WVAS Local News

Oct 2, 2012

Governor Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.

Bentley says he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act and that the law lacks options for innovative approaches and for saving money.

Tornado Report

Forecasters say they've confirmed that a tornado touched down in Coosa County, where it uprooted pine and oak trees.  The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down near Shady Grove Church in Coosa County shortly before 5 o'clock Monday morning.  Damage was minor and no one was hurt.

Military Suicides

Suicides among active-duty troops have averaged a record 33 a month this year through September 2nd, according to the Pentagon.  The Alabama National Guard is always among the tops in the country in deployments, but it has experienced a low averages of suicides.  Dr. Rebekah Jacobson, the Guard's Suicide Prevention Program Manager, says most military suicides are triggered by the same factors as civilian suicides.  The U.S. Army has ordered a nationwide stand down for soldiers to spend eight hours on suicide prevention training. 

Suspect Arrested

Montgomery police say a suspected serial burglary suspect is behind bars today.  Officers say 19-year-old Lamarcus Sankey turned himself in Monday.  Authorities alleged that Sankey burglarized dozens of homes in the Southview neighborhood and surrounding areas and was responsible for stealing more than $100,000 dollars in property.  A juvenile also was charged, the suspect's name was not released due to his age. 

Deadliest Day

Saturday is the deadliest day for teen driving deaths in Alabama and Mississippi, that's according to a list complied by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Erie Insurance Company.  The study found teen driver death rates exceeded the national average in Alabama at 31.2 deaths per 100,000 people and slightly more than 32 deaths per 100,000 in Mississippi.  The study also showed August is the most deadly month for teenager drivers in Alabama.