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8:26am

Wed February 25, 2009
WVAS Local

Hundreds of Montgomery Teachers Will Receive Pink Slips

Montgomery, Alabama – Pointing to a pending budget shortfall, the Montgomery County Board of Education is giving some grim news to hundreds of area teachers.

The board will not renew contracts for 650 non-tenured teachers. The school system is facing a $28 million dollar budget shortfall.

Last month, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to close three area schools by the end of the year because of the budget.

8:21am

Wed February 25, 2009
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State Representative Convicted of Fraud Charges

Decatur, Alabama – A guilty verdict has been handed down in the trial of a state representative accused of fraud. State Representative Sue Schmitz awaits sentencing on seven felony fraud charges connected with being paid more than $177,000 for doing little to no work on a federally funded job.

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8:36am

Tue February 24, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen, now, to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom. Send your news items, via e-mail to Tana Shealey at tshealey@alasu.edu or call us at 334-229-4783.

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8:18am

Tue February 24, 2009
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Riley Favors Taking Some Federal Dollars But Not Others

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama Governor Bob Riley says the state will take the $170 million that the federal government is releasing this week for Medicaid funding. Riley says the money for the Medicaid Program will help "fill some gaps" in the state's general fund budget.

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7:34am

Tue February 24, 2009
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Fight Over Music Leads to Murder

Montgomery, Alabama – A Prattville man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a former Prattville High School football player.

Autauga County District Attorney Randall Houston alleges 22 year old Joshua Duane Jones killed 21 year old Justine Rye in August 2008 during a party in a field near Autaugaville.

Houston says the motive for the fatal shooting appears to have been an argument over whether the music played at that event would be Rap or Country.

7:16am

Tue February 24, 2009
WVAS Local

A Montgomery Family Gets a Big Welcome Home

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery family awakened this morning in their new home, thanks to hundreds of volunteers and the television program "Extreme Makeover:Home Edition".

The Jordan family's modest home has been transformed into a two story structure for Monica and Brady Jordan, their daughter and grandchildren.

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10:40am

Mon February 23, 2009
WVAS Local

Big Reveal is Set for Monday Afternoon

Montgomery, Alabama – If you're a fan of the show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", then you know that the "big reveal" is an exciting moment for families hoping to see their new home.

That's what a South Lawn family will experience late this afternoon. The crew of the ABC television show has renovated the Ira Lane home of Monica and Brady Jordan.

In just one week's time, the crew and hundreds of volunteers have changed the one story home into a two story structure.

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10:31am

Mon February 23, 2009
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State Highway Department Plans Stimulus Spending

Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Department of Transportation expects to receive anywhere from $500 to $550 million in economic stimulus funding. Tony Harris, a spokesman for Transportation Department, says the money will be used on projects that are "shovel ready" or that can begin within 120 days of receipt of federal dollars.

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10:14am

Mon February 23, 2009
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Riley May Reject Some Stimulus Funds

Birmingham,Alabama – Alabama's Republic Governor says he may say no to about $66 million of the federal economic stimulus funds earmarked to help states fund unemployment benefits.

In an interview with the Birmingham News, Riley is quoted stating that he is concerned about federal rules that could interfere with the state's ability to write laws and regulations.

Riley is in Washington attending the National Governors Association meeting.

10:00am

Mon February 23, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Motngomery,Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines on this Monday, February 23rd, in the WVAS Newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at Tshealey@alasu.edu or call 334-229-4783.

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