WVAS Local News

Oct 21, 2013

Montgomery police are asking for the public's help in the city's latest homicide.  Emergency personnel responded to the 900 block of West Edgemont Avenue at around 1:45 Monday afternoon on a report of a subject shot.  An adult male was pronounced dead at the scene.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from an argument.  No arrests have been made.  Police are asking anyone with information of the homicide to call them at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.   This is Montgomery's 41st murder of the year. 

Digital Textbooks

A pair of Republican lawmakers say they will push for a $100 million dollar bond issue to replace aging textbooks in Alabama schools with laptops and tablet computers.  Senator Gerald Dial of Lineville says the move will save money in the long run.  Senator Dial says an application process will be set up for schools to receive the digital equipment.  The bill will be introduced in the upcoming regular session in January.  Representative Jim McClendon is the House sponsor. 

Bentley Responds

Alabama's governor is brushing off criticism that he's trying to run Alabama State University and says he will continue a financial review of university spending.  Gov.  Robert Bentley released preliminary findings from a forensic audit last week.  He is president of the university board of trustees by virtue of his office, and he's called a special board meeting Oct. 28th to discuss the findings.  Some critics have accused him of trying to run the university. 

Apollo Night

The second annual Amateur Night at the Apollo is being hosted by Bama State radio on the campus of Alabama State University.  The event begins at 7 p.m. this Thursday at ASU's Lockhart gym.  Co-organizer Octavius Combs says the show will feature over 20 different acts.  Admission for Thursday's event is one dollar and the public is invited to attend. 

Alabama Academy

The Alabama Academy of Honor has added three members who achieved success in law, state government and business.  The academy held a ceremony Monday at the state Capitol to add Birmingham attorney Fournier "Boots" Gale III, former House Speaker Seth Hammett of Andalusia, and Protective Life Insurance Co. CEO John D. Johns of Birmingham.  The Legislature created the academy in 1965 to recognize Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments and services.  Membership is limited to 100 Alabamians.