Alabama is soggy after days of moderate to heavy rain, and forecasters say more precipitation is on the way. Rains with a few thunderstorms are in today's forecast in central Alabama, where some areas have received more than 5 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The heaviest rains have occurred in Marengo County where 5.7 inches of rain fell Sunday, and Calera in Shelby County got 5.5 inches. Bibb County received more than 4 inches of rain. The weather service says there's a chance of sleet and freezing rain in north Alabama overnight, but no accumulation is expected.
It was just announced that Nelson Mandela will have a state burial on December 15th in Johannesburg. Mandela died last night at the age of 95. His legacy has served as an inspiration for Alabama State University sophomore Karobo Robaya, a transfer student from South Africa. WVAS will honor Nelson Mandela's legacy with a special program that will air tonight at 6 p.m. The program entitled "The Mandela Tapes" were produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. WVAS will rebroadcast the program on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The flu season is here. Symptoms of the illness can include coughing, sneezing and fever. Dr. Albert Holloway, Pediatrics Chief Medical Officer at Health Services Incorporated, says it's important for people to get their flu shots now. Dr. Holloway also advises covering your cough and washing your hands regularly.
A second man has been charged with capital murder for his alleged involvement in the November 20th shooting death of 29-year-old Keon Sankey of Montgomery. Police said federal marshals arrested 22-year-old Rodriko Davis Wednesday. Davis was ordered held without bond. Montgomery Police have already charged 19-year-old Elijah Frazier with capital murder in connection with the homicide. Authorities have said the fatal shooting occurred during the course of a robbery.
The town of Pike Road is collecting personal care items for local veterans. Pike Road and the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System have teamed up for the drive for the fourth straight year. Communication Director Mary Catherine Gaston says personal hygiene and winter weather items are needed. Gaston said a complete list of items can be found online at www.pikeroad.us. Donations can be dropped off at the Pike Road Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drive ends December 18th.
The three finalists vying to become the next president of Alabama State University will be interviewed this week. ASU officials said the interviews will be conducted Friday in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. State Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery will be the first candidate to appear before a presidential search committee. Gwendolyn Boyd will follow Ross and Army Brigadier General Samuel Nichols will be final candidate to appear before the panel.
A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama football fan moments after the Iron Bowl is now free on $75,000 bond. Twenty-eight-year-old Adrian Briskey is charged with killing 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd, who was shot after Alabama lost to Auburn.
Demographers at Auburn University Montgomery say Alabama's HIV/AIDS rate has dropped sharply. But other sexually-transmitted diseases, including chlamydia and gonorrhea are up. AUM researchers said despite the decline in HIV/AIDS, 25 Alabama counties registered an increase. Pickens County recorded the highest jump between 2011 and 2012. 32 counties, including Montgomery, observed a decline in the number of people infected by HIV-AIDS.
Authorities have charged a Birmingham woman with murder in the death of another woman who was killed moments after the end of the Alabama-Auburn football game. Hoover police Capt. Jim Coker says 28-year-old Adrian Briskey was charged Monday in the killing of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd, also of Birmingham. Coker says Shepherd was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex shortly after the end of the Iron Bowl on Saturday night. He says both women were University of Alabama fans and it's unclear whether the violence had anything to do with the outcome of the game. A si
Authorities in Autauga County have removed ten dogs from a wooded area in Autaugaville. Autauga County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger said an anonymous tip led deputies to a site off North Pickett Street in Autaugaville Sunday. The chief deputy said it's likely the dogs were used in a dog fighting operation. Sedinger said several of canines had visible scars and other injuries and were taken to the Autauga County Humane Shelter. No arrests were made. Deputies also recovered a stolen ATV and a pistol.