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11:09am

Thu May 15, 2014
WVAS Local

Costco Store Theft

Montgomery Police and CrimeStoppers need your assistance in identifying two males who walked into the Costco store in Eastchase Tuesday night used a hammer to smash a jewelry case and stole three diamond rings valued at $35,000.  Police said the brazen night time theft occurred just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.  One of the suspects was described as having a tattoo of a rose behind his left ear.  CrimeStoppers say your tip may lead to a cash reward, the number is 215-STOP. 

Crimes Investigation

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6:17pm

Wed May 14, 2014
WVAS Local

Progress in Education

State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says progress is being made at both Montgomery and Selma public schools as education officials implement recommended changes following investigations into those school systems.  An interposition is underway in Montgomery, where Dr. Bice says huge strides are evident.  He was also upbeat about the intervention in Selma.  Department of Education officials interceded after reports of grade changing at both schools and allegations of a sexual encounter between a teacher and student in Selma. 

Hammett's New Job

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10:32am

Wed May 14, 2014
WVAS Local

Montgomery Police Memorial

The Montgomery Police Department will pay tribute to its 27 fallen officers and honor former and current officers at a Memorial Day service set for today at MPD headquarters on North Ripley Street.  Following the program, MPD also will host its annual Memorial and Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Convention Center. 

Montgomery Shooting

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6:06pm

Tue May 13, 2014
WVAS Local

High Praise for Alabama's Pre-K Program

A double dose of good news for Alabama's voluntary prekindergarten program Tuesday.  First, the state's program received perfect marks in a national report for the 8th consecutive year.  The National Institute for Early Education Research says Alabama met all its benchmarks for quality.  Secondly, over 100 new grants were approved for the Pre-K program to expand into a total of forty counties.  The commissioner for Alabama's Department of Children's Affairs Jeana Ross says the program is getting funding because it is getting results. 

Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit

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9:36am

Tue May 13, 2014
WVAS Local

ASU Investigation

Alabama State University Police Chief Jim Grayboys says his officers are conducting an aggressive investigation after a student was sexually assaulted on campus late Saturday night.  Grayboys describes the suspect as a short and stocky African-American male who was wearing at the time of the assault, a black hoodie, gray sweat pants, a red and brown facial mask and wearing gloves.  ASU Police also said the suspect was possibly armed and is considered dangerous.  Anyone with information is urged to call ASU Police at 229-4400 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. 

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5:57pm

Mon May 12, 2014
WVAS Local

Agriculture Census

WVAS News talked with Alabama's Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan about the newest Agriculture Census that was released last week.  The 2012 Census found that the state's farmers sold more than $5.5 billion dollars' worth of agricultural products, which is a record; but producers also had to spend $4.7 billion dollars to grow those products.  McMillan says the census found that Alabama remains the second largest producer of broilers and peanuts in the United States.  The state's quail inventory is also second in the country.  Another highlight of the report, in Alabama, 3.4 percent of

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10:59am

Mon May 12, 2014
WVAS Local

Storm Tax Relief

The Internal Revenue Service says nine Alabama counties now qualify for tax relief due to the storms, tornadoes and floods that occurred in late April.  Baldwin, Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone, Mobile and Tuscaloosa are among the counties after the president declared them disaster areas.  The IRS says some tax deadlines between April 28th and October 15th have been postponed to October 15th.  A variety of business tax deadlines also are affected. 

Toddler Killed

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5:43pm

Fri May 9, 2014
WVAS Local

Soggy Weekend

More rain and the chance of floods are again headed toward southwest Alabama, which is still drying out from a deluge last week.  The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Sunday for an area that includes Mobile and the tourist towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Forecasters say rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches of rain are expected, and some areas could received as much as 7 inches of rain.  Much of the Alabama and Florida coast got as much as 2 feet of rain last week. 

Roby Appointment

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10:09am

Fri May 9, 2014
WVAS Local

St. Jude Meeting

Parents, students and alumni gathered last night at St. Jude school and learned nothing can be done to reverse the school's fate.  The Archdiocese of Mobile announced it will shutter the institute on West Fairview at the end of the school year due to ongoing financial problems and low enrollment.  Some parents are upset that Catholic school leaders did not give them a chance to address the school's financial problem. 

Common Ground Vandalism

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4:16pm

Thu May 8, 2014
WVAS Local

Climate Change Report

A new federal scientific report says global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy and dangerous.  The new National Climate Assessment, concludes that the harms of global warming will become more disruptive across the nation throughout the century and beyond.  WVAS News Senior Correspondent Marcus Hyles talked to a local hydrologist and climatologist about the report.  Dr. Ming-Kuo is a professor in the Geology and Geography Department at Auburn University and a hydrologist, he concurs with the report's finding and Dr.

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