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   The crash report involving a Montgomery Police officer has been made available to the media. WVAS News received a copy of the report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The February 17 crash happened at the corner of Woodley Road and Spring Valley. An unmarked police car collided with another car, critically injuring the officer, identified as Carlos Taylor and also injuring the other driver, now identified as Mae Francis Williams of Montgomery.

Montgomery Proclaims March 2 Claudette Colvin Day

Feb 22, 2017

   Many people think of Rosa Parks as the woman who sparked the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in 1955. But 15 year old Claudette Colvin had actually done the same thing months earlier. Last night, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange issued a proclamation declaring March 2 as Claudette Colvin Day in the city. District 3 councilman Tracy Larkin says it’s good to see the civil rights pioneer getting the recognition she deserves.

Governor to Create Grocery Tax Task Force

Feb 21, 2017

   Governor Robert Bentley has scheduled an afternoon press conference to announce the formation of a Grocery Tax Task Force. Bentley had said in his State of the State address this month that he wanted to examine removing the state sales tax from groceries. Democratic Representative John Knight of Montgomery has brought many bills over the years to accomplish that. He says Alabama should have removed the sales tax from food a long time ago. Knight was a guest on the WVAS 90.7 Perspectives program last week.

Alabama Sets Record High for Exports

Feb 20, 2017

Exports from Alabama-made products totaled nearly $20.6 billion last years, according to the governor's office. The number is a record high for exports in the state. The previous record was $19.6 billion in 2012. Alabama Department of Commerce's Office of International Trade says exports of Alabama-made transportation products include automobiles, aircraft parts, chemicals and metals. They were shipped to 189 countries last year. Commerce Department data states that Canada, China, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom were top markets for Alabama-made products. 

Al Senate names Bill after Basketball Star

Feb 16, 2017

Buckle up even if you’re not the driver is the message the Alabama Senate is sending to help regulate behavior on the roads. Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery introduced a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 73 which requires all back-seat passengers to wear seat belts.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has recused himself from an investigation of Governor Robert Bentley, the man who appointed him to the job last week. The announcement Wednesday is confirmation that the attorney general's office is conducting an investigation related to Bentley. Marshall, after being sworn in Monday, said he would recuse from any direct investigation involving the governor. Marshall appointed former Montgomery County district attorney Ellen Brooks to oversee the probe.

The House Legislative Black Caucus says Gov. Robert Bentley is breaking state election law by waiting until 2018 to hold the election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat. Caucus members said during a press conference on Tuesday, Bentley needs to be "forthwith" and call for a special election.

The Alabama House of Representatives Republican Party debated a resolution in support of President Donald Trump over the minority Democratic Party. The resolution urges Congress to implement Trump’s government reform agenda. During the debate several Democrats voiced their opinion of the resolution including State Representative John Knight.  Knight along with several other Democrats argued against the resolution and Trump’s efforts.

Series of Suspicious Fires Investigated

Feb 15, 2017

   Montgomery Fire Department investigators are looking into a series of suspicious fires that have occurred on the same street over the past several days.  A statement from the Department reports that all three of the affected houses were vacant and all are on Myles Street. Myles is located off Fairview Avenue near St. Jude.     The first fire took place Saturday on the street’s 18-hundred block. The second occurred Monday morning in the same block…and the third happened Tuesday in the 19-hundred block. No one was hurt in any of the blazes.

Summer Jobs Program is Back

Feb 14, 2017

   The city of Montgomery has opened registration for its very popular Summer Jobs Program. Now in its second year, the program offers work opportunities for young people aged 17 to 21. Participants work 20 to 30 hours per week for $9.73 an hour. Several city departments are involved in the effort, including the Montgomery Clean City Commission, Parks and Recreation, Montgomery City-County Public Library, Finance, Montgomery Fire/Rescue, Risk Management, Street maintenance, Planning and Sanitation. The jobs run from June 2nd to July 13th.

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