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11:26am

Fri February 20, 2009
WVAS Local

State Lawmaker Testifies in Fraud Trial

Decatur, Alabama – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Sue Schmitz told jurors in her
fraud trial Thursday that she took a job in the two-year college
system to stay in the teachers' retirement system.
A Democrat from Toney, Schmitz is accused of using her influence
as a legislator to get the job in a program that mentors troubled
teenagers and then rarely showing up for work as she collected
$177,000 over three years.
She told the federal court jury in Decatur that she mentioned

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11:21am

Fri February 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Man Lands Plane in a Cotton Field

Andalusia, Alabama – ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) - A Georgia man escaped injury when he was forced to land his single-engine plane in a cotton field in southeast Alabama.
Covington County, Ala., authorities said a plane piloted by 26-year-old Jonathan Lord of Columbus lost power and went down in the Babbie community.
It happened Thursday afternoon.
Lord suffered minor injuries.
The plane's landing gear was sheared off, but was otherwise
intact.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

11:07am

Fri February 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Birmingham Police Officer Faces Sex-related Charges

Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A fired Birmingham police officer is
facing sex-related charges.
44-year-old Steve Drummer, a 9-year police veteran, was arrested
Thursday night and charged with sodomy and sexual abuse.
Police the charges stem from a complaint filed by a 20-year-old
woman who said she was sexually assaulted Sunday night.
No other details regarding the case was made public.
Drummer was placed in the Jefferson County Jail on $70,000 bond.
Its unclear if he has retained an attorney.

10:45am

Fri February 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Prattville Police Officer Resigns Amid Drug Arrest

Montgomery, Alabama – Former Prattville Police officer Christopher Duane Eldridge is out on bond after being arrested on drug charges.

Montgomery Police say they chased Eldridge along Interstate 85, with Eldridge driving the wrong way, before police officers captured him Wednesday evening. Montgomery Police allege Eldredge possessed crack cocaine at the time of his arrest, and officers had to use a Taser on Eldridge during the arrest.

Eldridge is charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

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10:15am

Fri February 20, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call us at 334-229-4783.

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10:18am

Thu February 19, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

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

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9:26am

Wed February 18, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call the newsroom at 334-229-4783.

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10:14am

Tue February 17, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call 334-229-4783.

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8:37am

Tue February 17, 2009
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Mayoral Candidates Square off in Public Forums

Montgomery, Alabama – The men who would be mayor of Montgomery will be busy with two different debates scheduled for tonight.

One mayoral debate is scheduled to be held at the McIntyre Community Center from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Another debate is scheduled at Flowers Hall at Huntingdon College tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Looking ahead to Thursday night, a debate is scheduled at First Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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9:47am

Mon February 16, 2009
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Alabama's Secretary of State Ponders Race for Lt. Governor

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Secretary of State Beth Chapman says
she's seriously considering running for lieutenant governor in
2010.
Chapman says she will make a decision by June 1 on whether to
enter the Republican race. If she doesn't, she says she will seek a
second term as secretary of state.
The former chairman of the political science department at the
University of Alabama, William Stewart, says Chapman would be a
formidable candidate because of her experience in state government

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