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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
Top Stories

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
Top Stories

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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8:32am

Thu February 12, 2009
WVAS Local

Schools Prepare to Close

Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Public Schools officials are beginning the work of moving students and teachers from three local schools after voting to close them because of budget problems.

At the end of the school year, over -700- students from Hayneville Road, Paterson, and Pintala elementary will be moved to neighboring schools. More than 100 employees will be moved to positions that are available in surrounding schools.

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8:27am

Thu February 12, 2009
Top Stories

Execution Scheduled

Atmore, Alabama –
In South Alabama, Officials with Holman Prison are preparing to carry out the execution of one of Alabama's death row inmates.

Corrections Department spokesman Brian Corbett says Danny Bradley, formerly of Piedmont, is scheduled to die by lethal injection this evening at 6:00 p.m.

The 49 year old Bradley was sentenced to death for the January 1983 rape and strangulation of his 12 year old stepdaughter.

8:21am

Thu February 12, 2009
Top Stories

Bill Defining Moral Turpitude Clears Hurdle

Montgomery, Alabama – A bill that would define the term "moral turpitude" has made it through a House committee. The bill would identify more than 70 felonies as crimes, which if committed, would prevent a convicted person from voting.

The bill would also keep a convicted felon from automatically having his or her voting rights restored. The measure is headed to the full Alabama House for consideration.

10:42am

Wed February 11, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

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

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10:21am

Wed February 11, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Public School Board Will Close Three Schools

Montgomery, Alabama – Teachers, administrators, and students today are reacting to plans by the Montgomery County Board of Education to close three of its schools.

The system is closing Hayneville Road, Paterson and Pintlala Elementary schools at the end of this school year.

School Superintendent John Dilworth called for the closures to save the district $2.2 million dollars.

Dilworth says the system faces a budget shortfall of nearly $28 million dollars next fiscal year which begins on October 1.

8:30am

Wed February 11, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama's Senators Vote Against Stimulus Package

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's two senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, both Republicans, voted against the economic stimulus plan that passed Tuesday in the U.S. Senate.

Shelby, Alabama's senior senator, speaking in Montgomery just prior to the vote is critical of the measure. Shelby said he does not believe the stimulus plan should be the focus of attention; instead, Shelby argues the government should work to correct the nation's banking system.

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