Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's lone contender at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee, Lindsey Grace Zimmer of Notasulga, failed to advance to Thursday's semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The 13-year-old correctly spelled "longitude" and "anodyne" on Wednesday, but her score for those two rounds, combined with her score on the 25-word written test, was not high enough to qualify her for the semifinals. Only 41 of the original 293 contestants move on to the
Tuskegee, Alabama – (AP) - Tuskegee University President Benjamin F. Payton will deliver the main address at the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon. Payton, who is retiring next year after serving 28 years as the university's fifth president, is continuing a tradition at the nation's capital. Robert Russa Moton, president at what then was known as Tuskegee Institute, delivered the principal address at the Lincoln Memorial's dedication ceremony on May 30, 1922.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A man who whose beating by five Birmingham police officers was caught on video at the end of a high-speed chase has filed a lawsuit against the officers, the chief of police and the city. The suit was filed Tuesday in Birmingham district court by Anthony Warren's attorney, Wendy Crew. It seeks monetary damages and asks the court to order changes in police officer training. The January 2008 beating, while Warren was apparently unconscious, was captured on a police dash camera video. A version
Foley, Alabama – (AP) - The Pentagon says a U.S Air Force officer from Foley, Ala., was among three U.S. troops who died when their military convoy in Afghanistan was hit by an improvised explosive device. The Mobile Press Register newspaper said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton died in the Memorial Day explosion. Family members said Stratton was a dedicated officer who served as commander of a reconstruction team in Panjshir Province. Stratton, a 1987 graduate of Foley High School, is survived by
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says senators must carefully study Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's statement about federal appellate courts making legal policy. Speaking on a nationally broadcast interview a day after President Barack Obama introduced Sotomayor (SUHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR'), Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said a statement she was recorded by videotape as making at a law seminar bothers him. She observed at one point in the appearance that federal appellate
Montgomery, Alabama – Stories of children being bullied with grave consequences have grabbed national headlines.
Many of those stories focus on a new tool used by bullies - cyber space. Montgomery Public Schools Student Services Coordinator, Valecia Asberry says her office helps parents keep a watchful eye out for such behavior.
You can hear more on the topic of school bullies and ways to protect children from them tonight on 90.7 Perspectives beginning at 6 o'clock right here on WVAS .
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby says she will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2nd District Congressional seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright of Montgomery. Roby said she has filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. That allows her to begin raising campaign funds. Roby said she has used a "common sense" leadership style in her six years on the city council and promised to use that same
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Alabama health officials say the swine flu virus is still circulating in the state, with symptoms being reported as recently as last week. Health officials say the number of confirmed cases in the state has grown to 63 and that number remained unchanged Thursday. Three other cases are probable. A case was found in Lee County for the first time and the virus has also been identified in Blount, Etowah, Jefferson, Limestone, Mobile, Montgomery, Pike and Shelby counties.