WVAS Local News

Oct 8, 2012

Federal health officials say the number of confirmed cases of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections is now past 90 and seven people have died.

The cases have been reported in nine states.  The pharmacy that distributed the steroid has voluntarily recalled all of its products.  Health officials say Alabama is not one of the 23 states identified as part of the investigation.

Constitutional Amendment

Governor Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that could determine how successful he is in keeping his campaign promise to create jobs.  Bentley is urging voters to approve Amendment 2 on November 6th.  He says it will give the state a new avenue for providing incentives for industries to locate in Alabama.

Fatal Shooting

Friends of a University of South Alabama student are questioning his fatal shooting by a campus police officer.  18-year-old Gil Collar of  Wetumpka was shot to death by an officer outside the university police department early Saturday morning.  School officials say the student ignored repeated commands to stop. The school says Collar was nude and acting erratically when he confront the officer.  The officer is on paid leave, and an autopsy will determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Ghosts Tour

Seven spooky events are underway this month in Alabama's black belt region.  It's called the Ghosts of the Black Belt tour.  Director of rural southwest Alabama's tourism and film office, Linda Vice says the cities of Selma and Cahaba will take visitors on cemetery tours.  A complete list of events is available online at www.alabamasfrontporches.com.