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.
Boaz, Alabama – BOAZ, Ala. (AP) - The family of Gov. Guy Hunt revised his funeral arrangements Sunday to have all events in two days instead of three. Hunt, who was 75, died Friday at a Birmingham hospital after a long battle with lung cancer. The family of the two-term governor announced that his body will lie in state at Mount Vernon Primitive Baptist Church located on Alabama 69 between Cullman and Baileyton from 8 a.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Hunt served as pastor of the church.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabamians who are unemployed are eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits, effective Feb. 15, because the state's jobless rate has averaged over 6 percent for three months. Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Thursday the additional benefits came through federal legislation. In November, the state qualified for an extension of 20 weeks. So the two extensions combined result in an additional 33 weeks of
Montgomery, Alabama – They have been invited, but it's not clear if they will attend. President Barack Obama's former Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and U.S. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder are among the guests invited to attend a Selma event in March commemorating the 44th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."
The theme for the event this year is "The Bridge to the White House." Organizers say the "Bloody Sunday" attack on marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge 44 years ago served as a stepping stone for Mr. Obama's election as the nation's 44th president.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Another group of Alabama Army National Guard personnel are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. According to Army Sgt. Katrina Timmons, a Guard spokeswoman, a 16 member team will deploy in June and serve about 9 months overseas. Timmons said the unit will train Afghan soldiers and police officers. Another team of Alabama-based soldiers are in Afghanistan performing a similar mission. Timmons said the unit could return to the state sometime in the next two months.
Montgomery, Alabama – President Barack Obama is receiving one of the first pieces of legislation for his consideration from Congress today, and it has an Alabama connection.
The wage discrimination bill is based on a case involving Lilly Ledbetter, an employee with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Gadsden who, after 19 years, discovered that a male counterpart earned more than she for the same work.
Tokyo,Japan – TOKYO (AP) - Honda Motor Co. says it's cutting production in Japan and North America by an additional 50,000 vehicles amid a severe slump in global sales. Japan's No. 2 automaker says output in North America will fall by 29,000 units, affecting Honda's three plants in the region -- Lincoln, Alabama; Ontario, Canada; and Marysville/East Liberty, Ohio. Due to the production cuts, Honda's overall output in North America will drop by 12 percent to 1.26 million units in the current fiscal year ending March 31.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators expect to make deep cuts in education spending for the next school year, but an Associated Press survey of lawmakers found sharp differences between the House and Senate about how to do it. In the House, 41 percent of those surveyed favor cutting K-12 schools less than two-year colleges and four-year universities. Only 13 percent of the Senate felt that way. In the Senate, 50 percent of those surveyed supported reducing