6:15pm

Tue May 20, 2014
WVAS Local

Murder Charge

A Montgomery man has been charged with murder in a recent shooting death.  Police say 24-year-old Quantarius Moss has been arrested in the slaying of 34-year-old Michael Thornton that happened early Sunday morning in the 4100 block of Carmichael Road.  Detectives say the shooting stemmed from an argument.  Moss is being held under a $75,000 bond in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. 

ASU Appointments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has chosen two replacements to serve on the Alabama State University Board of Trustees.  Bentley nominated Elmore County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Langham and Regions Bank Vice President Angela McKenzie to the board Tuesday.  The nominees will serve on the boar for now, but still have to be confirmed by the state Senate. 

Freedom Riders Commemoration

Tuesday marked the anniversary of the ruthless attack on Freedom Riders in Montgomery.  On May 20, 1961, a group of Freedom Riders, challenging segregation laws arrived at the city's Greyhound bus station where they were beaten by a mob of Klu Klux Klan members.  Alabama State University's Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture observed the event with guest speaker Sangernetta Bush witness the attack.  Bush is also featured in the PBS Documentary "Freedom Riders." 

Apprenticeship

The 2015 regular session of the legislature is nearly a year away, but at least one Alabama Senator is already promoting a bill he plans to sponsor.  Republican Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur wants to give companies a chance to receive tax credits for offering apprenticeships.  Orr's bill would give employers a thousand dollar tax credit per apprentice annually.  The company must have an apprenticeship agreement registered with the United States Department of Labor.  Senator Orr says a highly-qualified workforce is a major factor in the recruitment of economic development projects and retention of existing jobs.