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Body Cameras Arrive in Montgomery

Jul 23, 2015

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is among the latest law enforcement agencies in Alabama to received its first shipment of body cameras.  Sheriff Derrick Cunningham has received his order of 86 body cameras for patrol deputies and correction officers.  He tells the Montgomery Advertiser that he's pleased the six-month wait is over.  Sheriff Cunningham said he researched buying the cameras well before the outcry for more transparency.

A New Report Shows Child Poverty Increasing

Jul 22, 2015

A new report on child welfare suggests that there are more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession.  The latest Kids County Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation say 22 percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008.  In Alabama, 27 percent of children now live in poverty.  Voices for Alabama's Children Director of Policy and Research Rhonda Mann say the state actually dropped from 44th in the nation to 45th in terms of overall child well-being.

Five Qualify in Montgomery Mayoral Race

Jul 22, 2015

Five mayoral candidates and thirty-five candidates for city council seats have now qualified to run in next month's municipal elections.  Tuesday afternoon was last day to submit the required paperwork.  The candidates qualifying for mayor are: incumbent Todd Strange, Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Harris, former Congressman Artur Davis, Montgomery Rescue Mission founder Buena Browder and State school board member Ella Bell.  The only city councilman with no opposition is Glen Pruitt in District 8 and Charles Jinright in District 9.  The Montgomery City election is August 25th.  

Governor Considers Weapons Policy Change

Jul 21, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley wants to put weapons in the hands of Alabama National Guard members when they are in uniform.  He was set to meet with guard leaders Tuesday about changing a policy that prevents military personnel from carrying weapons when they are on domestic bases or on duty in public places.  The action is being taken since the deadly shooting spree at recruiting stations in Chattanooga last week.  At least six other states are also considering putting weapons in the hands of military service personnel.  

Casino Hearing

Jobless Rate Remains Steady in Alabama

Jul 17, 2015

Alabama's unemployment remains steady but is still above the national average.  State officials say the June jobless rate was 6.1 percent, the same as it was in May.  By comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate in June was 5.3 percent.  Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has promised not to accept his salary until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent.  

Broadband Development

Montgomery Cooling Stations Open

Jul 17, 2015

Cooling stations will be open to the pubic at Montgomery municipal facilities through Sunday.  Community centers and libraries throughout the city will be open during normal hours of operation.  Fire stations will be open to the public 24 hours a day as cooling stations.  However, if personnel has to leave, the fire station must be vacated and secured.  There will also be water and blood pressure checks available.  

Firearms and Ammunition

New TV Ad Urges Alabama to Enter Gambling Compact

Jul 16, 2015

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has launched a new television ad urging the state to enter into a gambling compact with the tribe.  The ad features people discussing the state budget crisis.  They say a compact would generate revenue to benefit "you and me" and that, "Poarch can fix this deficit mess."  The commercial debuted this week after legislators began a special session on a projected budget shortfall.  The tribe has said it would like exclusive rights to run gambling in Alabama.  

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  WVAS-FM Senior News Correspondent Marcus Hyles gives his views on various topics. Winner of both AP and Alabama Broadcast Association awards.

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MPD Urges Pedestrian Safety

Jul 16, 2015

The deaths of three pedestrians on Montgomery streets this year has prompted police to urge people to exercise common sense at busy intersections.  Montgomery Police Sgt. Brian Champlin says a pedestrian must remember that drivers are easily distracted.  Sgt. Champlin also says a pedestrian who illegally crosses a street could face a disorderly conduct charge.  

Teenage Suspect

Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug that the state plans to begin using in lethal injections.  The state attorney general's office asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court filing Monday to dismiss a death row inmate's lawsuit claiming the sedative Midazolam is ineffective.  A divided Supreme Court last month ruled 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the same drug can be used in executions without violating the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.