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Alabama Miscalculated Graduation Rates

21 hours ago

Alabama's 89 percent graduation rate is not accurate, but it may be months before the correct numbers are revealed. A review of the state's graduation rates by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General shows the state misstated its rates by counting students who received Alabama Occupational Diplomas in its numbers and by not properly overseeing local school systems' awarding of class credits, resulting in some diplomas that weren't honestly earned. Superintendent Michael...

Dannelly Field a Finalist for New Fighter Jet

Dec 8, 2016

The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is one of five Air National Guard units across the country still in the running to become a home base to the F-35A fighter jet. The 187th and Dannelly Field survived the cut from 18 original sites under consideration. According to a statement from the U-S Air Force, two locations will be selected by spring next year. Site survey teams will now visit all five locations that also include installations in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; Detroit,...

Oldest Surviving Tuskegee Airman has Died

Nov 22, 2016

We have lost another member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The oldest surviving member, Willie Rogers, died Friday evening at the age of 101. That’s according to his pastor in Florida. Rogers was part of the 100 th Air Engineer Squad and also served with the Red Tail Angels. He was wounded in action during a mission in Italy in 1943. President George W. Bush awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

More than 120 seniors were served a Thanksgiving luncheon at the McIntyre Community Center in west Montgomery Monday. The 6th annual event was sponsored by several individuals and organizations including Alabama State University's College of Education and ASU's Health Physical Education Recreation Department. Seniors won door prizes and giveaways. The event also honored Jiles Williams, Montgomery County Commissioner.

Bibb County Sheriff Found Shot to Death

Nov 16, 2016

Bibb County Sheriff Keith Hannah has been found dead at his office in the central Alabama town of Centreville. District Attorney Michael Jackson says Hannah's body was discovered this morning. He says Hannah was located in a bathroom connected to the sheriff’s office. Jackson says preliminary evidence indicates Hannah died of a gunshot wound, but there was no immediate indication of any foul play. The prosecutor says an autopsy will be conducted to determine whether the sheriff’s death was a...

Justin Ross Harris Found Guilty in Son's SUV Death

Nov 15, 2016

A Georgia man faces life in prison after he was convicted of malice murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son, who was left in a hot car for hours. A jury found Justin Ross Harris guilty on all eight counts against him Monday, ending a month-long trial. The malice murder conviction means jurors ultimately agreed with prosecutors that Harris left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, to die on purpose. District Attorney Vic Reynolds said justice was done but "it's not a verdict we celebrate." The...

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless in Montgomery are still collecting warm weather items for their annual Blanket Drive. This year's event will end on November 19th. MACH Executive Director Molly Stone says collection sites will be at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stone says gently used or new warm weather items are needed. PODS storage containers are located at Regions Bank at 301 Coliseum Blvd; the Winn-Dixie on East South Blvd at Troy Highway and the Festival Plaza...

Homicide Investigation Underway in Montgomery

Nov 14, 2016

Montgomery police are investigating a fatal shooting from this weekend. They say 35 year old James Horn of Montgomery was found shot to death in the 34-hundred block of East Street. East street is located just off Fairground Road. At this time police say they have no suspects in the case. Information about what led to the shooting has not been released. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 215-STOP, or the Secret Witness Line at 262-4-thousand or...

A Veteran Speaks comes back to WVAS

Nov 10, 2016

WVAS-FM is proud to bring back the series "A Veteran Speaks." The segment highlights individuals who served or who are currently serving in the military, sharing their personal stories and experiences in their respected branches of service. "A Veteran Speaks" was originally part of a public media project called "Veterans Coming Home" an initiative funded by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. Listeners can tune in to hear the new set of stories on Veterans Day between 8 and 10 a.m. and...

This Saturday a symposium aimed at reducing health disparities will be held in Montgomery. One Humanity LLC, an organization focused on positive social change through education and economic development will be hosting the event; founder Robert Jackson says the conference will center around identifying better health practices and developing new plans. The theme is "Developing a Faith and Community based plan to address Health Disparities." The conference will be held on Saturday, November 12th...

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