WVAS Local News

Nov 15, 2012

A Montgomery lawmaker is demanding that another legislator reimburse the state for violating a decision he made.  State Representative Alvin Holmes showed reporters a memorandum Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard sent to colleagues prohibiting reimbursement for in and out-of-state travel.  Holmes also had a travel reimbursement report that he says shows Hubbard went against that directive. The speaker's office says it has not approved any out-of-state junkets for legislators since the travel ban went into effect.  They add that only mileage and associated expenses have been paid to legislators who live outside Montgomery but travel to the State House for committee meetings and other routine business.  Those reimbursements are required by law.

Low Infection Rates

For the past ten years Alabama hospitals have been proactive in implementing measures to keep healthcare-associated infection rates low.  A report released Thursday validates those efforts.  State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson says the state captured data from four types of infections, and the numbers show Alabama is outperforming other states.  The annual report reflects the number of infections reported during calendar year 2011.

Economic Summit

The 30th Annual Economic Summit held in downtown Montgomery featured leading business and political experts discussing the economic climate from a local and national perspective.  Guest speaker, Dr. Walter Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University talked about the "Role of Government in a Free Society."  Other keynote speakers included, Pollster John Anzalone, Fox News commentator Dick Morris and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.  The forum was held at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center.