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Residents Attend VictoryLand Town Hall Meeting

May 13, 2016

Macon County residents showed up for a town hall meeting last night in Tuskegee to learn the latest on when VictoryLand might reopen.  Owner Milton McGregor has sworn to restart the casino, despite an Alabama Supreme Court decision.  He told those in attendance that the facility would soon be operational.  McGregor says the target for re-opening is sometime this summer.  

Charges Dropped Against North Alabama Police Officer

May 13, 2016

Prosecutors are looking to drop state charges against a north Alabama police officer accused of assaulting an Indian man during a suspicious person investigation.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the case against Eric Parker in Limestone County Circuit Court.  Parker was recorded slamming 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel to the ground in February 2015.  Patel was out for a walk when he was approached by police.  Parker has said Patel resisted him.

Legislation Impacting Abortion Clinics Signed

May 13, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation into law that could shutter two of the state's largest abortion providers.  Bentley's office on Thursday confirmed the governor signed a bill to deny licenses to clinics within 2,000 feet of public elementary and middle schools.  He also approved a ban on a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.  The law will close a Huntsville a facility that was forced to move to its current location in 2013 to comply with new facility restrictions on abortion providers.  A Tuscaloosa facility could also be affected.

Scott Honored at Jersey Retirement Ceremony

May 12, 2016

Rod Scott, a star basketball player at Lee High School was remembered today with a jersey retirement ceremony.  Scott died earlier this year in an automobile accident.  WVAS News got reaction from family and friends, his father Rod Scott says his son was an exceptional student and child.  Scott transferred to Lee after St. Jude closed following the 2014 school year and had committed to playing at Jacksonville State University in the upcoming Fall semester.  

Alabama Group Supports Chief Justice Moore

May 12, 2016

A group calling itself the conscience of the Alabama Republican Party is supporting suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore.  The Alabama Republican Assembly calls the judicial ethics charges against Moore "politically motivated."  The group says Moore stands for traditional values.  The court will decide charges filed by the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which accused Moore of violating judicial ethics amid his opposition to same-sex marriage.  Moore is fighting the charges, which could lead to his removal from office for the second time in 13 years.  

A local businessman is making the dream of going to college more attainable for students with a generous gift of $12,000 to Montgomery Public Schools.  Dr. Alfred Seawright, owner of the Medical Place in Montgomery, presented 12 MPS graduating seniors with $1,000 in scholarship money during a check presentation Tuesday.  Seven of the 12 recipients plan to major in the health care field and a majority plan to attend Alabama State University.  

VictoryLand Town Hall Meeting

May 11, 2016

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says a town hall meeting on VictoryLand will take place Thursday, May 12th.  The mayor along with VictoryLand owner, Milton McGregor, will discuss and answer questions about the Macon County casino's future.  The public is invited to the meeting.  Ford says people looking for work and charitable organization are encouraged to attend.  The townhall will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex located at 101 Fonville Street in Tuskegee.  

Governor Considers Special Legislative Session

May 11, 2016

Gov. Robert Bentley hasn't ruled out the possibility of a special legislative session over Medicaid funding and other issues, but says legislators need some vacation time before he makes that decision.  Bentley on Wednesday said he would decide on a special session in the "next couples of months."  The governor says Medicaid funding is short $85 million, at a "minimum."  Bentley's remarks come just days before House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial jury selection is scheduled to begin.  

Tallassee Fire Investigation Continues

May 10, 2016

Authorities in Tallassee are now asking for the public's help in the investigation into a major fire that claimed a historic Tallassee landmark last week.  The massive blaze ignited late Wednesday night at the Mount Vernon Mill building and required more than 100 firefighters to extinguish.  Investigators have described the fire as suspicious since the structure had been vacant for years and there was no electricity there.

Phenix City Man Faces Murder Charge

May 10, 2016

Authorities say a Phenix City man faces a murder charge in the killing of a Georgia man at an eastern Alabama nightclub.  Eufaula police said in a statement that 20-year-old Sandarius Tremain Lewis was apprehended in Phenix City and has been charged with first-degree murder.  Police say 22-year-old Devanta Deon Davis of Georgetown, Georgia, was shot to death early Sunday morning at the Jazzy Bones club in Eufaula.  Police say they received several 911 calls indicating that someone had been shot inside the club.