WVAS Local News

May 6, 2013

Private schools want to make sure Alabama's new tax credits and scholarships for private school attendance don't lead to state government having a role in their operations.  They are concerned about one proposed change in the law that would require schools accepting the scholarship student to test participating students and report their scores to the state Revenue Department.  The department would hire a researcher to analyze them and recommend improvements. 

Child Autopsy

An autopsy performed by a Lee County Coroner on a seven-year-old girl found no abnormalities.  The first grader at Jeter Primary School was found unresponsive in an physical education room around 10:30 Friday morning.  She was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.  Coroner Bill Harris said foul play is not suspected in the child's death.  He said more tests will be performed to try to determine the cause of her death.  The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, Opelika Police and the Lee County Coroner continue the investigation. 

Blessing of the Fleet

Fisherman gathered over the weekend off Alabama's coast for the 64th annual Blessing of the Fleet.  The Mobile Press-Register reports that Sunday's event was the largest fund-raiser of the year for St. Margaret Catholic Church.  It was also a highlight of the two-day community festival in Bayou La Batre.