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.


Wed July 1, 2009
Top Stories

FDA Considers Changes Concerning Acetaminophen

(AP) - Concerned over potentially deadly overdoses
of acetaminophen, government experts are proposing new restrictions
on the most widely-used painkiller.
Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and other
popular pain killers.
An FDA advisory panel recommends reducing the maximum dose of
Tylenol and eliminating prescription drugs such as Vicodin and
Percocet which combine acetaminophen with other pain killers.
Acetaminophen overdosing is the leading cause of liver failure

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Tue June 30, 2009
WVAS Local

Millions Bid in Petroleum Leases off Alabama's Coast

New Orleans, Lousiana –
(AP) - The federal government has accepted $690.2
million in high bids for 328 offshore petroleum leases off the
coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Seventy energy companies submitted 476 bids on 348 tracts in
March's sale of leases in the Central Gulf of Mexico by the federal
Minerals Management service.
The MMS says it rejected high bids of $12.8 million on 19 tracts
because the bids did not reach fair market value.
The single highest bid was $65.6 million by Shell Gulf of Mexico

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Tue June 30, 2009
Top Stories

Mobile Public Schools Vote Against Stun Guns in Schools

Mobile,Alabama – (AP) - The Mobile County school board has voted
against buying about 25 Tasers for security officers amid worries
that the district was opening itself up to lawsuits if students
were shot.
The board voted 3-2 on Monday night against buying the stun guns
for $25,000 after several residents expressed opposition to having
them in the schools.
Board members said they would rather the officers call police,
who use Tasers, instead. Superintendent Roy Nichols had wanted the

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Tue June 30, 2009
Top Stories

Hyundai Offers New Incentive for Customers

Montgomery, Alabama – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama,LLC is optimistic the company's latest incentive will boost sales.
Hyundai spokesman Robert Burns says the company is offering a guaranteed gasoline rate for a year for people who purchase a Hyundai vehicle between July 1 and August 31st of this year.
The Montgomery based manufacturer says that consumers nationwide will receive a gas card equivalent to $1.49 per gallon for one year or 12,000 miles.

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Tue June 30, 2009
WVAS Local

Economic Talks in Selma Today

Montgomery, Alabama – Some residents in Alabama's Black Belt region today will get a helping hand setting up and operating their own businesses.

The Small Business Resource Fair will be held at the Hank Sanders Technology Center from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. today.

Also in Selma, Alabama Congressman Artur Davis will hold a special meeting this afternoon focusing on the progress of economic stimulus efforts in the district.

That meeting will be held at the Selma Public Library beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Tue June 30, 2009
WVAS Local

Local Archivist Recognized by Authors

Montgomery,Alabama – A Montgomery resident is being recognized for her life's work in a new book titled "African American National Biography,Volume 6".

Dr. Gwen Patton says she is elated to learn that she has been included int he book featuring many civil rights activists. Dr. Patton recently shared with WVAS some of her recollections of her work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the form of the Poor People's Campaign.

Dr. Patton remains true to her work as an activist by recently serving on the Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail Advisory Council.

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Mon June 29, 2009
Top Stories

Health South Founder Seeks New Trial

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy
has asked U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to recuse himself from
considering Scrushy's motion for a new trial in his bribery case.
Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were convicted in
2006 of bribery and other charges in a federal government
corruption case. Scrushy filed a motion Friday seeking a new trial,
alleging selective prosecution and other issues.
Scrushy also filed a motion saying Fuller should step aside

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Mon June 29, 2009
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One of Two Candidates For Superintendent Drops Out of Race

Montgomery, Alabama –
And then there was one Montgomery Public Schools officials say one of the two people vying for the position of Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent has withdrawn her candidacy.

School Board Member Melissa Snowden, District 5, says the decision came in the form of an e-mail this morning from Samantha Ingram, Ph.D.

"I wasn't given any reason", Snowden said when asked what reason had been given for Ingram's withdrawal.

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