Pat Duggins http://apr.org en The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "When the Blue and Gray isn't Black and White" http://apr.org/post/battle-mobile-bay-when-blue-and-gray-isnt-black-and-white <p>Alabama Public Radio is looking back on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The engagement, on August 5, 1864, was a turning point in the “war between the states.” APR listeners heard about the re-enactment of the Battle of Resaca yesterday, but that’s not the end of the story. An Alabama cavalry unit took part in the actual battle. And, we warn you, there’s a twist.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:40:15 +0000 Pat Duggins 56246 at http://apr.org The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "When the Blue and Gray isn't Black and White" The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "Resaca" http://apr.org/post/battle-mobile-bay-resaca <p>Alabama Public Radio is looking back on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. It was on August 5, 1864 when the engagement helped to both seal the fate of the Confederacy, and put Abraham Lincoln into a second term in office. The APR news team is examining Alabama’s role in the Civil War in 1864. For some, the conflict has turned into an expensive hobby that can get pretty loud…</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:20:16 +0000 Pat Duggins 56240 at http://apr.org The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "Resaca" Rare Summertime "cold" front http://apr.org/post/rare-summertime-cold-front BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A cold front pushed temperatures across Alabama well below normal Saturday morning. Al.com reports that the National Weather Service recorded record lows across the state: Montgomery tied a record from 1882 with 64 degrees; Huntsville's 57 degrees tied a record from 1915; 64 degrees in Mobile broke a 1924 record; Birmingham set a record with 58 degrees; and Tuscaloosa set a record with 60 degrees. A cold front that pushed through the state Thursday and a high pressure area over the Ohio Valley pulled cool air from Canada into Alabama. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:54:23 +0000 Pat Duggins 55200 at http://apr.org Rare Summertime "cold" front State Lawmen break up modern day Moonshine operation http://apr.org/post/state-lawmen-break-modern-day-moonshine-operation <p>ASHLAND, Ala. (AP) — State authorities have found a 20-barrel moonshine still near Ashland and plan to arrest the alleged operator. AL.com reports that Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board agents discovered the still Friday after getting a tip from local residents about a possible marijuana field in the area off Jericho Road in Clay County. Agents found the still, along with 16.5 gallons of moonshine, in a utility shed along a dirt road off Jericho Road. They said they also encountered the suspected operator on the property. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 13:25:28 +0000 Pat Duggins 55187 at http://apr.org State Lawmen break up modern day Moonshine operation More jobs at Decatur Chemical Plant http://apr.org/post/more-jobs-decatur-chemical-plant <p>DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama chemical facility is getting an $11.2 million upgrade as part of plans for expanded operations. A top official at the 3M Co.'s facility on State Docks Road in Decatur told the Decatur Daily that the facility is on track to begin producing "fine chemicals" in the second quarter of 2015. Site operations manager Robin Higgs told the newspaper that the chemicals are something that no 3M plant has produced before. The Decatur plant mostly produces adhesives in batches ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 gallons. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 13:21:40 +0000 Pat Duggins 55186 at http://apr.org More jobs at Decatur Chemical Plant Homosexuality ruling and the fate of the Hang Out Music festival http://apr.org/post/homosexuality-ruling-and-fate-hang-out-music-festival <p>4:30 pm Newscast</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:09:09 +0000 Pat Duggins 54020 at http://apr.org Homosexuality ruling and the fate of the Hang Out Music festival Alabama VA Clinic may be part of national scandal http://apr.org/post/alabama-va-clinic-may-be-part-national-scandal <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An email to employees says an audit will show that a central Alabama veterans health care center falsified records to hide evidence of patients waiting too long to receive care. The Montgomery Advertiser reported this weekend that Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System director James Talton disclosed the broad findings of the nationwide audit to be released Monday. His email says the Alabama facility is one of 84 named for unethical practices. Alabama Republican U.S. Rep. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:34:19 +0000 Pat Duggins 53488 at http://apr.org Alabama VA Clinic may be part of national scandal University of Alabama productions win Regional Emmys http://apr.org/post/university-alabama-productions-win-regional-emmys <p>The Southeast chapter of the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences tonight named two productions from the Center for Public Television and Radio the winner of Southeast Regional Emmy awards. CPT &amp; R won Best Historical Documentary for the program “Mama Called.” The hour long program on the life and times of legendary Crimson Tide football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant won the honor over entries from stations and producers in Atlanta and South Carolina. According to a press release, September 11, 2013 marked the centennial of the birth of legendary football coach Paul W. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 01:46:20 +0000 Pat Duggins 53476 at http://apr.org University of Alabama productions win Regional Emmys More FEMA dollars come to Alabama http://apr.org/post/more-fema-dollars-come-alabama <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than $24 million in federal aid been approved for Alabama residents affected by severe weather in April and May. Al.com reports that includes about $13.7 million for housing grants to cover rental expenses and repair costs. People in nine counties are eligible for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including Baldwin, Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone, Mobile and Tuscaloosa. The deadline to register is July 1</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:15:25 +0000 Pat Duggins 53474 at http://apr.org More FEMA dollars come to Alabama State prepares to fight school tax credit ruling http://apr.org/post/state-prepares-fight-school-tax-credit-ruling <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state is taking the first step to challenge a judge's ruling throwing out a Republican-backed law to allow tax credits for private schools. State officials have filed a notice of appeal asking the Alabama Supreme Court to review the decision by Circuit Judge Gene Reese of Montgomery. While the state wants the ruling delayed, the Alabama Education Association is asking the judge to go ahead and enforce the decision. The law allows state tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:12:26 +0000 Pat Duggins 53464 at http://apr.org State prepares to fight school tax credit ruling State claims few complaints over voter ID law http://apr.org/post/state-claims-few-complaints-over-voter-id-law <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett says there were few problems with Alabama's new voter ID law during primary voting this week. Bennett says more than 600,000 people came to the polls on Tuesday but his office received only a few calls about issues with the law. Bennett says the concerns that did come up can be resolved with education before the July 15 runoff election and the general election in November. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:08:49 +0000 Pat Duggins 53463 at http://apr.org State claims few complaints over voter ID law A possible legal squawk over Federal pollution limits...and saving the state's Oyster beds http://apr.org/post/possible-legal-squawk-over-federal-pollution-limitsand-saving-states-oyster-beds <p>5 pm Newscast</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Pat Duggins 53438 at http://apr.org A possible legal squawk over Federal pollution limits...and saving the state's Oyster beds Alabama Supreme Court throws out damage award against Auto parts maker http://apr.org/post/alabama-supreme-court-throws-out-damage-award-against-auto-parts-maker <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is ordering a new trial in a lawsuit that resulted in a more than $1 million judgment against an auto parts manufacturer. The justices on Friday sided with Guyoungtech USA, Inc. It makes parts in Conecuh County for the Hyundai automotive factory near Montgomery. Elaine Dees sued the company in 2011 saying she was wrongfully fired after injuring her left arm at work. The company argues she was only laid off because of a workforce reduction. A jury agreed with Dees and awarded her $3.5 million. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:40:44 +0000 Pat Duggins 53414 at http://apr.org Alabama Supreme Court throws out damage award against Auto parts maker UAB Hospital fights Legionella outbreak http://apr.org/post/uab-hospital-fights-legionella-outbreak <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB Hospital is shocking part of its water system with chlorine, the latest response to an outbreak of deadly legionella bacteria. AL.com reports the hospital began the process on Friday night. The hospital's senior vice president for inpatient services Anthony Patterson says the chlorine treatment is meant to kill any bacteria that may be present. The hospital will limit water use until Saturday evening on the floors being treated. Patterson says the rest of the building will also be treated. Two of the nine people with infections died. Sat, 31 May 2014 17:20:32 +0000 Pat Duggins 53029 at http://apr.org UAB Hospital fights Legionella outbreak Hubbard: Ethics probe the result of "politics" http://apr.org/post/hubbard-ethics-probe-result-politics <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard says he believes politics are behind a public corruption probe that resulted in one Republican lawmakers' plea deal and another's indictment. Hubbard calls the investigation an attempt to undermine upcoming legislative elections. Hubbard didn't say whom he accuses of acting on political motivation. The investigation is led by a retired Republican district attorney serving as attorney general in the case. Former Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor ethics violation. Rep. Sat, 31 May 2014 11:35:22 +0000 Pat Duggins 53006 at http://apr.org Hubbard: Ethics probe the result of "politics"