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Today was a festive day at the Governor’s mansion as it served as the backdrop for the 68th annual turkey pardoning. It’s been a tradition that dates back for more than 60 years. Ivey said this year’s pardon is special for her because she spared two turkeys; Clyde and Henrietta. Ivey says she never got the opportunity to expunge "Clyde" from a sentence of being someone's Thanksgiving meal when she was Lt., Gov. Ivey. In that position, Ivey wielded only the power of the gavel to bring order to the statehouse.

Alabama infant mortality rate is highest since 2008

Nov 17, 2017

   Interim State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says Alabama is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to infant mortality. The State Department of Public Health issued a report yesterday showing that Alabama’s infant mortality rate increased to 9.1 infant deaths per 1-thousand live births in 2016. That is the highest point since 2008. Dr. Harris says several factors are to blame, like access to health care for mothers before, during and after pregnancy; premature births; and the opioid epidemic.

Every week WVAS brings you its Restaurant Report Card – the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 62 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report.

Roy Moore's support from his fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging. And a second woman has accused the candidate for U-S Senate of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s. Moore denied the newest allegations and said he doesn't know his accuser. But in New York, a tearful Beverly Young Nelson detailed an attack she says occurred when she was 16 years old and he locked her in a car. Last week, The Washington Post reported other alleged incidents decades ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes Moore's accusers and wants the former judge to end his candidacy.

   Dr. Quinton Ross didn’t waste any time getting to work at his first Board of Trustees meeting as Alabama State University’s new president. Dr. Ross suggested that the board make a 15 percent cut in supplies spending to, in turn, put into the budget for maintenance and infrastructure. Even though the fiscal 2018 budget had already passed earlier this year, the board left room for Ross to make some alterations. His measure was approved. Dr. Ross also asked for personnel changes that were approved.

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Today was a festive day at the Governor’s mansion as it served as the backdrop for the 68th annual turkey pardoning. It’s been a tradition that dates back for more than 60 years. Ivey said this year’s pardon is special for her because she spared two turkeys; Clyde and Henrietta. Ivey says she never got the opportunity to expunge "Clyde" from a sentence of being someone's Thanksgiving meal when she was Lt., Gov. Ivey. In that position, Ivey wielded only the power of the gavel to bring order to the statehouse.

The head of Puerto Rico's power authority stepped down Friday amid controversy over his handling of a system that still can't deliver electricity to that island two months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid.

Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, resigned as he was unable to shake off questions about a $300 million contract that he had awarded to Whitefish, a small Montana-based energy firm, that was supposed to restore power on the island.

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