A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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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.


WVAS Local News

Oct 5, 2012

An article in today's Advertiser newspaper states teachers who have worked in three of Montgomery's public high schools say they witnessed or participated in improper grade changing for hundreds of failing students the last two years. 

Teachers also say more grades were changed by school administrators.  Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson said Wednesday that she is planning to ask the school board next week to approve the hiring of an outside investigator. 

Tuskegee Shooting

Authorities in Macon County say a 16-year-old boy involved in a drive-by shooting last month at a Tuskegee apartment complex turned himself in Thursday.  Tuskegee police said 16-year-old Davorius Ferrell faces five counts of attempted murder in connection with the September 23rd shooting at Capricorn Apartments.  Macon County Chief Deputy District Attorney Damon Lewis said Ferrell will be charged as an adult. 

Family Killed

Two Jefferson County men, 18-year-old Jeffery Howe and 20-year-old Dominique Smith each face a felony murder charge in connection with Monday's night triple-fatal crash in Birmingham that killed a young couple and their infant daughter.  Howe and Smith were formally charge Thursday.  Birmingham police said the men were involved in an armed robbery and were fleeing from law enforcement officers at the time of the deadly crash on a Birmingham street. 

More Layoffs?

Layoffs are looming at a Selma Textile Plant.  Executives with the American Apparel Plant said the company learned this week that it did not win an Army uniform contract meaning as many as 250 employees could receive pink slips.  The company has produced combat clothing for the Army since 2005.

Lanes Closures

State Highway officials remind motorists that crews will be doing resurfacing work this weekend on Interstate 85 service roads near downtown Montgomery.  Department of Transportation employees will close lanes on Arba Street and South Street beginning this evening at 6 p.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m.  Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays.