Fri June 12, 2009
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Man Must Serve Life In Prison for Robbery

Montgmomery, Alabama –
A Montgomery man must serve life in prison for armed robbery.

29 year old Mark Giles received the sentence under the Alabama Habitual Felony Offender's Act. Giles' most recent crime, an armed robbery of a fast food restaurant on Carmichael Road last year.

Giles told authorities he committed the crime to pay for his mother's funeral.


Thu June 11, 2009
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North Alabama Radio Station Prank Leads To Calls for Investigation

Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Democratic Party officials are
asking state and federal authorities to investigate an election day
prank by a conservative radio commentator in Huntsville.
Conservative radio commentator Dale Jackson of WVNN in
Huntsville read a phony news release on air and posted a copy to
his Web site Tuesday morning. The release made prominent use of the
Alabama state seal.
The release said because of heavy turnout, the polls would be
open for two days. It said supporters for Republican Paul Sanford

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Thu June 11, 2009
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Alabama Death Row Inmate Scheduled for Execution

(AP) - Alabama death row inmate Jack Trawick is
scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday at Holman
Prison in Atmore.
Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the 62-year-old
Trawick had not filed any legal pleadings in court seeking to stop
his execution as of late Wednesday.
Trawick was sentenced to death for the 1992 abduction and
slaying of 21-year-old college student Stephanie Gach of
Trawick's graphic writings and grisly drawings about his crimes

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Wed June 10, 2009
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Governor Riley Says Fewer Evacuees Will Be Sheltered In Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama may not opens its doors as wide
this year for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and other states.
Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday the state will not take as many
evacuees into shelters from out-of-state this year to make sure
shelter space is available for Alabama residents. He said the state
will be particularly cautious about filling shelters if there's a
chance another hurricane could affect the Alabama coast.
More than 6,500 evacuees, mostly from Louisiana, filled 28

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Tue June 9, 2009
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Jefferson County Government Faces Bankruptcy

Birmingham,Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Alabama's most populous
county are trying to figure their way out of a worsening financial
Members of the Jefferson County Commission are scheduled to meet
behind closed doors Tuesday in Birmingham to discuss alternatives
to a court ruling that's caused a major revenue crunch. The problem
comes with the county already trying to avoid bankruptcy because of
a debt crisis.
After years of litigation, a judge has barred the county from

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Tue June 9, 2009
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A Second Private School Closes in Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama – A second private school in Montgomery has shut down; this time Calvary Christian Academy closed its doors Monday because of low enrollment.

Calvary Christian Academy officials point to the economy as a reason for the school's closing. Calvary Christian Academy officials mailed parents a full refund for the 2009-2010 school fees paid.

Just last week, Taylor Road Academy filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy without giving parents or teachers prior notice.


Tue June 9, 2009
WVAS Local

Mobile Man To Stand Trial For Body in Freezer

Mobile, Alabama –
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set an Oct. 19 trial date for
part-time evangelist Anthony Hopkins, charged with murder in the
death of his wife, whose body was found in a freezer at the
couple's home.
Judge John Lockett set the trial date Monday during Hopkins'
Prosecutors claim the 37-year-old Hopkins killed his 36-year-old
wife, Arletha, then stuffed her body in a deep freezer four years
ago. The freezer was kept in the house where Hopkins was raising
his eight children.

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Fri June 5, 2009
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State Health Officials Confirm More Swine Flu Cases

Montgomery, Alabama – Autauga County is the latest area of the state to discover a case of swine flu.

State Health Department officials say there are now 92 confirmed and 8 probable case of swine flu or H1N1 Influenza in Alabama.

So far, there have been NO hospitalizations or serious complications among people with the virus in Alabama.


Fri June 5, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Man Attempted to Cover Up Murder by Staging Robbery

Montgomery, Alabama –
Montgomery Police arrest a man accused of staging a murder to appear that it happened during a robbery. Police have 22 year old Rontavius Holloway of Montgomery in custody charged with committed the city's latest homicide.

Police allgee Holloway shot and killed an unidentified 47 year old woman around 2 o'clock Thursday morning outside a West Haven Lane home.

Police say Holloway apparently placed a ski mask and a knife in the woman's hand to make it appear that the fatal shooting was committed during a robbery.

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Thu June 4, 2009
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New Montgomery Mall Owners Consider Options

Montgomery, Alabama –
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean are meeting today with members of the company that recently purchased the Montgomery Mall.

The owners, Blue Ridge Capital, say they would like to form a public/private partnership to help utilize the facility. Mayor Todd Strange says there are many avenues they might take in considering what to do with the facility which has been vacant for several years.

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