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7:29am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Lawmakers Ponder Bill Banning Texting While Driving

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has voted to ban
text messaging while driving in Alabama.
The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Rep. Jim
McClendon on Thursday without any dissent.
That bill drew support from the National Safety Council. It
would levy a $25 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to
the House for consideration. The Republican representative from
Springville says the bill has a good chance of passing because
people see text messaging as a dangerous distraction.

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7:23am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Bill to Remove Tax on Food Clears Hurdle

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposal to remove the state's 4
percent tax from groceries has passed the first hurdle in the
Alabama Legislature.
The bill by Rep. John Knight of Montgomery was approved Thursday
morning on a voice vote with several members expressing opposition.
A bill to remove the tax from food purchases passed the House last
year, but was defeated in the Senate.
The bill is a constitutional amendment and would have to be
approved by Alabama voters if it passes the Legislature.

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10:12am

Thu February 5, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines on this Thursday, February 5th. Send your news items and comments to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call 334-229-4783.

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8:48am

Wed February 4, 2009
WVAS Local

Former Mayoral Candidate Planning Lawsuit

Montgomery, Alabama – One of the former candidates for mayor of Montgomery is filing a lawsuit over being disqualified to run for the office.

29 year old Willie D. Knight alleges the Montgomery Election Center discriminated against young candidates during the two week qualifying period. Knight tells a local newspaper that he is seeking $20 million in damages.

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8:43am

Wed February 4, 2009
WVAS Local

Former Governor Guy Hunt Will Be Laid To Rest Today

Montgomery, Alabama – Funeral services will be held today for Former Governor Guy Hunt. Hunt died Friday of lung cancer; he was 75 years old.

Gov. Bob Riley, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. and many other state officials plan to attend the funeral today in the north Alabama town of Boaz.

Republican Governor Riley credits Hunt with helping the Republican Party emerge in Alabama. A spokesman for the Democratic lieutenant governor said he also plans to attend. Folsom served as lieutenant governor when Hunt was governor.

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12:35am

Wed February 4, 2009
WVAS Local

Riley Awaits Decision on Economic Stimulus Package

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says a federal economic
stimulus package would allow Alabama to maintain state government
operations at close to their current level next year.
Riley says education spending could be higher than it currently
is.
Riley unveiled his proposed state budgets for fiscal 2010 on
Wednesday and they address two scenarios - passage of a federal
stimulus package and failure of the package.
If the package fails, Riley says education spending would drop

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9:37am

Tue February 3, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

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

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8:44am

Tue February 3, 2009
WVAS Local

Governor Previews State of the State Address with School Children Statewide

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama could get
about $1 billion over two years for public education from the
federal economic stimulus package.
The governor told high school students Monday in a live telecast
that the stimulus package would allow Alabama to avoid making more
big cuts in education spending. But he says Alabama is looking at
widespread layoffs and larger class sizes if the stimulus package
fails in the U.S. Senate.
Riley made his remarks shortly before the state Finance

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8:42am

Tue February 3, 2009
WVAS Local

Davis to Visit Montgomery and Birmingham Friday

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has scheduled
events Friday in Birmingham and Montgomery to discuss his interest
in running for governor of Alabama in 2010.
A spokeswoman for the Democratic congressman says he will speak
at noon Friday at the Harbert Center in Birmingham and then at 5
p.m. at the state Department of Archives and History in Montgomery.
Birmingham is in Davis' congressional district and Montgomery is
his hometown.
Davis told reporters in December that he expected to run for

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8:52am

Mon February 2, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

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

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