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Formal Demand for Governor Robert Bentley to Testify

Oct 27, 2016

   An impeachment committee is demanding that Gov. Robert Bentley testify under oath. The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that it sent a formal demand for the governor to provide deposition-like testimony to the committee's special counsel on Nov. 9. Committee Chairman Mike Jones said the committee wants a, "clear, truthful record from the governor and his staff" and he looked forward to the governor's cooperation. The committee is investigating if Bentley committed any impeachable offenses.

Two Arrests Made in Crenshaw County Murder

Oct 26, 2016

   Authorities have made two arrests in a fatal shooting in Crenshaw County.  A release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency indicates that two Lapine men have been charged with murder in the death of 33 year old George Michael Watson of Carbon Hill.  They have been identified as 19 year old Eddie Joe Flowers and 18 year old Adam Durand Gregory. The teenagers were taken into custody shortly after police arrived on the scene of the shooting Monday on Upper Panola Road. Bond has been set at $1 million for each individual.

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford delivered his final State of the City Address.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.  WVAS News spoke to Ford about his experience in office and his expectations for the next chapter in his life.  Ford says he will work to revitalize historic neighborhoods surrounding Lake Tuskegee and plans to add author to his name with an upcoming book release.  

A panel of retired judges will hear suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore's bid to return to the bench. Alabama Supreme Court justices said Monday that they will recuse themselves from hearing Moore's appeal because their impartiality might be questioned. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Moore denied the accusations, saying he never told probate judges what to do.

Alabama State University Gets 3-D Printer

Oct 24, 2016

Alabama State University has been awarded a 271-thousand dollar grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art 3-D printer. The printer will be used by students in ASU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and will enable researchers to custom design and build tissue replacements. Dr.

Monday is Last Day to Register to Vote in Alabama

Oct 24, 2016

   Today is the last day to register to vote in this year’s general election. To do so, residents with a valid, government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license can go to the secretary of state’s website, alabamavotes.gov and do it electronically. You can also go by your county’s Board of Registrars. Mailing in an application is also an option, but it must be postmarked with today's date. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says the number of registered voters is currently about 3.3 million, up about 500,000 since the last gubernatorial election.

Cheerleaders at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery presented a check to a local breast cancer awareness group.  The cheer squad and their coach, Anteidra Martin presented a $400 check to the Women of Hope Foundation; President Donna McCord says she is grateful for the cheerleaders taking an active role in breast cancer awareness.  McCord says the proceeds will be used to buy care items for baskets presented to women diagnosed with breast cancer.  

Former ALEA Secretary Cleared of Wrongdoing

Oct 21, 2016

Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier has been cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury. The Alabama attorney general's office yesterday issued a statement that an investigation requested by Governor Robert Bentley into Collier’s activities as head of ALEA is now closed after a grand jury found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Bentley fired Collier in March saying a review found possible misuse of funds. The findings were sent to the attorney general's office.

A mini-mart opened in downtown Montgomery Thursday.  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange joined other city elected officials, community leaders and supporters packed "Sous La Terre" or SLT Mart for its soft opening.  Owner George Trawick tells WVAS News the mini-mart will serve residents and visitors in the downtown area.  The store will host its grand opening on Oct. 25th.  

A historical marker honoring Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray was unveiled Wednesday in Tuskegee.  A number of speakers spoke about Gray's accomplishments, some calling him a "trailblazer" and a "living legend."  Marilyn Stamps with the Alabama Tourism Department was among the speakers; she says Gray's work will be on display for generations to come.  The marker is located across the street from Tuskegee University.