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January 8,2009 – Montgomery City Councilman Willie Cook is running for Mayor of Montgomery. Cook, who represents district six, so far, is the only city councilman announcing interest in running for the position.

Montgomery Resident John Down announced his candidacy Wednesday. Qualifying for the race begins January 13th with the special election scheduled for March 10th.

January 8,2009 – A west Alabama family is morning the loss of a woman and her infant son. The two were killed Tuesday when flood waters swept away their vehicle in the town of Reform in Pickens County.

Investigators say -27- year old Chrystal Vaughn and her 18 month old son were traveling on a rural road when a culvert burst and swept her vehicle downstream.

Drenching rains on Monday and Tuesday prompted a series of flash flood warnings in several West Alabama counties.

Jan. 8,2009 – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State officials say traffic fatalities
on Alabama's rural roads dropped to their lowest level in 23 years
in 2008 due to stricter enforcement, new safety features on roads
and less driving by motorists due to soaring gas prices. Gov. Riley
says state troopers recorded 633 fatal accidents on rural roads in
2008. That's down 17 percent from last year.

Decatur, AL – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - An affidavit says Decatur police Sgt. Faron
White is accused of taking about $70,000 from a safe containing
confiscated drug money before he flew off to Las Vegas after trying
to fake his own abduction.
The affidavit was filed Tuesday by Morgan County authorities in
support of the arrest warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Richardson. She
is accused of helping White stage his disappearance.
The affidavit given by Decatur Sgt. Richard Archer says
Richardson was aware that White had stolen about $70,000 and on

Decatur, Alabama – In north Alabama, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Barlett is in the county lockup for failing to adequately feed inmates.

Federal Judge U.W. Clemon ordered Bartlett's arrest after the sheriff testified Wednesday that he legally kept about 212 thousand dollars over the past three years with surplus meal money for inmates, but the sheriff testified the inmates were properly fed.

January 8,2009 – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the release
of an Alabama sheriff he locked up for purposely feeding inmates
skimpy meals so he could make money off the jail kitchen.
U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon issued a brief order Thursday
saying Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett could be freed based on
promises from his lawyer, who presented the court with a plan for
improving the jailhouse meals.
The sheriff's whereabouts weren't immediately clear. But Clemon

Jan.7,2009 –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The new year has arrived and that
signals the start of the tax-filing season.
The Internal Revenue Service Tuesday announced new steps to help
financially strapped taxpayers meet their tax obligations.
The agency is offering to waive late penalties, negotiate new
payment plans and postpone asset seizures for delinquent taxpayers.
Taxpayers can begin filing tax returns electronically on Jan.
To help explain the leniency program, the IRS has posted answers

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen now to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom.

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Parts of Alabama are dealing with flood waters because of heavy rainfall overnight.
Flood warnings have been posted for small streams in Lawrence,
DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Limestone, Marshall, Cullman and Morgan
Flooding is also a concern for the Black Warrior and Tombigee
Several counties report storm damage from Tuesday's severe
weather. They include Calhoun, Shelby and St. Clair counties where
possible funnel clouds damaged structures and snapped trees.

Selma, Alabama –

Plans are underway for a town hall meeting this evening in Selma. Organizers hope to receive input from residents in the Dallas County town about the most pressing issues facing them. State Senator Hank Sanders says he hopes to hear ideas on how to best use resources during these tough economic times.

Selma's town hall meeting will be held at the Dallas County Courthouse annex in the commission chambers beginning at 6 o'clock.