6:18pm

Thu April 24, 2014
WVAS Local

GOP Perjury Charge

A state legislator from southeast Alabama is under arrest on felony perjury charges.  The attorney general's office says Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise is charged with two counts of perjury.  He's also charged with two counts of making false statements.  A statement from the attorney general's office says the charges are linked to a continuing investigation of possible public corruption.  Authorities haven't said exactly what the investigation concerns, but another GOP representative, Greg Wren of Montgomery, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor ethics charge and resigned from office earlier this month.  Moore hasn't commented on the indictment as yet. 

Maddox at ASU

Alabama State University held a lecture on Alabama's rising infant mortality rate Thursday.  Guest speaker, Dr. Yvonne Maddox is the acting director of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institute of Health.  Dr.  Maddox said factors that contribute to infant mortality include birth defects and premature birth.  The event was part of the Baines-Woodruff Endowed Lectureship on Health Disparities at ASU. 

Threatening Emails

A Montgomery man is facing charges allegedly for sending threatening messages to Faulkner University students and staff.  Martha Earnhardt, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, said 25-year-old Brandon Watson is accused of sending a series of email between December 31st and April 21st that threatened bodily harm to a professor and others at Faulkner.  Watson was charged with making terrorist threats.  He was placed in the Montgomery County Jail on a $100,000 bond.