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Alabama War Memorial Being Restored

Nov 2, 2016

With Veterans Day right around the corner, the American Legion Department of Alabama is spreading the message of its upcoming renovation plans of the Alabama War Memorial. The historical shrine dates back to 50 years ago and it’s dedicated to Alabama veterans including Alabamians awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. A few years back unfortunately the property was vandalized. Department Junior Vice Commander, Leroy Davis Jr.  says he hopes that renovations will re-ignite the interest for guests to visit again.

   Alabama State University has received a supplemental award of 90-thousand dollars from the National Science Foundation. The funds will allow researchers at ASU to continue their cutting-edge work in tissue regeneration with a specific focus on the anterior cruciate ligament. The research could eventually be used to help injured soldiers or accident and burn victims, according to principle investigator Derrick Dean. The project is a collaborative effort between several academic disciplines, including faculty and students in the chemistry and biology departments.

Four People Killed in Area Accidents

Oct 31, 2016

   Saturday was a deadly day on the highways in this area with three fatal accidents. In Pike County, a single vehicle wreck took the life of a Grady man. State Troopers report that 35 year old Marcus T. Barnes was driving a pickup on Pike County Road 1101 when it left the roadway and struck a tree. Barnes was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead on the scene. Troopers say speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash. The accident occurred around 10 miles north of Troy.

Hornets Ready for the 75th Magic City Classic

Oct 28, 2016

More than 70,000 fans are expected to flood Birmingham this Saturday for the 75th anniversary of the Magic City Classic. The game, which is a historic rivalry between in-state institutions Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University, is also important for the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings. The Hornets and Bulldogs both travel to Birmingham, each with an overall record of 2-5. At a press conference ahead of the contest, ASU Head Coach Brian Jenkins shared his thoughts of Alabama A&M.

Body Found in Montgomery County Identified

Oct 28, 2016

   The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a homicide. Authorities told news outlets that a man’s body was found yesterday in the 57-hundred block of Mt. Zion road. A county maintenance crew apparently discovered the body. The man has been identified as 38 year old Antonio Washington of Montgomery. An autopsy is being conducted to determine a cause of death. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.

Beef Day honors Local Law Enforcement

Oct 27, 2016

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association hosted “Beef Day” during an outdoor luncheon at the State Farmer’s Market today. While celebrating Alabama’s agriculture, organizers took time out to recognize the Montgomery County first responders and law enforcement officials for their service. ACA Vice-President Dr. Billy Powell says today was an opportunity for the organization to say thank you. The steak-sandwich luncheon was one of the numerous events that the agriculture department and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association have been holding to celebrate October as Beef Month.

A legal clinic for veterans was held Thursday at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery.  Representatives from the Jones School of Law and the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office advised veterans and their families on civil and criminal matters at no charge.  Organizers of the Veterans Civil Legal Assistance Clinic say there are plans to conduct more clinics in the near future.  

Formal Demand for Governor Robert Bentley to Testify

Oct 27, 2016

   An impeachment committee is demanding that Gov. Robert Bentley testify under oath. The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that it sent a formal demand for the governor to provide deposition-like testimony to the committee's special counsel on Nov. 9. Committee Chairman Mike Jones said the committee wants a, "clear, truthful record from the governor and his staff" and he looked forward to the governor's cooperation. The committee is investigating if Bentley committed any impeachable offenses.

Two Arrests Made in Crenshaw County Murder

Oct 26, 2016

   Authorities have made two arrests in a fatal shooting in Crenshaw County.  A release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency indicates that two Lapine men have been charged with murder in the death of 33 year old George Michael Watson of Carbon Hill.  They have been identified as 19 year old Eddie Joe Flowers and 18 year old Adam Durand Gregory. The teenagers were taken into custody shortly after police arrived on the scene of the shooting Monday on Upper Panola Road. Bond has been set at $1 million for each individual.

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford delivered his final State of the City Address.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.  WVAS News spoke to Ford about his experience in office and his expectations for the next chapter in his life.  Ford says he will work to revitalize historic neighborhoods surrounding Lake Tuskegee and plans to add author to his name with an upcoming book release.