WVAS Local News

Aug 8, 2013

A group of black legislators are challenging new legislative districts that were drawn by the GOP dominated state Legislature.  Members of the Legislative Black Caucus said the case begins today in Montgomery Federal Court and will be heard by a three judge panel.  Black lawmakers contend the district lines approved in 2012, unfairly packs black voters into majority black districts.  The districts are schedule to be used in next year's elections.  The state denies the districts discriminate against minority voters. 

Public Hearing

The Alabama Department of Revenue has set aside a full day for public hearings on its proposed rules for implementing Alabama's new tax credits for private school attendance.  Today's hearing will cover both the scholarships and the tax credits for attending private schools. 

Liquor Store Signs

The head of Alabama's liquor stores said signs soon will be posted to keep out weapons.  Mac Gipson, administrator of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, tells Al.com state liquor stores nationwide will display signs that state "No handguns allowed without a permit."  Gipson said the ban would not apply to customers with concealed carry permits.  A new law that allows individuals to carry a gun openly in a holster went into effect on August 1st. 

Vehicle Search

Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service are searching for a Sport Utility Vehicle that was spotted near the scene of a robbery-shooting at the Hayneville Post Office.  A truck driver was shot and robbed between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on August 1st.  Postal officials said the employee, whose name was withheld , is recovering.  In a statement released Wednesday, Postal Inspectors said the vehicle of interest is a gold Ford Explorer possibly an early to mid 2000 model.  A $50,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.