WVAS Local

Summer Heat Pushing Power Bills Higher

Jun 16, 2015

Alabama residents are bracing for the summer months when power bills skyrocket.  WVAS News talked with Alabama Power about ways to control the cost of cooling one's home.  Spokesman Mike Jordan says ceiling fans are a good place to start.  Other fans, like box fans or oscillating fans, placed in various rooms will also help move the air around.  Jordan says changing out air filters each month and setting the thermostat at about 78 degrees are other power saving tactics.  The company's website, Alabamapower.com has even more information on the topic.  

Montgomery County Officially Enters Agreement

Jun 16, 2015

The Montgomery County Commission has formally entered an agreement to help pay costs for the so-called Capital City Plume or contaminated groundwater in downtown Montgomery.  At its Monday meeting, county commissioners agreed to join entities with the city, state and the Advertiser company to pay federal environmental regulators for expenses linked to studying the plume discovered in the early 1990s.  Mayor Todd Strange previously said the downtown Alliance was formed to stay off EPA's Superfund list which would hamper economic development.

Muscogee Nation Against Proposed Gaming Agreement

Jun 12, 2015

The descendants of Alabama Creeks forced to walk the Trail of Tears are urging Alabama's governor not to sign a gaming agreement with a tribe they say built a casino on sacred land.  The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma sent Gov. Robert Bentley a letter in June urging him never to sign a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  

Experts Battle

Autisum ID Cards Available

Jun 12, 2015

Alabama residents who have been diagnosed with autism can apply to receive an identification card that can be used to better communicate with first responders and law enforcement officers during potentially stressful situations.  A statement from the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday says the card explains to others that the person may have difficulty communicating or understanding directions.  The billfold-size card also says the person may become agitated if touched.

Downtown Alliance Seeks EPA Plume Deferral

Jun 11, 2015

The City of Montgomery has entered into an Alliance with the county, state and the Advertiser newspaper.  It's an effort to remove the Environmental Protection Agency's oversight of the so-called Capitol City Plume.  In 1993, the EPA found groundwater tainted with chemicals and petroleum products.  EPA's Administrator for the Southeast, Heather McTeer Toney, says the proposal requires the Alliance to oversee cleanup and repay EPA $2.6 million.  Mayor Todd Strange said the proposed agreement would prevent EPA from placing a section of the downtown district on a "Superfund" list.  

SEC Presidential Primary

Jun 10, 2015

A ceremonial signing was held Wednesday by Governor Robert Bentley for a bill that would move Alabama's presidential primary to March 1st, 2016.  Alabama now joins the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia on that date, creating what's being labeled the SEC presidential primary.  Secretary of State John Merrill says the state will benefit both politically and economically.  Merrill is also hopeful the earlier primary date will spur voter interest and encourage more residents to vote.

Housing Scam

Talladega Woman Killed Working in Afghanistan

Jun 9, 2015

The Department of Defense says an Alabama woman has been killed in Afghanistan.  54-year-old Krissie Davis of Talladega died Monday during an indirect fire attack on Bagram Air Force Base near Afghanistan's capital city.  The Pentagon said Davis was a veteran civil servant for three decades.  She is the first civilian deployer with the Defense Logistics Agency in Anniston to die from combat-related injuries.  

Dead Bills

Governor Pushes for New Revenue in Special Session

Jun 9, 2015

Alabama's governor continues to make the case for new revenue to shore up the financially-strapped General Fund budget.  Robert Bentley said he's optimistic about getting a budget agreement in a special session this summer despite the gridlock that plagued lawmakers in the regular session.  On Monday, Bentley said many legislators have already voted for local tax bills or allowed agencies to raise fees.  Last week, Governor Bentley rejected a General Fund budget that would have cut $200 million from state agencies.  

Driver Killed

MPD Continues Homicide Investigation

Jun 5, 2015

The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation after 44-year-old Luke Nelson was found shot to death Wednesday night.  Officials found Nelson shot around 9:25 after receiving a report of a subject in the road.  Nelson became the city's 20th death and its designated 17th homicide.  No arrests have been made.  Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000.  

Lab Tech Indictment

Bentley Vetos General Fund Budget

Jun 5, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley has vetoed a general fund budget that he said would hurt the people of Alabama.  Bentley says the budget approved by lawmakers Thursday night is unworkable and will hurt the state.  He vowed to bring lawmakers back into special session this summer.  The budget cuts $200 million from state agencies after lawmakers failed to agree on tax increases or revenue.  The House of Representatives overrode Bentley's veto, but the Senate had adjourned for the session so the action was meaningless.