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Carol Villa Residents Call for Action

Mar 8, 2017

   An incident in which shots were fired at a party in Carol Villa this weekend has local residents on edge. A large contingent of neighborhood residents attended last night’s Montgomery City Council meeting calling for action. The group is disturbed that no arrests were made early Sunday morning when the incident occurred or since that time. The incident reportedly happened at a house in the area of Carol Villa Drive and Handel Court. While police say they have questioned numerous people, no arrests have been reported. 

Lyft Could Soon Operate in Montgomery

Mar 8, 2017

   Montgomery could soon have another ride-sharing company operating in the city.  At last night’s City Council meeting the panel unanimously approved Lyft’s application for a transportation network company permit. The San-Francisco company must now apply for a business license. It reportedly hopes to be up and running by late March. Uber, which offers similar services, already operates in Montgomery.

Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery March

Mar 6, 2017

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Republican Caucus Announces New Leadership

Mar 2, 2017

Republicans in the House of Representatives have elected Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville as their new majority leader. The Republican Caucus announced the decision Wednesday. Ledbetter, a former Rainsville mayor, was elected to the Alabama House in 2014. Ledbetter in a statement said he was grateful for the confidence placed in him by the caucus. He is the first freshman to hold the position. Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper will serve as vice-chairwoman of the caucus.

The Mountaintop comes to WVAS

Feb 28, 2017

Tune in to WVAS tonight for a one hour special "The Mountaintop" from L.A. Theater Works. This program is based on a play written by Katori Hill that gives a fictional account of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. The storyline has King making an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what would be his final day. The play stars Aja Naomi King as Camae and Larry Powell as Dr. King. "The Mountaintop" airs at 6 p.m.

Alabama Among States at Risk for Severe Weather

Feb 28, 2017

The National Weather Service says Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia are all at risk for severe weather on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center says a weather system moving eastward across the Deep South could spawn severe thunderstorms with high winds and isolated, brief tornadoes. The areas at greatest risk include northeastern Mississippi, northern Alabama, and the northwestern corner of Georgia. The chances of strong storms are lower near the coast. Forecasters say there's an enhanced risk of severe weather from eastern Tennessee all the way north to West Virginia.

Another Inmate Stabbed to Death

Feb 27, 2017

   Another state inmate has been killed in violence at an Alabama prison. A Department of Corrections statement says 36-year-old DeMarko  Carlisle was stabbed to death during an altercation at Elmore Correctional Facility on Sunday. The agency has a suspect, but officials aren't releasing that prisoner's name. They say the motive isn't known. Carlisle was serving a life sentence after being convicted of robbery in Jefferson County in 1999. Carlisle is the second inmate killed at Elmore prison in 10 days. Grant Mickens was stabbed to death in the prison on Feb. 16.

The public is invited to the annual Jewish Food Festival; it will be held in Montgomery on Sunday.  Festival goers will be able to sample an assortment of Jewish food and shop in the "Treasure Market."  Rabbi Elliot Stevens of the Kahl Montgomery Temple Beth Or says events like the festival serve as a community outreach tool.  The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kahl Montgomery Temple Beth Or.  

   The crash report involving a Montgomery Police officer has been made available to the media. WVAS News received a copy of the report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The February 17 crash happened at the corner of Woodley Road and Spring Valley. An unmarked police car collided with another car, critically injuring the officer, identified as Carlos Taylor and also injuring the other driver, now identified as Mae Francis Williams of Montgomery.

Montgomery Proclaims March 2 Claudette Colvin Day

Feb 22, 2017

   Many people think of Rosa Parks as the woman who sparked the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in 1955. But 15 year old Claudette Colvin had actually done the same thing months earlier. Last night, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange issued a proclamation declaring March 2 as Claudette Colvin Day in the city. District 3 councilman Tracy Larkin says it’s good to see the civil rights pioneer getting the recognition she deserves.

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