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Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth is a one hour program produced by the independent public radio and podcast group Humankind. The program examines the life of Wells who emerged as a powerful investigative journalist after the civil war. She was one of the firsts to publish documented accounts of lynhcings across the country. Guest commentary is provided by N.Y.

Local School Closings & Delays

Feb 6, 2020

The threat for severe weather on Thursday has prompted some local school systems to delay the start of classes or to close.

Here is the latest list:

Montgomery Public Schools – open at 10 AM

*MPS buses are scheduled to be at bus pickup locations at 8:30 AM

Alabama State University – open at 11AM

Tallapoosa County Schools – open at 10 AM

Lowndes Academy – open at 10 AM

Valiant Cross Academy – open at 10 AM

LEAD Academy – open at 10 AM

Hooper Academy – open at 10 AM

Prattville Christian Academy – open at 10AM

WVAS welcomes Alternative Radio

Feb 3, 2020

Alternative Radio, a weekly one hour public affairs program, has been added to the program lineup at WVAS and debuts tonight at 6 p.m. The program is hosted by award-winning journalist David Barsamian and covers issues that are rarely discussed on the corporate media stage. Tonight's guest will be Rev. William Barber, a political activist and member of the national board of the National Associaiton of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Find out more about Alternative Radio at www.alternativeradio.org

Jazz Hall of Famer, Mr. Fred Wesley recently had a phone interview with WVAS program director Jay Holcey detailing his ties to WVAS and Alabama State University. The insightful interview details his time working with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s and how he got his start with Parliament-Funkadelic. Wesley's love for the trombone still remains consistent and he reassures Holcey that he still has his pipes. Production for this documentary wraps mid February, stay tuned for the documentary to listen to the full interview.

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  Former Montgomery police officer Aaron “Cody” Smith has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and must pay court costs and restitution.

Smith was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of manslaughter for the 2016 shooting death of 59-year-old Gregory Gunn. The charge of manslaughter is a Class B Felony with a sentencing range punishable between two and 20 years.

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Democrats in Nevada will participate in state caucuses Saturday. Media reports say Russia wants President Trump to win the 2020 election. And, Syrians are fleeing a government military offensive.

Karen Keating's eighth-grade English students at Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, Pa., fire up their laptops and gather a bundle of snowball microphones. With the click of a mouse, their laptops become studios, and they're ready to record.

Keating's class is writing, producing and editing podcasts that they'll submit to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and, like many teachers, Keating is using apps to help them make it happen.

The music sounds, at first, like it belongs in a power yoga studio: electronic and rhythmic, rising and falling like breaths. But then a higher pitch juts into the mix, and the strains of sound diverge, becoming faster-paced and a bit more like electronic dance music. The rise and swell fluctuates, not entirely predictable. The artists at work are, ostensibly, plants: a philodendron, two schefflera and a snake plant.

Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek.

The concept is gaining ground in places as varied as New Zealand and Russia, and it's making inroads among some American companies. Employers are seeing surprising benefits, including higher sales and profits.

The Democratic presidential primary is heading west for the third contest in the 2020 race. Nevada Democrats are hoping their caucuses avoid similar problems that plagued Iowa earlier this month.

Follow NPR's coverage for the latest updates, analysis and results as the caucuses get underway.

Chris Dave And The Drumhedz: Tiny Desk Concert

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"If you've never been to a Drumhedz show... ...we're gonna take you on a quick journey as if you're going through a record store," Chris Dave told the NPR Music offices at the top of his set, "picking up different genres of music and putting it in your bag."

Florida is planning a major expansion of its highways with a series of toll roads that would open new parts of the state to development.

Exactly where the roads will go hasn't been announced yet, but opposition to the highways is growing in rural areas such as Jefferson County in North Florida. Mike Willis' family has lived there since before Florida became a state. He likes to refer to it as, "the other Florida. Most people think of Florida as palm trees, white sandy beaches," he says. "We have rolling clay hills and beautiful pine forests."

The Trump administration has revived the debate over "end-to-end encryption" — systems so secure that the tech companies themselves aren't able to read the messages, even when police present them with a warrant.

"It is hard to overstate how perilous this is," U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a speech last fall. "By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society."

A few dozen volunteers are spending a Saturday morning in a hotel conference room in Macon, Ga., for a boot camp of sorts on fighting voter suppression.

"We are walking into a year that's going to be exciting, a little bit stressful," explains Hillary Holley, organizing director for Fair Fight Action. The group is waging a campaign against voter suppression in the 2020 election.

"We're gonna be working a lot, but we're ready for it," she says.

China reported 889 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Friday, including more than 200 from a prison, and an additional 118 deaths – all but three in the province of Hubei, bringing the total deaths in the country to more than 2,200.

The latest count came as South Korea, with the highest number of cases outside China, reported another jump in infections to 204.

And residents clashed with police in a central Ukrainian town where evacuees from Wuhan, the Chinese province where the epidemic began, arrived for a two-week quarantine.

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