WVAS Local News

Oct 23, 2012

If you have any questions about Montgomery Public Schools, you're invited to attend or submit questions on Twitter or Facebook for tonight's forum at the Carver High School auditorium. 

A panel consisting of Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean and State Representative Jay Love will join MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson for the question and answer session that starts at 6:15 p.m. 

Organic Foods

The nation's leading pediatricians group says fruits and vegetables aren't necessarily safer or more nutritious than conventional foods.  The American Academy of Pediatrics also says science hasn't proven that eating pesticide-free food makes people any healthier.  The group's report was published online Monday in Pediatrics.

New Buses

A state board has approved the sale of $33 million dollars in bonds to finance the purchase thousands of new buses for Alabama public schools.  The Alabama Public School and College Authority voted Monday to approve the purchase of the bonds.  Schools Superintendent Tommy Bice said state schools could buy as many as 5,743 buses with proceeds from sale of the bonds.  The board also declared its intent to issue bonds later to construct a training facility for Airbus in Mobile.

Energy Drinks

The Food and Drug Administration says it's investigating reports of five deaths and a non-fatal heart attack linked to highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drinks.  The new follows last week's filing of a wrongful death suit by the parents of a 14-year-old girl who died after drinking two, 24-ounce Monster Beverage Corp. drinks in 24 hours.  An autopsy concluded she died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.