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The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless in Montgomery are still collecting warm weather items for their annual Blanket Drive.  This year's event will end on November 19th.  MACH Executive Director Molly Stone says collection sites will be at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Stone says gently used or new warm weather items are needed.  PODS storage containers are located at Regions Bank at 301 Coliseum Blvd; the Winn-Dixie on East South Blvd at Troy Highway and the Festival Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Taylor and Vaughn Roads.  

Homicide Investigation Underway in Montgomery

Nov 14, 2016

   Montgomery police are investigating a fatal shooting from this weekend. They say 35 year old James Horn of Montgomery was found shot to death in the 34-hundred block of East Street. East street is located just off Fairground Road. At this time police say they have no suspects in the case. Information about what led to the shooting has not been released.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 215-STOP, or the Secret Witness Line at 262-4-thousand or Montgomery police at 652-2831.

A Veteran Speaks comes back to WVAS

Nov 10, 2016

WVAS-FM is proud to bring back the series "A Veteran Speaks." The segment highlights individuals who served or who are currently serving in the military, sharing their personal stories and experiences in their respected branches of service. "A Veteran Speaks" was originally part of a public media project called "Veterans Coming Home" an initiative funded by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. Listeners can tune in to hear the new set of stories on Veterans Day between 8 and 10 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The stories will air daily at 8:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

This Saturday a symposium aimed at reducing health disparities will be held in Montgomery.  One Humanity LLC, an organization focused on positive social change through education and economic development will be hosting the event; founder Robert Jackson says the conference will center around identifying better health practices and developing new plans.  The theme is "Developing a Faith and Community based plan to address Health Disparities."  The conference will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Business Center at 600 South Court Street.

Greenville Police Chief Retires

Nov 10, 2016

Lonzo Ingram is retiring after 45 years in law enforcement, the last 32 as Greenville's police chief. Ingram says he had been thinking about it for a few months and finally decided it was time. Ingram officially retires Jan. 1 but his last day was Friday. He took over as Greenville's police chief in March 1985. During his time as chief, Ingram lost an officer in the line of duty in 1994 and during the late 90's he worked another case involving the brutal slaying of a high school senior.

Donald Trumps Scores Stunning Victory

Nov 9, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to unify a deeply divided nation, having scored a stunning victory backed by extraordinary support from working-class America. Trump claimed victories in the nation's premier battleground states, but his appeal across the industrial Midwest — especially Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — sealed a victory that defied pre-election polls and every expectation of the political establishment.

It is Election Day

Nov 8, 2016

It is Election Day in the United States. Here in Alabama Donald Trump is expected to win. The state has gone Republican in every presidential election since voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states since securing their respective party nominations. Following in their paths, volunteers from both parties have been dispatched to campaign in neighboring Florida where the race is considerably tighter.

The city of Tuskegee welcomed its new mayor Monday; dozens of community leaders, elected officials and supporters attended the inauguration of Lawrence “Tony” Haygood.  Haygood garnered 62 percent of the vote, unseating long-time Mayor Johnny Ford.  Mayor Lawrence Haygood tells WVAS News he is ready to get to work.  New members of the Tuskegee City Council and the Utilities Board were also sworn-in.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex Plaza. 

   Hats off to the Alabama State University women’s soccer team for their first ever SWAC Championship.     The Lady Hornets won their tenth consecutive match Sunday  defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 to 1 to claim the title. The team now will watch the NCAA Women’s Soccer Division I selection show today at 3:30 p.m. to hear their name called. A viewing party starts at 2:30 on campus in Ballroom A of the Student Center. It is free, though seating is limited.

Gasoline Pipeline Restarted Sunday

Nov 7, 2016

     The company that owns a gasoline pipeline that exploded in Alabama last week says the pipeline is back in service. Colonial Pipeline Co. says service was restarted at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

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