The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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WVAS Local News

Jul 26, 2013

Alabama first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Coffee County.  The Alabama Department of Public Health says the virus can cause infections, flu-like sickness and neurological diseases.  Only about 20 percent of people bitten will show any signs or symptoms of the virus.  Health officials say protect yourself by using repellants with DEET, wearing loose fitting clothing and staying indoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are rampant. 

New MPD Officers

15 new police officers will soon hit the streets of Montgomery.  The group graduated Friday from the Montgomery Police Academy after successfully completing 20 weeks of training.  The new officers will begin their first assignment in the MPD Patrol Division. 

MLK Sign

Signs designating a highway in Gadsden as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parkway are set to be unveiled next month.  The signs for U.S. Highway 431/278 will be unveiled the morning of Aug. 10th.  Also that day, a noon program is planned for Gadsden City High School's auditorium to honor King and five other civil rights activists. 

ABA Hall of Fame

Congratulations are in order for WVAS Morning Personality Mel Marshall.  It was announced Thursday that Mel Marshall will be inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  It's a well deserved honor for the veteran broadcaster.  The ceremony will be August 17th in Birmingham.