9:48am

Wed April 30, 2014
WVAS Local

Major Flooding

Emergency responders are rescuing people from rooftops of flooded homes and cars stuck on flooded roads in Gulf Shores and surrounding Baldwin County.  A Baldwin County's emergency management official, said rescue efforts have been virtually nonstop since just before midnight.  No deaths or other serious injuries were reported.  Gulf Shores received nearly 21 inches of rain in the past day and officials say the scene resembles the aftermath of a hurricane. 

Tuskegee President

A new president has been selected to lead Tuskegee University.  School officials said that 40-year-old Brian Johnson has been unanimously selected to serve as president beginning June 15th.  Johnson will replace the outgoing Gilbert Rochon.  He will become one of the youngest presidents to ever lead a historically black university. 

Dog Fight Trial

An Auburn man accused of organizing high-stakes dog fights in east Alabama is scheduled in federal court to enter a guilty plea.  Donnie Anderson filed paperwork saying he want to plead guilty.  A federal judge has scheduled a hearing this afternoon in Montgomery.  Anderson was indicted last year on charges accusing him of organizing fights in Macon and Lee counties where people bet thousands per dog.  Federal investigators seized 126 dogs from his property.  Another man charged in the case, Ricky Van Le of Biloxi, Mississippi, has also filed paperwork saying he wants to enter a guilty plea today.  Their pleas would bring the number of guilty pleas in case to nine. 

Montgomery Lawsuit

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments today in a lawsuit that alleges the city of Montgomery is illegally targeting and jailing poor people who fail to pay fines and fees for failing to have a drivers license or insurance.  The Montgomery Advertiser newspaper reports that four individuals claim they were given jail time without receiving proper counsel or asked if they had the ability to pay off the debts and fines.  The Southern Poverty Law Center is representing the four Montgomery residents.  The city, in its response to the suit, denies the allegations.