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4:50pm

Thu May 14, 2015
WVAS Local

House Budget Committee Approves Austere Budget

A House budget committee has approved a general fund budget with deep cuts to state agencies.  The spending plan was approved Thursday after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on proposed tax bills to fill a shortfall of more than $200 million.  After the committee's action, Governor Robert Bentley visited the Alabama Statehouse to voice his displeasure promising to veto if the the House Budget make it to his desk in its current state.  

Casino and Lottery Bill

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6:35pm

Wed May 13, 2015
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Missing Montgomery Woman Found In Florida

A missing Montgomery woman has been found safe in Miami.  Police had issued a missing person bulletin Tuesday on Kadiajah Williams after she didn't show up for work.  Her family was concerned that she might be with her boyfriend Anthony Bell.  Family members say he has been physically abusive in the past.  Investigators say Miami police conducted a welfare check and found Williams to be okay.  Police now identify her as Kadiajah Williams-Bell.  No other details have been released.  

Safe Location

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10:02am

Wed May 13, 2015
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Governor To Legislators, Time Is Running Out

Governor Robert Bentley is warning legislators that they are running out of time in this session to address a budget shortfall.  The governor made the comments Tuesday after the Alabama House delayed debate on several Republican backed tax bills aimed at solving the General fund budget crisis.  The largest of the revenue plan is a 25 cent per  pack cigarette tax hike.  Some Republican lawmakers have said they will vote to reject the tax bills that were introduced by their caucus.  

Missing Mother

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5:42pm

Tue May 12, 2015
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Casino Hearing Brings Supporters and Opponents

Gambling foes and proponents squared off at a public hearing in the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday.  Eighteen people expressed their opinion on a bill to authorize a state lottery and casinos at four dog tracks.  Houston County resident Stanley Davis says the state needs more attractions.

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10:24am

Tue May 12, 2015
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Taxes and Gambling Bills Up for Vote Today

It could be contentious day at the Alabama Statehouse.  Lawmakers are scheduled to cast votes on taxes and gambling bills. The Alabama House will consider proposals to raise the state cigarette tax, increase the title fee on automobiles and a measure that would raise the business privilege tax on large businesses. In the Alabama Senate, a committee will hold a public hearing and vote on gambling legislation to allow a statewide lottery and casinos.  

Elderly Woman Attacked

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6:42pm

Mon May 11, 2015
WVAS Local

Another Arrest in Montgomery Weekend Homicide

A second man has now been charged in a murder from this weekend in Montgomery.  33-year-old Clarence Lamar of Montgomery has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Cordarryl Foxhall, Saturday in the 1900 block of Hilldale Drive.  Lamar was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  Police had already charged Lamar's cousin, 39-year-old Demetrius Lamar, with murder.  No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.  

Fatal Shooting

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11:32am

Mon May 11, 2015
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Truck Driver Identified in Fiery Crash

A Georgia trucker was killed Friday night in a fiery crash at the interchange of Interstate 85 southbound to Interstate 65 northbound.  Witnesses said the 18-wheeler plunged off the interchange ramp and onto the street below and exploded into flames.  The driver of the 18-wheeler, 41-year-old Donald Clark of Georgia, was killed.  The accident occurred Friday just after 7:30 p.m.  

Child Porn Arrests

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5:51pm

Fri May 8, 2015
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Alabama Sues Georgia Over Water Rights

The state of Alabama is suing over a plan it says will harm water quality by holding water in a Georgia lake for recreational use.  Gov. Robert Bentley's administration says the suit asks a judge to block the U.S. Corps of Engineers from implementing a new water control plan for the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa river basin.  The lawsuit claims the plan will keep water in Lake Allatoona northwest of Atlanta to help boaters and other recreational users in the fall, which, in turn will reduce water flow on the Coosa River into eastern Alabama and harm water quality.

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10:09am

Fri May 8, 2015
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Legislators Approve Prison Reform

The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to sweeping changes to sentencing and probation standards on an effort to relieve crowding in state prisons.  The Alabama House passed the bill on a 100-5 vote Thursday.  The state Senate went along with House changes.  The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature.  The bill aims to steer low-level offenders away from prison and creates a new Class D of felony.  It also seek to increase supervision of former inmates.  

Budget Proposals

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10:04am

Wed May 6, 2015
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Montgomery Sells Historic Webber Building

The historic Webber building, renaming Holcombe Street and a proposed moratorium on package stores were among the hot button issues addressed at Tuesday's city council meeting.  Mayor Todd Strange says the city has sold the crumbling Webber building for one dollar.  Meanwhile, members of the Bernard Whitehurst family say they will not give up on efforts to rename Holcombe Street located near the downtown district.  Stacy Whitehurst said it would mean a lot to the family.

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