WVAS Local News

Apr 16, 2013

Tuesday marked the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."  The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University in Montgomery hosted a panel reading that included its director Georgette Norman.  Governor Robert Bentley, Birmingham Mayor William Bell and other city and state officials unveiled a historic marker commemorating where Dr. King wrote his letter. 

Alabama Film

It's a banner month for Alabama's participation in the film industry.  Two major motion pictures premier in the state in April.  "42" screened to a Birmingham audience on April 11th and "Space Warriors" will debut at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville on the 25th.  Director of Alabama's Film Office, Kathy Faulk says competition for film shoots is fierce.  Faulk says incentives and location are the two primary factors in determining where a movie is filmed. 

Increased Security

President Barack Obama said the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities don't know who is responsible.  Monday's deadly bombings has led to a surge in security measures.  Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy said additional security will be in place for Saturday's 5K Run/Walk for the Joy to Life Foundation. 

WH taps GOP Bill Pryor

President Barack Obama is nominating a conservative Alabama Republican for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the White House is supporting U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor for the position.  The 50-year-old Mobile native serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with an office in Birmingham.  The sentencing commission is an independent agency that establishes guidelines for sentencing in federal courts.