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5:43pm

Fri May 9, 2014
WVAS Local

Soggy Weekend

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. 

Roby Appointment

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10:09am

Fri May 9, 2014
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St. Jude Meeting

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. 

Common Ground Vandalism

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4:16pm

Thu May 8, 2014
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Climate Change Report

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.

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10:07am

Thu May 8, 2014
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St. Jude Closing

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. 

Teen Freed

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4:31pm

Wed May 7, 2014
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Project Synergy

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. 

School Nutrition

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10:06am

Wed May 7, 2014
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More Jobs

Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area.  Verizon executives joined Governor Robert Bentley Tuesday to announce that more than 300 customer service jobs will be created at the company's state headquarters in Huntsville.  The state is not providing any financial incentives to get new jobs. 

Dorm Shooting

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5:28pm

Tue May 6, 2014
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Norman Lumpkin

Norman Lumpkin, who helped bring diversity to television news in Alabama has died.  A spokesman for Ross-Clayton Funeral Home in Montgomery confirmed that Lumpkin died Tuesday morning.  Lumpkin worked for radio stations in Montgomery, Indianapolis, Indiana, before being hired by WSFA-TV in Montgomery in 1969 as the first African-American TV reporter in the capital city.  Lumpkin was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences prestigious Silver Circle in 2007. 

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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10:29am

Tue May 6, 2014
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Job Creation Announcement

State officials and corporate executives will make a major economic development announcement they say will create jobs statewide and particularly in the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama.  Governor Robert Bentley's office has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the old House chamber.  Leaders are expected to announce a development project affecting Huntsville, but Bentley's office says the impact is statewide. 

State Immigration

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6:28pm

Mon May 5, 2014
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Electric Chair

Governor Robert Bentley says he's against switching back to the electric chair to resume executions in Alabama.  Bentley said he's personally opposed to the idea of resuming electrocutions.  The state attorney general's office says executions are at a standstill because the prison system has run out of one of three drugs used in its lethal injection system.  Bentley says his office will be in contact with prison officials seeking alternative ways to perform lethal injections.  Some 200 people are currently on death row in the state. 

Prayers Upheld

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9:48am

Mon May 5, 2014
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Federal Aid

The federal government has approved aid for four Alabama counties hit by severe weather.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency says individuals in Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee and Limestone counties can get grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other aid to help with the recovery.  Damage surveys are continuing and more counties may be designated for federal aid.  Last week's severe weather claimed five lives.  Two people died in Limestone County and one in Tuscaloosa County.  Two motorists died due to flooding in Baldwin County. 

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