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NPR Music is bringing back their Tiny Desk contest, asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

The contest will be sponsored for the second year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

Roby Hosts CAVHCS Meeting

Jan 22, 2016

Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby met Thursday with leaders of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System to discuss the possibility of creating a Veteran Community Health Care Network.  Roby has long advocated for more local, private care options for veteran patients.  She says contracting services with network hospitals could alleviate some of the system's most pressing issues.  Both Veterans Affairs representatives and state hospital officials were upbeat about the talks.  Plans for future meetings are already underway.  

Judge Wiggins Responds to Censure

Jan 22, 2016

A state panel has publicly censured an Alabama judge who told criminal defendants who couldn't pay their fines to either donate blood or go to jail.  Documents show the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled Thursday that Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins violated judicial canons with his remarks in Perry County last September.  Wiggins told WVAS News that he accepts responsibility for his actions.  The court's decision notes that 41 people with cases on the judge's docket gave blood after his comments.  A mobile blood bank was parked outside the courthouse at the time.  

Brooks' Execution

Jan 22, 2016

A man convicted of the 1992 rape and beating death of a woman has been put to death in Alabama's first execution in more than two years.  Authorities say 43-year-old Christopher Eugene Brooks received a lethal injection last night in a procedure starting at 6:06 p.m. local time Thursday at a state prison in Atmore.  Corrections Department spokesman Bob Horton says Brooks was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m.  Brooks was condemned for the slaying of 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell on New Year's Eve of that year.

Investigation continues into Two Deadly Accidents

Jan 22, 2016

Accidents in the tri-county area Thursday claimed two lives.  Around 8:45 Thursday morning two vehicles collided at the corner of Atlanta Highway and Taylor Road.  A passenger in one of the cars was killed.  She's been identified by police as 77-year-old Jeanette Alcorn of Montgomery.  A driver also received life-threatening injuries, but that person's name has been released.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of both the crashes.  

Remembering Sam Cooke On WVAS-FM

Jan 21, 2016

Sam Cooke would have been celebrating his 85th birthday this weekend. As a commemorative tribute to his milestone, we will be broadcasting a one hour radio special, Sam Cooke: Bring It On Home To Me on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. after The Cool Jazz Countdown. This music intense documentary looks back at Sam Cooke through his life and his songs; featuring music from his gospel roots to his upbeat classic hits. The program also features stories by his protege Bobby Womack, Sam's brother L.C. Cooke and countless others. Be sure to tune in to this compelling program.

Police Dash Cam Video Released

Jan 21, 2016

Authorities have released the dash camera video that shows an Opelika police officer fatally shooting an armed man during an October traffic stop.  Al.com reports that the Lee County District Attorney's Office released the Oct. 31st video on Wednesday, four days after authorities announced that a grand jury declined to indict Officer Jared Greer.  Police say Greer feared for his life and shot 56-year-old Bernardo Tignor after he resisted arrest following a traffic stop and brandished a small caliber pistol during a struggle.

State Scheduled Execution

Jan 21, 2016

A man convicted of the 1992 rape and bludgeoning death of a woman is scheduled to be put to death Thursday in Alabama's first execution more than two years.  43-year-old Christopher Eugene Brooks is to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m.  Brooks was condemned for the death of 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell.  Prosecutors said Campbell was beaten in her apartment with an 8 pound dumbell and sexually assaulted.  Alabama's last execution was in 2013.  It's to be the first using the state's new lethal drug combination.  

Montgomery Cyber Connection

Jan 21, 2016

It's being touted as a rival to Hyundai in its economic significance to the River Region.  The Montgomery Cyber Connection was announced Wednesday by state, county, city and military leaders.  The connection is actually an internet exchange that will operate from the RSA Data Center on Dexter Avenue.  Commander of Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base Lt. General Steven Kwast says the impact of the data hub can't be overestimated.  The internet exchange speed content delivery by storing it in Montgomery rather than pulling it from other hubs outside the state.

Union Springs Man Killed Trying to Breakup Fight

Jan 20, 2016

A Union Springs man was killed as he tried to break up a fight between two women.  Authorities have told WSFA that 54-year-old Jobie Adams was stabbed by his girlfriend, 27-year-old Crystal Thomas as she fought with another woman at a home on Peachburg Road in Union Springs.  Thomas has been charged with murder, attempted murder and reckless endangerment.  She is being held in the Bullock County Jail on $150,000 bond.  The intended target of the stabbing received minor injuries.