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Pipeline to Restart Sunday

Nov 4, 2016

   Colonial Pipeline company says its main gasoline line is projected to restart Sunday afternoon, about six days after an explosion that killed one worker and injured four others. The company made the announcement on its response web site last night. If that timeframe holds up, the stoppage in the transport of gasoline will only be half as long as the September shutdown when a leak in the pipeline was discovered. That outage led to fuel supply disruptions, including price increases and gas shortages throughout parts of the Southeast.

Montgomery Police Department welcomes new officers

Nov 3, 2016

The Montgomery Police Department welcomed 18 new officers into the department during the graduation ceremony for Class 2016-B. The class members successfully completed 20 weeks of training at the Montgomery Police Academy. Academy Staff Instructor, Thornton Phiester says the new officers have gone through a complete transformation. “We’ve changed brand new citizens into becoming police officers and their entire thought process has changed.”  Newly minted officer, Quintarus Brooks, says joining MPD is his calling.

The faith community is responding to the news of an historic African-American church in Mississippi being vandalized by a presumed Trump supporter or supporters.  Reports say the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and vandalized with a "Vote Trump" scrawled across building.  WVAS News spoke with Montgomery's Pastor Terry Ellison of New Life Baptist Church about the incident; Ellison says forgiveness should be the initial step.  News outlets report the fire damaged the sanctuary of the 111-year old church.  

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.