The chief psychiatrist for the Ohio prison system says that Alabama fails to spot mental illness in many inmates and lacks the staff to effectively treat those who are diagnosed. reports that Dr. Kathryn Burns testified Monday as an expert witness on behalf of inmates who sued the state. Burns says the percentage of inmates identified as mentally ill in Alabama — about 14 percent — is about half that seen in other states. She says that suggests many ill prisoners are being missed.

The "Have a Heart for Children" held its annual Christmas party for more than 800 special needs students Monday at a church in Montgomery.  This year marks the organization's 17th year, the Christmas party was held at Frazer United Methodist Church.  Have a Heart for Children Founder, Earnestine Woods, says she is amazed at the organization's growth.  Students were treated to performances and served dinner by community members, elected officials, educators and law enforcement officials.

WVAS Thanks Donors

Dec 12, 2016

WVAS thanks listeners that contributed to the 2016 WVAS Yuletide Giving Holiday Toy and Gift Drive benefiting Brantwood Children's Home and Family Promise of Montgomery. Listeners donated new unwrapped toys, gift cards and toiletries. 


Arrest Made in Montgomery Murder

Dec 12, 2016

   Detectives now say it appears an argument led to a fatal shooting on the first day of this month in Montgomery. The homicide occurred on Millard Fuller Road December First when 23 year old Breyuane Sanders was found with a gunshot wound in a vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have now charged 23 year old Demetric Jackson with one count of capital murder in the shooting. He has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. 

Alabama Miscalculated Graduation Rates

Dec 9, 2016

 Alabama's 89 percent graduation rate is not accurate, but it may be months before the correct numbers are revealed. A review of the state's graduation rates by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General shows the state misstated its rates by counting students who received Alabama Occupational Diplomas in its numbers and by not properly overseeing local school systems' awarding of class credits, resulting in some diplomas that weren't honestly earned.

Dannelly Field a Finalist for New Fighter Jet

Dec 8, 2016

The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is one of five Air National Guard units across the country still in the running to become a home base to the F-35A fighter jet. The 187th and Dannelly Field survived the cut from 18 original sites under consideration. According to a statement from the U-S Air Force, two locations will be selected by spring next year. Site survey teams will now visit all five locations that also include installations in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; Detroit, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin.

Oldest Surviving Tuskegee Airman has Died

Nov 22, 2016

   We have lost another member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The oldest surviving member, Willie Rogers, died Friday evening at the age of 101. That’s according to his pastor in Florida. Rogers was part of the 100th Air Engineer Squad and also served with the Red Tail Angels. He was wounded in action during a mission in Italy in 1943. President George W. Bush awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

More than 120 seniors were served a Thanksgiving luncheon at the McIntyre Community Center in west Montgomery Monday.  The 6th annual event was sponsored by several individuals and organizations including Alabama State University's College of Education and ASU's Health Physical Education Recreation Department.  Seniors won door prizes and giveaways.  The event also honored Jiles Williams, Montgomery County Commissioner.  

Bibb County Sheriff Found Shot to Death

Nov 16, 2016

Bibb County Sheriff Keith Hannah has been found dead at his office in the central Alabama town of Centreville. District Attorney Michael Jackson says Hannah's body was discovered this morning. He says Hannah was located in a bathroom connected to the sheriff’s office. Jackson says preliminary evidence indicates Hannah died of a gunshot wound, but there was no immediate indication of any foul play. The prosecutor says an autopsy will be conducted to determine whether the sheriff’s death was a homicide, a suicide, an accident or something else. Hannah was first sworn in as sheriff in 2003.

Justin Ross Harris Found Guilty in Son's SUV Death

Nov 15, 2016

A Georgia man faces life in prison after he was convicted of malice murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son, who was left in a hot car for hours. A jury found Justin Ross Harris guilty on all eight counts against him Monday, ending a month-long trial. The malice murder conviction means jurors ultimately agreed with prosecutors that Harris left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, to die on purpose. District Attorney Vic Reynolds said justice was done but "it's not a verdict we celebrate." The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for Dec.