Associated Press http://apr.org en Some Local Animal Shelters Facing Problems http://apr.org/post/some-local-animal-shelters-facing-problems <p>Some of <font color="red">Alabama's</font> animal shelters are struggling because of funding problems.</p><p></p><p>The Montgomery Humane Society says it has run of out of dry food to give about 140 dogs housed there.</p><p>It's asking for donations to help feed the animals and says it will continue accepting animals.</p><p>The situation is also dire near the Florida line in Escambia County, where the animal shelter says it doesn't have enough money to operate and won't accept animals anymore.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:40:33 +0000 Associated Press 56667 at http://apr.org Some Local Animal Shelters Facing Problems 150th Anniversary of Mobile Bay Battle Coming http://apr.org/post/150th-anniversary-mobile-bay-battle-coming <p>Civil War re-enactors from across the nation will be on the <font color="red">Alabama</font> coast this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.</p><p></p><p>Organizers say the activities will begin Friday evening with a concert of Civil War music by Bobby Horton. The re-enactment begins Saturday morning with the attack of the Union Navy. The re-enactment continues all day and concludes Saturday night with a barrage of artillery firing over the effort. The re-enactment continues Sunday with the surrender of Fort Morgan.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:27:49 +0000 Associated Press 56666 at http://apr.org 150th Anniversary of Mobile Bay Battle Coming Central, Southeast Alabama Abnormally Dry http://apr.org/post/central-southeast-alabama-abnormally-dry <p>Nearly 20 percent of <font color="red">Alabama</font> is experiencing abnormally dry weather, but the state remains drought-free.</p><p>The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor says parts of central and southeastern <font color="red">Alabama</font> are drier than normal. Combined, the area makes up about 19 percent of the state.</p><p>That's worse than a year ago, when the entire state had sufficient rainfall. But federal statistics don't show any drought conditions in <font color="red">Alabama</font>, and most counties are at or above normal rainfall levels.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:57:55 +0000 Associated Press 56469 at http://apr.org Central, Southeast Alabama Abnormally Dry Alabama-based Network Expanding to West Coast http://apr.org/post/alabama-based-network-expanding-west-coast <p>An Alabama-based religious broadcasting operation is expanding to the West Coast.</p><p></p><p>The EWTN Global Catholic Network says it's building a television production center on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Orange, California.</p><p>The network will continue operating at its headquarters in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale. But it will also use the new studio to broadcast news, inspirational stories and religious masses by the end of the year.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:36:50 +0000 Associated Press 56462 at http://apr.org Alabama-based Network Expanding to West Coast Rev. Al Sharpton to Visit Birmingham Next Week http://apr.org/post/rev-al-sharpton-visit-birmingham-next-week <p>Birmingham city officials say the Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a trip to Birmingham to help open a local chapter of the organization he heads.</p><p></p><p>Al.com <a href="http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2014/07/rev_al_sharpton_will_be_in_bir.html#incart_river" target="_blank">reports</a> that Sharpton, president of the New York-based National Action Network, will be in town July 30 for the grand opening of the network's local chapter headquarters.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:36:10 +0000 Associated Press 56380 at http://apr.org Rev. Al Sharpton to Visit Birmingham Next Week 9 Scholarships Awarded from $24.8 Million Raised http://apr.org/post/9-scholarships-awarded-248-million-raised <p>A report by the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Revenue Department shows scholarship granting organizations raised nearly $24.8 million in tax-deductible donations through the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Accountability Act, but granted only nine scholarships in their first semester.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:06 +0000 Associated Press 56378 at http://apr.org 9 Scholarships Awarded from $24.8 Million Raised NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Farley Nuclear http://apr.org/post/nrc-names-new-resident-inspector-farley-nuclear <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a new resident inspector at the Farley Nuclear Plant in southeast <font color="red">Alabama</font>.</p><p></p><p>Kenneth Miller is taking over the job at the Southern Nuclear Operating plant near Columbia. Miller previously worked as an inspector at TVA's Watts Bar plant in Tennessee.</p><p>Each U.S. nuclear plant has at least two resident inspectors, and Miller joins another senior resident inspector at Farley.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:28 +0000 Associated Press 56315 at http://apr.org NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Farley Nuclear Contractor Chosen for Alabama Watershed Management http://apr.org/post/contractor-chosen-alabama-watershed-management <p>The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has picked a company to develop a management plan for the Fowl River Watershed.</p><p></p><p>Officials said in a statement Tuesday that Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. has been chosen to develop the Fowl River watershed management plan. The company specializes in architecture, engineering, environmental planning, landscaping and surveying. Officials say the company employs more than 300 people and has offices in Mobile and throughout the Southeast.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:31:26 +0000 Associated Press 56314 at http://apr.org Contractor Chosen for Alabama Watershed Management AL.com: Kits to help needy delayed, overpriced http://apr.org/post/alcom-kits-help-needy-delayed-overpriced <p>Thousands of emergency kits purchased with $660,000 in federal money for Alabama-based community health centers sat in storage long after they were supposed to have been distributed to the needy.</p><p></p><p>And Al.com <a href="http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/the_shep_kit_story_help_for_th.html" target="_blank">reports</a> it's still not clear what happened to all the kits more than four years after the kits were supposed to have been helping people.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:48:13 +0000 Associated Press 56234 at http://apr.org AL.com: Kits to help needy delayed, overpriced Alabama State SGA Leaders Asks 2 Trustees to Resign http://apr.org/post/alabama-state-sga-leaders-asks-2-trustees-resign <p>The president of the <font color="red">Alabama</font> State University Student Government Association has sent a letter asking the chairman and vice chairman of the board of trustees to resign.</p><p></p><p>SGA President Darren Dubose said Monday the SGA Cabinet decided it was time to act when an accrediting agency sent the university a warning letter and noted that Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins had relatives with university contracts. Dubose also noted that Moody's Investor Services downgraded the university's bond rating during their tenure.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:57 +0000 Associated Press 56233 at http://apr.org Alabama State SGA Leaders Asks 2 Trustees to Resign Democratic Planners Assessing Birmingham for 2016 http://apr.org/post/democratic-planners-assessing-birmingham-2016 <p>Birmingham is trying to land its biggest prize in years: The 2016 Democratic National Convention.</p><p></p><p>Officials with the Democratic National Committee will arrive in <font color="red">Alabama's</font> largest city Monday for a two-day visit to assess whether Birmingham could host the massive gathering.</p><p>The national representatives will meet with area promoters to discuss logistical needs like hotels and arena space. They'll also attend a public party Monday night at a downtown concert venue, and a private event is planned at the city's year-old baseball park.</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:16:49 +0000 Associated Press 56136 at http://apr.org Democratic Planners Assessing Birmingham for 2016 National Parks in Alabama Record Visitor Increase http://apr.org/post/national-parks-alabama-record-visitor-increase <p>The National Park Service reports that its parks and other attractions in <font color="red">Alabama</font> saw an increase in visitors in 2013.</p><p></p><p>The Park Service recorded 749,855 visitors in <font color="red">Alabama</font> in 2013. That was up from 717,724 in 2012. The increase came even though there was a 16-day government shutdown in 2013. The Park Service estimates the visitors had an economic impact of nearly $28 million.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:43:33 +0000 Associated Press 56106 at http://apr.org National Parks in Alabama Record Visitor Increase Feds Release Review of Huntsville VA Clinic http://apr.org/post/feds-release-review-huntsville-va-clinic <p>Federal inspectors have issued a report on a Huntsville veterans' outpatient clinic saying administrators didn't properly document opioid medication management or document and respond to patients' abnormal test results.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General issued a report Thursday outlining recommendations for improving oversight at the facility. Investigators recommended that clinic officials notify patients of their test results within a defined timeframe, ensure that a pain management policy is implemented and more.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Associated Press 56018 at http://apr.org Feds Release Review of Huntsville VA Clinic Wells Fargo Laying Off 468 in Birmingham Area http://apr.org/post/wells-fargo-laying-468-birmingham-area <p>Wells Fargo is laying off nearly 500 workers from its mortgage servicing team in the Birmingham area.</p><p></p><p>Bank officials said in a statement Thursday that 468 mortgage servicing employees in Homewood are being laid off because fewer home loan customers need payment assistance or are facing foreclosure.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:37:15 +0000 Associated Press 56017 at http://apr.org Wells Fargo Laying Off 468 in Birmingham Area Alabama's Mobile ID Unit Returning to the Road http://apr.org/post/alabamas-mobile-id-unit-returning-road <p>The secretary of state's office is getting ready to hit the road again to make free photo IDs for voters who don't have any other type of photo ID to show at the polls.</p><p></p><p>Secretary of State Jim Bennett says his office's mobile ID unit made 93 stops before the primary election and runoff.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:55:29 +0000 Associated Press 55940 at http://apr.org Alabama's Mobile ID Unit Returning to the Road