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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 21, 2012

Alabama's unemployment rate has risen for the fourth consecutive month to 8.5 percent for August. 

The figure announced today by the State Department of Industrial Relations represents more 183,000 unemployed people.  Alabama's unemployment rate has been going up since measuring 7.2 percent in April. 

Retirement Incentives

Governor Robert Bentley revealed this week that he is looking at proposing retirement incentives for state  employees as a means to reduce government expenses.  The governor estimates that if 1,500 state employees took advantage of the incentives, the state would cut its expenses by $82 million dollars.  He said he may follow that action with retirement incentives for public school employees. 

Montgomery Homicide

An arrest has been made in connection with Montgomery's 21st homicide of the year.  Montgomery Police said 21-year-old Michael Cottrell is charged with murder for killing 44-year-old Claude Brassell and the attempted murder of a second male.  The injured victim is listed in stable condition.  Cottrell was placed in the Montgomery County Jail under bonds totaling 120,000 dollars.

Prison Sentence

A judge in Montgomery has sentenced a man to five years in prison for an assault that cost his niece both of her legs and part of an arm.  Crumpton was accused of causing a pot of boiling water to splash on his niece Jessie Crumpton West in December of last year. The victim suffered severe burns and eventually needed both legs and part of her right arm amputated.   Judge Johnny Hardwick sentenced Brian Crumpton on Thursday. 

Death Sentence

A judge in Opelika sentenced a Georgia man to death in the killing of a Lee County sheriff's deputy who was struck by a vehicle three years ago.   Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker imposed the sentence Thursday on Gregory Lance Henderson of Columbus, Georgia.  Henderson was convicted of capital murder nearly a year ago in connection with September 2009 hit-and -run death of Lee County Deputy James Anderson. 

Preparedness Fair

The public is invited to attend Elmore County's 4th Annual Preparedness Fair and Safety Saturday at the Lowe's store in Wetumpka. The event is sponsored by the Elmore County Management Agency and Homeland Security Office. The Preparedness Fair and Safety gets underway at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.