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10:32am

Fri February 27, 2015
WVAS Local

Budget Shortfalls Will Be Focus of Governor's Speech

Governor Bentley says he will lay out his plans today to address a shortfall in the state General Fund budget, proposals that could put him at odds with some in his own political party.  Bentley has said the state has no choice but to raise taxes and he plans to hold a news conference today at the State Capitol.  The governor said last week that he plans to seek $700 million in taxes and revenue.  He's also said cuts and consolidations can no longer keep the General Fund afloat.  The legislative session begins Tuesday.  

Funeral Services

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2:32pm

Thu February 26, 2015
WVAS Local

Montgomery Prepares for Selma to Montgomery Events

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange Thursday provided an update on the city's preparations for the upcoming commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery march.  He says the commemoration is his top priority for now but he is also keeping a close eye on the many candidates who have joined the mayoral race.  Strange says he embraces the challengers and he looks forward to an aggressive campaign in April.  

Mayoral Candidate

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10:19am

Thu February 26, 2015
WVAS Local

Thousands Without Power After Winter Storms

Alabama Power Company officials say about 12,000 customers statewide are without electricity this morning after nearly a foot of snow fell in some parts of northern Alabama.  About 8,000 are in the Tuscaloosa area and about 3,500 are in the Birmingham area.  A wide area from north of the Birmingham metro area to the Tennessee state line remains shut down because of dangerous travel conditions on interstates and U.S. routes.  Eleven inches of snow fell in the Guntersvillle area and more than eight inches was measured in the Athens area.

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4:44pm

Wed February 25, 2015
WVAS Local

State House Republican Caucus Introduces "Alabama First"

The Alabama House Republican Caucus has announced its agenda for the 2015 legislative session.  The slate of bills is being called "Alabama First" by members of the caucus as they say it seeks to put Alabama first education and economic development.  Chairman of the House Rules Committee Mac McCutcheon says charter schools will be a priority.

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9:50am

Wed February 25, 2015
WVAS Local

Governor Declares A State of Emergency Ahead of Winter Weather

The governor has declared a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm expected to bring a mix of snow, ice and freezing rain.  Governor Robert Bentley has authorized 250 Alabama National Guard personnel to respond to any emergency requests for assistance.  National Weather Service meteorologist  Kevin Laws tells WVAS the winter storm is taking aim at a large section of north Alabama.  Laws enforcement agencies also have a plan in place to respond to stranded drivers.  The wintry weather is expected to enter north Alabama today and move out of the state around midnight.  

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5:26pm

Tue February 24, 2015
WVAS Local

Winter Weather Ahead in North Alabama

A winter storm system is set to trudge across Alabama Wednesday, bringing sleet and snow to the northern part of the state and rain in the southern half.  The dividing line between snow and rain seems to fluctuate with storms like these, Chief scientist for the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Kevin Laws, says the wintry mix is trending farther north.  Laws says the system will move slowly across the state from the west to the east, enter Alabama around 10 a.m. and exiting close to midnight.  

Wage Inequality

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9:54am

Tue February 24, 2015
WVAS Local

Burglary Suspect Fatally Shot in Confrontation

A confrontation turned deadly between a gun-toting burglary suspect and a Millbrook police officer.  Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson said the incident happened just before noon Monday outside a residence on Clearview Lane in the Civil Point subdivision.  The chief said one suspect was armed with a pistol and confronted an officer and gunfire was exchanged.  The male suspect was killed.  Millbrook said four other suspects in the attempted burglary were captured following a manhunt by several law enforcement agencies.

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9:33am

Tue February 24, 2015
WVAS Local

Henry Mabry Possibly Out at AEA

The powerful Alabama teacher's lobby is moving to fire its executive secretary, Henry Mabry.  The Alabama Education Association board announced the action Saturday morning.  The move came after a financial audit requested by the AEA board raised concerns about Mabry's financial management of the organization.  Mabry issued a statement to the Montgomery Advertiser and said he enjoyed his time working for educators of the state.  

GOP Opposition

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6:34pm

Mon February 23, 2015
WVAS Local

Montgomery Boy Dies in Strange Incident

Authorities say a Montgomery boy has died 10 days after being hurt when a sport-utility vehicle slammed into an apartment building.  Police say 6-year-old Aiden Howard died in a hospital on Sunday.  The child was injured Feb. 12th when a SUV rammed through the side of an apartment unit.  Police say the driver, 28-year-old Juan Daniels was fighting with a man and drove the vehicle into the apartment intentionally.  The boy was visiting inside the apartment at the time and was seriously injured in the crash.  Police are still looking for the Daniels.

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10:04am

Mon February 23, 2015
WVAS Local

Henry Mabry Out at AEA

The powerful Alabama teacher's lobby is moving to fire its executive secretary, Henry Mabry.  The Alabama Education Association board announced the action Saturday morning.  The move came after a financial audit requested by the AEA board raised concerns about Mabry's financial management of the organization.  Mabry issued a statement to the Montgomery Advertiser and said he enjoyed his time working for educators of the state.  

GOP Opposition

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