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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 3, 2012

The much anticipated presidential debate is set for tonight in Denver. 

The televised face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is a chance for voters to size up the two men, just five weeks before election day.  Tonight's debate will focus on domestic issues.  The event will be broadcast on  WVAS-FM starting at 8 p.m.

Federal Assistance

Alabama's governor is asking for federal assistance for five more counties affected by Hurricane Issac.  Robert Bentley has sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying Dallas, Covington, Geneva, Monroe and Perry counties in south and west Alabama suffered $2.5 million dollars in damage.  Bentley said that's based on damage assessments completed this week.  Baldwin, Mobile and Pickens counties have already been approved for aid.

Rabies Vaccine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled today to begin dropping hundreds of packets of rabies vaccine over sections of Elmore and Autauga counties.  USDA Biologists will use helicopters to drop more than 80,000 of the baits that are wrapped in fish meal.  The rabies bait are designed to attract raccoons.  USDA officials say the small baits will not harm pets if they eat the vaccine.

Tuskegee Airmen

A Tuskegee Airmen was honored Tuesday afternoon on the Gunter Annex.  Members of the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy made a special presentation to Retired Lt. Colonel Herbert Carter of Tuskegee.  The Senior NCO's read a narrative of Colonel Carter's contributions to aviation history and race relations.

Nine Finalists

Schools superintendents in Elmore and Lowndes counties are among nine finalists for Alabama Superintendent of the Year.  The list was announced Tuesday by the School Superintendents of Alabama.  Jeff Langham of Elmore County and Daniel Boyd of Lowndes are among the nominees.   The winner will be announced at an SSA Luncheon in Florence on October 9th.