WVAS Local News

Dec 18, 2012

The VictoryLand casino in Shorter plans to reopen this afternoon after being shut down since 2010.  VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy says the opening is set for 2 p.m. today.  Workers have installed 1,200 gambling machines for the restart.  The casino will reopen without a liquor license.  It applied for one, but the state liquor control agency held up action after Attorney General Luther Strange filed a protest. 

Community Leader Dies

A well known name in the Montgomery community has died.  The Reverend Al Dixon passed away Sunday at the age of 84.  Reverend Dixon was a long time radio host and newspaper publisher.  He established the Tuskegee-Montgomery Times and was a past president of the National Black Broadcasters Association.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete. 

Montgomery Woman Convicted

Federal authorities have secure another conviction for identity theft and tax fraud.  They say a Montgomery woman was sentenced to over four years in prison on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said Natacia Webster has been sentenced to 50 months in prison and is ordered to pay $113,000 dollars in restitution.  Federal prosecutors said Webster was sentenced on Friday. 

Racist Tweet

The University of North Alabama says a walk-on football player has been kicked off the team after sending a racist tweet about President Barack Obama.  The university said coaches made the move after Bradley Patterson described Obama with a racial slur while complaining that the president's speech about the Connecticut school massacre pre-empted an NFL game Sunday night.  Sports publicist Jeff Hodges said the school found that there's no question the tweet was issued by Patterson. 

Six Dollar Milk?

Six dollars a gallon for milk?  Some farmers and consumers fear it's possible if Congress doesn't take action soon on a farm bill.  The old one expired in September.  The agriculture industry is hoping farm legislation can be added to any fiscal package before the end of the year or that the existing law could be extended.  If not, the way milk prices are set reverts to a 1949 law, which would see dairy prices surge.