WVAS Local News

Oct 2, 2012

A member of Alabama's Health Insurance Exchange Study Commission says he heartily agrees with the governor's refusal to comply with a federal government deadline. 

The United States Department of Health and Human Services wanted states to submit a list of essential benefits that would be offered through the exchange.  State Representative Jim McClendon says they don't know if there will be a need for this information until after the presidential election. 

Second Arrest

A second suspect has now been arrested in connection with the rash of burglaries in the Southview neighborhood of Montgomery.  19-year-old Lamarcus Sankey turned himself in to police Monday.  He's been charged with 16 felony counts including eight burglary charges and eight theft charges.  Police had already arrested a juvenile in the same incidents last week.  Police say additional charges are possible from the ongoing investigation. 

Hedging Agreements

A member of the Public Service Commission says hedging agreements on natural gas prices have added nearly $245 million dollars to the bills of Alabama Gas Corporation customers since the state's largest natural gas distributor started the practice in 2003.  PSC member Terry Dunn said Alabama Gas is one of many utilities that used the risk-management strategy and saw it "go very badly in recent years."  He said it points to the need for the PSC to re-examine its rules on hedging agreements. 

International Walk

Nearly 30 schools in Montgomery will be participating in the "International Walk to School Day," Wednesday.  The program encourages students from kindergarten to the eighth grade to walk or bike to school as part of a healthy lifestyle.