WVAS Local

Everyone's ready for the Magic City Classic Saturday

Oct 26, 2018


Magic City Classic week culminates tomorrow with the 77th annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic parade and football game. Coaches and players have been in Birmingham getting ready for the matchup between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M. The parade is set to roll at 8 o’clock Saturday morning. It will be televised by WBRC in Birmingham and WSFA in Montgomery. The game kicks off at 2:30. ESPN 3 has the TV broadcast. WVAS has the radio broadcast, starting with pregame at 2 o’clock.


   Alabama State University has lost the founding dean of its College of Business Administration, Dr. Percy J. Vaughn Jr. The legendary educator died yesterday morning at the age of 86. His tenure at ASU spanned more than three decades. As the Dean of COBA and as a professor of marketing, Dr. Vaughn helped to launch hundreds of graduates into successful careers. The university honored him last year by dedicating the College of Business Administration in his name.

Alabama Academy of Honor names new members

Oct 23, 2018

   Five new members have been added to the Alabama Academy of Honor. The Academy held a ceremony at the state capitol yesterday inducting the new members. Each new inductee was given the opportunity to speak at the occasion. The inductees are former U-S District Judge U. W. Clemon; civic leader Walter Bell; former Executive Director of Leadership Birmingham Anne D. Florie; former chairman and CEO of Compass Bank D. Paul Jones, Jr.; and W. Stancil (Stan) Starnes, CEO of ProAssurance Corporation. The Academy was created by

ASU student killed in traffic accident

Oct 18, 2018

   A student at Alabama State University lost her life in a traffic accident last weekend. ASU officials have released a statement mourning the loss of 18 year old Kennedy Segars. The freshman was killed Sunday in Dekalb County, Georgia when the car she was a passenger in was hit by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver. Segars had gone home to celebrate her mother’s birthday.

Moratorium placed on paroles to violent offenders

Oct 16, 2018

   Faced with concerns that the state parole board had freed violent offenders, Governor Kay Ivey and the state’s attorney general met with the panel yesterday. Following the meeting, Governor Ivey announced changes, including replacing the parole board chairman. The governor also signed an executive order placing a 75-day moratorium on early paroles. The order directs the board to stop considering inmates for parole before they complete a designated amount of their sentence. She also asked the board to develop a corrective action plan.

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. 


   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.

Montgomery police arrest three more in homicide

Sep 11, 2018

   Police have made three arrests in a murder from early August in Montgomery. Police announced yesterday that 16 year old Marcus Brown, 16 year old Nicolas Moore and 25 year old Queneshia King have all been charged with two counts each of capital murder. It was on August 10th that 29 year old Samuel James was found shot to death in the 15-hundred block of South Hull Street. Investigators determined that James had been shot while in his vehicle during the course of a robbery.