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7:17pm

Thu March 19, 2015
WVAS Local

Missing Union Springs Girl Found Safe

The child at the center of a state-wide Amber Alert issued Thursday has been found safe.  According to authorities, 5-year-old Aaliyah Linton was found safe in South Carolina.  Linton was abducted around 8:40 Thursday morning from her school in Bullock County.  Investigators say Linton's aunt and grandmother took her from Union Springs Elementary School before fleeing in a maroon van.  The names of the aunt and grandmother have not yet been released but they will face kidnapping charges.  

Montgomery Preparations

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10:08am

Thu March 19, 2015
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Charter Schools Heading To Alabama

Public education in Alabama is taking a new direction.  The state Legislature, voting along mostly party lines, has given final approval to a bill allow charter schools in the state.  The Alabama House passed the legislation Wednesday.  The measure was sent to Governor Robert Bentley who has indicated he will sign the bill into law.  No timetable was given.  

Suspects Captured

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7:36pm

Wed March 18, 2015
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MPD Investigates Apparent Murder-Suicide

Montgomery Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.  Authorities say the bodies of an adult male and adult female were found in a residence late Tuesday night at about 11:45 p.m.  Montgomery Police did not reveal the address but said the two victims died of gunshot wounds.  Authorities said the investigation indicated the adult male fatally shot his wife, then took his own life.  The victims' names were not released.  

Legislative Agenda

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6:27pm

Tue March 17, 2015
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State Unemployment Rate Dips in January

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped from 6.1 percent in December to 6 percent in January, but it remains above the national average.  Governor Robert Bentley says this is the 14th straight month that Alabama has gone without any increase in unemployment.  

Legislative Effort

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10:31am

Tue March 17, 2015
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Lady Hornets Prepare for March Madness

The Lady Hornets basketball team will travel to Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday to take on Florida State.  The Alabama State University women's squad is a number 15 seed in the NCAA tournament.  ASU earned its first appearance in the tournament since 2003.  Students, alumni and supporters held a Welcome Home rally Monday afternoon for the Lady Hornets.  Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina and Maryland are the top seeded teams in the Women's NCAA tournament.  

Moore Charges

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5:26pm

Mon March 16, 2015
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Child Dies in Montgomery House Fire

Authorities in Montgomery say a child has died in a house fire that occurred early Monday morning.  Police Sgt. Denise Barnes says fire crews were called to the 4300 block of Sunshine Drive around 7 a.m. and were told one of the home's occupants may have still been inside.  The house was reportedly engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived.  The body of a child was found after the fire was extinguished.  Barnes says the house sustained major fire and smoke damage.  The family's dog also perished in the blaze.

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3:49pm

Mon March 16, 2015
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Legendary Jazz Radio Host Bob Parlocha Passes Away

We regret to inform our listeners that Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT radio network's Jazz Satellite 

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10:18am

Mon March 16, 2015
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Montgomery Plans 50th Anniversary Celebration

It soon will be Montgomery's turn in the spotlight for the various events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march and the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Mayor Todd Strange says he and other city officials learned a few lessons from the massive crowds that descended on Selma earlier this month.  

Weekend Accident

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5:23pm

Fri March 13, 2015
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Trooper Shortage in Alabama

Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the shortage of state troopers has reached a critical state.  ALEA spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett says the state reached an all time low of 289 troopers on the road late last year.  Since then, the agency has pulled manpower form other departments to bring the number of troopers on the road to 431.  However, Jarrett says a recent study by the University of Alabama's Center for Advanced Public Safety puts the number of troopers the state should have on patrol at just over a 1,000.

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10:09am

Fri March 13, 2015
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Private Probation Company Sued by SPLC

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against a private probation company accused of targeting poor Clanton residents and threatening them with jail time for failing to pay fines.  The lawsuit accused Judicial Correction Services and a local manager of racketeering and extorting probationers for monthly payments.  Clanton resident Roxanne Reynolds said she was among those targeted by JCS.  The Southern Poverty Law Center says some probationers were ordered to pay $140 monthly fines of which $40 was given to JCS.  The company has declined comment.  

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