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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 19, 2012

About 22 percent of Alabama's voters turned out to approve a constitutional amendment withdrawing $437 million dollars from a state trust fund to help balance the state General Fund budget for the next three year. 

Unofficial returns show about 600,000 of Alabama's 2.67 million voters participated in Tuesday's special election, and they approved the constitutional amendment 65 percent to 25 percent.  The turnout was in line with the 20-21 percent predicted by Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman. 

Missing Teen

Federal agents have joined in the search for a teenage girl who was reportedly abducted in Dothan.  Dothan police said FBI agents are now working on the reported kidnapping of 15-year -old Ailene Lander.  Authorities are looking for her and her stepfather, 36-year-old Charles Dean Partin.  Dothan police said the girl was abducted by the man on Monday after she was taken to a doctor's appointment at Southeast Alabama medical Center by an employee with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Montgomery Arrest

Montgomery police believe they have solved the city's latest murder with the arrest of a 24-year-old man.  Officers said Darrel Eaton was taken into custody Tuesday near Virginia Loop Road.  Eaton is accused of killing 33-year-old Nicholas Miller.  The victim was shot to death late Monday afternoon on North University Drive.  No motive was given.  Monday's homicide was the city's 20th of 2012. 

Sovereign Citizen

A southeast Alabama man who describes himself as the leader of a so-called "sovereign citizen" group is facing federal criminal charges.  Authorities say James Timothy Turner is charged with conspiracy to defraud the government and attempting to pay taxes with a fake $300 million dollar bond.  He's also charged with failing to file a tax return and testifying falsely during a bankruptcy proceeding. 

Graduation Rates

A new report says high school graduation rates are improving among young black men, but still lag behind their white counterparts.  The report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education says more than half the young black men who graduated high school in 2010 earned their diploma in four years.  In 2008, the black male graduation rate was 47 percent .  For white males, the 2010 graduation rate was 78 percent and for Latinos, 58 percent. 

Teacher Wall

Five school teachers were honored for their dedication to the classroom and students last night at the Capital City Club by WVAS Radio and Alabama State University President Dr. Joseph Silver.  The Teacher Wall Dinner honored Gwendolyn Cosby of Central High in Hayneville; Ursula Hardy of Pintlala Elementary; Carol Harrison of Booker T. Washington High in Tuskegee, Alphonso Morton III of Greene County High; and Robert Taylor of Jeff Davis High in Montgomery.