Mon February 23, 2009
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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 or call 334-229-4783.

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Mon February 23, 2009
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Alabamians See Increase in Gas Prices

Montgomery, Alabama – It's costing more to fill up gas tanks in Alabama. AAA Alabama's recent survey finds the state wide average for regular gasoline is five cents higher than it was a month ago.
AAA Alabama shows the average statewide price for regular gasoline is $1.79 per gallon while the national average is $1.91.

AAA's daily fuel gauge report finds mid-grade averages $1.91 while premium costs $1.97 a gallon.


Fri February 20, 2009
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State Lawmaker Testifies in Fraud Trial

Decatur, Alabama – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Sue Schmitz told jurors in her
fraud trial Thursday that she took a job in the two-year college
system to stay in the teachers' retirement system.
A Democrat from Toney, Schmitz is accused of using her influence
as a legislator to get the job in a program that mentors troubled
teenagers and then rarely showing up for work as she collected
$177,000 over three years.
She told the federal court jury in Decatur that she mentioned

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Fri February 20, 2009
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Man Lands Plane in a Cotton Field

Andalusia, Alabama – ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) - A Georgia man escaped injury when he was forced to land his single-engine plane in a cotton field in southeast Alabama.
Covington County, Ala., authorities said a plane piloted by 26-year-old Jonathan Lord of Columbus lost power and went down in the Babbie community.
It happened Thursday afternoon.
Lord suffered minor injuries.
The plane's landing gear was sheared off, but was otherwise

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Fri February 20, 2009
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National Weather Service Surveys Damage

Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Survey crews from the National Weather
Service have confirmed tornado damage in Randolph County near the
Georgia line.
The twister touched down Wednesday night. It was classified as
an E-F-1 with estimated peak winds of 90 miles-per-hour.
Forecasters said the tornado's path was concentrated along Randolph
County Road 296.
Meteorologists also determined it was straight line winds that
left scattered damage in Dallas, Perry, Sumter, Greene and Hale

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Fri February 20, 2009
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Birmingham Police Officer Faces Sex-related Charges

Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A fired Birmingham police officer is
facing sex-related charges.
44-year-old Steve Drummer, a 9-year police veteran, was arrested
Thursday night and charged with sodomy and sexual abuse.
Police the charges stem from a complaint filed by a 20-year-old
woman who said she was sexually assaulted Sunday night.
No other details regarding the case was made public.
Drummer was placed in the Jefferson County Jail on $70,000 bond.
Its unclear if he has retained an attorney.


Fri February 20, 2009
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Alabama Congressman Artur Davis Visits Central Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama –
Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, speaking with WVAS news during his visit to Montgomery,says that he voted in favor of the plan because it will do such things as help extend benefits to those who are unemployed, generate new jobs, and help Alabama's ailing general fund and education fund budget.

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Fri February 20, 2009
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Prattville Police Officer Resigns Amid Drug Arrest

Montgomery, Alabama – Former Prattville Police officer Christopher Duane Eldridge is out on bond after being arrested on drug charges.

Montgomery Police say they chased Eldridge along Interstate 85, with Eldridge driving the wrong way, before police officers captured him Wednesday evening. Montgomery Police allege Eldredge possessed crack cocaine at the time of his arrest, and officers had to use a Taser on Eldridge during the arrest.

Eldridge is charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

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Fri February 20, 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 to Tana Shealey via e-mail at or call us at 334-229-4783.

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Thu February 19, 2009
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Fires Ruled Arson

Montgomery,Alabama – State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk is naming the cause of the blaze that destroyed two rural churches in Chambers County; the cause is arson.

The Union Hill CME Church near the community of Oak Bowery and the Liberty CME Church, located about 7 miles away, were both destroyed on February 15th.

Paul says no connection has been made between the two fires.

There were no injuries in either blaze.

Officials are also investigating the blaze in Lee County at Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church in Salem.