The Associated Press http://apr.org en Governor Asks 2 ASU Trustees To Resign http://apr.org/post/governor-asks-2-asu-trustees-resign <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.</p><p>Bentley sent letters Tuesday to Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins asking them to resign by Thursday afternoon. Bentley says their resignations would be in the best interest of the university. Bentley serves as president of the Alabama State board by virtue of his office.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:44:59 +0000 The Associated Press 56276 at http://apr.org Governor Asks 2 ASU Trustees To Resign Strange Praises Ruling Against Health Care Law http://apr.org/post/strange-praises-ruling-against-health-care-law <p></p><p>Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is praising a federal appeals court ruling against an important provision in President Barack Obama's health care law.</p><p>Strange says he is proud to have joined other Republican attorneys general who opposed the law before an appeals court in Washington.</p><p>The divided court ruled Tuesday that federal subsidies to help millions of low and middle-income people pay insurance premiums apply only in states that set up their own insurance markets under the law. A federal court in Virginia unanimously ruled the opposite way.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:39:06 +0000 The Associated Press 56275 at http://apr.org Strange Praises Ruling Against Health Care Law Alabama State Picked For Historic March Exhibit http://apr.org/post/alabama-state-picked-historic-march-exhibit <p></p><p>The National Park Service has chosen Alabama State University in Montgomery as the location for the third and final interpretative center along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail.</p><p>The park service and university President Gwendolyn Boyd signed a memorandum of understanding Monday. The signing comes one year before Alabama plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march.</p><p>Several sites in the capital city competed for the interpretative center, but officials said community support and resources clinched it for ASU.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:09:23 +0000 The Associated Press 56197 at http://apr.org Alabama State Picked For Historic March Exhibit Meehan Retiring As Jacksonville State President http://apr.org/post/meehan-retiring-jacksonville-state-president <p></p><p>The longtime president of Jacksonville State University says he will retire next year.</p><p>Bill Meehan told trustees that he's stepping down as of June 2015.</p><p>The school announced his decision on its Facebook page.</p><p>The delay in Meehan's departure provides a chance for board members to name a successor.</p><p>Meehan has been president since July 1, 1999.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:01:35 +0000 The Associated Press 56196 at http://apr.org Meehan Retiring As Jacksonville State President Artur Davis Eyes 2015 Race For Montgomery Mayor http://apr.org/post/artur-davis-eyes-2015-race-montgomery-mayor <p></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis says he will set up an exploratory committee for the 2015 mayor's race in his hometown of Montgomery.</p><p>Davis says he will establish the committee on Aug. 25, one year before the election. The former congressman says he will enter the race for mayor if the exploratory committee determines the resources and grassroots support are there for a campaign.</p><p>Davis made the announcement in an opinion article for al.com.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:47:59 +0000 The Associated Press 56195 at http://apr.org Artur Davis Eyes 2015 Race For Montgomery Mayor New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama' http://apr.org/post/new-signs-say-welcome-sweet-home-alabama <p></p><p>Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."</p><p>State tourism and transportation officials say the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003 will be replaced by the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs over the next few months. Smaller versions of the signs will be on the grounds of the eight state welcome centers to serve as backdrops for travelers' photos.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:21 +0000 The Associated Press 56040 at http://apr.org New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama' Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabama-unemployment-unchanged-68-percent <p></p><p>Alabama's unemployment rate for June is unchanged at 6.8 percent.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work. June's rate is higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago.</p><p>Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 5.0 percent, Baldwin and Cullman at 5.7 percent, and Lee and Cherokee at 5.9 percent.</p><p>The counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 17.2 percent, Perry at 14.8 percent and Dallas at 14.3 percent.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:36:28 +0000 The Associated Press 56039 at http://apr.org Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent Ala. Officials Reviewing Sex Education Curriculum http://apr.org/post/ala-officials-reviewing-sex-education-curriculum <p></p><p>State education officials say they're reviewing public school sex education policies after a state law banning consensual anal and oral sex was ruled unconstitutional in June.</p><p>Alabama Department of Education Spokesman Michael Sibley tells Al.com because of the court's ruling, sexual education curriculum emphasizing that gay sex is illegal in Alabama is legally incorrect.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:13:09 +0000 The Associated Press 55984 at http://apr.org Ala. Officials Reviewing Sex Education Curriculum Mobile Breaks 128-Year-Old Record Low http://apr.org/post/mobile-breaks-128-year-old-record-low <p></p><p>Unseasonably cool temperatures for July set new record lows across Alabama.</p><p>Forecasters say Mobile broke a 128-year-old record with a low temperature of 64 degrees early Thursday. The National Weather Service says the low was 1 degree cooler than the low of 65 degrees set in 1886.</p><p>But Mobile wasn't alone.</p><p>The weather service says records were also set in Anniston with 58 degrees and Birmingham with 60 degrees.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:07:39 +0000 The Associated Press 55983 at http://apr.org Mobile Breaks 128-Year-Old Record Low Alabama Senate Chamber Getting New Look http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-chamber-getting-new-look <p></p><p>The new Alabama Senate elected in November will get to serve in a redesigned Senate chamber in Montgomery.</p><p>Senate Secretary Pat Harris says his staff is gutting the Senate chamber, including the removal of gray laminate desks and podiums that have been there since 1985. He's asked the state's two-year college system to build hickory desks and podiums that will be stained dark. The walls are also being redone and the audio system reconfigured to provide more evenly distributed sound.</p><p>Harris says the project should be finished by Nov. 15 and cost less than $200,000.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:16:24 +0000 The Associated Press 55907 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Chamber Getting New Look 8 Percent Turnout For Alabama Runoff Election http://apr.org/post/8-percent-turnout-alabama-runoff-election <p></p><p>About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in the runoff election.</p><p>Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says the turnout Tuesday was slightly higher than the 5 percent he had predicted. He says it was helped by higher turnouts for the 6th Congressional District race in the Birmingham area and by the state Senate District 30 race in the Prattville area</p><p>Bennett says there were no issues reported with voters having to show photo IDs at the polls. This was the second Alabama election where the photo ID law was used.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:05:36 +0000 The Associated Press 55906 at http://apr.org 8 Percent Turnout For Alabama Runoff Election Pistol-Wearing Man Allowed To Vote In Pelham http://apr.org/post/pistol-wearing-man-allowed-vote-pelham <p></p><p>A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry got to vote in Shelby County while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.</p><p>Robert Kennedy showed up with his gun Tuesday at the Pelham First Baptist Church Annex. A sign on the annex said firearms were prohibited, but election officials allowed Kennedy to vote while wearing his gun. Kennedy and members of his group later stood outside the polling place until Pelham police asked them to leave at the request of a poll official.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:03:49 +0000 The Associated Press 55820 at http://apr.org Pistol-Wearing Man Allowed To Vote In Pelham Scientific Firm To Add 450 Jobs In Huntsville http://apr.org/post/scientific-firm-add-450-jobs-huntsville <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says that a science and engineering firm plans to add 450 jobs in Huntsville during the next five years.</p><p>Bentley said in a Tuesday statement that the move by Columbia, Maryland-based Science and Engineering Services LLC is part of a nearly $70 million expansion of its Alabama manufacturing operations.</p><p>The company already has 750 employees in Huntsville.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:56:04 +0000 The Associated Press 55819 at http://apr.org Scientific Firm To Add 450 Jobs In Huntsville DeMarco, Palmer Seek GOP Nod In Ala. 6th District http://apr.org/post/demarco-palmer-seek-gop-nod-ala-6th-district <p></p><p>A state legislator and the founder of a conservative policy group are meeting in the runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.</p><p>State Rep. Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer are competing in Tuesday's runoff to replace the retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus.</p><p>The winner faces Democrat Avery Vise in November. The central Alabama district is considered one of the nation's strongest-leaning Republican areas.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:42:10 +0000 The Associated Press 55818 at http://apr.org DeMarco, Palmer Seek GOP Nod In Ala. 6th District Ala. Group Works To Spare Historic Sites From Sale http://apr.org/post/ala-group-works-spare-historic-sites-sale <p></p><p>Alabama Historical Commission officials say they're working to save some of the state's historic sites from being sold despite an audit outlining the possible sale of some landmarks.</p><p>Commission Director Frank White told Al.com on Monday that a five-year plan to cut costs and boost revenue are expected to help the organization stave off sales of popular historical properties. If sales do become necessary White says Fort Morgan, Old Cahawba and the state Capitol building won't be among the sites being considered.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:57:46 +0000 The Associated Press 55751 at http://apr.org Ala. Group Works To Spare Historic Sites From Sale