Seven Tornado Touchdowns Confirmed in Alabama So Far

Jan 24, 2017

   Multiple tornadoes touched down in Alabama during the past weekend according to survey teams from the National Weather Service. So far officials have confirmed seven tornadoes in four counties. Three twisters reportedly touched down in Lee County alone, near Pepperell Parkway in Opelika, near Smith’s Station and near Crawford. Two more have been confirmed in Marengo County and one each in Barbour County and Pike County. All of the tornadoes to this point have been classified as EF-1 or EF-0 in strength.

Storms Leave 19 Dead in the Deep South

Jan 23, 2017

A severe storm system that spun off apparent tornadoes, pulverized mobile homes and scattered other destruction around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives on a two-day assault on the region. At least 14 people were killed Sunday in Georgia as the intense, fast-moving storms tore across the state throughout the day. Four people were killed Saturday in Mississippi. The deadliest toll came before daybreak Sunday when an apparent tornado blew through a mobile home park in south Georgia — about 60 miles southeast of Albany — killing seven people.

Local YMCA introduces Food Mobile

Jan 18, 2017

The YMCA of Greater Montgomery announced the operation of it’s first-ever food mobile on Tuesday. The food mobile, called “The Brown Bag Bus”, will provide fresh, healthy meals to communities facing hunger. President and CEO of the Greater Montgomery YMCA, Gary Cobbs says the mobile initiative will serve as a nutrition education and food assistance outreach hub. The bus features seating for 30 children, pull-out tents and chairs for outside eating and a kitchen for nutrition education.

President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees. Judge William Pryor, an Alabama-based judge on the 11th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals, reportedly met with Trump in New York Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Trump said last week that he would select a candidate to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia within his first two weeks in office. He has promised to seek someone in the conservative's mold and said he is working from a list of 21 people, mainly conservative state and federal judges in their 50s.

Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb is considering making a run for governor in 2018. Cobb said she is getting encouragement to run by supporters, but has not made a decision. She is not the only Democrat eyeing a run. Saying they refuse to cede the state without a fight to the GOP, a number of prominent Democrats are weighing their options in 2018. That includes former congressman Parker Griffith, who unsuccessfully challenged Bentley in 2014 and outgoing House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden.

The Alabama State Board of Education voted Thursday to begin the process to intervene in the Montgomery County School system because of the system's academic struggles.  A news conference was held after the board voted unanimously to begin the invention process.  Reaction about the resolution was mixed; WVAS News spoke with Reverend Charles Thomas, the Political Director of the Montgomery Ministers Union who disagrees with the resolution.  MPS Board of President Robert Porterfield says the process will take some time.

   The state school board has voted for intervention in the Montgomery County school system because of academic struggles. The board voted unanimously today to begin the intervention process. Superintendent Michael Sentance said a capital city school system should be a "shining example" of achievement. He noted that some schools in the system are very high-performing while others have low test scores. Sentance also praised county school officials' willingness to work on improving schools.

 A group of black lawmakers will speak out against Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, in the second day of Senate confirmation hearings. They include New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who will take the rare step of testifying against a current Senate colleague. Booker's scheduled testimony underscores Democratic unease with the Alabama Republican, who was rejected for a federal judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee three decades ago amid accusations of racial impropriety.

Winter Storm Bearing Down on South

Jan 6, 2017

   Parts of the South are bracing for a winter storm that is targeting the deep south and eastern United States today. A winter storm warning covers eastern Alabama through north Georgia, including Atlanta, and into the Carolinas and part of Virginia. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued a state of emergency that will open its emergency operations center this morning and put 300 Alabama National Guard soldiers at the ready to help if needed.

Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education held a work session discussing the potential intervention by the Alabama Department of Education.  No votes were taken at the meeting; instead the a legal advisor presented an overview of the 2013 Intervention Act, discussed changes to the law and answered board members.  A meeting with the state superintendent is scheduled for January 9, 2017.  A leader with Montgomery's school system tells the Montgomery Advertiser that officials there have been told the state is taking control.