WVAS Local News

Mar 1, 2013

The Alabama Supreme Court says the gambling machines seized from VictoryLand casino don't resemble the game of bingo.  The court issued an opinion Friday explaining why it ordered a search warrant for a raid by the attorney general after a Macon County judge refused.  The justices said they viewed an undercover surveillance video of what the casino called "electronic bingo" games and they "do not reasonably resemble the game of bingo."  Attorney General Luther Strange said the opinion should end debate about whether electronic bingo is legal.

New Flexibility Bill

The Republican governor and legislative leaders ran over their education allies when they pushed through legislation providing state tax credits for attending private schools.  Republicans in the Legislature added the credits to a school flexibility bill and passed it along party lines Thursday night.  State school Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says he wasn't what he had agreed to support.  The executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards, Sally Howell, says she was "bushwacked."  Governor Robert Bentley and other Republicans said the tactics were worth passing a bill that will give hope to the parents of students stuck in failing public schools. 

Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee

The Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee got started in Selma, Thursday.  This year's commemoration will attract several high profile figures including Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress and other celebrities.  The bridge crossing at the Edmund Pettus Bridge will be held Sunday afternoon.  It's a commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.