New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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

Aug 22, 2013

The state Department of Education has released its findings into allegations of improper grade changing at Montgomery Public Schools.  State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice outlined six areas of concern in a letter sent to MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson.  They include failure to enforce state and local policies, failure to properly train school employees, and an environment that discourages reporting and correcting violations. 


Police in Prattville say two teenagers found dead in a home on Sycamore Drive were stabbed to death in an apparent murder-suicide.  Police identified the victims as 19-year-olds Wellesley Owen and Mitchell Warren.  Investigators believe Warren killed Owen before taking his own life Tuesday night.  Authorities have not released a possible motive.  At a news conference Wednesday, Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson said the mother of one of the young men came home to find the body of her son and that of the other young man. 

Felony Charges

A former Alabama education official and her husband are facing felony ethics charges.  Attorney General Luther Strange said a Montgomery County grand jury indicted Deann and Dave Stone of Wetumpka.  The coupled surrendered Wednesday.  Deann Stone is accused of using her official position at the state Department of Education to obtain personal gain for the couple and for her husband's company through the allocation of more than $24 million dollars in federal stimulus money to three county school systems that were using Dave Stone's company. 

Walker in Alabama

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is making a trip down south to give a speech in Alabama.  Walker has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate.  Friday night, Walker is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Alabama Republican Party's summer dinner in Montgomery.