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   Alabama State University is asking for contributions to its Hurricane Relief Efforts. “Project Nobody Left Behind” is intended to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. ASU’s Theater and Dance Department is hosting a concert to aid relief efforts. The concert starts at 7 pm tomorrow, but collections of supplies and monetary donations will begin an hour beforehand at the Leila Barlow Theater. They are asking for donations of basic supplies, like toiletries, towels, cleaning materials, first aid kits, batteries and canned goods, among other things.

Diversity Summit Underway in Montgomery

Sep 26, 2017

   “Diversity and Inclusion: So Now What?” is the theme of this year’s Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Summit. The event is happening today at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center from  9 am to 5 pm. The summit puts the focus each year on the importance of diversity and inclusion at the workplace featuring panelists and speakers from all over the country. The keynote speaker this year is Rosanna Durruthy, the Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn. A new feature of the summit actually began yesterday.

Alagasco Changing to Spire

Sep 25, 2017

   The state’s largest natural gas distributor is changing its name. Alagasco is becoming Spire. Company officials say the change was made to better reflect its expanding customer base. Alagasco has around 425-thousand customers in Alabama, but it also has customers in Mississippi and Missouri. Besides becoming Spire, the company has a new logo and color theme. Service and construction workers for Spire will wear bright orange uniforms. Also, monthly bills will arrive in an orange envelope.

The Alabama State University football team returns back home this weekend to open up conference play Saturday night against Prairie View A&M University at ASU Stadium. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney has more. 

Every Thursday WVAS brings you its Restaurant Report Card – the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 61 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report.

Montgomery City Budget Postponed Again

Sep 20, 2017

   For the second meeting in a row the Montgomery City Council last night was unable to agree on passing a budget for the next fiscal year. At issue is a lodging tax increase that would generate 1 million dollars for the spending plan. Some council members feel like the lodging industry is taxed enough in Montgomery, and more taxation might hurt convention business in the city. Others, including Mayor Todd Strange assert that a lodging tax hike makes sense, because it doesn’t put the revenue burden on Montgomery residents. The city council has recessed until its October 3rd meeting. 

Kids Count Data Book is Out

Sep 19, 2017

   Voices for Alabama’s Children is out with its second report of the year on child well-being. Each year the organization publishes two Kids Count Data books. The first compares Alabama with other states, the second ranks how each individual county in the state is doing. Beginning with the good…the report finds that 96 percent of the state’s children are now covered by some form of health insurance. Voices Policy and Research Director Rhonda Mann says are also being made in education with the state’s Pre-K program. One major area of concern for the state : children living in poverty.

President Trump Will Campaign for Luther Strange

Sep 18, 2017

   President Donald Trump is coming to Alabama to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in the primary race for U.S. Senate. Trump made the announcement Saturday evening via twitter. Trump wrote that, "I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. 'Big Luther' is a great guy who gets things done!" Strange is in a heated runoff battle with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore led Strange in the first round of GOP voting. The two face off in a runoff on Sept. 26.

Police Make Arrest in August Homicide

Sep 15, 2017

Police have made an arrest in an August homicide. A statement from police says that 45 year old Kenyatta Davis was taken into custody last night for the murder of 56 year old Jerome Nowden. Nowden was assaulted on August 16 with a machete in the 100 block of Oak Street. The victim was taken to Jackson hospital where he eventually died a week later. Investigators say an argument between the two men led to the assault. Davis has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

The Alabama Board of Education has named former Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson as interim superintendent of education.  Board members voted Richardson eight to one to lead public schools following the resignation of Superintendent Michael Sentance.  As part of Sentance's separation agreement, he will be paid his salary for the remainder of the year, about $57,000.