Melanie Hogan

News Reporter I

Melanie cut her teeth as a work study student working in the areas of news reporting and announcing.  After graduating from Alabama State University, she also worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV.  Her professional achievements include News Reporter of the year in 2010 and 2011 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.  She is a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists and says her goal is to continually grow as a dynamic journalist. 

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The Alabama State University family is mourning the death of one of its students, 18-year-old Jerrett Mumford. In an official statement the university offers its prayers and condolences to the family of Mumford.  Officials say Mumford was killed on Sunday in a car accident in Georgia.  ASU President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd says “we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.  A student-led memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Card Residence Hall, where Mumford resided on campus.  

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford held a press conference Friday urging the citizens of Macon County to stand-up for their voting rights in wake of a possible shut-down.  Ford's press conference was held in response to the governor and state attorney general asking law enforcement officials to shut down the newly reopened electronic gambling operations including VictoryLand.  VictoryLand reopened on Sept. 13th.  The casino had been shut since 2013 when the state seized the casino's gambling machines.  

The "State of the University" address was presented Thursday by Alabama State University President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd.  Students, faculty, staff and community members packed the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  During her presentation, Dr. Boyd addressed negative rumors; she also highlighted achievements by a number of students, student athletes and professors.  

Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education met Tuesday to make a decision about approving a contract for the interim chief school financial officer.  Recently, MPS Chief Financial Officer Pamela Wooden was terminated by the board allegedly due to errors that led to delayed paychecks for employees.  Board Chairman Melissa Snowden says Tuesday's meeting went smoothly.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September 27th.  

A pipeline rupture in Alabama is being blamed for gas shortages across the South. Authorities say the shortage stems from the Colonial Pipeline Company closing a portion of the pipeline earlier this month.  Officials say nearly -250-thousand gallons of fuel spilled in rural Alabama.  Triple A Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram says the uptick in gasoline prices is only temporary.  Officials say the cause of the leak is being investigated. 

 

Montgomery's Garrett Coliseum is hosting the "Homeless Veteran Stand Down" event this week.  It's sponsored by the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System; several veterans told WVAS News, they were pleased with the information provided about the resources they've been seeking.  Thursday's event ended at 2 p.m. but the event will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday.  The annual event links veterans with numerous agencies and companies, some specializing in housing, employment, health and education.  

Alabama State University theatre students received a special visit from screen star, Samuel Smith Wednesday.  Smith has earned a long list of successes in stage, film and television.  Smith said he wanted to return to campus Wednesday to impart valuable advice students can apply in the entertainment industry.  Smith is mostly notably known for his appearance in Cadillac Records, The Sopranos and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.  

Scores of vehicles are lining the roadways leading to the VictoryLand Casino in Macon County.  The gaming facility opened its doors Tuesday after being closed for three years.  The casino was closed in 2013 when the State Attorney General’s Office last conducted a raid there.  VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says he’s resuming operations because Macon County’s sheriff and district attorney say the machines are legal.  

News agencies are reporting a 17-year-old is charged in connection with the double shooting that killed his father, a former Alabama mayor and left his mother with serious injuries.  Local media report Sheriff Bill Franklin says 17-year-old Jesse Madison Holton is charged in the deadly shooting of his father 37-year-old Mike Holton, the former mayor of Eclectic.  Officials say deputies were called Sunday to the home to find it “trashed” after the teenager held a party.  Authorities say after deputies left Jesse Holton allegedly shot both parents.  Officials say the father Mike Holton was pr

The Alabama Board of Education has approved a $198,000 per year contract for the state's new superintendent of education.  The board approved the contract for former Massachusetts education secretary Michael Sentance.  

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