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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 22, 2012

A proposed ordinance pending before the Montgomery City Council that would allow police officers to impound a vehicle if the individual has no driver's license was pulled from the agenda last night. 

Several people raised concerns about the proposed city law including City Councilman C.C. Calhoun.  Councilman Glenn Pruitt is sponsoring the ordinance.  The city council also voted to revoke the business licenses for three hotels, a restaurant, a shuttle bus service and a therapy service for failing to pay city fees. 

Insanity Plea

An Elmore County man accused of killing a woman in February has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.  22-year-old Josh Caspari of Tallassee entered the plea Tuesday at an arraignment hearing in Wetumpka.  Caspari is accused of killing 20-year Anna Cardwell at her home in the Flatwood Community. 

Montgomery Indictment

A 53-year-old Montgomery man faces a murder indictment.  A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Gordon Fowler allegedly for cutting a woman's throat earlier this year.  Fowler is accused of killing 41-year-old Lori Skinner Thomas at her home on Cloverdale Road in February.  No trial date was announced. 

Mosquito Bites

Protect yourself against mosquito bites, the advice comes from the Alabama Department of Public Health.  Health officials says eight confirmed cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Alabama this season and additional cases are being investigated.

Street Gang

Four members of the Bloods street gang have been sentenced to more than two-thousand months in federal prison for their involvement in a series of violent crimes in the Montgomery area.  The U.S. Attorneys office said the crimes occurred from July to October of 2009 and included carjacking, robbery and firearms violations.  The four males were sentenced Tuesday by Federal Judge Keith Watkins. 

Victim Identified

Montgomery police have identified the deceased victim in a Monday shooting at a residence off Wares Ferry Road.  Police said 64-year-old Virgil David Bates was shot to death early Monday morning on Forest Ridge Court.  Authorities said Bates and a resident in the neighborhood got into an argument, leading to the shooting.  Montgomery police said no one was arrested and the case could be presented to a grand jury for review.