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

Nov 7, 2012

A long and sometime contentious 2012 election campaign has ended in victory for President Barack Obama.  A majority of Alabamians supported Republican Mitt Romney by a margin of 61 percent to 38 percent.  In other key races, the former judge ousted for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument won his old job back as Alabama's Chief Justice.  Republican Roy Moore defeated Democrat Bob Vance.  Another closely watched race involved the presidency of the Alabama Public Service Commission.  The state's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, lost her bid to stay in office.  Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh polled about 54 percent of the vote. 

All six of Alabama's U.S. House members defeated challengers by wide margins.  Republican Representative Martha Roby of Montgomery won a second two-year term Tuesday and GOP Representative Mike Rogers of Saks captured his sixth term.  Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville won a ninth term, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville claimed his second term.  GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills won his 11th term in officer.  And the state's lone Democratic member, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, won a second term. 

Montgomery  Races

Local races on Tuesday's ballot yielded a few surprises , Steven Reed, a new comer to politics, defeated incumbent Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese Mckinney.  Reed garnered 51 percent of the vote.  The Montgomery County Commission has a new face, Democrat Dan harris ousted incumbent Republican Ham Wilson for the District One seat.  Harris pulled in 58 percent of the vote, Wilson had 42 percent.  Restaurant owner Dimitri Polizos was the winner of the District 3 race on the Montgomery County Commission.  Polizos, a Republican, defeated Democrat Allen Howell.

Second Arrest

A second male is in police custody today in connection with the October 10th slaying of 59-year-old John Scroggins.  17-year -old Ladarius Frazier of Montgomery was charged Tuesday with capital murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery.  Fraizer is being held without bond.  He is the second male to be charged in the homicide.  Late last week, Montgomery police arrested 19-year-old JaQuincy Corskey on similar charges.  Detectives said a second victim, a 43-year-old male, also was shot but he survived.  the double shooting occurred on Crouson Street.