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Tuscaloosa is the first city in Alabama to take part in a new project aimed at paving the way for self-driving cars.

New short-range radios installed at dozens of traffic signals throughout Tuscaloosa and Northport will be collecting data for research aimed at decreasing travel time, reducing vehicle crashes and laying the groundwork for eventually supporting self-driving cars. Researchers say one useful application of the radios will be red light warnings in cars, similar to collision warnings already installed in some newer vehicle models.

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Alabama’s prison system has been in the news a lot this year, and not for good reasons. Violence, inmate riots, allegations of mismanagement and corruption and a failed prison building plan in the state legislature have all pointed out plenty of problems.

The Alabama Public Radio news team spent several months in a national award-winning effort examining what happens as people go into the state’s prison system and what happens when they come out.

Sky-High Home Insurance Rates in Gulf Shores

Oct 23, 2017
Gulf Shores flood
Kinfay Moroti / AP

A new study shows Gulf Shores has some of the highest home insurance rates in the country.

The industry website Insurance.com reports Gulf Shores has the fourth highest insurance rate in the U.S. Homeowners living in the coastal community are reportedly paying over five hundred percent more than the national average. Towns along the coast typically have higher rates, due to an increased risk of natural disasters and flooding.

Jefferson County’s suspended District Attorney has been found guilty of first-degree perjury.

Talking to My Dog

Oct 21, 2017
Roy Montgomery [Flickr]

When talking to your dog, it's not just what you say but how you say it.  Using praising words in an upbeat, positive tone of voice, activates your furry friend's pleasure center.  What a great thing to do for your best friend!

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The state of Alabama will give prosecutors 674 names of voters who crossed party lines during the September GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. Those people, who voted in the Democratic primary and later in the Republican primary, are in apparent violation of the state's new crossover voting ban. Secretary of State John Merrill says he plans to send the names to the attorney general and district attorneys after local election officials check the list for errors. The move signals a hardline approach to the new state law — used for the first time in the U.S.

Kentuck Festival Begins Tomorrow

Oct 20, 2017

Thousands of people are expected to attend the 46th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts this weekend.

The arts festival will feature close to three hundred booths with artists selling their work and demonstrating their crafts. There will also be a music stage and a spoken word tent. For the younger audience, there will be a kids' area which will include many hands-on art activities. Kids under 12 also get free admission to the festival.

Last night, the state of Alabama put a man to death who was convicted of murdering a police officer and also in the process of suing the state over its lethal injection methods.

Airbus Acquisition Likely to Mean New Jobs in Mobile

Oct 19, 2017

More airplane manufacturing jobs are likely coming to the Mobile area.

Mobile is currently the site of an assembly line for French airplane manufacturer Airbus, and it may be getting a second one. That news follows a deal giving Airbus a majority stake in the C series aircraft from Canadian plane maker Bombardier. The C series is similar to the A-320 and A-321 aircraft already manufactured in Mobile. Airbus says they plan to open an assembly line in south Alabama to manufacture the C series planes.

Alabama’s Department of Corrections is scheduled to execute 40-year-old Torrey Twane McNabb this evening. But as of now, a stay on that execution remains in place.

Yesterday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the stay to allow for additional proceedings in McNabb’s lawsuit. He and other Alabama death row inmates are challenging the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection protocol. Specifically, they argue the sedative midazolam can be ineffective, and might not render them unconscious before other drugs stop their lungs and heart.

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