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Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 4 days in Cleveland.

The Democratic National Convention is in 11 days in Philadelphia.

NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":


WVAS Local News

Aug 17, 2012

Alabama's unemployment rate inched upwards in July. 

The state's jobless rate climbed to 8.3 percent in July, up from June's rate of 7.8 percent.  The State Department of Industrial Relations said July numbers represent more than 179,500 unemployed individuals.

New Teachers

A group of Teach for America instructors are making their debut this year in Montgomery Public Schools.  Fifteen will join the team at Robert E. Lee High School this year.  Teach for America recruits recent college graduates who commit to teach in a low-income community for two years. 

Scottsboro Boys

A spokesman says Governor Robert Bentley would like to grant a request to pardon the Scottsboro Boys, but lacks the legal authority to do so.  Nine black teenagers were accused of raping two white women on a train in 1931, one of the women later recanted, and the Scottsboro Boys were eventually freed.  All are now dead. 

GOP Davis

Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa.   Davis served as Barack Obama's Alabama campaign chairman four years ago.   Davis lost Alabama's Democratic primary for governor in 2010.  Then he moved to Virginia and switched parties. Now he will speak later this month at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida to support Mitt Romney. 

More Jobs

Tuskegee Mayor Omar Neal announced Thursday that nearly two hundred jobs are coming to Macon County through a partnership with Convertible Structure Solutions Incorporated.  CSSI is a manufacturing company that will build energy efficient modular and transformable housing.  The first of three phases will take place in the fall.

Alleged Contraband

Court documents show that a former Montgomery correctional officer allegedly gave an inmate a tool to assist in an escape.  The Advertiser newspaper reports today the affidavit was filed in Montgomery District Court and accuses former jailer Meekea James of providing the tool on the night of July 28th.  The 30-year-old James resigned July 31st after she was charged with promoting prison contraband.  Two inmates also have been charged with promoting prison contraband. 

Hepatitis C

The government is recommending all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the liver-destroying virus.  It can take decades to cause liver damage, and many people don't know they're carrying the blood-borne virus. 

Pratt Park

A 100,000 dollar check soon will be presented to the City of Prattville.  The Coca-Cola Company announced Thursday that Prattville has been named the winner of the "America's Favorite Park" contest.  Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr.  credited the overwhelming response from Prattville residents. 

Municipal Elections

If you have not registered to vote in the municipal elections set for August 28th, today is the last day to do so.  Voters have until 5 p.m. today to register at their local or county board of registrars.  Election officials say mailed registration forms must be postmarked today.