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Alagasco Changing to Spire

6 hours ago

   The state’s largest natural gas distributor is changing its name. Alagasco is becoming Spire. Company officials say the change was made to better reflect its expanding customer base. Alagasco has around 425-thousand customers in Alabama, but it also has customers in Mississippi and Missouri. Besides becoming Spire, the company has a new logo and color theme. Service and construction workers for Spire will wear bright orange uniforms. Also, monthly bills will arrive in an orange envelope.

The Alabama State University football team returns back home this weekend to open up conference play Saturday night against Prairie View A&M University at ASU Stadium. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney has more. 

Every Thursday WVAS brings you its Restaurant Report Card – the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 61 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report.

Montgomery City Budget Postponed Again

Sep 20, 2017

   For the second meeting in a row the Montgomery City Council last night was unable to agree on passing a budget for the next fiscal year. At issue is a lodging tax increase that would generate 1 million dollars for the spending plan. Some council members feel like the lodging industry is taxed enough in Montgomery, and more taxation might hurt convention business in the city. Others, including Mayor Todd Strange assert that a lodging tax hike makes sense, because it doesn’t put the revenue burden on Montgomery residents. The city council has recessed until its October 3rd meeting. 

Kids Count Data Book is Out

Sep 19, 2017

   Voices for Alabama’s Children is out with its second report of the year on child well-being. Each year the organization publishes two Kids Count Data books. The first compares Alabama with other states, the second ranks how each individual county in the state is doing. Beginning with the good…the report finds that 96 percent of the state’s children are now covered by some form of health insurance. Voices Policy and Research Director Rhonda Mann says are also being made in education with the state’s Pre-K program. One major area of concern for the state : children living in poverty.

President Trump Will Campaign for Luther Strange

Sep 18, 2017

   President Donald Trump is coming to Alabama to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in the primary race for U.S. Senate. Trump made the announcement Saturday evening via twitter. Trump wrote that, "I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. 'Big Luther' is a great guy who gets things done!" Strange is in a heated runoff battle with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore led Strange in the first round of GOP voting. The two face off in a runoff on Sept. 26.

Police Make Arrest in August Homicide

Sep 15, 2017

Police have made an arrest in an August homicide. A statement from police says that 45 year old Kenyatta Davis was taken into custody last night for the murder of 56 year old Jerome Nowden. Nowden was assaulted on August 16 with a machete in the 100 block of Oak Street. The victim was taken to Jackson hospital where he eventually died a week later. Investigators say an argument between the two men led to the assault. Davis has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

The Alabama Board of Education has named former Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson as interim superintendent of education.  Board members voted Richardson eight to one to lead public schools following the resignation of Superintendent Michael Sentance.  As part of Sentance's separation agreement, he will be paid his salary for the remainder of the year, about $57,000.  

Every Thursday WVAS brings you its Restaurant Report Card – the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 79 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report. 

Teenager Killed in Weekend Accident

Sep 13, 2017

   State Troopers are reporting that the passenger killed in a crash following a police chase Sunday morning was a 16 year old juvenile. Because of that, his name is not being released. The wreck happened as the driver of a 2005 Honda Accord refused to stop for police on Highway 110 in the Pike Road Community. Troopers say the reportedly stolen car left the roadway near the nine mile marker and ran into a ditch, overturning. The 16 year old victim was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupants of the vehicle fled the scene.

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