock and outrage on social media.

President Trump continues to own hundreds of businesses around the world, and he has staffed his administration with wealthy people who have ties to a complex web of companies. Those financial entanglements have prompted government ethics experts to raise concerns about conflicts of interest.

Deadline is Looming for Central Alabama Residents

7 hours ago

   The Small Business Administration is reminding Central Alabama residents that a deadline closing fast.     April 25 is the last day for residents of seven counties to apply for disaster loans linked to last year’s drought. Assistance is available for residents in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair, Shelby and Talladega counties, which had some of the worst conditions during the dry spell. 70 percent of Alabama is abnormally dry or experiencing drought conditions, according to the most recent statistics.

A new report shows that the refugee crisis hasn't slowed down — and people don't always end up where you think.

The flow of refugees is steadily increasing, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). As of mid-2016, there were 16.5 million refugees globally, 5 million more than in mid-2013. More than 30 percent of all refugees as of mid-2016 came from Syria, the largest source of global refugees.

An avalanche struck a Japanese ski resort midmorning on Monday, overwhelming a student mountaineering exercise and leaving at least eight people with no vital signs, according to local authorities. Some 40 other students and teachers were injured in the avalanche, which hit the area in Tochigi Prefecture, nearly 100 miles north of Tokyo.

As the BBC notes, Japanese rescue officials typically will not pronounce victims dead until they receive confirmation from doctors at a hospital.

In the spring of my senior year of high school, I took daily trips to the mailbox. It might have been the only time in my life when I knew for a fact that any day, letters with my name on them would appear in the mailbox from colleges that had read through my hopeful applications.

Leaders of the large and unprecedented pro-democracy protests that roiled parts of Hong Kong in 2014 have been told to report to police on charges of causing a public nuisance, in an apparent crackdown that comes one day after Hong Kong selected a new chief executive.

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