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This Saturday a symposium aimed at reducing health disparities will be held in Montgomery.  One Humanity LLC, an organization focused on positive social change through education and economic development will be hosting the event; founder Robert Jackson says the conference will center around identifying better health practices and developing new plans.  The theme is "Developing a Faith and Community based plan to address Health Disparities."  The conference will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Business Center at 600 South Court Street.

Greenville Police Chief Retires

Nov 10, 2016

Lonzo Ingram is retiring after 45 years in law enforcement, the last 32 as Greenville's police chief. Ingram says he had been thinking about it for a few months and finally decided it was time. Ingram officially retires Jan. 1 but his last day was Friday. He took over as Greenville's police chief in March 1985. During his time as chief, Ingram lost an officer in the line of duty in 1994 and during the late 90's he worked another case involving the brutal slaying of a high school senior.

Donald Trumps Scores Stunning Victory

Nov 9, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to unify a deeply divided nation, having scored a stunning victory backed by extraordinary support from working-class America. Trump claimed victories in the nation's premier battleground states, but his appeal across the industrial Midwest — especially Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — sealed a victory that defied pre-election polls and every expectation of the political establishment.

It is Election Day

Nov 8, 2016

It is Election Day in the United States. Here in Alabama Donald Trump is expected to win. The state has gone Republican in every presidential election since voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states since securing their respective party nominations. Following in their paths, volunteers from both parties have been dispatched to campaign in neighboring Florida where the race is considerably tighter.

The city of Tuskegee welcomed its new mayor Monday; dozens of community leaders, elected officials and supporters attended the inauguration of Lawrence “Tony” Haygood.  Haygood garnered 62 percent of the vote, unseating long-time Mayor Johnny Ford.  Mayor Lawrence Haygood tells WVAS News he is ready to get to work.  New members of the Tuskegee City Council and the Utilities Board were also sworn-in.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex Plaza. 

   Hats off to the Alabama State University women’s soccer team for their first ever SWAC Championship.     The Lady Hornets won their tenth consecutive match Sunday  defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 to 1 to claim the title. The team now will watch the NCAA Women’s Soccer Division I selection show today at 3:30 p.m. to hear their name called. A viewing party starts at 2:30 on campus in Ballroom A of the Student Center. It is free, though seating is limited.

Gasoline Pipeline Restarted Sunday

Nov 7, 2016

     The company that owns a gasoline pipeline that exploded in Alabama last week says the pipeline is back in service. Colonial Pipeline Co. says service was restarted at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

Pipeline to Restart Sunday

Nov 4, 2016

   Colonial Pipeline company says its main gasoline line is projected to restart Sunday afternoon, about six days after an explosion that killed one worker and injured four others. The company made the announcement on its response web site last night. If that timeframe holds up, the stoppage in the transport of gasoline will only be half as long as the September shutdown when a leak in the pipeline was discovered. That outage led to fuel supply disruptions, including price increases and gas shortages throughout parts of the Southeast.

Montgomery Police Department welcomes new officers

Nov 3, 2016

The Montgomery Police Department welcomed 18 new officers into the department during the graduation ceremony for Class 2016-B. The class members successfully completed 20 weeks of training at the Montgomery Police Academy. Academy Staff Instructor, Thornton Phiester says the new officers have gone through a complete transformation. “We’ve changed brand new citizens into becoming police officers and their entire thought process has changed.”  Newly minted officer, Quintarus Brooks, says joining MPD is his calling.

The faith community is responding to the news of an historic African-American church in Mississippi being vandalized by a presumed Trump supporter or supporters.  Reports say the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and vandalized with a "Vote Trump" scrawled across building.  WVAS News spoke with Montgomery's Pastor Terry Ellison of New Life Baptist Church about the incident; Ellison says forgiveness should be the initial step.  News outlets report the fire damaged the sanctuary of the 111-year old church.  

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