9:50am

Wed February 5, 2014
WVAS Local

High School Student Killed

Authorities in Shelby County say a Montgomery High School student was struck and killed by a pickup truck.  It happened Tuesday evening in the town of Pelham.  The male student was part of a group of Robert E. Lee High School students on a field trip to Huntsville.  Pelham Police said a second student was also hit by he pickup.  He was treated and released.  Montgomery Public Spokesman Tom Salter said the two students were struck as they ran across a busy roadway in Pelham that's off Interstate 65.  Salter said their bus was returning to Montgomery when it stopped in Pelham.  The identities of the two students are being withheld. 

MPS Meeting

A specially-called meeting of the Montgomery County School Board turned ugly and resulted in name calling after the board rejected a measure to buy a strip of land adjacent to Brewbaker Tech.  Board Member Melissa Snowden tells WVAS the property is needed to alleviate traffic gridlock to and from Brewbaker Tech.  Snowden was asked if Tuesday's vote was retaliation for the ouster of ex-Superintendent Barbara Thompson. 

Snow-Related Accidents

Alabama state troopers handled hundreds of wrecks during the snow and ice storm that paralyzed parts of the state last week.  Troopers released numbers Tuesday showing officers investigated a total 731 accidents from Tuesday through Friday.  Last Tuesday was the worst day for wrecks, with troopers handling 249.  The statistics compiled by the Department of Public Safety don't include accidents that were handled by city police or county sheriff departments. 

Holmes Wins

Mike Holmes was the winner of Tuesday's Republican runoff in House District 31 and will be joining the Alabama Legislature.  Holmes pulled in 2,028, or 57 percent in the special election against Jimmy Collier who garnered 1, 550 votes or 43 percent.  The winner has no Democratic opposition in the District, which parts of Elmore and Coosa  counties.  Holmes replaces Barry Mask who resigned from the Alabama House last September.