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Wed July 1, 2009
WVAS Local

Jury Recommends Life in Prison in Elmore County Murder

Millbrook, Alabama – An Elmore county jury is recommending life in prison without parole for the man convicted of killing a man in the parking lot of the WalMart in Millbrook.

20-year-old Calvin McMillan will go before a judge for sentencing in August.

The judge can either accept the jury's recommendation or override it. McMillan was convicted of shooting to death 23 year old Bryan Martin in 2007.


Wed July 1, 2009
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Homicides Increase in Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama –
The latest figures concerning violent crime in Montgomery are out, and those numbers are disheartening.

Montgomery Police say that during the first half of 2009 there have been 19 murders committed in the capital city; that's compared to 2008 when 22 people were murdered in the capital city.

Police say that in each of the murders committed so far this year, the victims and the perpetrators knew each other.


Tue June 30, 2009
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Millions Bid in Petroleum Leases off Alabama's Coast

New Orleans, Lousiana –
(AP) - The federal government has accepted $690.2
million in high bids for 328 offshore petroleum leases off the
coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Seventy energy companies submitted 476 bids on 348 tracts in
March's sale of leases in the Central Gulf of Mexico by the federal
Minerals Management service.
The MMS says it rejected high bids of $12.8 million on 19 tracts
because the bids did not reach fair market value.
The single highest bid was $65.6 million by Shell Gulf of Mexico

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Tue June 30, 2009
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Economic Talks in Selma Today

Montgomery, Alabama – Some residents in Alabama's Black Belt region today will get a helping hand setting up and operating their own businesses.

The Small Business Resource Fair will be held at the Hank Sanders Technology Center from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. today.

Also in Selma, Alabama Congressman Artur Davis will hold a special meeting this afternoon focusing on the progress of economic stimulus efforts in the district.

That meeting will be held at the Selma Public Library beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Tue June 30, 2009
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Local Archivist Recognized by Authors

Montgomery,Alabama – A Montgomery resident is being recognized for her life's work in a new book titled "African American National Biography,Volume 6".

Dr. Gwen Patton says she is elated to learn that she has been included int he book featuring many civil rights activists. Dr. Patton recently shared with WVAS some of her recollections of her work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the form of the Poor People's Campaign.

Dr. Patton remains true to her work as an activist by recently serving on the Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail Advisory Council.

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Mon June 29, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom.


Mon June 29, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom.


Mon June 29, 2009
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Boy Dies After Father's Day Attack

Worchester, Massachusettes – (AP) - A 7-year-old boy who authorities say was
severely beaten by his dad on Father's Day in Massachusetts has
A nursing supervisor at UMass Memorial Medical Center says
Nathaniel Turner was removed from a ventilator early Saturday
morning at the hospital.
He was declared brain dead Tuesday after his father, Leslie
Schuler, allegedly slammed his head against a wall so hard on
Father's Day that it left a dent in a wall at Schuler's home in

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Mon June 29, 2009
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Montgomery Prepares for July 4th Celebrations

Montgomery, Alabama –

The City of Montgomery is planning a three-day celebration leading up to the 4th of July.

Festivities are set to begin Thursday evening at 6:30 at the Harriott II Riverboat.

Portions of downtown Montgomery will be blocked off for activities including train rides, concerts and free skating at the Montgomery Skate Park.

The event will wrap up with the annual 4th of July riverfront celebration - fireworks show.


Tue June 23, 2009
WVAS Local

Confederate Money Found in a North Alabama County Courthouse

Decatur, Alabama – (AP) - Officials in one Alabama county believe they've solved a mystery dating back to the Civil War.
Morgan County archivist John Allison recently discovered $493 in
mostly uncirculated Confederate currency in a county vault. Some of
the serial numbers were in sequence, making it appear the money
came straight from the Confederate Congress.
Allison said he now believes the money was placed in a court
file to settle the estate of a slave owner. The man died a year

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