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 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 state is taking control of Montgomery's public school system.  The state school board voted unanimously Thursday to clear the way for a state takeover.  The move means the Alabama Department of Education will intervene is as many as roughly two dozen failing schools.  Local officials will continue overseeing schools that are doing better.  The takeover is expected to last three to five years.  

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he will conduct interviews with candidates to be the next state attorney general.  Bentley will name a new state attorney general after appointing Luther Strange Thursday to the U.S. Senate.  The governor said he will begin interviews this week and would release names afterward.  However, the governor has already been communicating with a number of potential candidates

Siegelman Freed

Feb 8, 2017

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has been released from a federal prison in Louisiana where he was serving a six-year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.  Siegelman's supporters cheered the release of the 70-year-old Democrat who for decades was a dominating figure in state politics. A spokesperson for Siegelman said the former governor's friends and family are "very excited about his release and very much look forward to seeing him."  

Montgomery Police have arrested three men in connection with a January murder.  17-year-old Joquan Belyue, 17-year-old Terrance Moorer and 22-year-old Errol Johnson have all been charged with the murder of Joshua Rogers.  Police say the suspects, along with the murder victim, were committing a robbery on January 9th when Rogers was fatally shot.  Police found him in the median of the 800 block of Northern Boulevard.  Another adult male was shot as well, but because of the alleged robbery, the three men are being charged with Rogers' murder.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will be hosting two exhibits this week; Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts and Contemporary Japanese Ceramics will open on Thursday.  The museum's curator, Margaret Lynn Ausfeld says the quilt collection spans more than a hundred years.  She says the Contemporary Japanese Ceramics will feature flower vases, tea bowls, candle holders and platters.  A free reception will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.   

The Alabama State Board of Education voted Thursday to begin the process to intervene in the Montgomery County School system because of the system's academic struggles.  A news conference was held after the board voted unanimously to begin the invention process.  Reaction about the resolution was mixed; WVAS News spoke with Reverend Charles Thomas, the Political Director of the Montgomery Ministers Union who disagrees with the resolution.  MPS Board of President Robert Porterfield says the process will take some time.

Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education held a work session discussing the potential intervention by the Alabama Department of Education.  No votes were taken at the meeting; instead the a legal advisor presented an overview of the 2013 Intervention Act, discussed changes to the law and answered board members.  A meeting with the state superintendent is scheduled for January 9, 2017.  A leader with Montgomery's school system tells the Montgomery Advertiser that officials there have been told the state is taking control.

The National Weather Service says a tornado did not directly kill four people who died Monday in southeast Alabama.  A survey team concludes a tree that crashed through a mobile home near Rehobeth in Houston County, killing four, fell by straight-line winds.  The team concludes winds of 85 mph were related to a nearby tornado, though.  That twister touched down in Geneva County and ended 8 miles later in Houston County, creating a 500-yard-wide damage path.  A second tornado hit Bullock County.  

Members of the NAACP held multiple protests throughout the state against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for the U.S. Attorney General.  In Montgomery, a group gathered outside the city's downtown Federal Courthouse Building. Reverend Rayford Mack, president of the Metro Montgomery Chapter of the NAACP pointed to Sessions' track record on voting rights and race as reasons behind the objection.  Other protests were held in Huntsville, Birmingham, Dothan and Mobile.   

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