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WVAS Town Hall and Block Party All Set

Jul 11, 2016

The "Taking It To The Streets" town hall and block party is set for Wednesday in Montgomery. The free event features a mix of city officials, community leaders and members of law enforcement. There will also be a question and answer session. WVAS-FM is hosting the event along with partners 97.9 JAMZ, That's My Dog restaurant and the Public Safety Department at Alabama State University. The anti-violence forum is being held at the corner of West Jeff Davis Avenue and Pleasant Avenue. The town hall begins at 6pm with the block party to follow.

Alabama Abortion Laws Face Challenge

Jul 11, 2016

Lawyers for abortion providers have asked a federal judge to block new Alabama laws that ban abortion clinics near schools as well as the procedure most commonly used in the second trimester.  Earlier this year state lawmakers approved legislation banning abortion clinics within two-thousand feet of a K-8 public school. They also banned an abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the restrictions as an undue burden on abortion access.

Domestic Violence Leads to Police Standoff

Jul 11, 2016

Randolph County authorities say a domestic disturbance led to a standoff with police and eventually the death of the suspect. Deputies were called to a trailer on County Road 7 where the suspect was reportedly holding a hostage. The man exchanged gunfire with police and wounded a Randolph County Deputy. Authorities say the suspect, identified as 76 year old Eli Lee of Wedowee, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The deputy was taken to UAB where he is said to be recovering.  No one else was hurt. 

Authorities say Alabama officers shot and killed a man who shot his girlfriend during a domestic dispute and fired at police when they arrived.  Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says the man shot his girlfriend in front of her children because "he felt like she came home too late."  Jackson say both the man and the officer who fired are African-American.  

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard will spend time behind bars for his felony ethics convictions.  Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker handed down his sentence Friday.  Hubbard was sentenced to four years in prison and eight years on probation.  Hubbard will be required to pay $210,000 in fines, plus court costs and payments to the Crime Victims' Compensation fund.  

Montgomery city and county elected officials along with community leaders held a prayer vigil Friday to show support of law enforcement including the Dallas Police Department.  The event was held at First Baptist Church on North Ripley Street in Montgomery.  Guest speakers included Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery County Commissioner Elton Dean and Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.  

A prison spokesman says an Alabama corrections officer has been arrested for trying to smuggle contraband into St. Clair Correctional Facility.  A prison official said 23-year-old Deandre Price was arrested Tuesday.  He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and promoting contraband within a state correctional facility.  

It's been a deadly week on Alabama's highways.  We have already reported on eight accidents from the July Fourth weekend and then two others that occurred Tuesday.  Now, another traffic fatality is being reported by authorities, this time in Russell County.  The single vehicle crash happened Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 80 about four miles east of Phenix City.  State Troopers says 30-year-old Victoria Dawn Mcintosh of Phenix City was killed when the SUV she was driving ran off the road and overturned.

A major road improvement projects kickrd off Wednesday on West Fairview Avenue in Montgomery.  The work will stretch from I-65 to Air Base Boulevard.  Public Information Director for the city Michael Briddell says the project encompasses three phases.  The repaving portion of the project is expected to be complete by August 10th, but the installation of new signals won't begin until late fall.  The entire undertaking will cost nearly $1.4 million and is being funded by the Alabama Transportation and Improvement Program or ATRIP.  

The Montgomery Zoo will debut its latest addition today.  A young pygmy hippopotamus is going on display for the first time after its birth at the zoo in early April.  Officials say a new exhibit has been constructed in the South America Realm for the male calf and its mother.  A zoo release states that the pygmy hippo birth is significant because males are after born in captivity.  Though pygmy hippos share the same general form as the hippopotamus, they grow to approximately half the height and one quarter of the weight of their larger cousins.