WVAS Local News

Feb 26, 2013

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says an 11-year-old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered in an apparent robbery.  Sheriff's officials said the suspect is a 13-year-old boy.  The shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in the Flatwood Community, located off Lower Wetumpka Road.  The 11-year-old boy was listed in stable condition at a Birmingham hospital.  Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham said investigators are trying to learn how the 13-year-old got his hands on a gun.  The young suspect faces robbery and assault charges.  He is being held on a juvenile detention facility. 

Common Core

Two bills have been introduced in the Alabama House and Senate that would repeal common core standards in schools.  The standards are also known as Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards.  Supporters says the standards make it easier for Alabama students to transfer to another school or another state without being far behind or ahead.    The standards were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010.  The House sponsor of the bill said the common core standards are an example of the federal government trying to take over education in Alabama. 

Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear legal arguments Wednesday by an Alabama county that is challenging the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Shelby County is fighting a section of the law that requires some states to seek federal approval for any changes to election rules.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sided with Shelby County.  He said the state has changed since Jim Crow days.  The Obama Administration and civil rights groups are urging the high court to leave the Voting Rights law intact. 

Sunny Weather Returns

The sun is making a welcomed appearance across much of Alabama today.  Heavy rains and worries about flooding have prompted schools to close and open late in southeast Alabama.  Public school students are getting the day off from classes today in Geneva County where the ground is saturated with water and rivers are rising.  Schools are opening late in Henry and Houston counties because of the possibility of floodwaters covering roads.  Officials say the Chattahoochee River cold flood some areas.  Areas in south Alabama received anywhere from three to four inches of rain over a 24-hour period.