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Alabama Counties Issuing Licenses to Gay Couples

Jun 26, 2015

Some Alabama counties have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.  A supervisor in Mobile County's probate court, Russ Davidson, said the court issued its first same-sex marriage license to two women today after months of refusing to sell marriage licenses to anyone.  Moral Law Foundation Executive Director Matthew Kidd says the ruling dismantles traditional marriage.

ASU Honors the Lives of Church Shooting Victims

Jun 26, 2015

Students, staff and community members gathered  at Alabama State University on Thursday night to honor the lives of the victims of the Charleston church shooting during a candlelight vigil.  During the service, university students read scripture and poetry.  Nine candles were lit as members of the Student Government Association read the names and passed around pictures of the nine victims.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Tax Subsidies

Jun 25, 2015

Another big victory in the Supreme Court for President Barack Obama's health care law.  In a six to three ruling Thursday, the justices upheld the nationwide tax subsidies that help make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.  Alabama Arise is an advocacy group for low-income families.  He hopes the decision will lead to Medicaid expansion for people too poor to qualify for subsidies.  Governor Robert Bentley has so far declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  He was disappointed in the ruling and called it a judicial overstep.  

Veterans Benefits And Health Fair Supermarket

Jun 23, 2015

Montgomery's Crampton Bowl Multiplex will be the location of the 2015 Veterans Benefits and Health Fair Supermarket Wednesday.  Veterans and vendors are invited to attend the free annual benefits fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Montgomery County Veterans Service Officer, Charles McCray advises job seekers to be professionally dressed and bring a resume.  The number to the Montgomery Office of Veterans Affairs is (334) 832-1392.  

Lynch's Birmingham Visit

Unemployment Compensation Law Changes

Jun 23, 2015

Alabama's unemployment compensation law has been changed so that retirement benefits will no longer affect monthly jobless benefits.  Under previous policy, if an employee lost their job and withdrew funds from their pension plan or 401K, their unemployment benefits would be deducted by the amount withdrawn.  The new law will no longer penalize individuals for taking money from their retirement account.  State Representative Napolean Bracy of Prichard sponsored the bill.  Governor Bentley has signed the bill.  It will go into effect September 1st.  

Alabama Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

Jun 19, 2015

Officials say Alabama's unemployment rate is up to 6.1 percent.  The May jobless rate released Friday increased from 5.8 percent in April.  Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, the worst is in rural Wilcox County at 15.6 percent.  

Interstate Shooting

Small Earthquake in West Alabama

Jun 18, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected another small earthquake in western Alabama.  USGS officials say a magnitude 2.1 tremor was reported early yesterday morning and the epicenter was west of Tuscaloosa, between Eutaw and Aliceville.  Dr. Sandy Ebersole with the Geological Survey of Alabama says there have been 15 earthquakes in west Alabama since late November of last year.  She says the tremors could be related to underground faults in that part of the state.  Dr. Ebersole says her office has ruled out surface activity like quarry work or oil and gas production.

Late Spring Heat Wave

Jun 17, 2015

The National Weather Service is urging residents in central and south Alabama to exercise caution because of the extreme heat.  Forecasters have issued a heat advisory for the cities of Tuskegee, Troy, Phenix City and Eufaula.  The hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to produce heat index values exceeding 100 degrees.  Alabama Power is offering tips how to keep your monthly power bill from soaring.  Utility spokesman Mike Jordan says its crucial to keep cool air inside your residence.  More energy saving tips can be found online at Alabamapower.com

Summer Heat Pushing Power Bills Higher

Jun 16, 2015

Alabama residents are bracing for the summer months when power bills skyrocket.  WVAS News talked with Alabama Power about ways to control the cost of cooling one's home.  Spokesman Mike Jordan says ceiling fans are a good place to start.  Other fans, like box fans or oscillating fans, placed in various rooms will also help move the air around.  Jordan says changing out air filters each month and setting the thermostat at about 78 degrees are other power saving tactics.  The company's website, Alabamapower.com has even more information on the topic.