1:50pm

Fri March 7, 2014
WVAS Local

State Trooper Released

A State Trooper who was injured while helping a driver on a south Alabama highway was released from a hospital in Luverne this morning.  The unnamed trooper was struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 29 shortly before 6 p.m.  Thursday.  A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety said the trooper is home resting.  DPS said the trooper was wearing a reflective vest and had emergency lights activated while he directed traffic.  Its unclear if the driver who struck the trooper will be charged. 

Teenage Robbery Suspect

Montgomery Police say a 19-year-old male is in custody in connection with a six dollar robbery.  Police said the victim was hit in the head with a gun in a hotel parking lot off Carmichael Road.  The suspect, Aaron Vinson of Carmichael Road, was arrested Thursday evening and charged with first-degree robbery.  Vinson was placed in the Montgomery County Jail on a $60,000 bond. 

Liquor and Wine Tasting Bill

State Senator Billy Beasley is getting a second shot at passing his bill to allow liquor and wine tastings in state-run liquor stores.  The Alabama Senate initially voted down his bill 14-17 Thursday.  But then the Senate agreed to reconsider the bill and let Beasley try to pass it again next week.  Beasley says distillers want to do the tastings to market their products.  The Clayton Democrat says they would conduct the tastings under the supervision of the ABC Board.  His bill limits the tastings to small amounts of two liquors or four wines. 

PAC Contributions

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is contributing heavily to the Democratic challenger for attorney general, who has criticized Attorney General Luther Strange's legal action against the tribe.  Montgomery Representative Joe Hubbard filed campaign finance reports showing he received $250,000 from political action committees funded by the tribe.  The money represents the bulk of the nearly $327,000 dollars that Hubbard raised in the first month of his campaign for attorney general. 

ASU Teacher Fair

Alabama State University held its annual Teachers' Fair today.  More than 50 city, county and state boards of education representatives from across the country attended the event.  Several Alabama educators sounded off about the state's attitude toward teachers.  The job fair concluded at noon.  Recruiters were looking for prospective teachers, counselors and administrators.