After a several-month hiatus, the House Judiciary Committee is once again meeting to discuss the possible impeachment of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

The committee is scheduled to meet later this morning to discuss a procedural question related to the probe. It is the first meeting since the investigation was put on hold by outgoing Attorney General Luther Strange in November.

The committee is tasked with making a recommendation to the full House of Representatives on whether there are grounds to impeach Governor Bentley.

Alabama's state auditor is suing Governor Robert Bentley over his appointment of Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Jim Zeigler filed suit in Montgomery County on Sunday claiming Bentley is wrong in waiting until 2018 to hold an election for the position.

John Grisham
Katie Willem / APR

The University of Alabama’s School of Law was visited by perhaps the most recognizable writer of legal fiction last week.

Author John Grisham was the keynote speaker at a symposium late last week celebrating Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird and examining its impact on society and the legal system. Grisham says To Kill a Mockingbird is one of a long line of novels that were both massively commercially successful and managed to shift public opinion about an issue or injustice through that success.

NASA

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison addressed female students studying mathematics and engineering at the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. The Decatur native was the first African American woman to fly in space. Jemison later had a guest appearance as a crew member of the U.S.S. Enterprise on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The veteran Space Shuttle astronaut will also be immortalized with her own LEGO figure in a collection of space pioneers. Jemison's only mission in space was STS-47, or Spacelab-J for Japan in 1992.

More and more U.S. States are following Alabama's lead, and re-instituting cursive writing instruction for school kids. The skill is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students raised on keyboarding, texting and printing out letters longhand. Alabama and Louisiana passed laws in 2016 mandating cursive proficiency in public schools, the latest of 14 states to require cursive. And last fall, the 1.1 million-student New York City school system encouraged teaching cursive to students in the third grade.

If Pets Had Thumbs

Mar 4, 2017
Mindy Norton

There are holidays for a lot of important occasions, but there are a few light-hearted days on the calendar, as well.  At the beginning of every March, we can celebrate our imagination with "If Pets Had Thumbs" Day!

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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been sent home from the NFL combine, according to sources including the Associated Press. The Dick Butkus Award winner reportedly had an heated argument with a doctor before interviews with the teams were to begin. Foster suffered injuries toward the end of his career with the Alabama Crimson Tide, including surgery on his rotator cuff. That operation was to have kept him out of on-field drills at the combine. Foster is widely considered the best inside linebacker coming out of college, with five sacks and over one hundred tackles.

State contracts for the high-profile lawyers on both sides of an impeachment investigation are being extended amid the possibility of the probe resuming.   

 The Legislative Contract Review Committee approved the contracts this week.

"Can we talk?"

Mar 3, 2017

Workers at the Federal Courthouse in Tuscaloosa are expected to see a familiar sight today. Protesters carried signs up and down the sidewalk along University Boulevard. They have one message and one man to whom they want that message delivered. APR’s Pat Duggins hit the streets…

Even after organizing two protest marches, the megaphone still takes getting used to…

APR News Director Pat Duggins shot this video as demonstrators marched up and down the sidewalk past Tuscaloosa's Federal Courthouse. They want a town hall meeting with Senator Richard Shelby on questions ranging from Donald Trump to the Affordable Care Act.

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