A pair of accidents claimed lives in Central Alabama over the weekend. State Troopers report that a driver fleeing from Prattville police was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned. It happened Friday night on Autauga County Road 82, about three miles north of Prattville. The man reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. An infant passenger was also ejected from the vehicle. The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver, identified as 50 year old Ambrose Wood of Columbiana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Civil rights leader Frederick D. Reese dies

Apr 6, 2018
Kokomo Herald

   An early leader in the civil rights movement has died. Frederick D. Reese, a member of the “Courageous Eight” and the man who invited Martin Luther King Jr. to work in Selma, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Family members have confirmed the news.

Montgomery police involved in deadly shooting

Mar 28, 2018

 An adult female is dead after being shot by Montgomery police yesterday when she reportedly tried to run over approaching officers. Police had received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Chisolm community around 11:30am

WVAS Brings Home a Couple of ABBY Awards

Mar 26, 2018

The Alabama Broadcasters Association held its annual ABBY awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel on Saturday, March 24. WVAS-FM, the voice of Alabama State University received two Best in Broadcasting Awards.

Interim News Directory Marcus Hyles and the  WVAS news team was recognized for Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast and was also recognized for Best Medium Market Radio Public Service Announcement for the "Angel Tree Project" produced by Production Technician Renardo Smith.

Hyles Files - Nothing is Simple

Mar 20, 2018

The intrepid inspectors with the Montgomery County Health Department are in action again this week tracking down restaurants whose violations could put you in danger when eating out. This week the health team conducted a total of 39 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.

      Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing today on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police training, to carry a pistol on school property. It is one of a number of ideas introduced after the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school.

High school band trip ends in fatal crash in Alabama

Mar 13, 2018

(AP) — A bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring many passengers. First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack.

 Interim State Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson told board members last week that top personnel cuts need to be made. In a board of education work session Richardson said that reducing the number of employees, known as exempt or at-will, has become necessary.

A consultant hired by the Alabama Personnel Department conducted a study in recent months to look at job tasks, titles and salaries. State lawmakers are now preparing to eliminate jobs after seeing unnecessary spending on high-ranking personnel. 

Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 43 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores.