WVAS Local News

Oct 25, 2013

If you have prescription drugs that have expired or are unused.  State and federal law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual Drug Take-Back day on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The Alabama Department of Public Health is urging the public to bring their medication to a nearby location for disposal.  A collection sit can be found on the public health department's website, adph.org and click on the "Got Drugs" link. 

Common Core

Alabama's Schools Superintendent is trying to remove any concerns that the state's College and Career Readiness standards, which includes Common Core, is under federal control.  Dr. Tommy Bice offered a resolution to the Board of Education to rescind a Memorandum of Agreement with the two organization that helped forge the Common Core.  Dr. Bice maintains that the state school board retains governance over the standards.  The nullification of the agreement does not stop the standards from continuing to be implemented in Alabama schools. 

On another education matter, the State School Superintendent said  monitors began conducting instructional audits at Montgomery Public Schools this week.  Dr. Tommy Bice said the level of cooperation from MPS personnel has been outstanding. 

Identity Theft

Federal prosecutors have secured another conviction for identity theft and stealing tax returns.  The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montgomery said Tarrish Tellis of Montgomery pleaded guilty Thursday to using stolen names and filing more than $700,000 dollars in false tax returns.  No sentencing date was announced for Tellis.  He faces up to 17 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 dollars per count. 

Child Killed

State Troopers say a 7-year-old boy from West Point, Georgia, was killed in a one car crash in Chambers County Thursday morning.  Troopers said 7-year-old Jaylen Johnson died when the car in which he was a passenger overturned on Alabama 50, about two miles east of Lafayette.  Trooper said the child was not in a safety restraint at the time of the crash.  The boy's mother was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.