WVAS Local News

May 29, 2013

In an ongoing effort to improve relations between police and the public, the entire force is undergoing a newly developed training course this week at the Montgomery Police Academy.  Police Chief Kevin is hopeful the emphasis on the way an officer approaches a crime scene or a victim will produce benefits now and later.  Dr. Earnest Blackshear, a clinical psychologist at Alabama State University helped develop the course and also teaches it.  The training is also part of the new Victim Service Officer program at the Montgomery Police Department. 

2nd Annual World's Widest Yard Sale

This year more cities are being added to the 2nd Annual World's Widest Yard Sale.  The event which begins Friday, stretches along Highway 80 and now will include cities like Ft. Deposit, Camden, Monroeville and Troy.  Clothes, furniture, dishwares and collectibles are among the items up for sale.  The event starts Friday and runs through June 2nd.  WVAS-FM will be participating Friday at Angie's Auction in Selma, music lovers will be able to purchase CDs and LPs of some of their favorite jazz and blues artists. 

Young Running for Congressional Seat

Dean Young is announcing that he plans to run for the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.  Young, an entrepreneur and businessman said he would work to create jobs, shrink the size of the federal government and return the nation to Christian principles.  Alabama's 1st Congressional District is in southwestern Alabama and includes Mobile.  Bonner, a six-term Republican recently announced that he's resigning from Congress effective in August to take a post with the University of Alabama system. 

Boy Scouts of America

An Alabama pastor says a Boy Scout troop will no longer be allowed to meet at his church after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members.  First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker tells WBRC-TV that as a pastor and a Christian, he can't allow a group "to openly support a sinful lifestyle under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena."  The Greater Alabama Council Boy Scouts said in a statement that if churches prevent them from meeting as a result of the national decision, they will work with troops to find other sites.