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Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are getting the green light to operate in the City of Huntsville.

The Huntsville City Council approved two ordinances last night to allow the companies to begin service in the Rocket City.  The first requires the businesses to seek council approval for a license.  The other sets the fees for the licenses.

Birmingham recently approved the use of ride-sharing companies.  Mobile and Montgomery also have Uber.   

Alabama voters are facing a deadline if they want to take part in the March primary elections. Today is the last day to hand in your registration form in person. APR student reporter Tori Martinez breaks down the deadlines.

Monday is the last day for Alabamians to register online for the so-called SEC Primaries. Registration forms sent in the mail have to be postmarked by Saturday, and Friday is the last day to hand-deliver your forms.

Advocacy groups representing three states, including Alabama want changes to a national form regarding proof of Citizenship to register to vote.

The 30 groups want a federal elections official to throw out the rule in Alabama, Georgia and Kansas

The groups sent a letter to the new executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, arguing the impact would be particularly significant because 2016 is a presidential election year when people typically register in greater numbers.

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Say “the blues,” and Mississippi might come to mind. But Alabama has just as much heritage when it comes to this musical form, and for the past 20 years, the Tuscaloosa-based Alabama Blues Project has been working to preserve that heritage for future generations. Tomorrow, the nonprofit will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a concert in Tuscaloosa. APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports some of the musicians are only as big as their guitars.

Talks are underway to bring a state lottery to Alabama. APR student reporter Allison Mollenkamp has more on day one of the debate in the state legislature.

The Senate and Tourism Marketing Committee considered a bill by Senator Jim McClendon to create a state lottery.

The hearing was split between two sides. Opponents believe a lottery would take advantage of poor families. Supporters believe it would help generate income for local businesses that currently lose those dollars to lottery players who drive across state lines to purchase their tickets.

The first case of the Zika virus in Alabama has been reported. APR student reporter Parker Branton has more on how this case fits into to the overall outbreak…

The Alabama Department of Public Health says a travel related case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Morgan County in north Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department has announced how officers will be disciplined after a violent arrest last fall that went viral.

Police Chief Steven Anderson says Officer James Kent is still on administrative leave with pay pending disciplinary action. Officer Justin Sams received a written reprimand along with remedial training to improve his communication skills.

The Birmingham City Council is increasing in the local minimum wage a little earlier than expected.  The council voted today to move the implementation date of the wage increase to March 1.

The council had the idea in August to establish an hourly minimum wage of $8.50 by July 2016; and $10.10 by July 2017, with increases afterward tied to inflation.

Alabama has no state minimum wage and uses the federal minimum of $7.25.

This is a list of school closures due to wintry weather as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. For the most up-to-date information on your child's school, call that school's front office. Pat Duggins

Arab City Schools: Closing at 11:30 a.m.

Cullman County Schools closing at noon

DeKalb County Schools: Closed.

Fayetteville City Schools: Closed all day Tuesday

Fort Payne Schools: Closed.

Franklin County Schools: All schools closed Tuesday.

Jackson County Schools: Closed.

Lawrence County, AL Schools: Dismissing at noon.


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