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The Mountaintop comes to WVAS

Feb 28, 2017

Tune in to WVAS tonight for a one hour special "The Mountaintop" from L.A. Theater Works. This program is based on a play written by Katori Hill that gives a fictional account of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. The storyline has King making an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what would be his final day. The play stars Aja Naomi King as Camae and Larry Powell as Dr. King. "The Mountaintop" airs at 6 p.m.

Alabama Among States at Risk for Severe Weather

Feb 28, 2017

The National Weather Service says Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia are all at risk for severe weather on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center says a weather system moving eastward across the Deep South could spawn severe thunderstorms with high winds and isolated, brief tornadoes. The areas at greatest risk include northeastern Mississippi, northern Alabama, and the northwestern corner of Georgia. The chances of strong storms are lower near the coast. Forecasters say there's an enhanced risk of severe weather from eastern Tennessee all the way north to West Virginia.

Another Inmate Stabbed to Death

Feb 27, 2017

   Another state inmate has been killed in violence at an Alabama prison. A Department of Corrections statement says 36-year-old DeMarko  Carlisle was stabbed to death during an altercation at Elmore Correctional Facility on Sunday. The agency has a suspect, but officials aren't releasing that prisoner's name. They say the motive isn't known. Carlisle was serving a life sentence after being convicted of robbery in Jefferson County in 1999. Carlisle is the second inmate killed at Elmore prison in 10 days. Grant Mickens was stabbed to death in the prison on Feb. 16.

The public is invited to the annual Jewish Food Festival; it will be held in Montgomery on Sunday.  Festival goers will be able to sample an assortment of Jewish food and shop in the "Treasure Market."  Rabbi Elliot Stevens of the Kahl Montgomery Temple Beth Or says events like the festival serve as a community outreach tool.  The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kahl Montgomery Temple Beth Or.  

   The crash report involving a Montgomery Police officer has been made available to the media. WVAS News received a copy of the report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The February 17 crash happened at the corner of Woodley Road and Spring Valley. An unmarked police car collided with another car, critically injuring the officer, identified as Carlos Taylor and also injuring the other driver, now identified as Mae Francis Williams of Montgomery.

Montgomery Proclaims March 2 Claudette Colvin Day

Feb 22, 2017

   Many people think of Rosa Parks as the woman who sparked the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in 1955. But 15 year old Claudette Colvin had actually done the same thing months earlier. Last night, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange issued a proclamation declaring March 2 as Claudette Colvin Day in the city. District 3 councilman Tracy Larkin says it’s good to see the civil rights pioneer getting the recognition she deserves.

Governor to Create Grocery Tax Task Force

Feb 21, 2017

   Governor Robert Bentley has scheduled an afternoon press conference to announce the formation of a Grocery Tax Task Force. Bentley had said in his State of the State address this month that he wanted to examine removing the state sales tax from groceries. Democratic Representative John Knight of Montgomery has brought many bills over the years to accomplish that. He says Alabama should have removed the sales tax from food a long time ago. Knight was a guest on the WVAS 90.7 Perspectives program last week.

Alabama Sets Record High for Exports

Feb 20, 2017

Exports from Alabama-made products totaled nearly $20.6 billion last years, according to the governor's office. The number is a record high for exports in the state. The previous record was $19.6 billion in 2012. Alabama Department of Commerce's Office of International Trade says exports of Alabama-made transportation products include automobiles, aircraft parts, chemicals and metals. They were shipped to 189 countries last year. Commerce Department data states that Canada, China, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom were top markets for Alabama-made products. 

Buckle up even if you’re not the driver is the message the Alabama Senate is sending to help regulate behavior on the roads. Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery introduced a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 73 which requires all back-seat passengers to wear seat belts.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has recused himself from an investigation of Governor Robert Bentley, the man who appointed him to the job last week. The announcement Wednesday is confirmation that the attorney general's office is conducting an investigation related to Bentley. Marshall, after being sworn in Monday, said he would recuse from any direct investigation involving the governor. Marshall appointed former Montgomery County district attorney Ellen Brooks to oversee the probe.