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Authorities say they found 167 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $2.2 million in a hidden compartment of a tractor trailer during a traffic stop in western Alabama.  A local news agency reports the truck was pulled over Dec. 22nd on Interstate 20/59 in Greene County.  An official says the seizure, made by the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force, is the largest in the agency's history.  Authorities said the semi driver was arrested on a charge of cocaine trafficking.  

Arrest Made in November Murder

Dec 16, 2016

   An arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred in November. Montgomery police have charged 23 year old Devin Robinson with capital murder in the death of 27 year old Roderick Bell. Bell was found shot to death in the 41-hundred block of Fitzpatrick Boulevard back on November 17th. He reportedly turned himself in to police. He is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under no bond.

Judge Roy Moore Appeals His Suspension

Dec 15, 2016

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is appealing his suspension from the bench. In a brief filed Tuesday, Moore's attorney says a judicial discipline panel exceeded its authority by suspending Moore for the remainder of his term. It requires a unanimous vote to remove a judge from office. Moore argues the lengthy suspension is a "de facto removal" without the required unanimous vote. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled in September that Moore violated judicial ethics.

Being on time for school and having good behavior is essential to learning and for students at Davis Elementary school, it’s also an easy way to grab a new bicycle. 30 students grades K through second exceeded in attendance and behavior goals for the month of December. Principal Aleysia Abernathy-Alves said the students were entered into the drawing for the new bicycles based on a point system. The points were split between attendance, no tardiness, no checkouts and utilizing conflict resolutions.

The chief psychiatrist for the Ohio prison system says that Alabama fails to spot mental illness in many inmates and lacks the staff to effectively treat those who are diagnosed. Al.com reports that Dr. Kathryn Burns testified Monday as an expert witness on behalf of inmates who sued the state. Burns says the percentage of inmates identified as mentally ill in Alabama — about 14 percent — is about half that seen in other states. She says that suggests many ill prisoners are being missed.

The "Have a Heart for Children" held its annual Christmas party for more than 800 special needs students Monday at a church in Montgomery.  This year marks the organization's 17th year, the Christmas party was held at Frazer United Methodist Church.  Have a Heart for Children Founder, Earnestine Woods, says she is amazed at the organization's growth.  Students were treated to performances and served dinner by community members, elected officials, educators and law enforcement officials.

WVAS thanks listeners that contributed to the 2016 WVAS Yuletide Giving Holiday Toy and Gift Drive benefiting Brantwood Children's Home and Family Promise of Montgomery. Listeners donated new unwrapped toys, gift cards and toiletries. 

Arrest Made in Montgomery Murder

Dec 12, 2016

   Detectives now say it appears an argument led to a fatal shooting on the first day of this month in Montgomery. The homicide occurred on Millard Fuller Road December First when 23 year old Breyuane Sanders was found with a gunshot wound in a vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have now charged 23 year old Demetric Jackson with one count of capital murder in the shooting. He has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. 

Alabama Miscalculated Graduation Rates

Dec 9, 2016

 Alabama's 89 percent graduation rate is not accurate, but it may be months before the correct numbers are revealed. A review of the state's graduation rates by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General shows the state misstated its rates by counting students who received Alabama Occupational Diplomas in its numbers and by not properly overseeing local school systems' awarding of class credits, resulting in some diplomas that weren't honestly earned.

Dannelly Field a Finalist for New Fighter Jet

Dec 8, 2016

The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is one of five Air National Guard units across the country still in the running to become a home base to the F-35A fighter jet. The 187th and Dannelly Field survived the cut from 18 original sites under consideration. According to a statement from the U-S Air Force, two locations will be selected by spring next year. Site survey teams will now visit all five locations that also include installations in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; Detroit, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin.