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     Attorneys for inmates are asking a federal judge to find the Alabama prison system in contempt of a court order to boost prison mental health staffing. Lawyers wrote in a Thursday motion that the Department of Corrections is "woefully short" of required staffing levels. Attorneys for inmates wrote that a court order requires 263 full time equivalent mental-health positions. The state last month informed the court that it could not comply with the order.

Hurricane season has ended

Dec 3, 2018

   Hurricane season has come to an end. There have been no organized tropical features across the Atlantic basin since Oct.31, and there are no suspect features across the basin that might become organized tropical systems during the post-hurricane season through early December. Looking back on the 2018 hurricane season, there were 15 named tropical storms, eight of which became hurricanes. Of those eight hurricanes, two were major hurricanes. There were four landfalls of tropical storms and hurricanes on the United States this season.

Rosa Parks Day to be celebrated in Montgomery

Nov 30, 2018

   More than 60 years ago Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Tomorrow her legacy will be remembered with the first Rosa Parks Day in Alabama. Earlier this year the state legislature unanimously passed a bill to make the first day in December of each year Rosa Parks Day. It was signed by the governor in April. A day-long schedule of events is set for tomorrow in Montgomery. Alabama State University’s National Center Director Dr. Janice Franklin says ASU is holding a tribute at noon at Tullibody Hall.

Larry Watkins to be enshrined in SWAC Hall of Fame

Nov 29, 2018

   The Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame will add the name of a former Alabama State University player and coach to its annals Friday. Larry Watkins played centerfield for ASU’s baseball team in the early 70s and was a part of the first ASU team to make the NCAA playoffs. He then coached the program for more than 30 years.   Watkins won SWAC Coach of the Year in 1991 and is currently ASU’s special assistant to the athletic director. The induction ceremony is set for 6pm at the Sheraton in Birmingham on Friday.

Hyles Files - For The Birds

Nov 27, 2018

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Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama Governor Bob Riley says the state will take the $170 million that the federal government is releasing this week for Medicaid funding. Riley says the money for the Medicaid Program will help "fill some gaps" in the state's general fund budget.

Montgomery, Alabama – A Prattville man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a former Prattville High School football player.

Autauga County District Attorney Randall Houston alleges 22 year old Joshua Duane Jones killed 21 year old Justine Rye in August 2008 during a party in a field near Autaugaville.

Houston says the motive for the fatal shooting appears to have been an argument over whether the music played at that event would be Rap or Country.

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery family awakened this morning in their new home, thanks to hundreds of volunteers and the television program "Extreme Makeover:Home Edition".

The Jordan family's modest home has been transformed into a two story structure for Monica and Brady Jordan, their daughter and grandchildren.

Montgomery, Alabama – If you're a fan of the show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", then you know that the "big reveal" is an exciting moment for families hoping to see their new home.

That's what a South Lawn family will experience late this afternoon. The crew of the ABC television show has renovated the Ira Lane home of Monica and Brady Jordan.

In just one week's time, the crew and hundreds of volunteers have changed the one story home into a two story structure.

Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Department of Transportation expects to receive anywhere from $500 to $550 million in economic stimulus funding. Tony Harris, a spokesman for Transportation Department, says the money will be used on projects that are "shovel ready" or that can begin within 120 days of receipt of federal dollars.

Birmingham,Alabama – Alabama's Republic Governor says he may say no to about $66 million of the federal economic stimulus funds earmarked to help states fund unemployment benefits.

In an interview with the Birmingham News, Riley is quoted stating that he is concerned about federal rules that could interfere with the state's ability to write laws and regulations.

Riley is in Washington attending the National Governors Association meeting.

Motngomery,Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines on this Monday, February 23rd, in the WVAS Newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at Tshealey@alasu.edu or call 334-229-4783.

Montgomery, Alabama – It's costing more to fill up gas tanks in Alabama. AAA Alabama's recent survey finds the state wide average for regular gasoline is five cents higher than it was a month ago.
AAA Alabama shows the average statewide price for regular gasoline is $1.79 per gallon while the national average is $1.91.

AAA's daily fuel gauge report finds mid-grade averages $1.91 while premium costs $1.97 a gallon.

Decatur, Alabama – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Sue Schmitz told jurors in her
fraud trial Thursday that she took a job in the two-year college
system to stay in the teachers' retirement system.
A Democrat from Toney, Schmitz is accused of using her influence
as a legislator to get the job in a program that mentors troubled
teenagers and then rarely showing up for work as she collected
$177,000 over three years.
She told the federal court jury in Decatur that she mentioned

Andalusia, Alabama – ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) - A Georgia man escaped injury when he was forced to land his single-engine plane in a cotton field in southeast Alabama.
Covington County, Ala., authorities said a plane piloted by 26-year-old Jonathan Lord of Columbus lost power and went down in the Babbie community.
It happened Thursday afternoon.
Lord suffered minor injuries.
The plane's landing gear was sheared off, but was otherwise
intact.

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