WVAS Local News

Aug 15, 2013

Governor Bentley will throw out the first pitch during the opening ceremony of the Babe Ruth World Series in Andalusia.  Bentley will participate in the opening ceremony to wrap up his visit to Andalusia today as he continues his Road to Economic Recovery Tour of the state. 

Poison Center Closes

Authorities say the Alabama Poison Center at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa is set to close at the end of September.  The closure comes after a decision by state lawmakers to cut the center's funding.  The control center, which has a staff of 14, is scheduled to close September 30th.  The center provides the public and health care professionals statewide with emergency information.  Officials say calls handled by the center will be transferred to the Regional Poison Control Center at Children's of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. 

ASU Presidential Search

A committee assigned is to find the next president of Alabama State University met Wednesday evening.  A subcommittee looked at revising qualifications and decided to expand the pool of potential applicants to include business leaders, government officials and high-ranking members of the military.  The search for a new ASU president started in January. 

Sellers Candidacy

A member of the Montgomery County Board of Education has officially entered the race for a seat in the Alabama House.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports Heather Sellers, Vice President of the Montgomery County School Board, will run in the Republican primary for the District 74 seat that was vacated by Jay Love on August 1st.  Two other announced candidates are Charlotte Meadows and Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos.  The special election is October 8th. 

Tax Fraud

A federal judge has sentenced a Montgomery man to two years in prison for his role in a tax refund fraud scheme involving stolen identities.  Anton Miles was sentenced Wednesday, he pleaded guilty last week to theft of government money.  Prosecutors said Miles opened a bank account in Montgomery under a business name.  Then about 120 false federal income tax refunds were directed to the bank account between January 2012 and March of 2013.  The refunds were for more than $164,000 and they involved stolen identities.