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5:44pm

Wed February 11, 2015
WVAS Local

White House Honors Five FBI Agents

The White House has honored five FBI agents for rescuing a boy who was held in an underground bunker in southeast Alabama two years ago.  Members of the FBI's hostage rescue team were among the law enforcement officers receiving medals of valor in a ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden.  An armed man boarded a school bus in Midland City on January 29, 2013, and killed the driver.  He grabbed a five year-old boy off the school bus and descended into an underground bunker.  Agents stormed the bunker days later, killing the gunman and rescuing Ethan Gilman.  

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10:11am

Wed February 11, 2015
WVAS Local

Minster Free in Same-Sex Wedding Flap

An Autauga County woman is facing a disorderly conduct charge after offering to perform a same-sex wedding inside a courthouse.  Sheriff Joe Sedinger says the woman was arrested Tuesday in the probate office.  Sedinger says a dispute occurred between Probate Judge Alfred Booth and Anne Susan Diprizio of Prattville after two women obtained a marriage license.  The sheriff says Diprizio identified herself as a minister and offered to marry the women.  But Booth is not allowing marriage ceremonies in his office since gay marriage became legal on Monday.  Diprizio is free on $1,000 bail.  

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5:35pm

Tue February 10, 2015
WVAS Local

More Counties are Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

More counties in Alabama began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday.  Another ten probate courts joined those following a federal judge's order that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  The confusion stems from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's declaration that probate judges shouldn't give out the licenses to gay couples.  Governor Bentley reiterated his stance Tuesday that he will allow probate judges to make their own decisions.  Bentley also said he doesn't want the state to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied.  

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9:58am

Tue February 10, 2015
WVAS Local

Gay Weddings A Reality In Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley says he doesn't want to see his state as it was 50 years ago when another federal law, the Voting Rights Act, was defied.  Alabama is now the 37th state where gays can legally wed, but the state's Chief Justice, Roy Moore, told probate judges to defy a federal ruling that struck down the gay marriage ban.  Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed said he decided to follow the federal court order.  At least seven of Alabama's 67 counties issued marriage licenses to gay couples.  

Third Candidate

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6:24pm

Mon February 9, 2015
WVAS Local

Same-Sex Marriages Conducted in Alabama

Same-sex marriages went on in Alabama Monday despite Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's instructions to probate judges in the state to ignore the federal ruling allowing for such unions.  Judge Moore has contended that a U.S. district court judge's decision isn't binding.  Many probate judges followed Moore's orders, while a few abided by the federal ruling.  Adjunct professor of Political Science at Alabama State University Dr. D'Linell Finley says even though they are elected officials, probate judges will have to follow the rule of law.  

Inmate Stabbing

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10:01am

Mon February 9, 2015
WVAS Local

Chief Justice Attempts to Stop Same-Sex Marriage

Alabama is set to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed.  But in an 11th hour attempt to put such weddings on hold, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sent a letter to probate judges Sunday evening ordering them to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses.  Moore is telling the probate judges they are not bound by a Mobile federal judge's ruling last month that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.

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5:34pm

Fri February 6, 2015
WVAS Local

ASU 115th Founders' Day Convocation

Alabama State University celebrated 148 years of educational excellence Friday with its Founders' Day Convocation.  Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray, a 1951 graduate of ASU was the keynote speaker.  Gray challenged ASU students to make a positive impact on society.  The convocation's theme was "Onward and Upward, Opportunity is Here."

FOCUS South

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5:20pm

Thu February 5, 2015
WVAS Local

ADPH Revises Marriage License Forms

The Alabama Department of Public Health has designed new marriage license forms to accommodate same-sex weddings that are expected to begin Monday.  The form has two spaces that read spouse and spouse, instead of bride and groom.  A federal judge last month overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban.  Same-sex weddings are expected to begin Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court grants Alabama's request to put the ruling on hold.  

ASU Women's Conference

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2:57pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Arts

Treasured Moments in Black History

Throughout the month of February, WVAS-FM will air the special series "Treasured Moments In Black History". This two-minute segment produced by Moody Radio highlights people or events that have shaped American History. Tune in to "Treasured Moments In Black History Monday - Friday at 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Saturdays at 9:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. and Sundays at 10:30 A.M and 2:30 P.m.

2:45pm

Wed February 4, 2015
WVAS Local

Democracy Now! Comes To WVAS-FM, February 9

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Beginning Monday, February 9, WVAS-FM will begin broadcasting Democracy Now! a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television, and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

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