Phase One of Montgomery's Outer Loop Opens

Jan 27, 2016

Motorists are now enjoying Montgomery's Outer Loop or Route 108 as it has been named.  Phase one of the multi-million dollar project opened to traffic Tuesday after years of construction.  The road connects I-85 with Vaughn Road.  It is ultimately meant to reach Interstate 65, but the Alabama Department of Transportation's Tony Harris says the money isn't available right now.  The connector cost $150 million to construct.  80 percent came from federal dollars and 20 percent was funded by the state.  

WVAS Black History Month Calendar

Jan 26, 2016

A list of events on WVAS 90.7FM to celebrate Black History Month 2016

You're invited to "University Presidents Speak" 2/16/16

Jan 26, 2016

Alabama State University President Boyd is on the panel to speak along with President Sharon Gaber from the University of Toledo, President Mary Ellen Mazey of Bowling Green State University, and Provost Molly Easo Smith of Saint Martin’s University. 

This event is hosted by Auburn University, and will be at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Man Faces Murder Charge in Montgomery

Jan 25, 2016

A 26-year-old Montgomery man is now facing a murder charge after the victim he allegedly beat two weeks ago died over the weekend.  Richard Wilson was arrested by U.S. Marshals Monday and taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  MPD and Fire Medics were called to the 2300 block of Nettie Circle on reports of a subject down during on January 8th.  Officials say they found  36-year-old Johnny Waits in life-threatening condition; he later died.  Wilson is being held on a $150,000 bond.  

NPR Music is bringing back their Tiny Desk contest, asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

The contest will be sponsored for the second year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

Roby Hosts CAVHCS Meeting

Jan 22, 2016

Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby met Thursday with leaders of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System to discuss the possibility of creating a Veteran Community Health Care Network.  Roby has long advocated for more local, private care options for veteran patients.  She says contracting services with network hospitals could alleviate some of the system's most pressing issues.  Both Veterans Affairs representatives and state hospital officials were upbeat about the talks.  Plans for future meetings are already underway.  

Judge Wiggins Responds to Censure

Jan 22, 2016

A state panel has publicly censured an Alabama judge who told criminal defendants who couldn't pay their fines to either donate blood or go to jail.  Documents show the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled Thursday that Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins violated judicial canons with his remarks in Perry County last September.  Wiggins told WVAS News that he accepts responsibility for his actions.  The court's decision notes that 41 people with cases on the judge's docket gave blood after his comments.  A mobile blood bank was parked outside the courthouse at the time.  

Brooks' Execution

Jan 22, 2016

A man convicted of the 1992 rape and beating death of a woman has been put to death in Alabama's first execution in more than two years.  Authorities say 43-year-old Christopher Eugene Brooks received a lethal injection last night in a procedure starting at 6:06 p.m. local time Thursday at a state prison in Atmore.  Corrections Department spokesman Bob Horton says Brooks was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m.  Brooks was condemned for the slaying of 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell on New Year's Eve of that year.

Investigation continues into Two Deadly Accidents

Jan 22, 2016

Accidents in the tri-county area Thursday claimed two lives.  Around 8:45 Thursday morning two vehicles collided at the corner of Atlanta Highway and Taylor Road.  A passenger in one of the cars was killed.  She's been identified by police as 77-year-old Jeanette Alcorn of Montgomery.  A driver also received life-threatening injuries, but that person's name has been released.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of both the crashes.  

Remembering Sam Cooke On WVAS-FM

Jan 21, 2016

Sam Cooke would have been celebrating his 85th birthday this weekend. As a commemorative tribute to his milestone, we will be broadcasting a one hour radio special, Sam Cooke: Bring It On Home To Me on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. after The Cool Jazz Countdown. This music intense documentary looks back at Sam Cooke through his life and his songs; featuring music from his gospel roots to his upbeat classic hits. The program also features stories by his protege Bobby Womack, Sam's brother L.C. Cooke and countless others. Be sure to tune in to this compelling program.