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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 31, 2012

Is the VictoryLand Casino Complex in Macon County preparing to reopen? 

An attorney for owner Milton McGregor confirmed that VictoryLand has begun taking applications. Tuskegee mayor-elect Johnny Ford tells WVAS News he believes this week's announcement that a court settlement between the casino and charities will pave the way for VictoryLand to reopen before the end of the year.

Uniontown Voting

Voting in Uniontown in Tuesday's municipal election has raised questions after there were more registered voters than the town's  listed population.   Uniontown has a population of 1, 775 according to the 2010 census.  But the Perry County board of registrars says there are 2, 587 registered voters in the town.  The Republican leadership in the state legislature said Thursday that the alleged voting irregularities in Uniontown are proof that Alabama needs a voter ID law.  The law goes into effect in 2014. 

Labor Day

The Alabama Department of Transportation is urging motorists to drive safely in their travels over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  The department is limiting roadwork over the holiday period and eliminating any temporary lane closures on the interstates.  Transportation Department spokesperson Rebecca Leigh White says drivers should use extreme caution through work zones, even when workers aren't present. 

Marker Unveiled

A historic marker is now in place at a Montgomery library branch to honor the memory of Bertha Pleasant Williams.  At a ceremony Thursday, Mayor Todd Strange joined others at the Bertha Pleasant Williams library on Rosa Parks Avenue. 

DNC Siegelman

A federal judge in Montgomery has given former Governor Don Siegelman permission to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, next week to attend the Democratic National Convention.  The convention is a week before Siegelman is to report to a federal prison in Louisiana to finish his 78-month sentence.   Siegelman plans to lobby at the convention for President Obama to grant his request for clemency. 

Jazz Concert

The largest gym in Alabama is a sponsor of Jazz on the Grass.  On Monday, September 3rd at 11 a.m. several groups will perform at the day long concert.  Jim McCrory is a trainer at Montgomery's All Fit who said WVAS  listeners encouraged them to support the event.  Jazz on the Grass will be held at the Rolling Hills Estates on Trotman Road in the town of Pike Road.  Tickets are $15 dollars in advance, $20 dollars at the gates, children 12 and under are one dollar.  For more information call (334) 229-4708.