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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 24, 2012

Police have made a second arrest in connection with a robbery and assault that occurred September 14th at a residence on Monticello Drive.

34-year old Wilanu Collins has been charged with three counts of robbery, one count of burglary and one count of assault.  He turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service this morning.  Montgomery police had already arrested 31-year-old Elton Walton in the same case.  Both men are now being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  

High Scores

Educators say Alabama tops all other states for the growth in high schools making qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams for the last five years and for the growth in minority students taking AP courses.  

State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice was elated about the results.  Bice joined Governor Robert Bentley for today's announcement at Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook.  Overall, qualifying scores from the A + College Ready program have gone up 102 percent and minority participation soared 318 percent over the last five years.  

Jubilee Cityfest

The organizers of Jubilee Cityfest are bringing down the curtain on the annual music festival in Montgomery.  After 36 years of drawing musical acts to the region, the event's board of directors has voted to retire the festival.  In a written statement, event chairman Dick Morris said their charter mission to created a vibrant and exciting downtown has been accomplished.  

County Commission

The Montgomery County Commission adopted an operating budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year today.  The almost $95 million dollar spending plan is only slightly less than the current one.  Commission Chairman Elton Dean is pleased with several aspects of the new budget.  The county benefited this year from increased sales tax and lodging tax collections, according to Commissioner Dean.  The budget passed on a unanimous vote.