WVAS Local News

Nov 6, 2013

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has launched an initiative to stop underage and binge drinking in the state.  ABC Board members and law enforcement officials addressed students at Prattville High School Wednesday.  ABC Board Administrator Mac Gipson says underage and binge drinking remain problems for high school and college students.  Gipson says informing schools about the dangers of abusing alcohol will be a major emphasis. 

No Second Term

Republican state Rep.  Wes Long of Gunterville says he won't seek a second term in 2014.  Long said serving in the Legislature requires him to spend a lot of time away from family and he want to have more time with them.  Long says he will serve his full term through November 2014. 

Tax Credits

A new national reports says 270,000 Alabamians are eligible for tax credits under the new federal health care law if they purchase coverage through the new health insurance marketplace.  The California-based Kaiser Family Foundation calculated the figure for each state to show the potential impact on low and moderate income people.  To qualify for the tax credits, people must earn between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level.  That's between $23,550 and $94,200 annually for a family of four.  They must also not be eligible for affordable coverage from an employer or from Medicaid or Medicare.