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 It’s another first for the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets band. The band has been invited to participate in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade. ASU announced the news yesterday. Band Director Dr. James Oliver says it’s another chance for the world to see the Hornets perform. In fact, more than 60 million people watch the Tournament of Roses Parade each year. The band has already begun fundraising efforts to finance the trip. It is the first time the ASU band has appeared in the parade.

Fugitive from Coosa County recaptured in Georgia

Nov 22, 2017

Authorities say a fugitive has been captured near Atlanta after escaping from the same county jail in Alabama twice within a three-week span. The Coosa County Sheriff's office says that 27-year-old Shane Anthony Vernon was taken into custody late Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, just east of Atlanta. Vernon had been the focus of a nationwide manhunt. Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson said the inmate's most recent escape happened Sunday afternoon, when he "physically circumvented the security of the jail."

The holiday season is officially here and there's a push this year to shop locally. The Alabama Retail Association is encouraging local residents to spend their dollars here in Alabama on holiday-related items. The ARA is hosting its annual “Shop Alabama for the Holidays” tour, where representatives are traveling to Huntsville, Cullman, Dothan, Mobile, and Montgomery to encourage people to shop locally. Communication Manager for the Alabama Retail Association, Melissa Warnke, says retail is a key component of local economies.

Roy Moore's campaign goes after media and accusers

Nov 21, 2017

Alabama Republican Roy Moore's campaign is going on the offensive against the media and one of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Moore's campaign has issued a Monday night statement questioning the account of Beverly Nelson, who said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress. The campaign is quoting two restaurant employees who did not remember Nelson or Moore eating there.

Bodies of two missing men found in Macon County

Nov 20, 2017

An Alabama sheriff says two bodies found over the weekend in a rural area are believed to be an Atlanta-based rapper and his cousin, a music promoter. Both had been missing for several days. Rapper Edward Reeves, known as Bambino Gold; and Kendrick Stokes were reported missing Nov. 7. Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson says the bodies were found in separate locations in Macon County. Investigators say both men were homicide victims, and that the bodies were found not far off County Road 13 about three to four miles apart.

Friday was a festive day at the Governor’s mansion as it served as the backdrop for the 68th annual turkey pardoning. It’s been a tradition that dates back for more than 60 years. Ivey said this year’s pardon is special for her because she spared two turkeys; Clyde and Henrietta. Ivey says she never got the opportunity to expunge "Clyde" from a sentence of being someone's Thanksgiving meal when she was Lt., Gov. Ivey. In that position, Ivey wielded only the power of the gavel to bring order to the statehouse.

Alabama infant mortality rate is highest since 2008

Nov 17, 2017

   Interim State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says Alabama is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to infant mortality. The State Department of Public Health issued a report yesterday showing that Alabama’s infant mortality rate increased to 9.1 infant deaths per 1-thousand live births in 2016. That is the highest point since 2008. Dr. Harris says several factors are to blame, like access to health care for mothers before, during and after pregnancy; premature births; and the opioid epidemic.

Every week 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 62 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.

Roy Moore's support from his fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging. And a second woman has accused the candidate for U-S Senate of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s. Moore denied the newest allegations and said he doesn't know his accuser. But in New York, a tearful Beverly Young Nelson detailed an attack she says occurred when she was 16 years old and he locked her in a car. Last week, The Washington Post reported other alleged incidents decades ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes Moore's accusers and wants the former judge to end his candidacy.

   Dr. Quinton Ross didn’t waste any time getting to work at his first Board of Trustees meeting as Alabama State University’s new president. Dr. Ross suggested that the board make a 15 percent cut in supplies spending to, in turn, put into the budget for maintenance and infrastructure. Even though the fiscal 2018 budget had already passed earlier this year, the board left room for Ross to make some alterations. His measure was approved. Dr. Ross also asked for personnel changes that were approved.