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Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A survey of 109 businesses by the
Alabama Retail Association finds that 57 percent saw a decrease in
sales for November and December when compared to the same two
months a year ago.
Retail Association spokeswoman Nancy Dennis says 27 percent
reported an increase and 16 percent reported sales stayed about the
Dennis says increases were reported by most in the grocery,
electronic and alcoholic beverages categories. Most of those in the
clothing category reported a decline.

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor says he is not planning to run for Mayor of Montgomery, instead, Baylor says he has been approached about a possible appointment as United States Marshall for the Middle District of Alabama. Baylor says that while he is happy with his current job, he is honored to be considered to receive an appointment by the President of the United States. Baylor has been chief of police since 2004, and he has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience.

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government's tax collections for
the first three months of the fiscal year are running nearly 6
percent behind the same months last year.
The state Revenue Department reports that Alabama took in more
than $2.1 billion in taxes for October, November and December.
That's about $120 million less than the same months a year ago.
Much of the drop is due to declines in sales taxes and corporate
income taxes, which support public education.

Montgomery, Alabama – Hyundai Motors Manufacturing is struggling with declining sales. The Montgomery plant reports December 2008 sales were down over 48 percent in comparison with December 2007 figures.

In an attempt to boost sales, Hyundai is out with a new program aimed at encouraging people to buy Hyundai vehicles. It's called the Hyundai Assurance Program, and it basically allows people who are leasing or buying a Hyundai financed vehicles to return them - if they fall on hard economic times.

january 7,2009 –

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn has named Trooper Taylor assistant
head coach in charge of wide receivers. Taylor was Oklahoma State's
co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach last season. Auburn
coach Gene Chizik says Taylor is familiar with the Southeastern
Conference and is a tremendous recruiter.

January 5,2009 – The Montgomery City Council meets tonight, no doubt declining sales tax revenues will be on the minds of Council members.

Sales tax collections in the capital city for November 2008 were down 14 percent from November 2007 figures. The decline in sales tax revenue means the city will have less to spend on city government functions.

City Council President Charles Jinright has been sworn in as interim mayor. Jinright says that budget adjustments are likely.

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - National Weather Service meteorologists
urge Alabamians to monitor weather conditions today.
A large storm system will move across the state in front of an
approaching cold front.
Meteorologists said the system has the potential to spawn severe
thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong gusty winds.
Isolated tornadoes are also possible.
Numerous flood watches and flood warnings have also been issued
for much of the state.

January 6,2009 – Stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom:

Bobby Bright resigns as Mayor of Montgomery as he prepares to be sworn in as Alabama's Second l District Congressman.

Sales tax collections are down in the Capital City. Figures show sales tax collections in Montgomery for November 2008 were down 14 percent from November 2007.

Severe weather is a concern around the state as unseasonably warm temperatures are recorded statewide.

Montgomery, Alabama – (Montgomery,AL) Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright made it official; he handed in his resignation effective just before midnight on January 5th.

Bright is leaving the job that he has held for nine years to serve as Alabama's 2nd District Congressman in the United States House of Representatives.

Bright wrote in his letter of resignation,"When first becoming mayor of Montgomery, my gaol was to leave it in better shape than I found it. We have been successful with that endeavor".