6:02pm

Wed March 19, 2014
WVAS Local

Shootings Investigated

Montgomery Police are investigating separate shootings that left two people injured.  Police said a female was shot just after midnight Wednesday in the 300 block of Macedonia Drive.  A second shooting occurred on West South Boulevard around 4 o'clock Wednesday morning.  Police said a male victim sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Montgomery Police said no arrests have been made in connection with the shootings. 

General Fund

State employees may end up with a one-time pay bonus of $400 in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1st.  Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur announced he will propose the bonus when the Senate considers the state General Fund budget.  The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a General Fund budget Wednesday that would also pay for an ombudsman for female inmates at Tutweiler Prison.  Orr says another $3.5 million dollars will be used to renovate the prison which has come under scrutiny from the Department of Justice.  Republican Senator Cam Ward of Alabaster warned that a shrinking Department of Corrections budget will require some difficult decisions in the near future.  The full Senate is expected to take up the $1.8 billion dollar budget Thursday. 

Eggs and Issues

Community leaders gathered Wednesday for the first Eggs and Issues Breakfast of 2014.  U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions discussed several issues  gripping the nation ranging from healthcare to foreign policy.  Sessions believes President Obama has been ineffective in his dealings with Russia.  Session says above anything else, the country has to balance the budget and obtain solid financial footing.