Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit

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 vegetables 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.


WVAS Local News

Oct 24, 2012

Police agencies in Alabama and Tennessee are searching for links in the deaths of five adults and an 18-month-old boy whose bodies were found in four separate locations.

The discovery of the six bodies in two days presented a puzzling case for authorities.  The mystery began Monday, where police found a 22-year-old woman, 18-month-old son, and a 21-year-old woman dead in a house near Fayetteville, Tenn., near the Alabama line.  A 3-year-old was spared.  The father of the 3-year-old was found dead over the state line in Alabama, and a man believed to be an acquaintance was shot to death in Huntsville.

Public Forum

Citizens who attended an open community forum last night at George Washington Carver High School had mixed reactions to the question-and-answer session.  Some in the crowd of about 200 applauded elected officials for participating, but others were disappointed.  Before the forum started, the Montgomery County Board of Education held a meeting and approved buying the Parisian Department store in the old Montgomery Mall.  Board member Robert Porterfield tells WVAS the building will be renovated to house the Montgomery Technical Education Center. 

Toddler Drowning

Montgomery police are investigating the drowning of a two-year-old boy.  Police and Fire Medics responded to a residence in the 700-block of Dalraida Road Tuesday afternoon at about 12:3o.   Officers found 2-year-old Jedarian McQueen unresponsive in a caregiver's backyard swimming pool.  Authorities said the youngster was taken to Jackson hospital were he later died.  Lt. Regina Duckett, a police spokeswoman said the child's death appears to be accidental.

Botched Escape

A judge in Elmore County sentenced an Eclectic woman to prison for trying to help her brother escape from the jail where he's being held on a capital murder charge.  Circuit Judge Ben Fuller sentenced 21-year-old Jessica Caspari to more than two years in prison Tuesday.  Her brother, 22-year-old Josh Caspari of Tallassee is charged with capital murder and awaits trial in the February shooting death of Anna Cardwell.

AGT Auditions

If you believe you're ready for the world of show business.  The NBC television show America's Got Talent will hold auditions for the upcoming season on December 10th in Birmingham.  The manager of the Alabama Film Office, Kathy Faulk, says location for the auditions will be announced later.  Those interested in auditioning can pre-register at the show's website at