Tue July 7, 2009
Top Stories

Fourth of July Weekend Yields Thousands of Violations

Montgomery,Alabama –
(AP) - Alabama state troopers report they made
152 drunken driving arrests and issued slightly more than 3,000
speeding tickets during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
A trooper spokesman, Cpl. Steve Jarrett, says troopers also
issued nearly 1,100 seat belt citations and 84 citations for child
restraint violations.
The state Department of Public Safety used extra patrols during
the busy weekend to try to keep down accidents. State troopers

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Tue July 7, 2009
WVAS Local

Contract Negotiations Underway for New Superintendent

Montgomery, Alabama – The newly tapped superintendent for Montgomery Public Schools has begun discussions with the board about her new contract.

Dr. Barbara Thompson has participated in a conference call with Montgomery County Board of Education President Beverly Ross and two other board members.

Thompson is coming to Montgomery from the New Glaris, Wisconsin school system.

The exact amount that Thompson will receive has not been announced. Montgomery's former school superintendent, Mr. John Dilworth received a base salary of$155,000.


Mon July 6, 2009
Top Stories

Woman Scalded in an Apartment Shower Receives Settlement

Mobile, Alabama –
(AP) - A woman who suffered third-degree burns
after stepping into a shower of 136-degree water has been awarded
$750,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit against the apartment
The Mobile County court award to 25-year-old Treon Moorer, in
late June, followed mediation with JRS Management Inc. of Florida.
The company's lawyer, Larry Matthews of Pensacola, declined
Moorer's attorney, Richard Taylor, said Moorer was "horribly

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Mon July 6, 2009
Top Stories

Unemployment Compensation Amount Increases

Montgomery, Alabama – There is a little good news for out of work Alabamians. Beginning today, the newly unemployed will receive an additional $10 dollars per week in their unemployment compensation checks.

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations officials say the increase means the maximum benefit amount will increase to $265.00 per week.

Officials state that only new claimants filed on our after July 5,2009 are eligible for the increase.


Mon July 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Cities and Counties To Decide on Tax Free Holiday Participation

Birmingham,Alabama –
(AP) - The deadline has arrived for Alabama
cities and counties to notify the state if they plan to participate
in exempting shoppers from sales taxes on back-to-school purchase
made from Aug. 7-9.
Despite the recession, most Birmingham-area governments will
The holiday, enacted in 2006 to coincide with the beginning of
school, exempts shoppers from the state's 4 percent sales tax and
cities and counties also may exempt their local sales taxes.

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Thu July 2, 2009
WVAS Local

Sparks Announces Platform

Montgomery,Alabama –
(AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Ron
Sparks is unveiling a major part of his platform in his Democratic
campaign for governor.
Sparks' campaign says he will announce plans Thursday morning to
guarantee advanced education for every child, reduce taxes,
increase funding for Medicaid and education, create a disaster
relief fund for agriculture, and eliminate illegal gambling in
Sparks' announcement is scheduled for his Montgomery campaign
headquarters at 11 a.m.

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Thu July 2, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Police Open New Substation

Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Police are stepping up their efforts to take a bite out of crime.

The department is putting a new substation in place at 2190 E.South Boulevard near Baptist Medical Center and Alfa Insurance.

Commander of the Community Policing Division, Lt. W.E. Herman, says 20 to 30 officers will operate out of the building which was donated to the city for use by Baptist Hospital.

It will cost the city about 15,000.00 annually to operate the facility.

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Wed July 1, 2009
WVAS Local

Local FEMA Disaster Offices Shutting Down

Montgomery,Alabama – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing its disaster recovery centers in Montgomery, Elmore and Bullock Counties July 2.

The centers were opened to help residents affected by the May 7th flooding.

Those needing help may contact the FEMA toll free hotline at 800-621-3362. FEMA officials say the phone line will be staff from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Wed July 1, 2009
WVAS Local

Jury Recommends Life in Prison in Elmore County Murder

Millbrook, Alabama – An Elmore county jury is recommending life in prison without parole for the man convicted of killing a man in the parking lot of the WalMart in Millbrook.

20-year-old Calvin McMillan will go before a judge for sentencing in August.

The judge can either accept the jury's recommendation or override it. McMillan was convicted of shooting to death 23 year old Bryan Martin in 2007.


Wed July 1, 2009
WVAS Local

Homicides Increase in Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama –
The latest figures concerning violent crime in Montgomery are out, and those numbers are disheartening.

Montgomery Police say that during the first half of 2009 there have been 19 murders committed in the capital city; that's compared to 2008 when 22 people were murdered in the capital city.

Police say that in each of the murders committed so far this year, the victims and the perpetrators knew each other.