The Montgomery Police Department will pay tribute to its 27 fallen officers and honor former and current officers at a Memorial Day service set for today at MPD headquarters on North Ripley Street. Following the program, MPD also will host its annual Memorial and Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Convention Center.
A double dose of good news for Alabama's voluntary prekindergarten program Tuesday. First, the state's program received perfect marks in a national report for the 8th consecutive year. The National Institute for Early Education Research says Alabama met all its benchmarks for quality. Secondly, over 100 new grants were approved for the Pre-K program to expand into a total of forty counties. The commissioner for Alabama's Department of Children's Affairs Jeana Ross says the program is getting funding because it is getting results.
Alabama State University Police Chief Jim Grayboys says his officers are conducting an aggressive investigation after a student was sexually assaulted on campus late Saturday night. Grayboys describes the suspect as a short and stocky African-American male who was wearing at the time of the assault, a black hoodie, gray sweat pants, a red and brown facial mask and wearing gloves. ASU Police also said the suspect was possibly armed and is considered dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call ASU Police at 229-4400 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.
WVAS News talked with Alabama's Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan about the newest Agriculture Census that was released last week. The 2012 Census found that the state's farmers sold more than $5.5 billion dollars' worth of agricultural products, which is a record; but producers also had to spend $4.7 billion dollars to grow those products. McMillan says the census found that Alabama remains the second largest producer of broilers and peanuts in the United States. The state's quail inventory is also second in the country. Another highlight of the report, in Alabama, 3.4 percent of
The Internal Revenue Service says nine Alabama counties now qualify for tax relief due to the storms, tornadoes and floods that occurred in late April. Baldwin, Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone, Mobile and Tuscaloosa are among the counties after the president declared them disaster areas. The IRS says some tax deadlines between April 28th and October 15th have been postponed to October 15th. A variety of business tax deadlines also are affected.
More rain and the chance of floods are again headed toward southwest Alabama, which is still drying out from a deluge last week. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Sunday for an area that includes Mobile and the tourist towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Forecasters say rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches of rain are expected, and some areas could received as much as 7 inches of rain. Much of the Alabama and Florida coast got as much as 2 feet of rain last week.
Parents, students and alumni gathered last night at St. Jude school and learned nothing can be done to reverse the school's fate. The Archdiocese of Mobile announced it will shutter the institute on West Fairview at the end of the school year due to ongoing financial problems and low enrollment. Some parents are upset that Catholic school leaders did not give them a chance to address the school's financial problem.
A new federal scientific report says global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy and dangerous. The new National Climate Assessment, concludes that the harms of global warming will become more disruptive across the nation throughout the century and beyond. WVAS News Senior Correspondent Marcus Hyles talked to a local hydrologist and climatologist about the report. Dr. Ming-Kuo is a professor in the Geology and Geography Department at Auburn University and a hydrologist, he concurs with the report's finding and Dr.
One of the oldest Catholic schools in the state is closing its doors. The St. Jude Educational Institute on West Fairview Avenue will graduate its final senior class when the school term ends this month. In a statement issued Wednesday by the Archdiocese of Mobile, St. Jude is closing because of lingering financial problems and low enrollment. The news shocked and angered many St. Judge students and parents after they were informed about the school's closing. St. Jude Educational Institute has operated for 76 years.
Over 35 state, local and federal law enforcement officials took part in Project Synergy Wednesday. The national initiative is aimed at taking synthetic drugs off the streets across the country. Governor Robert Bentley praised the efforts which included raids in 10 Alabama counties.