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8:36am

Wed January 21, 2009
WVAS Local

Obama Inauguration Celebrated Statewide

Montgomery, Alabama – Inauguration brings joy to Ala. civil rights sites

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7:39am

Tue January 20, 2009
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Two more enter race for Mayor of Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama – Two more candidates have announced plans to run for Mayor of Montgomery.

Mayoral Assistant, Michael Briddell, announced plans Monday to seek the job held by his former supervisor, Bobby Bright.

Montgomery Police officer Jay King announced his campaign for the position.


So far, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Todd Strange is the only candidate who has filed qualifying papers with the Montgomery Election Center. January 27th is the last day to qualify to run for mayor of Montgomery.

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8:53am

Fri January 16, 2009
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Alabama Department of Corrections Officials Say Prisons are Dangerously Overcrowded

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Department of Corrections
Commissioner Richard Allen has told legislators state prisons are
extremely overcrowded and understaffed.
Allen said Thursday if his budget is cut in the coming fiscal
year because of the recession, the situation will become more
critical.
Gov. Bob Riley has ordered most state agencies to cut their
budgets by 10 percent for the current fiscal year. But Riley said
he didn't impose that on corrections because of its problems.

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8:50am

Fri January 16, 2009
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Montgomery Police Officer Injured in Traffic Accident

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery Police officer is hospitalized, at last report in serious condition, following a traffic accident Thursday night.

Police say the unidentified officer was struck when a driver in a late model Pontiac made a left turn without yielding,striking the police officer's cruiser and forcing it to collide with a utility pole.

The accident occurred on Virginia Loop at the Troy Highway. The injured officer's name has not been released.

8:24am

Wed January 14, 2009
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Forecasters warn residents to bundle up as some of the coldest weather since January 2008 is on the horizon.

Montgomery, Alabama – The National Weather Service has issued a "hard freeze" warning for the state today as extremely cold weather moves into the state. National Weather Service Forecaster Jason Wright in Birmingham says we will notice the change in the weather beginning Thursday night. Temperatures are expected to dip down to 15 degrees. The system will linger through the weekend. Wright says Montgomery hasn't seen such cold weather since January 2008.

8:18am

Wed January 14, 2009
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Budget Woes Could Mean School Closures

Montgomery, Alabama –
The Montgomery County Board of Education is considering closing four schools in the system.

The schools under consideration are Pintlala Elementary, Patterson Elementary, Hayneville Road Elementary, and Houston Hill Junior High School.

Officials say a final decision will be made next month, but the board will hold three public meetings to discuss the matter. The first meeting will be held January 21st.

Officials point to money woes as the reason the closings are being considered.

8:44am

Tue January 13, 2009

8:33am

Tue January 13, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

January 13,2009 – Listen,now, to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom.

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8:25am

Tue January 13, 2009
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Budget Woes Deepen for Alabama

January 13,2009 – As state lawmakers prepare to hold legislative budget hearings beginning today, the Legislative Fiscal Office says the budget out-look for next fiscal year is worse than this year's fiscal spending outlook.

It appears lawmakers will need to trim the Education budget by $360 million because of declining tax revenue. The next fiscal year will also see cuts of $341 million.

It would total more than $700 million being cut from the Education budget within two years.

8:40am

Mon January 12, 2009
WVAS Local

Unemployment Compensation Recipients can get tax documents online

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabamians who have received
unemployment compensation benefits during the past year can now
visit the Web site of the state Department of Industrial Relations
to get the documentation needed for filing federal income tax
returns.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the Web
site (http://www.dir.alabama.gov) should provide more convenient
access and make filing a tax return a little easier.
The tax forms are password protected and must be accessed with a

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