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Montgomery Cooling Stations Open

Jul 17, 2015

Cooling stations will be open to the pubic at Montgomery municipal facilities through Sunday.  Community centers and libraries throughout the city will be open during normal hours of operation.  Fire stations will be open to the public 24 hours a day as cooling stations.  However, if personnel has to leave, the fire station must be vacated and secured.  There will also be water and blood pressure checks available.  

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New TV Ad Urges Alabama to Enter Gambling Compact

Jul 16, 2015

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has launched a new television ad urging the state to enter into a gambling compact with the tribe.  The ad features people discussing the state budget crisis.  They say a compact would generate revenue to benefit "you and me" and that, "Poarch can fix this deficit mess."  The commercial debuted this week after legislators began a special session on a projected budget shortfall.  The tribe has said it would like exclusive rights to run gambling in Alabama.  

Learning Program

  WVAS-FM Senior News Correspondent Marcus Hyles gives his views on various topics. Winner of both AP and Alabama Broadcast Association awards.

Listen to the Hyles Files Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST on 90.7 WVAS-FM. 

MPD Urges Pedestrian Safety

Jul 16, 2015

The deaths of three pedestrians on Montgomery streets this year has prompted police to urge people to exercise common sense at busy intersections.  Montgomery Police Sgt. Brian Champlin says a pedestrian must remember that drivers are easily distracted.  Sgt. Champlin also says a pedestrian who illegally crosses a street could face a disorderly conduct charge.  

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Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug that the state plans to begin using in lethal injections.  The state attorney general's office asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court filing Monday to dismiss a death row inmate's lawsuit claiming the sedative Midazolam is ineffective.  A divided Supreme Court last month ruled 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the same drug can be used in executions without violating the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

State Senator Proposes Unified Budgets

Jul 14, 2015

A state senator wants to see the Education and General fund budgets unified into one, with all earmarks removed from revenue streams.  Republican Paul Bussman of Cullman says he will file legislation to that effect during the special session that resumes in August.  His plan also including spending caps on Medicaid and Corrections, which he says should assure education supporters that a raid on the ETF wouldn't be the end result.  Additionally, the plan would make changes to the Rolling Reserve Act and establish scheduled reviews of state agency spending.  


Jul 14, 2015

The board of trustees of the licensee of WVAS-FM, Alabama State University, will hold committee meetings. More information is available at (334)229-4202.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Friday, January 15, 2016

FULL BOARD MEETING:  Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 1pm

FOUNDER'S DAY CONVOCATION:  Friday, February 5, 2016

ASU SPRING BREAK:  March 20- March 27, 2016

COMMITTEE MEETINGS:  Friday, April 1, 2016

2015 Special Legislative Session

Jul 10, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services.  Bentley says he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction.  Bentley says he believes voters are adamantly opposed to the funding cuts in state parks, Medicaid and mental health that will happen Oct. 1st without new revenue.  

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Montgomery Man Accused of Killing Father

Jul 8, 2015

A Montgomery man is accused of murdering his father.  Police said 26-year-old Antuan Franklin has been charged with murder in connection with last Tuesday's stabbing death of 55-year-old Jimmy Brazzle.  Police said the victim was slain in the 600 block of Buckingham Drive.  According to authorities the fatal stabbing stemmed from an ongoing dispute.  Franklin is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

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Family Gets New Home Following Tragedy

Jul 7, 2015

A west Montgomery community is helping a family who lost two children in a house fire in January.  A groundbreaking was held Monday on Alexander Street.  Jessica Byrd is getting a new house courtesy of Whitehurst Construction Company, businessman William Boyd and others.  In January, a house fire claimed the lives of Byrd's two children, ages 3 and one month old, a third child, a two-year-old suffered severe burns.  Montgomery Fire officials said a toaster oven caused the blaze.  Construction on the new house is expected to take about 90 days to complete.