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Roy Moore's campaign goes after media and accusers

Nov 21, 2017

Alabama Republican Roy Moore's campaign is going on the offensive against the media and one of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Moore's campaign has issued a Monday night statement questioning the account of Beverly Nelson, who said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress. The campaign is quoting two restaurant employees who did not remember Nelson or Moore eating there.

Bodies of two missing men found in Macon County

Nov 20, 2017

An Alabama sheriff says two bodies found over the weekend in a rural area are believed to be an Atlanta-based rapper and his cousin, a music promoter. Both had been missing for several days. Rapper Edward Reeves, known as Bambino Gold; and Kendrick Stokes were reported missing Nov. 7. Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson says the bodies were found in separate locations in Macon County. Investigators say both men were homicide victims, and that the bodies were found not far off County Road 13 about three to four miles apart.

Friday was a festive day at the Governor’s mansion as it served as the backdrop for the 68th annual turkey pardoning. It’s been a tradition that dates back for more than 60 years. Ivey said this year’s pardon is special for her because she spared two turkeys; Clyde and Henrietta. Ivey says she never got the opportunity to expunge "Clyde" from a sentence of being someone's Thanksgiving meal when she was Lt., Gov. Ivey. In that position, Ivey wielded only the power of the gavel to bring order to the statehouse.

Alabama infant mortality rate is highest since 2008

Nov 17, 2017

   Interim State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says Alabama is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to infant mortality. The State Department of Public Health issued a report yesterday showing that Alabama’s infant mortality rate increased to 9.1 infant deaths per 1-thousand live births in 2016. That is the highest point since 2008. Dr. Harris says several factors are to blame, like access to health care for mothers before, during and after pregnancy; premature births; and the opioid epidemic.

Every week 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 62 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.

Roy Moore's support from his fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging. And a second woman has accused the candidate for U-S Senate of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s. Moore denied the newest allegations and said he doesn't know his accuser. But in New York, a tearful Beverly Young Nelson detailed an attack she says occurred when she was 16 years old and he locked her in a car. Last week, The Washington Post reported other alleged incidents decades ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes Moore's accusers and wants the former judge to end his candidacy.

   Dr. Quinton Ross didn’t waste any time getting to work at his first Board of Trustees meeting as Alabama State University’s new president. Dr. Ross suggested that the board make a 15 percent cut in supplies spending to, in turn, put into the budget for maintenance and infrastructure. Even though the fiscal 2018 budget had already passed earlier this year, the board left room for Ross to make some alterations. His measure was approved. Dr. Ross also asked for personnel changes that were approved.

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 63 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.

   Alabama State University has announced a significant change for the 94th annual Turkey Day Classic. Instead of playing Cheyney University, the Hornets will be taking on Edward Waters College. In a statement, ASU officials say Cheyney had to pull out of the game due to financial difficulties. Alabama State University President Quinton Ross thanked athletics department staff for their quick action in finding another opponent. It is not the first time the two schools have met. ASU and Edward Waters College played each other before back in 2009 with the Hornets coming out the victors.

   Montgomery Public Schools now has an approved budget for the 2018 fiscal school year, though it was passed without a vote from the school board. In a move that school system officials say is allowed under the State Intervention Act, Montgomery Chief Education Officer Dr. Reginald Eggleston passed an alternate budget on his own. The budget does not include the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School. It reportedly does include 4.7 million dollars in expenditure cuts.

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