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Traffic crash leaves one dead, one still recovering

Both victims are from Vestavia Hills. Augusta Vos was transported by MedStar Ambulance ...
GSPD are continuing the investigation with assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Wodruff ...

Vestavia Hills cyclist dies, another one recovering after an acc - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

VESTAVIA HILLS - AL - Police In Gulf Shores investigating after a cyclist dies and another one is seriously injured. Police were called to the 21000 block of County Road 2 (State Park Road) regarding a traffic collision involving a car vs. bicyclist.

Three Shelby County cities considered best suburbs to live in

Vestavia Hills was ranked number one on the list and Mountain Brook ...
Helena, Calera and Alabaster were recently named most affordable places to live in the state of Alabama by

Last Call for Sen. Del Marsh's Alabama Lottery/Casino Bill

According to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh's proposal to ...
some senators had already promised to filibuster against it. Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, said the bill is not on the calendar for ...

2 Vestavia Hills residents seriously injured in bicycle-car collision in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, AL (WBRC) - Gulf Shores Police say two Vestavia Hills residents were seriously injured while cycling when they were in a collision with a car along State Park Road on Wednesday. Police say John Richard Vos, 73, is listed in critical condition ...

Protect exploited children

The remark by state Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills, drew chuckles at a March 31 child advocacy day sponsored by Voices for Alabama's Children. But his intent was serious as he explained the need for legislation to prohibit sexually exploited children ...

Two-year-old drowns in swimming pool accident

When they arrived officers discovered a two-year-old from Vestavia Hills, Ala. who was unresponsive with CPR in ...
Catch up on the latest news in Baldwin County, AL from FOX10 TV in Mobile, AL. Catch up on the latest news in Baldwin County, AL from ...

Tommy Walker resigns as head baseball coach at Vestavia Hills

Walker told this morning he resigned from his position at Vestavia Hills at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday evening. He chose not to go into detail as for the reasons why, but did release a statement. He sought to keep the situation as ...

Tops in Teaching: Vestavia’s Brown Is Alabama Teacher of the Year

Vestavia Hills High School teacher Jennifer Brown has been chosen Alabama Teacher of the Year. Brown, who teaches applied physical science and guided study, has taught at Vestavia High School for 13 years. She was Vestavia Hills’ Secondary Teacher of the ...

UAB grad named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year

Vestavia Hills High School science teacher and UAB alumna Jennifer Brown will serve as the official spokesperson and representative for teachers in Alabama for the next year. University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education alumna Jennifer Brown has ...

PHOTOS: Alabama weather May 28

Click here for photos Reporters are in the field prepared to bring Alabamians the most up-to-date coverage on Alabama weather. Here are snapshots from problem areas.

Flooding in Birmingham area

According to the Birmingham Police Department, the following streets in the Birmingham area are flooded: 2700 29th Avenue North 3000 33rd Terrace North Center Street between 3rd Avenue North and Gr…

Hoover, Vestavia, Rocky Ridge firefighters respond to scene of apartment fire

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Multiple crews of firefighters are on the scene of an apartment fire in the Vestavia Hills area. There are reportedly 10 units involved in the blaze. As of now 18 people…

PHOTOS: Vestavia Police involved in high speed chase

Click here for photos. On Wednesday, a group of car burglary suspects took police on two high speed chases. Two suspects were caught in the Central Elementary School parking lot. Police are still sea…

Lockdowns lifted from all 4 Vestavia Hills Schools

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE x2: The Vestavia Hills City Schools Facebook page states that the lockdowns have been lifted at all Vestavia Hills City Schools following the apprehension of robbe…

Fire in Vestavia Hills called in by neighbors

VESTAVIA, Ala. (WIAT) — A fire occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Vestavia Hills. The fire, which happened on Pine Tree Circle, started outside of the home. Most of the damage is to the outside o…

Medical marijuana supporters rally in Vestavia Hills #MedicalDagga

Medical marijuana supporters rally in Vestavia Hills #MedicalDagga — Doctors For Dagga (@DoctorsForDagga) May 3, 2015

Medical marijuana supporters rally in Vestavia Hills

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — About 100 supporters of legalizing medical marijuana gathered in Vestavia Hills Saturday to not only show their support but also to hopefully change some minds. “The Ala…

Medical marijuana rally held in Vestavia Hills #MedicalDagga

Medical marijuana rally held in Vestavia Hills #MedicalDagga — Doctors For Dagga (@DoctorsForDagga) May 3, 2015

Medical Marijuana rally held in Vestavia Hills #MedicalDagga

Medical Marijuana rally held in Vestavia Hills #MedicalDagga — Doctors For Dagga (@DoctorsForDagga) May 3, 2015


Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in VESTAVIA HILLS ALABAMA

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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Tips to Prevent Data Theft in VESTAVIA HILLS ALABAMA

Today, it’s quick and easy to get a credit card approved, transfer money from one account to another, renew your driver’s license, fill a prescription from your doctor at your local pharmacy, use store loyalty cards, and purchase products online. But you pay for this convenience by providing more opportunities for your personal information to be changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Companies can also use the information you have shared to direct their future marketing efforts or can sell the information to other companies. To help protect your privacy, follow these tips:

  • Look for privacy statements on websites, sales materials, and forms you fill out. If a website claims to follow a set of established voluntary standards, read the standards. Don´t assume they provide the level of privacy you want.
  • Ask how your personal information will be stored and used.
  • Only provide the purchase date, model/serial numbers, and your contact information of warranty registration forms.
  • Discuss privacy with others in your home. Everyone, even children, should understand what information is not appropriate to share on the phone, while using a computer, tablet, smart phone and in other situations.

Check with your state or local consumer agency to find out whether any state laws that help protect your privacy. Some companies and industry groups have also adopted voluntary policies that address privacy concerns.

Creating Secure Passwords

The number of passwords that you need on a daily basis can be overwhelming. It is tempting to use the same password across several sites; however to get the most protection available, you should use different passwords on each site and change your passwords periodically. The goal for creating passwords is to strike a balance between being something that is easy to remember and unique. Some general tips for creating a secure password include:

  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • The longer password, the better it is.
  • Don’t use your name, birthday, license plate, favorite sports teams or other facts that are easily guessed.
  • Create a password based on a phrase. For example “A stitch in time saves nine” can be translated into the password “Ast!Ts9”. where each character represents a word in the phrase.
  • If you must use the same password on several websites, add a prefix or suffix. For example, use “Ast!Ts9:4bnk”for your bank account and “Eml: Ast!Ts9” for your email account.

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Specialty Consumer Reports

Credit reports are not the only reports that you can get for free. The same law that allows you to get a free credit report each year also allows you to get a copy of specialty consumer reports. Just like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion collect your credit information, there are other companies that collect information about your medical, insurance, rental/tenant and alternative credit histories. Landlords, insurers and other companies buy these reports to help them decide whether or not they will offer their services to you.

Just like your credit reports, you have the right to a free annual report from each specialty consumer reporting agency. Since there is no centralized place to order these reports (like there is for credit reports), you must contact each agency individually. If you are planning to rent an apartment, ask the landlord for the name of the screening company that they use and request a copy of your report in advance. Similarly if you are getting a new insurance policy, you can contact the consumer reporting agencies that collect related information. If there is a mistake on your report, you have a right to correct it.

For a list of specialty consumer agencies, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (PDF) or Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. If you need to file a complaint about a consumer reporting agency, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.


What do you think about "clemency" being aplied to criminals in VESTAVIA HILLS ALABAMA?

Based on its commitment to address issues of injustice in judgment, President Obama awarded 22 commutations today people serving time in a federal prison. If they had been condemned by the current laws and policies, many of these people would have already served his time and paid his debt to society.Because many were convicted under a regime of obsolete sentence served years - in some cases more than a decade - more than individuals convicted today for the same offense.

In total, 22 commutations granted today underscore the President´s commitment to use all the tools at their disposal to achieve greater justice and fairness in our justice system. We further demonstrate how the exercise of this important Instituition can remedy imbalances and correct errors in judgment. Added to its previous 21 commutations, the President has granted 43 switches in total. To put the actions of President Obama in context, President George W. Bush commuted 11 convictions in his eight years in office.

To further this progress, the President has established a leniency to encourage people who were convicted under laws and policies obsolete switch request initiative. In his address, major reforms have followed, including the enactment of new criteria for potential candidates switching to satisfy even those who pose no danger to public safety, have a clean record in prison, and have been convicted in out of date laws. The Department of Justice has raised awareness about applying switching to ensure that each federal prisoner who believe are worthy of this second invaluable opportunity have the opportunity to ask for it.

Emphasizing the responsibility that brings a switchover, the President wrote a letter to each of the 22 people who received clemency today, recognizing its potential to overcome the mistakes they made and encourage them to make good decisions moving forward.

While today´s announcement represents a major advance, there is more work to delante.La Administration will continue to work to thoroughly review all requests for clemencia.Y while switching is an important tool for those seeking justice and equity in our criminal justice system, it is almost always an option of last resort, which comes after a long trial and years behind bars. That is why President Obama is committed to working with Democrats and Republicans in sensible to our criminal justice system aimed give judges greater discretion over mandatory minimum sentencing reforms. As the Department of Justice has pointed out, sometimes mandatory minimum sentences have resulted in more severe penalties for nonviolent drug offenders that many violent offenders and are not necessary for processing at this level.

Now, a major reform became law. In 2010, the President signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the disparity in the amounts of powder cocaine and crack need for the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences. The President is encouraged by the bipartisan support for improving our criminal justice system, including the promise of legislation to implement front-end changes in sentencing.It also supports bipartisan efforts to provide back-end support through education and work better training for those currently incarcerated and reforming our juvenile justice system to build on the significant reductions in the number Youth held in secure facilities.

Ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system will require ongoing efforts to invest in the types of programs that help prevent individuals turning to crime, such as education and employment, as well as changes in our sentencing laws to ensure that the punishment really fit the crime. As we work to make those improvements, the President will continue to use its authority leniency in certain cases where justice, fairness and proportionality so require, and give eligible and worthy people who have paid their debt to society the opportunity contribute in the sense ways. [7]


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