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State Sets Brooks' Execution Date For January

3 hours ago

The Alabama Supreme Court has set a Jan. 21st execution date for a man convicted of rape and murder.  The death sentence against Christopher Brooks would mark Alabama's first execution in more than two years.  Brooks was convicted for the 1993 murder and rape of Deann Campbell of Homewood.  

Legislative Lines

Dozens Participate in Montgomery Rally

Nov 23, 2015

A rally protesting the closure of driver's license offices around Alabama drew just over 30 people Monday on the steps of the State Capitol.  Protestors claim the state is doing more to ensure ABC stores stay open than it is to keep driver's license offices up and running.  Martha Jordan of Talladega County says she is outraged.  Democratic State Senator Hank Sanders of Selma was also on hand.  He called on Governor Robert Bentley to re-open the 31 driver's license offices that were closed back in September.  He says the governor's plan to open them once a month is not enough.  

NPR teamed up with WVAS-FM for a special event with NPR host Michel Martin.  This event is Dec. 1 at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church located in Montgomery, Alabama. This  live event highlight the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Park’s arrest. Reserve your FREE ticket using the link below. http://bit.ly/1Pf22qg #busboycott60 

Sponsors for this event are as follows: 





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Task Force Revists Medicaid Expansion

Nov 20, 2015

A member of a state task force looking at ways to improve health care coverage in Alabama believes Governor Bentley is softening his position on expanding the Medicaid program.  Policy expert Jim Carnes at Alabama Arise said the 30 member panel has recommended the state broaden health insurance coverage.  The governor's office has said the task force recommendations to expand Medicaid will be reviewed.  

House Delegation

Stricter Immigrant Screenings Gaining Support

Nov 19, 2015

Alabama's six Republicans in the U.S. House say they will support legislation that would increase screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.  Earlier this week, Governor Robert Bentley ignited the controversy when he said Alabama will not accept Syrian refugees.  President Obama is promising to veto the Refugee bill if it reaches his desk.  

Great American Smokeout

Judge Dismisses Davis Lawsuit

Nov 18, 2015

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, who sought to run as a Democrat in a county election after he returned to the party from the GOP.  An order from Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Truman Hobbs dismissing Davis' case was filed Wednesday.  Davis is seeking to run for Montgomery County commissioner.  Davis had argued he was being singled out and the party has welcomed back all other party-switches, including former congressman Parker Griffith, who was the Democratic candidate for governor last year.  

Rural Health

Repairing VictoryLand

Nov 18, 2015

The owner of VictoryLand in Shorter says his casino sustained more damage in a February 2013 police raid than he had previously thought.  Milton McGregor tells the Montgomery Advertiser in Wednesday's edition that he expects to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs, primarily to repair wiring.  Despite the issues, McGregor said he's determined to reopen VictoryLand before the end of the year.  

Suspect in Custody

Immigration Group Backs Syrian Relocation

Nov 17, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley's announcement to refuse Syrian refugees after the recent attacks in Paris, has prompted the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice to issue a statement saying in part that Syrian refugees shouldn't be blamed for the attack.  Immigrant Justice spokesman, Rodrigo Barragan says the organization believes the U.S. has a moral obligation to protect basic human rights.  Barragan says the U.S. is a country of immigrants and decisions should not be made out of fear and hate.  

Refugee Reaction

60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Nov 16, 2015

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Park’s arrest, NPR Michel Martin and WVAS will host a thoughtful conversation with elders who took part in the movement and young people who will share their vision for the future. Reserve your FREE ticket to attend Dec. 1: http://bit.ly/1Pf22qg #busboycott60

Sponsors for this event include the following: