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Roy Wood Jr. a guest at the WVAS anniversary event

May 21, 2019

     WVAS is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Saturday, June 15th.  As part of the occasion, the station will honor Dr. John F. Knight for his tenacity in making the station a reality.  The station is also paying tribute to former long-time commentator, Roy Wood Sr., for his contributions to the station as well as the broadcasting profession. His son, Roy Wood Jr., renowned comedian and social commentator, will be on hand to make remarks on behalf of his father. Wood Jr. is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah.

   It turns out a fatal weekend shooting and deadly traffic accident have a connection. Montgomery police say the man killed in the crash was a suspect in the shooting. A release from police says a man arrived at Jackson Hospital Friday night with a life-threatening gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries the next day. The release identified him as 40 year old Daniel McCall of Montgomery. Police say he had been shot at a gathering in the 800 block of Barnes Street after an altercation with 42 year old Eric Bouyer of Prattville.

   In a close vote, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved a reduction in force plan for area public schools. Published reports indicate that Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore’s plan includes cutting 140 teacher positions and other employees by the next school year. Dr. Moore has told board members this will save the school system around 12.7 million dollars.

Hyles Files - Scraps

May 7, 2019

Alabama confirms case of measles

May 3, 2019

   Alabama health officials say there is a confirmed case of measles in the state. State Health Officer Scott Harris says a case of measles was confirmed Thursday in an infant under 1-year-old. The infant was not old enough to have been immunized. The Alabama case is in St. Clair County. It is the first confirmed case in Alabama after concerns about a resurgence of measles in several parts of the country. Harris says most of those outbreaks involved people who traveled internationally and brought the illness into areas with large numbers of unvaccinated people.

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Legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr died Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 85 years old.

Starr, who played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971, was the first quarterback in history to win five NFL championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

In a statement on the team website, Green Bay Packers historian Cliff Christl wrote that Starr was "maybe the most popular player in Packers history."

A carbon tax in South Africa will go into effect on June 1. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the measure into law on Sunday, making South Africa one of about 40 countries worldwide to adopt a carbon-pricing program.

A possible tornado struck the Oklahoma city of El Reno Saturday night and killed at least two people.

In a news conference early Sunday morning, El Reno mayor Matt White said the storm hit at about 10:30 p.m., and warning sirens sounded at 10:27 p.m.

The storm destroyed an American Budget Value Inn, damaged the nearby Skyview Estates mobile home park and also affected nearby businesses, including a car dealership.

President Trump attended a sumo wrestling competition with Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on Sunday, as the Japanese rolled out the red carpet for Trump during his visit to Tokyo.

The wrestler who won the competition received a U.S.-made trophy named the President's Cup, in honor of Trump's trip.

"That was something to see these great athletes, because they really are athletes," Trump said after the tournament. "It's a very ancient sport and I've always wanted to see sumo wrestling, so it was really great."

Bindu Sampath listens over and over to a voicemail of the giggling granddaughter she's never met. She wonders if she ever will.

Sampath's daughter Nimisha, the child's mother, abruptly left their native India three years ago. She'd gone to dental school a few hundred miles north of their hometown in the southwestern state of Kerala. It was there that she met her future husband. She converted to Islam from Hinduism, and he from Christianity. Authorities say they both joined ISIS.

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Maybe you know a colleague who keeps a sweater or a blanket at their desk to stay warm as the air conditioning tries to ice them out. Alternatively, maybe you have a co-worker who always comments on how warm the space is.

Either way, it's evident that the battle for the thermostat is being waged in offices and homes across the nation.

It's that debate that Tom Chang and his wife have been having for more than a decade.

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