WVAS Local News

Nov 5, 2012

Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of four years ago.  Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. 

Governor Tours

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was in Birmingham and Mobile Monday to discuss an amendment on Tuesday's ballot to allow the state to refinance bonds.  Bentley said the savings will free up funds to provide incentives for companies considering moving their operations to Alabama.

Park Vandalized

Community leaders and civil rights activists say vandalism at the site of the planned Freedom Riders Park presents an opportunity to unite the community.  Volunteers replaced part of sign Sunday that was damaged by fire Saturday night.  It marks the site of the planned park on the sport where a mob in 1961 burned a bus carrying civil rights demostrators. 

ASU Stadium

Alabama State University's new 26,500 seat football stadium is another item on the list that's adding to the university's physical transformation.  Daktroniks is the company installing the scoreboard.  Their site supervisor Jeffrey Johnson says he's worked in stadiums all over the world and even though ASU's is smaller than some, the investment made in it, is larger than many he's seen.