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10:18am

Tue September 2, 2014
WVAS Local

Three Fatal Shootings in Montgomery

It was a busy Labor Day weekend for homicide detectives in Montgomery.  Three fatal shootings, all occurring between early Saturday and Saturday night, remain under investigation.  Sheriff's officials say a suspect is in jail in connection with the robbery-slaying in the Waugh community.  27-year-old Ballard Reynolds was shot about 7 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Marler Road and St.

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4:34pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Labor Day Holiday Gas Prices

Motorists can expect to see lower prices at the pump over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  AAA of Alabama reports the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.20.  That's 14 cents less than at the same time last year.  Birmingham has the state's most expensive gas at $3.23 a gallon for regular.  Tuscaloosa is cheapest at $3.13. 

Hey Neighbor

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10:07am

Fri August 29, 2014
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Alabama State Capitol Arrests

Seven people who are participating in a week long protest at the Alabama State Capitol were arrested late Thursday afternoon after they refused to leave the building during a protest over an expansion of Medicaid in the state.  A spokesman for the Alabama law enforcement agency said officers made numerous request for the group to leave when the building closed at 5 p.m.

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5:39pm

Thu August 28, 2014
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Alabama Drought

Drought is quickly spreading across Alabama.  Statistics show about two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry and about 10 percent of the state is in a moderate drought.  State climatologist John Christy says things could improve since rain chances increase this weekend. 

Stand Down Event

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7:00pm

Wed August 27, 2014
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Alabama Shows Improvement on AP Tests

Governor Robert Bentley and State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice Wednesday talked about Alabama's notable improvement on Advance Placement tests over the last six years.  According to a study by the A+Education Partnership Alabama led the nation for percentage growth of students achieving qualifying scores on AP tests in math, science and English.  The state's increase was 136 percent compared to the national rate of 49 percent.  For the current school year, the AP Initiative is in 118 schools in 54 districts.  Dr.

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9:58am

Wed August 27, 2014
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Montgomery Settles Debtors Prison Lawsuit

The city of Montgomery is settling federal lawsuits that accuse it of wrongfully jailing people who can't pay fines.  The Southern Poverty Law center represents two people involved in the suits and calls the agreement a victory for low-income residents.  The settlement results from lawsuits filed by people who were jailed for accumulating thousands of dollars of unpaid court fines and fees.  The suit claims the practice of jailing debtors violates a past U.S.

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6:41pm

Tue August 26, 2014
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Teenage Sleep Debt

Recent studies have shown that teenagers are not getting enough sleep, which can affect their health, grades, driving ability and mood.  The American Academy of Pediatrics is citing that research in its new policy statement recommending later start times for middle schools and high schools.  WVAS News spoke to Elmore County Schools Superintendent Jeff Langham about the report.  Dr.

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10:17am

Tue August 26, 2014
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Historic Apartment Vandalized

An apartment where civil rights icon Rosa Parks once lived was ransacked and vandalized sometime over the weekend.  According to Montgomery Police, the apartment was among several units that were vandalized between late Friday night and early Monday morning.  The apartments are located in the Cleveland Housing Community on Rosa Parks Avenue.  Police believe the thieves were looking for cooper to re-sell.  Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information in the case.  In 2001, Rosa Parks' apartment was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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6:14pm

Mon August 25, 2014
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Alabama Drone Task Force

Governor Robert Bentley last week announced the formation of the Alabama Drone Task Force.  The Alabama Farmers Federation is applauding the move.  The Director of National Legislative Programs for ALFA Mitt Walker says the technology allows farmers to collect real-time data.  For now, the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles is illegal, but the Federal Aviation Administration is set to release new rules on drones in 2015.  The governor's task force will study the requirements for drone operations and the process for FAA approval and then formulate a plan for Alabama. 

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10:03am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Missing Millbrook Woman Found Dead

A missing person's case out of Millbrook has turned into a homicide investigation.  Millbrook Police have arrested the son of a missing woman and charged him with murder.  Authorities say 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton of Millbrook is charged with killing his 49-year-old mother, Anita Washington.  Millbrook Police Chief P.K.

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