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Nation's Top Commander of U.S. Air Force visit ASU

Mar 15, 2017

The nation's top commander of all U.S. Air Force recruiting activities, both in America and abroad, paid a special visit to Alabama State University on Monday. Major General Garrett Harencak serves as the commander of U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Harencak’s message focused on “Leading, Serving and Empowering”, he says his message is a great opportunity for students to get motivated about being the next generation of leaders.

U-S Attorney for Montgomery District Resigns

Mar 14, 2017

The remaining two U.S. attorneys who were appointed by former President Barack Obama in Alabama have stepped down. U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown of Mobile has resigned and is being replaced on an interim basis by his top assistant, Steve Butler. Brown had served in the position since 2009. George Beck has resigned after six years as the top prosecutor in Montgomery. His top assistant, A. Clark Morris, becomes the acting U.S. attorney. Both Brown and Beck stepped aside after a White House decision to replace all remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by Obama.

Montgomery Minority Business helps rebuild Downtown

Mar 13, 2017

Montgomery’s Minority Business Initiative spotlighted the success of a local company during a special event on Thursday at the Kress Building site downtown. Thomas Construction Company is one of the participants in the Minority Business program and is assisting in the revitalization of Dexter Avenue.

Monuments Bill Passes the Alabama Senate

Mar 10, 2017

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that bars changes from being made to Confederate or long-standing monuments in the state. The measure passed 24-7 Thursday after more than two hours of debate. Critics argued the bill is offensive to African-Americans. The legislation forbids changes to public monuments that have stood for more than 20 years. Tuscaloosa Republican Sen. Gerald Allen is sponsoring the legislation. He says that it is intended to preserve history. The original bill would have stopped changes to markers more than 50-years-old.

Carol Villa Residents Call for Action

Mar 8, 2017

   An incident in which shots were fired at a party in Carol Villa this weekend has local residents on edge. A large contingent of neighborhood residents attended last night’s Montgomery City Council meeting calling for action. The group is disturbed that no arrests were made early Sunday morning when the incident occurred or since that time. The incident reportedly happened at a house in the area of Carol Villa Drive and Handel Court. While police say they have questioned numerous people, no arrests have been reported. 

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November 7,2008 – Stories making Headlines this hour in the WVAS Newsroom: President Elect Barack Obama prepares to speak to the nation via his first news conference since Tuesday. WVAS news will carry his comments live beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Montgomery Police Officer injured in a robbery shooting Wednesday remains in stable condition this morning. Meanwhile, three of the suspects in the robbery are charged with murder in connection with the death of a fellow robbery suspect.

November 6,2008 – From the WVAS Newsroom, our top story this hour: A Montgomery Police Officer is hospitalized in stable condition following a shooting overnight in North Montgomery. Police were called to a home on North Pass Road with reports of a home invasion robbery around 7:30 last night. Shots were fired, and reportedly three people were injured, with an unidentified Montgomery Police Officer listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

November 6,2008 – Our top story this hour: Montgomery Police have three men in custody and a fourth suspect is dead in connection with the shooting overnight that sent a Montgomery Police Officer to the hospital. The unidentified Police Officer, according to police spokesman Lt. Keith B. Barnett, is listed in stable condition.

November 5,2008 –
Dr. Howard Robinson is a Historian and Archivist for the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University who believes the historical aspect of the election will resonate for quite while ,especially in the South.

November 4,2008 – Record voter turnout predicted for today's election cycle; so far,no reports of any major problems at the polls. The Secretary of State's Office predicts Alabama will break its old turnout record of 76 percent set in the 1992 presidential race.

November 3,2008 –

October 31,2008 – WVAS News is working on the following stories this hour: In preparation for the election, the Secretary of State's Office is fielding calls about voter identification and squashing rumors concerning clothing that can be worn by voters. Tri-County schools are making adjustments to their budgets after learning there will be a 25 percent shortfall in state funds supporting local schools.

October 30,2008 – Our top story this hour:

Today is the deadline for getting your absentee ballot requests in to your local registrar's office if you want to vote in the upcoming election. Voter registration records in the state are being shattered; in Montgomery County, for example, between 15,000 and 20,000 new voter registration applications were submitted since January. Montgomery Elections Center spokesman,Trey Granger, says the requests for absentee ballots are increasing.

10/28 SportsTalk

Rachine Francis

October 27,2008 – Topics include a review a Magic City Classic and the latest in ASU Track news

10/29 Newscast

Tana Shealey

October 29th – This is the 12pm Newscast from Tana Shealey, WVAS News Director

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