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Hornets Ready for the 75th Magic City Classic

Oct 28, 2016

More than 70,000 fans are expected to flood Birmingham this Saturday for the 75th anniversary of the Magic City Classic. The game, which is a historic rivalry between in-state institutions Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University, is also important for the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings. The Hornets and Bulldogs both travel to Birmingham, each with an overall record of 2-5. At a press conference ahead of the contest, ASU Head Coach Brian Jenkins shared his thoughts of Alabama A&M.

Body Found in Montgomery County Identified

Oct 28, 2016

   The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a homicide. Authorities told news outlets that a man’s body was found yesterday in the 57-hundred block of Mt. Zion road. A county maintenance crew apparently discovered the body. The man has been identified as 38 year old Antonio Washington of Montgomery. An autopsy is being conducted to determine a cause of death. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.

Beef Day honors Local Law Enforcement

Oct 27, 2016

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association hosted “Beef Day” during an outdoor luncheon at the State Farmer’s Market today. While celebrating Alabama’s agriculture, organizers took time out to recognize the Montgomery County first responders and law enforcement officials for their service. ACA Vice-President Dr. Billy Powell says today was an opportunity for the organization to say thank you. The steak-sandwich luncheon was one of the numerous events that the agriculture department and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association have been holding to celebrate October as Beef Month.

A legal clinic for veterans was held Thursday at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery.  Representatives from the Jones School of Law and the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office advised veterans and their families on civil and criminal matters at no charge.  Organizers of the Veterans Civil Legal Assistance Clinic say there are plans to conduct more clinics in the near future.  

Formal Demand for Governor Robert Bentley to Testify

Oct 27, 2016

   An impeachment committee is demanding that Gov. Robert Bentley testify under oath. The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that it sent a formal demand for the governor to provide deposition-like testimony to the committee's special counsel on Nov. 9. Committee Chairman Mike Jones said the committee wants a, "clear, truthful record from the governor and his staff" and he looked forward to the governor's cooperation. The committee is investigating if Bentley committed any impeachable offenses.

Two Arrests Made in Crenshaw County Murder

Oct 26, 2016

   Authorities have made two arrests in a fatal shooting in Crenshaw County.  A release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency indicates that two Lapine men have been charged with murder in the death of 33 year old George Michael Watson of Carbon Hill.  They have been identified as 19 year old Eddie Joe Flowers and 18 year old Adam Durand Gregory. The teenagers were taken into custody shortly after police arrived on the scene of the shooting Monday on Upper Panola Road. Bond has been set at $1 million for each individual.

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford delivered his final State of the City Address.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.  WVAS News spoke to Ford about his experience in office and his expectations for the next chapter in his life.  Ford says he will work to revitalize historic neighborhoods surrounding Lake Tuskegee and plans to add author to his name with an upcoming book release.  

A panel of retired judges will hear suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore's bid to return to the bench. Alabama Supreme Court justices said Monday that they will recuse themselves from hearing Moore's appeal because their impartiality might be questioned. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Moore denied the accusations, saying he never told probate judges what to do.

Alabama State University Gets 3-D Printer

Oct 24, 2016

Alabama State University has been awarded a 271-thousand dollar grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art 3-D printer. The printer will be used by students in ASU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and will enable researchers to custom design and build tissue replacements. Dr.

Monday is Last Day to Register to Vote in Alabama

Oct 24, 2016

   Today is the last day to register to vote in this year’s general election. To do so, residents with a valid, government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license can go to the secretary of state’s website, alabamavotes.gov and do it electronically. You can also go by your county’s Board of Registrars. Mailing in an application is also an option, but it must be postmarked with today's date. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says the number of registered voters is currently about 3.3 million, up about 500,000 since the last gubernatorial election.