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9:25am

Mon February 16, 2009
WVAS Local

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

8:47am

Mon February 16, 2009
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Montgomery Police Investigate Double Murder, Suicide

Montgomery, Alabama –
It was a tragic scene Sunday in a Dalraida apartment, two women and a man lay dead of gunshot wounds and three young children were inside the residence.

Montgomery Police say it appears 29-year-old Salatho Brown killed 32-year-old La Tonya Wilkins-Harvest,the woman with whom he live. Police allege Brown also shot and killed Wilkins-Harvest's mother, 52 year old Marthella Wilkins. Police say Brown then turned the gun upon himself.

Three children, ages 13, 11, and 7 were inside the apartment but were not injured.

8:38am

Mon February 16, 2009
WVAS Local

Employment Centers remain open during holiday

Montgomery, Alabama – While many state employees are enjoying a day off on this President's Day, workers at Alabama's Employment Centers are reporting for duty.

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees says residents may call in or visit on line if they are seeking jobs and/or unemployment compensation. The number to call is -866-234-5382. The website address is www.dir.alabama.gov.

Alabama's unemployment rate is 6.7 percent;it is the highest rate in more than 15 years.

9:59am

Fri February 13, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

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

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8:21am

Fri February 13, 2009
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Former Riley Staff to Oversee Stimulus Spending in Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama is on tap to receive money from the economic stimulus plan, while the amount that each state will receive has not been finalized, Governor Bob Riley has decided who will oversee Alabama's spending of the money.

The governor is paying $195 per hour through an emergency contract for Drayton Nabers and David Perry, both attorneys with a Birmingham law firm, for two months of work.

Nabers was Riley's state finance director from 2003 to 2004. Perry was an assistant finance director in 2003-2004.

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7:43am

Fri February 13, 2009
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Montgomery Police Make Multi-million Dollar Drug Bust

Montgomery, Alabama –
Montgomery Police say that on Tuesday officers working in the area of Interstate 85 North near the Mitylene exit saw something suspicious on a tractor trailer rig.

Officers pulled the rig over and made one of the departments largest drug busts ever.

Officers with the Crime Reduction Team confiscated $10 million dollars worth of powder cocaine. Police say getting it off the streets is significant because it prevents further criminal acts.

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10:54am

Thu February 12, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Legislature's Calendar

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:
COMMITTEES
-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee discussed the
governor's proposed education budget, but took no action on it.
-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved bills to allow
stronger beers and wines to be sold in Alabama. Go to Senate.
-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved a bill that
would allow the city councils in 14 cities to schedule referendums

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10:48am

Thu February 12, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen to some of the top stories making headlines 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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10:44am

Thu February 12, 2009
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A Senate Committee Passes Bill Concerning Beer

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Efforts to allow the sale of stronger
beer in Alabama are brewing again in the Legislature.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted without dissent
Wednesday for a bill that would allow the sale of beer with up to
13.9 percent alcohol by volume.
The president of Free the Hops, Stuart Carter of Birmingham,
says Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia currently have the
nation's strictest limit on beer at 6 percent alcohol by volume.

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10:41am

Thu February 12, 2009
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Second Case of Repo Man Being Shot in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Its happened again. Two men were shot
when they attempted to repossess a vehicle in northeast Birmingham.
Birmingham Police said 30-year-old Jason Williamson is
recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He was listed in
serious condition at UAB Hospital.
A co-worker, 28-year-old Garron Freeman, was also hit by the
bullet. His injury was described as minor and he was treated and
released.
Police said the shootings occurred Tuesday night.
No arrests were made.

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