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.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says he will call a special session of the Legislature to address financial problems with the state's prepaid college tuition plan if legislators develop a consensus about what to do and assure him it will pass. Riley said Thursday reaching a consensus won't be easy. The Legislature ended its regular session last week without providing any bailout for the program, but it did pass a resolution asking the state pension fund to do a financial study of the
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate in April remained unchanged at 9 percent. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations said Friday it was the first time the jobless rate has not increased in 18 months. According ADIR Director Tom Surtees April's figure represents more 191,000 Alabamians out of work. The department says the counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox at 22.2 percent, Chambers at 17.3 percent and Lowndes at 17.1 percent.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - An attorney for five Birmingham police officers who were fired after being shown on videotape beating an unconscious suspect says they were doing their job and following their training. Attorney Gayle Gear said Thursday that the officers did not know that the suspect, Anthony Warren, had been ejected from his car and was unconscious after it crashed at the end of a police chase. Gear said the officers have appealed their dismissal to the Jefferson County Personnel Board.