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Hyles Files: Food Quirks

Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma Now a Category Five Storm

Sep 5, 2017

   Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm as it approaches the northeast Caribbean on path toward U.S. That is the latest from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Irma's maximum sustained winds increased to 175 mph early this morning. It was centered about 270 miles east of Antigua and moving west at 14 mph. The governor of Florida has already issued a state of emergency for the entire state. Florida residents have been buying up all the bottled water they can find along with other supplies.

Alabama State University will host its inaugural Labor Day Football Classic Weekend, this weekend. The weekend marks the return of one of the oldest HBCU football rivalries, bringing fans and alumni of Alabama State and Tuskegee University to Montgomery. WVAS News Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney shares details about the upcoming game. 

Forecasters say rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey could reach Alabama in coming days.  The National Weather Service says isolated showers and thunderstorms could reach north Alabama by Tuesday night.  High winds and heavy rainfall are possible.  In South Alabama, forecasters say there's an elevated risk of flooding along rivers and creeks starting Tuesday as rain chances increase.  

The four finalists for Alabama State University President are set to be on campus today for interviews and meetings. The candidates will meet with various groups throughout the day like alumni and community members; students, ASU faculty and staff; and the board of trustees. The Presidential Search Committee has an hour scheduled with each candidate for interviews. The four finalists are Dr. Robert Mock – formerly the president of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dr. Willie Larking – former president of Grambling State from 2015 to 2016; Dr.

   The Alabama State University Presidential Search Committee has announced a series of meetings with the finalists for university president. The candidates will meet with various groups at scheduled times throughout the day on Thursday starting at 8am and ending at 4:30pm. The candidates have been identified as Dr. Tony Atwater, Dr. Willie Larkin, Dr. Robert Mock and Dr. Quinton Ross. They will meet with the ASU Board of Trustees, the search committee, faculty/staff, students and alumni, and community members. The four finalists will also be given a tour of the campus. 

Alabama Unemployment Rate Drops in July

Aug 18, 2017

 Alabama's unemployment rate has fallen to 4.5 percent. A news release from the state says the jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percent in July from June. That puts the current rate well below the unemployment rate of one year ago, when it was 5.8 percent. Alabama's jobless rate remains worse than the national rate, which has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. But a statement from Gov. Kay Ivey says there are fewer unemployed people in Alabama than there have been in a decade. The July rate represents about 96,251 unemployed persons in Alabama, down from 100,187 in June.

The city of Birmingham and its mayor are being sued by Alabama's attorney general for obscuring a Confederate monument in a downtown park. Steve Marshall, in a statement, said "The city of Birmingham does not have the right to violate a new law protecting such markers and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit." Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting the removal of historical structures including rebel memorials. Birmingham Mayor William Bell had ordered the city's 52-foot-tall Confederate obelisk in Linn Park Memorial covered with wooden panels.

Hyles Files: Not Listening

Aug 16, 2017

Strange and Moore Headed to September Runoff

Aug 16, 2017

Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a Sept. 26 runoff. Strange was appointed to the Senate seat in February by then governor Robert Bentley. He was unable to escape a runoff despite being buoyed by an endorsement by President Donald Trump. Moore harnessed his support among evangelical voters to secure a spot in the runoff.

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