WVAS Local

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

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Governor Bentley Refuses Syrian Refugees

Nov 16, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley says he's won't allow Syrian refugees to relocate in his state.  In a statement issued Sunday, Bentley said "after full consideration of this weekend's terror attacks on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions program.  As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way."  According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency there has been no credible intelligence of terror threats in Alabama.

Three Men Indicted in Slaying of Restaurant Manager

Nov 12, 2015

Three Montgomery men have been indicted in connection with robbery and murder of a fast food restaurant manager.  Montgomery County court records show that Rendauldous Chisolm and Kenneth Temple, both 21 and 23-year-old Gacolby Green are each charged in the death of 43-year-old Vettia Roche.  Authorities said the victim was beaten and shot outside a Taco Bell eatery on Atlanta Highway in March 2014.  The indictments were announced Thursday.  

Education Budget Meeting

Recognizing Service on Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2015

Today is Veterans Day, the observance is intended to thank living vets for their service and contributions to our national security.  This morning at 11 o'clock, various marching bands will lead a procession down Dexter Avenue in Montgomery's Annual Veterans Day parade.  Retired Army Colonel Edgar Smith of Montgomery is the Grand Marshal.  He says many post 9/11 combat veterans face a tougher challenge to return to civilian life.  Another Army veteran is 100-year-old Willie Lee Wright of Pike Road who served during World War II who said going off to war is never easy.  

New City Council Members

Nov 10, 2015

There are three new members of the Montgomery City Council.  Fred Bell, William Green and Brantley Lyons joined the six incumbents and Mayor Todd Strange to take oaths of office at city hall.  The ceremonies were followed by an organizational meeting for the city council.  The mayor of Pietrasanta, Italy, Massimo Mallegni was on hand to watch the ceremony.  The Italian mayor is visiting the Capital city this week.  

Parade Preparations

Alabama Receives Warning From Justice Department

Oct 28, 2015

The Justice Department has warned Alabama that it is not complying with federal voter registration laws which were enacted to make it easier to register to vote.  In September, a Justice Department official warned Attorney General Luther Strange that a lawsuit is pending because the state has not complied with the Motor Voter Act of 1993.  Governor Bentley said he's confident the matter will be worked out.  

Mayors Endorse Roby

GE Aviation Job Annoucement

Oct 27, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley held a press conference at the Old House Chamber Tuesday to announce new jobs coming to GE Aviation in Huntsville.  Bentley said GE Aviation is investing more than $200 million to create adjacent factories to mass-produce silicon carbide materials.  These materials will be used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components for jet engines and land-based gas turbines.  When the factories are operational later this decade, they are expected to employ up to 300 people.  

Stem Grants

Kindergarten Student Identified in Tragic Accident

Oct 27, 2015

State Troopers say it was tragic accident.  Five-year-old Bessiah Hedges, a kindergarten student, was struck and killed by a Macon County school bus after he dropped his books and stopped to try and pick them up on County Road 2 in the Fort Davis Community.  The crash happened around 6:30 a.m.  

Suspects in Custody

Toddler Dies in School Bus Accident

Oct 26, 2015

Authorities say a 5-year-old student was struck and killed by school bus after he dropped his books and stopped to try and pick them up on a county road in eastern Alabama.  Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson tells WSFA that the crash happened around 6:30 a.m. Monday on a county road about 15 miles south of Tuskegee.  Macon County Coroner Hal Bentley tells Al.com that the school bus driver did not notice that the boy was trying to pick up his books and the bus ran into him.  Authorities say the child was a student at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Tuskegee.  

Montgomery Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Oct 26, 2015

State Troopers says a Montgomery County man was killed Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident.  60-year-old William Terry Reynolds of Ramar died when the motorcycle he was riding crashed on Butler Mill Road near Liberty Church Road.  Troopers said the crash happened around 12:30 p.m.  

Teenagers Charged