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Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks. In Central Alabama the damage came in the form of downed trees and power outages. Some of those downed trees hit structures, but fortunately there have been no reports of injuries or loss of life from the storm in Alabama. At its peak, the storm caused outages to more than 14-thousand homes in this part of the state.

   A change of leadership in the Athletics Department at Alabama State University. Director of Athletics Melvin Hines has officially resigned from the position. President Quinton Ross last night issued a statement announcing that Deputy Director of Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams will take over as interim director. She will begin her new duties immediately. In his statement, Dr. Ross said the university is fortunate to have someone of Williams’s caliber to step in.

Montgomery City Council passes budget

Oct 4, 2017

 Montgomery finally has a budget for the new fiscal year. The Montgomery City Council approved the 245 million dollar spending plan at its meeting last night by a vote of 5 to 4. The budget does include a one percent increase in the lodging tax, which is why some council members voted against it. Mayor Todd Strange was both satisfied and relieved with the budget’s passage. The budget allows the city to put one million dollars in its reserves and also provides for merit raises.

Alabama Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross resigned from the Alabama Senate Monday after accepting the position of President at Alabama State University. Ross was known as an eager advocate for the Democratic agenda; including funding for the public school system and spearheading the "ban the box" bill which would have prevented state employers from asking about a prospective employee's criminal background on a job application.  He says although he’s going right down the road, he’s confident his former Senate colleagues will continue to keep their focus during the legislative session.

Four Die in Macon County Accident

Oct 3, 2017

   Four people were killed in a traffic accident in Macon County Saturday night. State Troopers are reporting the two-vehicle crash occurred when a van and pickup truck collided on Alabama Highway 186 about three miles northeast of Tuskegee. Both drivers were killed along with two passengers in the van. Troopers have identified the four as 45 year old Gladys Yvonne Rush, 51 year old Lisa Maria Robertson and 43 year old Joshua Emile West, all of Montgomery – and Brent Benjamin Cobb of Madison, Wisconsin. A cause remains under investigation. 

ASU Citywide Job Fair Set for Wednesday

Oct 2, 2017

Alabama State University is holding its citywide Job Fair Wednesday. Over 70 employers have been confirmed for the event looking to hire talented local residents of Montgomery and the river region. The job fair is set for 9 am until 12:30pm in the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome. It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Alabama State University Office of Career Services. Those attending the fair are asked to wear appropriate business attire and to have several copies of up-to-date resumes.

Two Alarm Fire at Atlanta Highway Business

Sep 29, 2017

   The Montgomery Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm fire last night at a business on the Atlanta Highway. Firefighters were called to the 6-thousand block of the Atlanta Highway and found heavy black smoke pouring from the rear of the Mr. Sandman Mattress and Furniture Store. A statement from the fire department reports that the blaze was contained to the first floor of the structure though the entire strip of stores at that location sustained smoke damage. Investigators believe the fire likely began in the break room and then spread to the show room. No injuries were reported.

Every Thursday WVAS brings you its Restaurant Report Card – the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 63 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report.

   Alabama State University is asking for contributions to its Hurricane Relief Efforts. “Project Nobody Left Behind” is intended to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. ASU’s Theater and Dance Department is hosting a concert to aid relief efforts. The concert starts at 7 pm tomorrow, but collections of supplies and monetary donations will begin an hour beforehand at the Leila Barlow Theater. They are asking for donations of basic supplies, like toiletries, towels, cleaning materials, first aid kits, batteries and canned goods, among other things.

Diversity Summit Underway in Montgomery

Sep 26, 2017

   “Diversity and Inclusion: So Now What?” is the theme of this year’s Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Summit. The event is happening today at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center from  9 am to 5 pm. The summit puts the focus each year on the importance of diversity and inclusion at the workplace featuring panelists and speakers from all over the country. The keynote speaker this year is Rosanna Durruthy, the Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn. A new feature of the summit actually began yesterday.