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Alabama's Special Senate Election--Student Views...

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Alabama will elect its next junior senator today in an election that pits former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore against former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. Opinions about both candidates fall all over the board across the state. That includes students on campus at the University of Alabama. APR Student Reporter Allison Mollenkamp has more….

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President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Pensacola as part of a weekend trip across the Gulf Coast – less than 20 miles from the Alabama state line and just four days before the hotly contested Senate election between Doug Jones and Roy Moore. Some political experts believed the event would be a de facto campaign stop for Roy Moore. Others said Trump was there to thank the Pensacola area for their strong support during last year’s election. Turns out, it was a little of both.

It was a weekend of denials following reports in the Washington Post about Roy Moore. The paper quotes four women from Alabama who say the Republican candidate pursued them sexually when they were teenagers. One of these women was just fourteen years old at the time and Moore was thirty two. Supporters of the twice-removed Alabama Chief Justice are lining up behind while GOP leaders in Washington are keeping their distance. Other observers are watching something else in Moore’s race against Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat.

Beyond Politics: The Realities of Abortion Access in Alabama...

Dec 11, 2017

We’re just a day away from the special General Election to pick Alabama’s next junior U.S. Senate. Republican Roy Moore is refusing to take questions over on-going allegation of sexual misconduct, child abuse, and attempted rape. He is willing to talk about Democrat Doug Jones stance in favor of abortion rights. APR student reporter Allison Mollenkamp looked into what women in Alabama currently face when they choose to end a pregnancy…

U. Mobile Professor Develops Christmas Tree Light Calculator

Dec 11, 2017

A math expert at the University of Mobile is looking to take some of the guesswork out of decorating your Christmas tree.

Troy Henderson is a professor of mathematics at the university. He has developed and released a free online calculator that anyone can use to determine the optimal way to string lights on their Christmas tree. Henderson's calculator takes the dimensions of the tree and the length of lights available and uses calculus to determine the optimal spacing.

Senator Richard Shelby says he decided to cast a write-in ballot in the state's upcoming Senate election because of allegations that GOP 

   nominee Roy Moore molested a girl when she was 14.

Shelby told CNN in an interview Sunday that the accusation was the "tipping point" in his decision not to vote for Moore. He says he wrote in the name of a "distinguished" Republican instead.

Shelby previously announced his refusal to vote for Moore, but he explained it during the interview.

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from an Alabama prison has been recaptured in Florida.  

The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that 27-year-old Antwone Wilson was apprehended early Saturday by federal marshals and sheriff's deputies at a hotel in Titusville, Florida.

Authorities say Wilson escaped Monday from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama. He is serving a sentence of life without parole for a first-degree robbery conviction.

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Adopting a pet at Christmas gives both pet and new owner a special gift that keeps giving all year long.  If you have room in your life for a new four-footed buddy, adopt one today and share Christmas with your best friend!

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FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing. He's likely to face questions regarding the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. The hearing comes a day after President Trump attacked the FBI on Twitter, saying its reputation is in tatters, citing the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server under former director James Comey. Click the title to watch the video...

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