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Wilkins Pleads Guilty

December 5, 2014 - 5:43pm
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The man accused of shooting and injuring numerous people in a mass shooting in Downtown Tuscaloosa has pleaded guilty. This comes just days before he was set to stand trial.

OAD: Friday, December 5, 2014

43rd Christmas On the River

December 4, 2014 - 10:36pm
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Christmas On the River in Demopolis started back in 1972 as a nautical parade.Today, there are a variety of events throughout the week of the celebration.From parades to food, there is something for everyone!For a full agenda of COTR events you can visit www.demopolischamber.com

Trial to begin for suspect in Copper Top shooting

December 4, 2014 - 3:13pm

Nathan van Wilkins is set to stand trial Monday

TUSCALOOSA— Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the man accused of the 2012 Copper Top bar shooting.

Nathan van Wilkins is accused of firing 11 rounds and injuring 17 people.

The defense attorneys have asked that certain details be left out of the trial, including items found in Wilkins’ home and photos posted on social media.



Alabama Accountability Act ruling arriving soon

December 4, 2014 - 12:43pm

By WVUA Staff

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Supreme Court is expected to rule soon
on the constitutionality of the Alabama Accountability Act. This act gives
low-income families tax credits to pay for private schools. ...Read more

University of Alabama students form silent protest in wake of Ferguson decision

December 4, 2014 - 12:25pm

Hundreds of University of Alabama students gathered in the Ferguson Center for a silent protest following the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

By Jennifer Edwards

TUSCALOOSA - From Ferguson, Missouri to West Alabama, the recent grand
jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death
of Michael Brown sparked a nation-wide debate on race in America.

Hundreds of students at the University of Alabama joined
together in the Ferguson Center on Wednesday not to be heard but to be seen. ...Read more

Boy killed by spider leaves his Christmas presents for those in need

December 4, 2014 - 11:00am

By WVUA staff

Despite tragedy, a grieving family is giving back by donating their 5-year-old son, Branson's presents to charity after he was killed hours after being bitten by a spider. ...Read more

Dixieland Delight

December 4, 2014 - 10:44am

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama says it's reviewing the use of a popular song at athletic events after students turned it into an obscene chant during the Auburn game. Athletics director Bill Battle issued a statement Wednesday saying school officials will discuss whether to continue playing "Dixieland Delight." The song was first released by the band Alabama more than 30 years ago, and the university often plays it over the public address system at football games. Fans sing along and students add chants. Some of the words are usually vulgar. ...Read more

Educator makes music with a purpose

December 4, 2014 - 10:42am

jill tutt album cover

By WVUA Staff

A Demopolis educator is taking a jump from
the class room to the recording studio in hopes of making a difference this

Jill Tutt, a Demopolis High School English teacher,
hopes everyone will pick up her new Christmas album, entitled “It’s Almost
Christmas Day”. ...Read more

Locals compete in reality show

December 4, 2014 - 10:34am
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Two people from the WVUA coverage area are competing in the
Country Music Television reality show, Redneck Island.

Jorden Estis and Rocky Dale Davis will make their debut tonight
at 9 p.m. They will be competing for a grand prize of $100,000.

Cast members will have to prove mental and physical
durability in order to win. The competitors will be living together as they
compete. ...Read more