Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana defend their proposal to replace Obamacare today before the Senate Finance Committee. Click title to view live coverage...

All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’ve been looking at rural healthcare. Advocates of rural healthcare in Alabama say a critical element is how to pay for treatment. Republicans on Capitol Hill are debating a new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that’s helping to deepen concerns over the cost of health coverage. Alabamians already face the fourth highest health insurance rates in the nation and rural hospitals here receive among the lowest reimbursements from Medicare.

Tomorrow is the Republican runoff election between sitting U.S. Senator Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, and the White House is suggesting it won’t really be that big a defeat if their candidate loses.

Online Sales Tax Relief Program in Alabama

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Alabama is one of several states taking part in a program offering relief for online sales tax collection.

The Multistate Tax Commission has a sales tax amnesty program going on in nineteen states, including Alabama.  The program allows online sellers to come forward and register their sales or use tax without penalties.  This includes large online retailers like Amazon and smaller third-party accounts.

Former White House advisor Steve Bannon is heading to Alabama to campaign for former State Chief Justice Roy Moore ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff election. Bannon will speak Monday at a Moore which will also feature “Duck Dynasty” personality Phil Robertson. Moore is facing current U.S. Senator Luther Strange who held a rally on Friday headlined by President Trump. Both candidates are embroiled in controversies ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

Preparing for Disaster

Sep 23, 2017
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One lesson learned  in Hurricane Katrina is that failure to include pets in a disaster plan endangers not only the pets, but also the pet owners, and even first responders who try to rescue them .  Be a  responsible pet owner and plan to keep both you and your best friend safe, no matter what blows your way.

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President Donald Trump stumped for Luther Strange, despite controversies that dog both candidates in the GOP runoff race for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat. The President declared Strange a "swamp" fighter without close ties to GOP leaders. The runoff remains right between Strange and suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Prosecutors claim Strange’s fundraising chair has ties to a non-profit accused of bribing a former member of the Alabama State House. Moore has his own legal worries as well.

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One of the state’s premiere events for the food-obsessed is taking place this weekend in Tuscaloosa.

Schoolyard Roots, formerly known as the Druid City Garden Project, is hosting its annual Garden Party this Sunday at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Schoolyard Roots is a nonprofit organization that builds and maintains teaching gardens in area elementary schools, providing kids both with healthy produce and hands-on learning opportunities.

Eric Courchesne is the Interim Executive Director of Schoolyard Roots.

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore may be in hot water with the IRS just days before the GOP runoff election for U.S. Senate. Moore is in a dead heat with sitting U.S. Senator Luther Strange. Now, the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center is filing a formal complaint with the IRS claiming Roy Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law has violated the law regarding charities and political action. Brendan Fischer is with the Campaign Legal Center. He says for several months, the foundation has used its Facebook page and newsletter to promote Moore’s candidacy for U.S. Senate.

President Trump and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin aren’t the only big names to campaign in Alabama’s upcoming vote for the U.S. Senate. Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to support Democrat Doug Jones. Mr. Biden will headline a campaign rally in Birmingham on October 3rd. The former Vice President says Jones is a proven leader in which we can place our trust. Jones will face either Strange or Moore in the December twelfth special election for U.S. Senate. The seat previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones is a lawyer and former U.S.

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