WVAS Local News

Jun 18, 2013

Realtors in Montgomery are upset with the Kiplinger website for reporting that the city of Montgomery experienced the largest drop in homes prices in cities with populations of 250,000 or more.  The article by the business magazine states home prices in the capital city declined 14.5 percent for the year ending March 31st.  Mugs Mullins, president of the Montgomery Association of Realtors, said Kiplinger's is not true.  Mullins said he plans to contact the magazine. 

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

States cannot require voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before they can use a federal voter registration system designed to make it easier to sign up.  That 7-2 ruling comes from the U.S. Supreme Court.  It involves a requirement that was approved by Arizona voters.  But four other states, including Alabama, have similar requirements.  The justices rejected the law forcing voters to document their citizenship in order to use the registration form produced under the federal "Motor Voter" law. 

Paris Air Show

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange is attending the Paris Air Show this week.  According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Strange is part of a state delegation headed by Governor Robert Bentley.  The group is in France hopes to lure suppliers for the new Airbus Assembly plant under construction in Mobile.  The paper said the Alabama delegation held meetings with 12 companies that specialize in aerospace and aviation related products. 

Smith Trial

A former prison guard who pleaded guilty in an inmate beating told a federal jury Monday that a prison supervisor instructed officers to kill inmate Rocrast Mack.  Former correctional officer Scottie Glenn testified Monday on the opening day of testimony in the trial of former Lt. Michael Smith in Montgomery.  Smith is accused of fatally beating Mack in 2010 and conspiring to cover up the death.  The defense said Smith was responding to an officer's call for help and was doing his job based on limited information.  Glenn has pleaded guilty to violating the inmate's civil rights and conspiracy.  Testimony resumes today in Montgomery federal court.