Brittney Jones-Dabney

News Reporter

Before you select a new restaurant to eat at, or return to your favorite restaurant, you may want to know the recent score. Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 64 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files the report below. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.  

Alabama State University will host its inaugural Labor Day Football Classic Weekend, this weekend. The weekend marks the return of one of the oldest HBCU football rivalries, bringing fans and alumni of Alabama State and Tuskegee University to Montgomery. WVAS News Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney shares details about the upcoming game. 

Students in the Montgomery Public School system will start a new year Thursday and the MPS Transportation Department says  they are making sure everything is in order before the first routes is taken. WVAS News Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney spoke with MPS officials regarding bus safety. 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

In an effort to educate Alabama residents about the upcoming special election for U.S. Senate Seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions; the League of Women Voters of Alabama launched an updated digital resource guide online –VOTE411.org. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report with Alabama Board Member Renee Collini. 

Alabama State University Interim-President Dr. Leon C. Wilson, leadership members and staff visited the birth place of ASU on Wednesday. The former school was founded on July 17, 1867 in Marion; and is widely seen as the site where nine former slaves collected $500 to establish Lincoln Normal School, which is now Alabama State University. “This is our 150th year of existence and in this very spot is where it all started with nine brave people who decided that they were going to start an educational institution,” said Wilson.

A hearing request to move a police officer’s murder trial out of Montgomery and to another city was held Tuesday morning. Alabama Judge Greg Griffin denied a motion filed by defense attorneys for Montgomery, Police Officer Aaron “Cody” Smith requesting that Griffin move his trial to a different city. 

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, City and County leaders delivered updates on the Montgomery Internet Exchange, MGMix and the tech economic development on Wednesday afternoon. Less than 18 months ago, Montgomery became home to the State’s only internet exchange and now leaders have announced an upgrade to the capacity of the Internet Exchange to handle 100 Gigabits of traffic per second. Mayor Todd Strange says the new status has a significant meaning for Montgomery.

The City of Prattville has been selected as one of 31 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding to reduce childhood hunger. The office of Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr., and Parks of Recreation Department partnered with United Christian Church and the Autauga-Prattville Public Library to kick off the new initiative called CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.

Alabama State University hosted its third annual “I Love ASU – Sting A Thon” over the weekend at the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Numerous local musicians performed for the crowd of hundreds who came out to support ASU despite the rain.

ASU President, Dr. Leon Wilson says the ‘Sting A Thon’ gives people the opportunity to show their support and give back to the University. ASU’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Zillah Fluker said ASU has existed this long because of the Marion Nine, who founded the University in 1867.

The Alabama House Judicial Committee has released its 131-page impeachment report regarding Gov. Robert Bentley. 

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