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Montgomery, Alabama – State lawmakers get back to work today after the Senate spent Tuesday,its first full work day of the legislative session,stalled in a filibuster.

Democratic State Senator Phil Pool of Tuscaloosa stalled senate action because he was upset that lawmakers from outside Tuscaloosa County became involved in a sewer line issue in his home county.

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen,now, to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom.

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Opening statements are to be given in
the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit accusing generic drug
producer Sandoz Inc. of overpricing.
Attorneys for the state and for Sandoz will give the opening
statements beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit
Judge Charles Price's courtroom.
A jury of eight men and six women was chosen Monday to hear the
trial. The jury includes two alternates.
Sandoz is one of more than 70 companies the state sued in 2005

Montgomery, Alabama – A group of neighborhood associations in Montgomery is planning their second mayoral forum this evening.

Calling it the "Montgomery Super Tuesday Power Debates" organizers will hold a candidates forum this evening at the Golden Lady Complex at 2530 E. South Boulevard. The event gets underway at 6:30 and is free and open to the public.

The Montgomery mayoral election will be held March 10th.

Montgomery, Alabama – A guilty verdict is handed down by a Montgomery jury in the case of a three year old boy's death.

A jury Monday found 23 year old Sean Howard guilty of reckless murder in the shooting death of 3 year old Sequoyah Jackson. The little boy was hit by a stray bullet while playing in his Regency Park neighborhood last year.

Howard had been charged with capital murder, but the jury returned the reckless murder verdict after deliberating for much of Friday and Monday in the case.

Auburn,Alabama – AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Extensive tests by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta show that three young Auburn
girls who died suddenly last year were all struck by the same rare
Lee County coroner Bill Harris said 7-year-old Katherine
Langford, 10-year-old Kaylee Allison and 7-year-old Brianea Thomas
died from Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in
June, August and November, respectively.
He said the deaths have been ruled natural and the families did

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham Democratic Sen. Rodger
Smitherman has been elected president pro tem of the Alabama
Senate. Union Grove Democrat Hinton Mitchem resigned the position
Thursday. The president pro tem is the top spot that a senator can

Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Police are planning to honor one of its fallen officers this afternoon. Officials will place the name of Joshua P. Broadway on the monument honoring fallen officers located in front of Montgomery Police Headquarters.

Broadway was on duty last month when his Police cruiser was struck by another vehicle. He died almost two weeks later.

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has voted to ban
text messaging while driving in Alabama.
The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Rep. Jim
McClendon on Thursday without any dissent.
That bill drew support from the National Safety Council. It
would levy a $25 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to
the House for consideration. The Republican representative from
Springville says the bill has a good chance of passing because
people see text messaging as a dangerous distraction.

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposal to remove the state's 4
percent tax from groceries has passed the first hurdle in the
Alabama Legislature.
The bill by Rep. John Knight of Montgomery was approved Thursday
morning on a voice vote with several members expressing opposition.
A bill to remove the tax from food purchases passed the House last
year, but was defeated in the Senate.
The bill is a constitutional amendment and would have to be
approved by Alabama voters if it passes the Legislature.