WVAS Local News

Oct 16, 2012

Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health say 19 Alabama residents have been exposed to potentially contaminated steroid products from the New England Compounding Center. 

In an effort to calm public concern about meningitis, state health officer Dr. Don Williamson says the patients were out of the state when they were exposed.  Dr. Williamson says the centers are being advised to remove the  products from their inventory and contact their patients. 

Kids Count

An annual report that capsules the latest numbers on child well being in each of the state's 67 counties was released this week.  According to Voices for Alabama's Children executive director Linda Tilly, the 2012 Alabama Kids Count Data Book showed positive trends.  The Kids Count data book is available at www.alavoices.org.

Justice Alliance

Birmingham's Faith in Action advocacy organization is one of 15 groups in the Alabama Youth Justice Alliance.  Community organizer Anneshia Johnson says the system designed to educate and develop the state's children is faltering and the alliance is harnessing its power to address the failures.  Alliance partners want input from the public, especially parents and children, at statewide listening sessions where youth issues will be aired.  More information is available online at www.ayja.org.

Skeletal Remains

Forensic officials are conducting an autopsy on partial human skeletal remains that were found in Montgomery Sunday.  Police say a group of runners discovered the remains in a heavily wooded area off of Central Parkway near Woodmere Boulevard and Carmichael Road.  The case is being handled as a death investigation for now.  No other information has been released at this time.

Child Pornography

A 45-year-old Alabama man has pleaded guilty to charges of production of child pornography.  The U.S. attorney's office in Montgomery has announced that Kevin Darcy Golden of Opelika pleaded guilty Monday.  Prosecutors say Golden produced numerous videos of female children engaging in sexually explicit conduct between April and December 2011.  Golden faces up to 35 years in federal prison and could be ordered to spend the rest of his life on supervised release.