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8:34am

Mon April 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Gas Prices Creep Up

Montgomery, Alabama – You may have noticed that its costing a little more to gas up your vehicle these days, but prices are not expected to increase much more over the next few weeks.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $1.95 per gallon. That's ten cents more than Alabamians paid one month ago.

AAA Alabama Spokesman Clay Ingram says gas prices are about half of what they were this time last year.

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8:49am

Fri April 3, 2009
WVAS Local

Furlough Plan Fails

Montgomery, Alabama – The State Personnel Board says layoffs appear to be the only solution for state agencies which are dealing with budget cuts.

This from State personnel Director Jackie Graham after a legislative committee blocked a plan that would have furloughed state employees for up to 24 days a year.

The governor has ordered most state agencies to try to cut spending by 10 percent because of a decline in state tax collections.

Alabama State Employees Association officials argue that neither furlough nor layoffs are necessary.

8:43am

Fri April 3, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen, now, to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom.

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8:39am

Fri April 3, 2009
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Alabama Legislative Review

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Thursday, the 17th meeting day of the regular
session:
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-Vote failed to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state 4
percent sales tax from food purchases.
-Members of Black Caucus used stalling tactics to prevent action
on other bills to protest failure to bring up bill to remove the
state sales tax from groceries.
-Held a ceremony honoring members of the Butler High School in

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9:22am

Thu April 2, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen, now, to some of the top stories as reported by the award winning WVAS news team.

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9:13am

Thu April 2, 2009
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Severe Weather Targets the State

Montgomery, Alabama – National Weather Service Forecaster says several counties are on the watch for some difficult weather today including Montgomery, Macon,Wilcox, Barbour,Bullock, Butler,Crenshaw,Lowndes, Lee,and Pike Counties.

A tornado watch is in effect for those areas until 2:00 p.m. today. All of the counties included in the watch are:

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12:49am

Wed April 1, 2009
Top Stories

Gambling Bill Clears Committee

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment to
expand, tax and regulate electronic gambling across Alabama has won
approval from a state Senate committee.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday
for the "Sweet Home Alabama" legislation sponsored by Democratic
Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery. Committee Chairman Bobby Singleton
says he expects the Senate to take up the bill in a week or two.
The bill originally provided for electronic gambling in nine

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12:45am

Wed April 1, 2009
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Anti-smoking Advocates See Tax Increase as Incentive for Many To Kick the Habit

Montgomery, Alabama –
This first day of April is ushering in some higher prices being paid by smokers. The federal government is imposing its largest ever increase in taxes on tobacco products.

Beginning today, the per-pack federal tax on tobacco products jumps from 39 cents to $1.01. Funds generated from the increase will finance a major expansion of health insurance for children nationwide.

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8:58am

Tue March 31, 2009
WVAS Local

Group Calls for Tougher Laws

Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A Birmingham group is calling on state officials to strengthen laws against teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students.
The group, called Citizens for Better Schools, held a news conference outside the State Department of Education headquarters in Montgomery on Monday.
Executive director Ronald Jackson said the organization was contacted two weeks ago by a mother whose 17-year-old son had an inappropriate relationship with his 38-year-old Advanced Placement history teacher.

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8:52am

Tue March 31, 2009
WVAS Local

Battle Over White Hall Gambling Center Goes to Alabama Supreme Court

Montgomery, Alabama – The fight over the White Hall gambling center is going to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Governor Bob Riley is asking the state's top court to block a ruling by former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy that allowed the facility to reopen.

The Governor says Kennedy's ruling should be thrown out because Kennedy had worked in the past for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians which operates three gambling halls in the state.

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