WVAS Local News

Nov 20, 2012

The Alabama Department of Education and the Microsoft Corporation formally announced the launch of the Alabama Microsoft IT Academy Program Tuesday.  State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says the initiative will allow students to earn certifications in Microsoft product areas like Excel, Word and Powerpoint.  One school in each system in the state is participating in the program this year. 

Animal Cruelty

Jefferson County sheriff's officials say they've issued a warrant for the arrest of a dog owner accused of slicing the animal's throat during a contentious divorce proceedings.  The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 45-year-old James Stewart Robinson is accused of killing Rufus, a Terrier, after the custody of the dog became a point of contention in the divorce proceedings.  The felony warrant accuses Robinson of cruelty to a dog.  Sheriff's officials say Robinson remained at large, and they were trying to arrange for his surrender. 

Spirit Award

A buzz phrase Montgomery officials often tout is working in partnership of collaboration.  At Tuesday's business and community breakfast sponsored by Alabama State University, Drew Nelson was one of two Keepers of the Community Spirit Award recipients.  The state public health department's director of policy and marketing research says he's motivated by ASU's commitment to its neighbors.  Nelson says his agency and the university have several collaborations including the Women's Health symposium, First Men's Health symposium and Teen Texting and Driving workshop.