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     A federal appeals court is being asked to toss a lawsuit that had accused Alabama lawmakers of racially discrimination due to a law that blocked the majority-black city of Birmingham from raising its minimum wage. At issue in arguments scheduled Tuesday before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a 2016 statute requiring every city in Alabama to have the same minimum wage. Lawmakers passed the law after Birmingham's city council voted to increase the city's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The state law effectively nullified the planned increase.

   The contest to see who will be the Republican nominee for House District 74 in Montgomery is going to a runoff. After yesterday’s election, in very light balloting, Charlotte Meadows gathered 44 percent of the vote, while second place finisher Michael Fritz took in 22 percent. The four other candidates, Jesse Heifner, Daniel Sparkman, Tobias Grant and Jay King accrued 12, 11, 7 and 4 percent, respectively. Meadows and Fritz are set for a runoff on August 27. The winner of the runoff faces Democrat Rayford Mack in the general election Nov 12.


   Lilly Baptist Church in Montgomery is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Thomas E. Jordan. From a very young age, Jordan has known what he wanted to do with his life. He was baptized at 11 years old by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. At 18, he accepted his call to ministry. After receiving his Bachelor Degree at Morehouse College, he served as an assistant to the late Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy.

Terrell Owens Alumni Basketball Game this Saturday

May 30, 2019
sports gossip

   Some well-known sports figures are participating in the 3rd annual Terrell Owens Alumni Basketball Game coming this Saturday, June 1, to Alabama State University. The matchup is being billed as Alex City versus Coosa and some of the participants include Jamario Moon, Justin Tuck, Gerald Wallace, Randy Moss, Scottie Vines and Adalius Thomas. T

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.

     The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a pay raise for correctional officers as Alabama faces a federal court order to increase prison staff. Representatives voted 92-0 Tuesday night to give officers a 5% pay increase, expand bonuses and create a payout program for unused annual leave.