WVAS Local News

Oct 24, 2012

Tennessee and Alabama investigators are working together to try to identify a suspect in a series of killings that left six people dead in the two states.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Wednesday that investigators are following evidence from four crime scenes that they hope will lead to an arrest or allow them to issue an alert to the public for a suspect.  Helm said the investigation has found that one of those who died, Warren Vincent Crutcher, knew the other victims.

No Proration

Alabama completed the 2012 fiscal year with a balanced education budget that did not require proration.  It's the first time in four years that has happened.  Chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee Jay Love says conservative budget practices mad the difference.  He and Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman also credit an improving economy for the balanced budget.  On top of that, they say a surplus from the education spending plan of $14 million dollars will be repaid to the Alabama Trust Fund with some $200 million dollars expected to be repaid next year.

Open Records

Governor Robert Bentley's office says Alabama's open records law doesn't cover budget cut proposals he could have implemented if Alabama voters had rejected the transfer of $437 million dollars to the state General Fund Budget.  The Decatur Daily filed a public records request asking for correspondence between the governor and his staff or agency heads about possible cuts and about plans for early retirement incentives for public employees.  Alabama Press Association attorney Dennis Bailey said there is no law in Alabama that says working documents are exempt.

Disability Awareness

October is Disability Awareness month and Montgomery's Center for Independent Living is raising awareness about the need to hire those with a disability.  Their board member Carolyn Thorne says companies don't realize the type of employee they will be getting.  The Montgomery Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit that provides an assortment of assistance to citizens with disabilities who live in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga counties.