Students, parents, teachers and elected officials across Alabama participated in a rally in support of National School Choice Week on Thursday. The event is a public awareness effort to promote education options such as charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. Ebraham Lee, School Choice advocate explained school choice means parents have the choice of choosing options outside of traditional public schools.

Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 14 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. 

New list of failing schools in Alabama is out

Jan 25, 2018

   The latest list of “failing” Alabama public schools was released yesterday on the State Department of Education’s website. The results were drawn from the state’s standardized test in the spring of 2017. Out of 1,325 public schools in Alabama, 75 landed on the list of those performing in the lowest 6 percent in math and reading on the ACT Aspire exam.

   An announcement for the new home of a U-S trainer jet facility could come in the next four months. That was part of an update provided by Joe Turnham, the Executive Director for the Macon County Economic Development Authority to a Montgomery civic club yesterday. Tuskegee is among three finalist cities to land the T-100 trainer jet project. Leonardo DRS has chosen Tuskegee as the site for a 250 million dollar manufacturing facility, should it be chosen for the contract. Turnham says the recent decision by the Air Force to bring the F-35 fighter jet to Montgomery can only help.

Local third-grader dies from flu

Jan 19, 2018

   A local elementary student has died from the flu, becoming one of 20 pediatric deaths due to influenza nationwide. The third grader was a student at Pike Road School. Superintendent Dr. Charles Ledbetter confirmed with reporters yesterday 8 year old Zainab Momin died Tuesday night at a local hospital. Grief counselors will be provided for students when classes resume on Monday.

Hyles Files: The Road Not Taken

Jan 18, 2018

   It is one day after a major winter storm hit the South yesterday, draping snow over all of Central Alabama. While road conditions have improved, don’t be deceived into thinking things are back to normal. Dangerous patches of ice still exist which can send vehicles off the roadway. Most County emergency management agencies in the river region are still reporting impassable roadways. Montgomery City officials say Interstates 85 and 65 are now passable, but great caution should be used while traveling.

Central Alabama braces for more winter weather

Jan 16, 2018

   A combination of frigid temperatures and snowfall are coming together today to create hazardous conditions. A state of emergency has been issued by Governor Kay Ivey as emergency officials prepare for what could be icy roads late this afternoon through tonight. The National Weather Service is calling for Central Alabama to get as much as two inches of snow and that includes the Montgomery area. Because of that, the Montgomery County Public School System has announced the school will close two hours early today.

Governor declares state of emergency over flu virus

Jan 12, 2018

   Governor Kay Ivey Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency as the flu virus continues to spread across the state. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, emergency departments and outpatient clinics are seeing very high volumes of patients. The statement notes that this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu outbreak. Governor Ivey has implemented the Public Health Emergency where healthcare facilities can follow emergency operation plans and administer alternative standards of care if necessary.

      A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alabama's requirement to show photo identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Wednesday ruled the provision does not violate the Voting Rights Act. Alabama in 2014 began requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls.