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Some of the world’s best horseshoe pitchers are coming to Montgomery next week to compete in that sport’s championship. Nearly one-thousand pitchers in all will square off at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl from July 25 through August 6th.  44 different states will be represented as well as Canada and Switzerland. City officials say the championship should result in a 1-point-5 million dollar economic impact for Montgomery. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. 

Special Session

Jul 21, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is still thinking about holding a special session on Medicaid funding. Bentley says Medicaid needs at least an additional $15 million in order to have adequate funding in the next fiscal year.

Murder-Suicide In Elmore County

Jul 21, 2016

Police say a man fatally shot his wife then killed himself in the couple's bedroom in Elmore County. Sheriff Bill Franklin says 65-year-old Martin Sharron shot 62-year-old Connie Sharron in the head Wednesday morning with a .45-caliber handgun. Franklin says Martin Sharron then fatally shot himself. Franklin says the couple was preparing to leave for a doctor's appointment in Birmingham.

Alabama Honors Slain Police Officers

Jul 19, 2016

Blue lights will illuminate the state capital building this week as a tribute to law enforcement officers around the country.  Governor Robert Bentley announced the move on Monday. In a statement, Bentley said that he was troubled and heartbroken at recent acts of senseless violence. Gunmen in separate instances killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and five in Dallas, Texas.   The illumination  will occur each night this week through Friday.

Memorial Set for Former MPD Police Chief

Jul 19, 2016

A memorial service will be held on Thursday for late Montgomery Police Chief John Wilson.  The service will be held at Frazer United Methodist church at 4 p.m.  Senior pastor of First Baptist Church and police chaplain Rev. E. Baxter Morris will officiate.  Wilson served as MPD police chief from 1986 until 2004.  He was 62.

Children Killed in Fatal Car Crash

Jul 19, 2016

An accident in Russell County claimed five lives.  Authorities say three adults and two children were killed in a head-on collision between their car and a semitrailer.  The accident happened on U-S Highway 80 near Phenix City on Monday.  

A former Montgomery police chief died over the weekend.  Family members of John Wilson say the retired police chief died Saturday morning while in another state.  Wilson led the Montgomery police department from 1986 to 2004.  No other details of his death are available at this time.  

Four Republicans are running for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's legislative seat.  The Alabama Republican Party announced that Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Brett Smith and Sandy Toomer had qualified to run for the legislative district.  Hubbard was removed from office in June after a jury convicted him of 12 felony ethics charges.  A judge sentenced him to serve four years in prison.  Hubbard is appealing his conviction.  The primary election will be held Sept. 13th.  

A two-vehicle crash in Talladega County claimed the lives of four people Saturday.  State Troopers say an SUV and a pickup truck collided on Alabama Highway 21 near Winterboro.  Four of the five people in the SUV were killed.  They have been identified by police as 38-year-old Leiah Gatlin Watts of Munford, 73-year-old Evelyn Foshee Watts also of Munford, 73-year-old Melda Fay Howard of Lincoln and 78-year-old Mary Anna Burgess Adair of Lincoln.  The driver of the pickup was not injured.  Troopers continue to investigate the accident.  

Authorities in Louisiana are investigating whether the gunman who shot and killed three officers and wounded three others had any help.  But authorities believe that Gavin Long was the lone shooter in yesterday's morning's assault.  The deaths of the Baton Rouge officers and a sheriff's deputy followed the shooting deaths of five Dallas officers and the deaths of black men by police.  Former WVAS reporter, Scottie Hunter  is now working at a television station in Baton Rouge where is is immersed in covering the turbulent string of event in that city.

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