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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 23, 2012

The Alabama Board of Education is meeting today to discuss and consider various matters.  

The session includes conducting interviews with four of the eight candidates vying to become Chancellor of Alabama's Community College System.  Governor Robert Bentley said he will participate in the interview process and is seeking an individual who understands the need to strengthen the relationship between two-year colleges and K-12 schools. 

Disaster Preparedness

Governor Robert Bentley is announcing new initiatives to increase statewide disaster preparedness in Alabama.  The initiatives are part of the state's Ready Alabama program, which encourages Alabama residents and leaders to plan ahead for disasters.  The governor's announcement comes as he and other state officials keep an eye on Tropical Storm Isaac, which could affect Alabama and other southeastern states next week. 

Democratic Nominee

The new Democratic nominee for chief justice, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance, says he's hitting the road to introduce himself to voters across the state.  Vance admitted it will be difficult having only slightly more than two months to campaign against the well-known Republican nominee, Roy Moore.  The state Democratic Party's executive committee ousted its original nominee, Pelham attorney Harry Lyon, last week.

Alabama PACT

State treasury officials say Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan will pay full tuition for the fall semester while it waits for a court to rule on whether it can reduce payments.  The program hit financial trouble amid new tuition hikes and lower-than-expected returns on investments. 

Lawsuit Filed

A former State senator has filed a lawsuit in circuit court in Montgomery claiming that legislators violated the Alabama Constitution earlier this year by passing a 2013 budget that was not balanced.  The 2013 General Fund Budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1st, relies on a transfer of about $467 million dollars from the Alabama Trust Fund into state coffers over the next three years.  Voters must approve the transfer in a constitutional amendment on the ballot Sept. 18th. 

Middle Class

The news continues to be bad for the American middle class, with its total income declining to its smallest share in decades.  A Pew Research Center study finds that three years after the recession technically ended, most middle class Americans say they have been forced to reduce spending in the past year.