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Roy Wood Jr. a guest at the WVAS anniversary event

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

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Republican-backed plan to phase out
the state sales tax on groceries has received a public hearing
before a state Senate committee. But the plan's sponsor, Sen. Scott
Beason of Gardendale, predicts the bill won't get out of the
The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a
public hearing on Beason's bill Wednesday. The committee is
scheduled to vote on the bill next week.
The bill would remove 1 percent of the state's 4 percent grocery

Montgomery, Alabama – The penalties are being handed down for the two high school basketball teams involved in an on court brawl during Alabama High School Athletic Association play last week.

Montgomery's George Washington Carver High School faces a $2,600.00 fine, and its boys basketball team will NOT be allowed to play in any tournaments next year. The AHSAA said it might lift the tournament ban at a later date depending upon Carver's actions over the next few months.

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call us at 334-229-4783.

Montgomery, Alabama – Two Tuskegee residents are being held int he Macon County Jail on murder charges. Tuskegee Police are charging 34 year old Alvin Piner and 42 year old Catherine Hernendez in the death of 39 year old Derrick Bailey.

Bailey was found semi-conscious along Highway 29 Tuesday night and later died.

Police have not released the cause of death.

Montgomery, Alabama – For the second time in less than two weeks, Montgomery Police are investigating a double murder.

Montgomery Police Major Huey Thornton says the victims, 24 year old Jauan Minor and 27 year old Gerard Burdette, both of Montgomery, were shot in their heads late Tuesday at a residents at 722 Ridgemont Avenue.

A 53 year old man at the scene suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Early Wednesday morning, two other men showed up at the emergency room with non-life threatening gunshot wounds in connection to the shootings on Ridgemont.

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen, now, to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS Newsroom. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call the newsroom at 334-229-4783.

Montgomery, Alabama – Here are some of the top stories this hour in the WVAS newsroom.

Montgomery, Alabama –
As part of the plan to deal with budget shortfalls, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to close three schools, Hayneville Road, Pintlala and Patterson Elementary.

This weekend, supporters of Hayneville Road and Pintlala schools plan to gather at Pintlala Elementary to form a prayer chain in hopes of keeping the schools open.

Montgomery County Commissioners Elton Dean and Reed Ingram along with the Reverend Gary Burton of the Pintlala Baptist Church are organizing a Saturday prayer chain for the schools.

Montgomery, Alabama – Pointing to a pending budget shortfall, the Montgomery County Board of Education is giving some grim news to hundreds of area teachers.

The board will not renew contracts for 650 non-tenured teachers. The school system is facing a $28 million dollar budget shortfall.

Last month, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to close three area schools by the end of the year because of the budget.