Oct 20, 2015

WVAS-FM invites veterans and all community members to participate in the 5K Freedom Run-Walk, Saturday, November 7, 2015.  Registration is the day of from 7:30am- 8:15am. Start time is 8:30am.  

Rural Offices Slated to Reopen in November

Oct 20, 2015

The head of the state Law Enforcement Agency says 31 driver's license offices in 31 rural counties will reopen one day per month beginning November first.  ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier announced the time-frame Monday.  The changes come after a backlash over a state decision to close the satellite offices.  A legislator who heads the Rural Caucus in the Alabama House, David Standridge of Blount County, says its unfair for rural counties to be targeted because of budget cuts.  

Graduation Rates Improve

Montgomery Robbery Suspect in Custody

Oct 16, 2015

An arrest has been made in the robbery and shooting that occurred on October 4th in Montgomery.  Police say 35-year-old Nurodney McWilliams is charged with two counts of robbery and attempted murder.  He is accused of holding up a couple on Dobbs Circle and shooting one of the victims in the neck.  The injuries were described as life-threatening.  McWilliams is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $60,000 bond.  

No Child Support

Child Predator Jailed

Oct 16, 2015

Sex crimes against children have landed an Elmore County man in state prison.  At a Thursday hearing, Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds ordered 58-year-old Jon Fey of Coosada to serve 40 years in a state lockup.  Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said Fey was convicted of multiple sex abuse offenses committed in September of 2014 against three girls between the ages of 4 and 17.  The DA said said the crimes occurred at Fey's residence in Coosada.  

Tax Scheme

State Park Takeovers Begin

Oct 15, 2015

Even as five state parks in Alabama are scheduled to close Thursday, local authorities are making plans to take over three of them.  In Florala, for example, ownership of the state park there will revert back to the city.  A development that Florala Mayor Robert Williamson is excited about.  He says crews will begin Friday improving the landscaping of the park and the city will begin promoting the Rodney J. Evans Conference Center which is also part of the property.  Two other parks slated for closure, Paul M.

No Benefit Increase for Social Security

Oct 15, 2015

The federal government says there will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients disabled veterans and federal retirees.  It's just the third time in 40 years that benefits will remain flat.  The main reason for no increase next year is low gas prices.  By law, the annual cost of living adjustment or COLA is based on a government measure of inflation.  

Deadly Standoff

Montgomery City Council Members

Oct 14, 2015

Montgomery Probate Judge Stephen Reed says results from the Montgomery municipal and runoff elections have been officially certified.  Fred Bell, Brantley Lyons and William Green will officially take their seats on the City Council next month.  During Tuesday's city council meeting, Mayor Todd Strange said a orientation session starts Wednesday's morning.  Montgomery City Council members Tuesday night heard from activist Rose McCall, a member of the Montgomery Transportation Coalition.  McCall is urging city officials to consider adding routes to the VA Hospital and the Hyundai auto plant.

Closed Driver's License Offices May Reopen

Oct 13, 2015

The Bentley administration is considering a plan that would reopen 31 driver's license offices in rural counties.  The media website reports Governor Robert Bentley is seeking input from legislators on a proposal called a bridge loan that would take money from the governor's emergency fund to pay for staffing at offices that were closed by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  The driver's licenses office closing have come under fire from black lawmakers who say 11 of the 31 offices targeted are located in Black Belt counties.  

Deployed Voting 

Teenage Shooting Suspect In Custody

Oct 13, 2015

Montgomery Police say a teenage male is in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon on Ann Street that sent an adult male  and a 9-year-old boy to the hospital.  17-year-old Grenden Jordan of Montgomery faces attempted murder, second degree assault and reckless endangerment charges.  He was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.  

Ford's Letter


Montgomery, AL – On the evening of December 1st, NPR’s Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered, will be at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, a center point of the Montgomery bus ​boycott, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' arrest. At this historic place, NPR and WVAS-FM will host a conversation with elders who took part in the movement and young people who will share their vision for the future.