WVAS Local News

Sep 26, 2012

State Agriculture officials are encouraging consumers to check their pantries for Sunland almond butter and peanut butter product that have been recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The department says its inspectors are checking grocery stores and wholesale food warehouses to make sure the products are removed.  The department says the recalled products were sold in Alabama at Kroger, Target, Wal-mart and Publix stores, but there may also be other stores.

Voting Rights

Shelby County is challenging key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.  The county, located south of Birmingham, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Section 5 which prevents county and state governments from making election-related decisions that could impact minority voters.  Dr. Joe Reed, Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference said its just another attempt by Shelby County to weaken the law.  The Shelby County Commission claims in its lawsuit that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is outdated and violates states rights.

Opelika Fire

Authorities in Lee County say an 11-year-old boy died after being found in a burning house in Opelika.  The Lee County Coroner's Office said Opelika firefighters found 11-year-old Nicholas Jordan Dennison in a bedroom of the house Monday night.  Two other siblings were also in the residence, but were able to escape the burning house on Bulloch Street.  Agencies, including the State fire marshal's office are trying to determine what ignited the fire. 

Open House

Montgomery City officials want to show off the newly renovated City Hall building on North Perry Street.  The dedications and tours begin today at 4 p.m.  The newly renovated Montgomery City Hall cost around $6.4 million dollars.  Some of the major changes include new lighting, a revamped auditorium and a new security system. 

Selma Vote

The Selma City Council last night voted unanimously to stop work on a new monument to honor a Civil War General Nathan Beford Forrest.  All work will stop on the monument to  Forrest until the courts decide whether the city or a Confederate heritage group owns the cemetery property where the monument would be located.  Selma City Council member Angela Benjamin says historical records don't provide a clear answer.