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8:17am

Mon January 26, 2009
WVAS Local

MPD Mourns Loss of Police Officer

Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery Police Officer injured in a traffic accident almost two weeks ago has died. Officer Joshua Patrick Broadway died Sunday afternoon.

The 21 year old Broadway had served as a Montgomery police officer for just two years. On January 15th, Broadway was on patrol traveling South on the Troy Highway when a northbound vehicle took a sudden left toward Virginia Loop Road striking Broadway's police cruiser and wrapping it around a utility pole.

The driver of the other vehicle was not identified and was not injured.

9:59am

Fri January 23, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Man Arrested Recently in Huntsville Murders Served time for 1998 Shooting Death in Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery man facing double murder charges in Huntsville is not new to charges of committing violent crime.

Huntsville Police are holding 28 year old Wilbert James Smith for allegedly killing two male college students in August 2008.

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9:11am

Fri January 23, 2009
WVAS Local

Commemorative Items for Ticket Holders Who Never Made It To the Inauguration

Washington, D.C. –
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ticket holders who never made it to Barack
Obama's inauguration are going to get a few commemorative items.
Thousands of ticket holders were kept waiting in a tunnel below
the National Mall on Tuesday and never made it to the ceremony.
Others said access to the Capitol grounds was cut off.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said
that those with blue, silver and purple tickets who didn't make it
will receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and program,

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8:24am

Fri January 23, 2009
WVAS Local

The State Personnel Board Considers Using Furlough During Budget Crunch

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government may use employee
furloughs to cope with budget cuts.
The State Personnel Board has scheduled a public hearing March
11 to discuss implementing a furlough plan. If approved, it would
allow a state employee to be furloughed up to two days per month
without pay. But the employee would keep health insurance and other
benefits.
State Personnel Director Jackie Graham says furloughs could be
an option for department heads trying to avoid layoffs. She says

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12:37am

Fri January 23, 2009
WVAS Local

State Lawmakers Support Removing State Sales Tax on Food

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Associated Press survey of Alabama
legislators finds strong support for removing the state sales tax
on groceries, but sharp division over how to do it.
The House Democratic Caucus has made removal of the grocery tax
a priority for the legislative session beginning Feb. 3.
An AP survey found that 63 percent of House members responding
and 70 percent of senators responding favored one of two plans to
eliminate the 4 percent grocery tax. The rest of the Legislature

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9:40am

Thu January 22, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Here are some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom. Send your news tips to Tana Shealey at tshealey@alasu.edu.

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9:13am

Thu January 22, 2009
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Tennessee company recalls peanut butter candies

Sweetwater, Tennessee –
SWEETWATER, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee candy company is recalling
1,400 pounds of candy as a part of a national salmonella outbreak
involving peanut butter.
Blanton's Candies of Sweetwater announced Wednesday the recall
of Blanton's Peanut Butter Sticks that were distributed in
Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
The sticks are packaged in 8-ounce cellophane bags.
The company said they are recalling the candy because the peanut

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7:41am

Thu January 22, 2009
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A Guilty Verdict in the Corruption Trial of a State Senator

Birmingham, Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal court jury in Birmingham has
convicted state Sen. E.B. McClain and Jefferson County minister
Samuel Pettagrue on all charges in a corruption case.
The jury returned the guilty verdict on all 48 counts late this
afternoon.
McClain is a six-term legislator, but he will forfeit his office
because of the conviction. The governor will have to schedule a
special election to fill it.
Prosecutors said Pettagrue accepted nearly $760,000 in state

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9:21am

Wed January 21, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen,now, to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom. Submit your news tips and story ideas to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu.

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8:52am

Wed January 21, 2009
WVAS Local

The Federal Corruption Trial of a State Senator Could Go to The Jury Today

Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Testimony has concluded in the federal
corruption trial of state Sen. E.B. McClain of Birmingham and a
minister.
McClain's defense rested Tuesday without calling any witnesses.
Earlier, the wife of the lawmaker's co-defendant, the Rev. Samuel
Pettagrue, testified that her husband always wanted to help the
community with outreach programs.
Prosecutors say Pettagrue accepted about $760,000 in state grant
money obtained by McClain and then gave the lawmaker more than

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