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Hyles Files: Rich Man

Oct 2, 2018

Trainer jet plant will not be built in Macon County

Sep 28, 2018

   Macon County will not be the site of a new training aircraft plant after all. The Air Force yesterday announced that it had chosen the Boeing Company for the contract to build the next generation of jet trainer. Italian Company Leonardo DRS was among the finalists for the contract and it had chosen Moton Field in Tuskegee for its manufacturing site. The plant would have created 750 immediate jobs and another 4-thousand at suppliers in Central Alabama. 

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   A lawsuit has been filed against Alabama's secretary of state for blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by three people who said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill had blocked them from his Twitter account "because of opinions they expressed or questions they asked." American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama Director Randall Marshall said Merrill largely posts about the activities of his public office and blocking people deprives them of that information. The lawsuit argues it is a First Amendment violation to put a "viewpoint-based restriction" on access.

Montgomery's annual Diversity Summit is coming up

Sep 19, 2018

   Preparations are underway for this year’s annual Diversity Summit in Montgomery. The event is set for October 2nd and 3rd at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center with the theme of “The Future: Diversity. Talent. Innovation.” Meg Lewis with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce says the summit is popular with companies of all sizes. 

Montgomery Board of Education passes budget

Sep 14, 2018

   It was a concerned Montgomery County Board of Education that passed a deficit budget last night. The 231 million dollar spending plan for 2019 passed by a vote of 5 to 2. Even those voting for the budget bemoaned it’s 9.7 million dollar deficit. Board member Arika Watkins Smith said new revenue is needed. The 2018 budget would have also operated at a deficit if not for the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School to Pike Road.

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November 6,2008 – Our top story this hour: Montgomery Police have three men in custody and a fourth suspect is dead in connection with the shooting overnight that sent a Montgomery Police Officer to the hospital. The unidentified Police Officer, according to police spokesman Lt. Keith B. Barnett, is listed in stable condition.

November 5,2008 –
Dr. Howard Robinson is a Historian and Archivist for the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University who believes the historical aspect of the election will resonate for quite while ,especially in the South.

November 4,2008 – Record voter turnout predicted for today's election cycle; so far,no reports of any major problems at the polls. The Secretary of State's Office predicts Alabama will break its old turnout record of 76 percent set in the 1992 presidential race.

November 3,2008 –

October 31,2008 – WVAS News is working on the following stories this hour: In preparation for the election, the Secretary of State's Office is fielding calls about voter identification and squashing rumors concerning clothing that can be worn by voters. Tri-County schools are making adjustments to their budgets after learning there will be a 25 percent shortfall in state funds supporting local schools.

October 30,2008 – Our top story this hour:

Today is the deadline for getting your absentee ballot requests in to your local registrar's office if you want to vote in the upcoming election. Voter registration records in the state are being shattered; in Montgomery County, for example, between 15,000 and 20,000 new voter registration applications were submitted since January. Montgomery Elections Center spokesman,Trey Granger, says the requests for absentee ballots are increasing.

10/28 SportsTalk

Rachine Francis

October 27,2008 – Topics include a review a Magic City Classic and the latest in ASU Track news

10/29 Newscast

Tana Shealey

October 29th – This is the 12pm Newscast from Tana Shealey, WVAS News Director

October 28,2008 – WVAS News - Join WVAS for hourly news updates from National Public Radio, and state and local newscasts delivered by news anchors Melanie Hogan, Robb Taylor, and Tana Shealey at 6:00 a.m.,7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Our state and local sportscasts are brought to you at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. weekdays by Rachine Francis.

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