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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

Oct 1, 2012

Starting today, smurfing in Alabama is a felony.

State law limits the amount of pseudoephedrine one person can purchase, so those using the drug for methamphetamine production use several different people to buy it, commonly referred to as smurfing.  Rob Savage, vice-chair of Alabama's Drug Abuse Task Force, says tracking software has been extremely successful in fighting meth production.  The anti-smurfing public awareness campaign also launched today.  Alabama is the first stat to initiate one.

Use Tax

Governor Robert Bentley is confident that a Federal Use Tax relating to internet sales will be passed by Congress in a lame duck session following the presidential election.  A use tax on internet sales would be an essential part of the general fund budget as passed by the September 18th constitutional amendment.  Bentley says the collection of the tax is overdue. 

Homicide Investigation

Opelika police are investigating a homicide.  Authorities said a police officer heard multiple gunshots early Sunday morning just before 39-year-old David Lewis Lyles was found dead in a roadway.  Opelika police said the victim was discovered just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Chester Avenue.  Lyles was transported to the East Alabama Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  No arrests were made.

Single-Vehicle Crash

State Troopers say two men from Wilcox County were killed late Saturday night in a single-vehicle crash in Dallas County.  Troopers said 35-year-old Curties Hall and 57-year-old Roosevelt Spencer, both of Alberta, died when the pickup truck they were riding in left the roadway and struck a tree.  Troopers said the wreck occurred about 11 p.m. on Alabama 22, three miles east of Orrville.  Hall and Spencer were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Blankets Drive

The "Blankets with a Blessing" drive began today with Alabama's First Lady, Dianne Bentley.  Mrs. Bentley continues the tradition of collecting and donating blankets and quilts to homeless or displaced families during the holiday season.  Thousands of quilts and blankets have been donated since the drive started in 2004.  Donations can be dropped off at the Governor's Mansion Gift Shop.  The last day to donate is November 13th.