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Before you select a new restaurant to eat at, or return to your favorite restaurant, you may want to know the recent score. Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 64 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files the report below. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.  

   With demand for aviation and aerospace careers in Alabama taking off the Alabama Community College System has named a new leader for aviation programs in the state. Michael “Mac” McDaniel was announced yesterday as the Director of Aviation Programs with the state’s Community College System. McDaniel brings more than 25 years of experience in aviation maintenance and training to the position.     McDaniel comes to Alabama from ExpressJet Airlines in Atlanta, where he served as general manager of aircraft maintenance training. More than 300 aerospace companies are located in Alabama.

Lodging Tax Increase Fails

Sep 6, 2017

   A lodging tax increase that was supposed to create an influx of one million dollars into the city’s budget failed to pass at last night’s Montgomery City Council meeting. After a discussion of the measure, including pushback from the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association, the vote was 4 to 4 with one abstention. Mayor Todd Strange maintains the lodging tax hike is a fair way to generate revenue. After the lodging tax measure failed, a vote on the budget was delayed until the council’s next meeting on September 19. 

Hurricane Irma Now a Category Five Storm

Sep 5, 2017

   Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm as it approaches the northeast Caribbean on path toward U.S. That is the latest from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Irma's maximum sustained winds increased to 175 mph early this morning. It was centered about 270 miles east of Antigua and moving west at 14 mph. The governor of Florida has already issued a state of emergency for the entire state. Florida residents have been buying up all the bottled water they can find along with other supplies.

Alabama State University will host its inaugural Labor Day Football Classic Weekend, this weekend. The weekend marks the return of one of the oldest HBCU football rivalries, bringing fans and alumni of Alabama State and Tuskegee University to Montgomery. WVAS News Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney shares details about the upcoming game. 

Forecasters say rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey could reach Alabama in coming days.  The National Weather Service says isolated showers and thunderstorms could reach north Alabama by Tuesday night.  High winds and heavy rainfall are possible.  In South Alabama, forecasters say there's an elevated risk of flooding along rivers and creeks starting Tuesday as rain chances increase.  

The four finalists for Alabama State University President are set to be on campus today for interviews and meetings. The candidates will meet with various groups throughout the day like alumni and community members; students, ASU faculty and staff; and the board of trustees. The Presidential Search Committee has an hour scheduled with each candidate for interviews. The four finalists are Dr. Robert Mock – formerly the president of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dr. Willie Larking – former president of Grambling State from 2015 to 2016; Dr.

   The Alabama State University Presidential Search Committee has announced a series of meetings with the finalists for university president. The candidates will meet with various groups at scheduled times throughout the day on Thursday starting at 8am and ending at 4:30pm. The candidates have been identified as Dr. Tony Atwater, Dr. Willie Larkin, Dr. Robert Mock and Dr. Quinton Ross. They will meet with the ASU Board of Trustees, the search committee, faculty/staff, students and alumni, and community members. The four finalists will also be given a tour of the campus. 

Alabama Unemployment Rate Drops in July

Aug 18, 2017

 Alabama's unemployment rate has fallen to 4.5 percent. A news release from the state says the jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percent in July from June. That puts the current rate well below the unemployment rate of one year ago, when it was 5.8 percent. Alabama's jobless rate remains worse than the national rate, which has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. But a statement from Gov. Kay Ivey says there are fewer unemployed people in Alabama than there have been in a decade. The July rate represents about 96,251 unemployed persons in Alabama, down from 100,187 in June.

The city of Birmingham and its mayor are being sued by Alabama's attorney general for obscuring a Confederate monument in a downtown park. Steve Marshall, in a statement, said "The city of Birmingham does not have the right to violate a new law protecting such markers and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit." Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting the removal of historical structures including rebel memorials. Birmingham Mayor William Bell had ordered the city's 52-foot-tall Confederate obelisk in Linn Park Memorial covered with wooden panels.

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