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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

Sep 17, 2012

Alabama's Secretary of State expects a low turnout  in the polls for Tuesday's vote on a constitutional amendment.

Voters must decide whether to take $437 million dollars out of the state Oil and Gas Trust Fund to prevent steep cutbacks in state services.   Democratic State Representative Joe Hubbard of Montgomery is urging voters to reject the amendment because he said his fellow legislators have evaded making tough decisions.  Governor Robert Bentley said the amendment is supported by a broad assortment of associations and they have worked hard to get a good turnout by people who are directly affected by the issue. 

LPGA Classic

The best female golfers on the planet will begin arriving in Prattville this week for the Navistar LPGA Classic.  The tournament will feature 144 golfers who will compete on the Senator course at Capitol Hill.  A Pro-Am event begins Wednesday and first-round tournament action starts Thursday and runs through Sunday.  Teenage golfing sensation, 16-year-old Lexi Thompson, won last year's tournament. 

BP Settlement

Alabama leaders have started discussing how the state should use an estimated $1 billion dollars it will receive as a result of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  BP is expected to pay anywhere from $5 billion to $21 billion dollars in penalties for the spill that sent oil flowing onto the state's shoreline.   Alabama will likely get a minimum of $1 billion dollars.

Home Invasion

A Montgomery man is facing five criminal charges in connection with a home invasion robbery that took place Friday morning at a residence on Monticello Drive.  Montgomery Police officials said detectives have charged 31-year-old Elton Walton with three counts of first-degree robbery, a single count each of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault.  Authorities said they have been looking for a second suspect who was involved in the robbery. 

Prison Sentence

A Prattville man has received a lengthy prison term for multiple child sex convictions.  Autauga County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced 67-year-old Oscar Wingo to serve 50 years for each of the three child sex charges.  The sentences will run concurrently.  A jury convicted Wingo of three counts of sodomy in June of this year.

Alabama Prisons

Alabama prisons officials are headed to the Montgomery federal court building today to defend a long-standing policy that segregates inmates who have tested positive for HIV.  The American Civil Liberties Union says in a lawsuit filed by HIV-positive inmates the policy is unconstitutional and makes it difficult for some prisoners to participate in prison programs.

Bishop Invention

The former professor who admitted shooting six coworkers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville could receive royalties from the university for an invention that's expected to start generating revenue soon.  Amy Bishop and her husband, Jim Anderson, invented a cell incubator that has been developed for sale.  UAH owns the patent, but Bishop and Anderson are in line for part of the royalties.