WVAS Local News

Jul 19, 2013

Alabama's new law setting stricter requirements for abortion doctors likely won't be enforced this year.  ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys challenging the law and state attorneys defending it want the law kept on hold until March 24th as they develop their cases.  U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson agreed. 

Gas Prices

The average price of gasoline in Alabama is at $3.42 a gallon, which is an increase of 14 cents just this week.  Gas prices have been rising since the July 4th holiday and have now reached their highest point since early April.  Spokesman for Triple A in Alabama Clay Ingram says investors in crude oil have been a driving force.  In addition to market fluctuations, Ingram says consumers are part of the problem.  He urges motorists to compare prices when shopping for gas.  If more people purchased cheaper fuel, Ingram contends that would result in lower prices at the pump. 

Updyke Hearing

A judge will hold a Sept. 18th hearing to determine whether University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke should pay Auburn University about $1 million for poisoning its landmark oak trees. 

Trial Delay

A federal judge has ordered a two-week delay of the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.  U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier moved the start of the second phase from Sept. 16th to Sept. 30th to give lawyers more time.  This phase is to determine how much crude spilled and BP's actions.