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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 24, 2012

Governor Robert Bentley says state officials are keeping watch on Tropical Storm Issac.

He says state officials will also decide if drastic measures are needed such as reversing interstate highway lanes or ordering massive evacuations.  Governor Bentley also said if Tropical Storm Issac appears to threaten Alabama he will stay in the state and cancel plans next week to go to Tampa for the Republican National Convention. 

Mosquito Virus

State Health Department officials say half of the 12 cases of West Nile virus confirmed in the state are in Montgomery County.  State Veterinarian Dr. Dee Jones said one person died in Montgomery County from what is believed to be a West Nile related illness.  The West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitos and citizens are being urges to use insect repellant and wear long sleeves and long pants during dawn or dusk hours when mosquitos are most active. 

Selma Protesters

Protesters gathered at Selma's Live Oak Cemetery Thursday to protest the construction of a monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.  Supporters of the monument have defended Forrest from charges that he committed war crimes during the civil war and they're vowing to finish the monument.  Selma community activist, Malika Sanders-Fortier  said she plans to present a petition asking the Selma City Council to stop the project. 

Guilty Plea

A Montgomery man has pleaded guilty in federal court to producing child pornography after he was accused of posing as pop singer Justin Bieber online and convincing hundreds of young girls to sent him inappropriate photos.  31-year-old Christopher Patrick Gunn pleaded guilty Thursday. Gunn faces no less than 25 years, according to federal authorities.  No sentencing date was announced. 

Local Control

Earlier this week,  two Alabama lawmakers said they were pre-filing legislation to return control of school calendars back to school systems.  State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice commented on that news Thursday, saying he favors locally generated calendars.  Last year legislation was passed requiring schools to start classes this year no earlier than August 20 and end the school year no later than Memorial Day. 

ASU Volleyball

Alabama State University is ready to open the 2012 Volleyball season as they will host the ISTAP Collegiate Cup beginning today and running through Saturday.  Head Coach Penny Lucas-White says after three weeks of practice, the Lady Hornets are ready and excited to get the season started.  The Lady Hornets will play at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.