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Crews have been searching a southeast Alabama river and areas nearby for a missing 5-year-old girl.  Dale County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Mason Bynum says the girl was swimming with two siblings when all three went under water in the Choctawhatchee River Sunday afternoon.  Bynum said another person in the area was able to rescue two of the siblings.  Crews searched until late Sunday night and planned to resume the search today.  

Accidental Death at Selma Motorsports Park

May 16, 2016

Officials say a Montgomery man has died after an accident at the Selma Motorsports Park.  Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says that 39-year-old Darren Dwayne Bryant died after a crash on the racetrack Saturday night.  Jackson says Bryant was driving his pickup truck on the track when it was rear ended.  The vehicle veered into another lane and overturned.  Bryant later died from his injuries.  The death has been classified as an accident.  

Alabama House Speaker's Ethics Trial Begins

May 16, 2016

The speaker of the Alabama House is going on trial on felony ethics charges that could result in his removal from office.  Jury selection is set to begin today for state Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn.  He's facing 23 counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain.  Hubbard says he didn't do anything illegal.  A jury pulled from as many as 140 prospective jurors will decide his fate in a trial that officials say could last three weeks.  Hubbard's trial comes as two other top Alabama officials are also at risk of losing their jobs.

ASU Softball Team Wins

May 13, 2016

The Alabama State University Softball team won in dramatic fashion in their second game of the SWAC Tournament.  Outfielder Jenna Mae Thorne blasted a walk-off home-run in the 9th inning to give ASU a 7 to 6 victory over Southern.  

Residents Attend VictoryLand Town Hall Meeting

May 13, 2016

Macon County residents showed up for a town hall meeting last night in Tuskegee to learn the latest on when VictoryLand might reopen.  Owner Milton McGregor has sworn to restart the casino, despite an Alabama Supreme Court decision.  He told those in attendance that the facility would soon be operational.  McGregor says the target for re-opening is sometime this summer.  

Charges Dropped Against North Alabama Police Officer

May 13, 2016

Prosecutors are looking to drop state charges against a north Alabama police officer accused of assaulting an Indian man during a suspicious person investigation.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the case against Eric Parker in Limestone County Circuit Court.  Parker was recorded slamming 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel to the ground in February 2015.  Patel was out for a walk when he was approached by police.  Parker has said Patel resisted him.

Legislation Impacting Abortion Clinics Signed

May 13, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation into law that could shutter two of the state's largest abortion providers.  Bentley's office on Thursday confirmed the governor signed a bill to deny licenses to clinics within 2,000 feet of public elementary and middle schools.  He also approved a ban on a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.  The law will close a Huntsville a facility that was forced to move to its current location in 2013 to comply with new facility restrictions on abortion providers.  A Tuscaloosa facility could also be affected.

Scott Honored at Jersey Retirement Ceremony

May 12, 2016

Rod Scott, a star basketball player at Lee High School was remembered today with a jersey retirement ceremony.  Scott died earlier this year in an automobile accident.  WVAS News got reaction from family and friends, his father Rod Scott says his son was an exceptional student and child.  Scott transferred to Lee after St. Jude closed following the 2014 school year and had committed to playing at Jacksonville State University in the upcoming Fall semester.  

Alabama Group Supports Chief Justice Moore

May 12, 2016

A group calling itself the conscience of the Alabama Republican Party is supporting suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore.  The Alabama Republican Assembly calls the judicial ethics charges against Moore "politically motivated."  The group says Moore stands for traditional values.  The court will decide charges filed by the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which accused Moore of violating judicial ethics amid his opposition to same-sex marriage.  Moore is fighting the charges, which could lead to his removal from office for the second time in 13 years.  

A local businessman is making the dream of going to college more attainable for students with a generous gift of $12,000 to Montgomery Public Schools.  Dr. Alfred Seawright, owner of the Medical Place in Montgomery, presented 12 MPS graduating seniors with $1,000 in scholarship money during a check presentation Tuesday.  Seven of the 12 recipients plan to major in the health care field and a majority plan to attend Alabama State University.  

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