WVAS Local News

Jun 11, 2013

An Alabama law that was inspired by the infamous case of missing Florida child Caylee Anthony in 2011 was singed by Governor Robert Bentley Monday.  The legislation titled "Caylee's Law" was approved by the legislature in the recent regular session.  The bill was authored by Birmingham Representative Juandalyn Givan and Prattville Senator Bryan Taylor.  The new law goes into effect on August 1st. 

Sweltering Weather

Prepare for some scalding temperatures this week as the National Weather Service is predicting highs in the mid to upper 90s by Wednesday.  Staff meteorologist for the weather service Aaron Gleason says that's about ten degrees above normal for early June, but it's not unprecedented.  He says people should take the usual precautions.  Gleason says the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a slight chance that the months of June, July and August will be warmer than usual. 

Doorway Stand

Governor George C. Wallace stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama and tried to black two black students from enrolling on this date, 50 years ago.  Daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, says her family has lived in the shadow of the schoolhouse door ever since.  She also said she wants to give hope to people by showing that families can change. 

Drug Trafficking

The Justice Department said ten people were sentenced last week for their roles in a drug trafficking ring that sold powder cocaine in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga Counties.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins sentenced the ten individuals after they were convicted following a two and a half week trial in February or they pleaded guilty.  The stiffest prison term was given to Willie Jerome Davis of Elmore, he was sentenced to life in prison.  The other nine defendants received prison sentences ranging from 360 months to 72 months in federal prison.