Associated Press http://apr.org en 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 Officers from Ala, Ga Train on Domestic Extremism http://apr.org/post/officers-ala-ga-train-domestic-extremism <p>About 400 law enforcement officers from northeast <font color="red">Alabama</font> and northwest Georgia are learning how to deal with domestic extremists.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force are providing the training on Thursday in conjunction with police in the east <font color="red">Alabama</font> city of Oxford.</p><p>Federal authorities say the session will teach law officers what to do during encounters with domestic extremists. They say that could include members of militia groups or so-called sovereign citizens.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:52:30 +0000 Associated Press 55939 at http://apr.org Officers from Ala, Ga Train on Domestic Extremism Dothan Agrees to EPA Settlement in Sewage Spills http://apr.org/post/dothan-agrees-epa-settlement-sewage-spills <p>Dothan has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal officials over sewage overflows and other permit violations.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:47:03 +0000 Associated Press 55938 at http://apr.org Dothan Agrees to EPA Settlement in Sewage Spills Merrill Wins GOP Runoff for Secretary of State http://apr.org/post/merrill-wins-gop-runoff-secretary-state <p>State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa has won the Republican nomination for secretary of state.</p><p></p><p>With 92 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Merrill had 53 percent to 47 percent for former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney.</p><p>Merrill also led in the primary June 3.</p><p>Merrill advances to the general election Nov. 4 against Mobile retiree Lula Albert-Kaigler.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:15:35 +0000 Associated Press 55863 at http://apr.org Merrill Wins GOP Runoff for Secretary of State Gary Palmer Wins in 6th Congressional District http://apr.org/post/gary-palmer-wins-6th-congressional-district <div class="article_text article_paragraph0"><p>Conservative policy analyst Gary Palmer came from far behind Tuesday to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th congressional district.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:08:08 +0000 Associated Press & Jay Reeves 55862 at http://apr.org Gary Palmer Wins in 6th Congressional District Beeker Upsets Incumbent Dunn for Alabama PSC http://apr.org/post/beeker-upsets-incumbent-dunn-alabama-psc <p>Challenger Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr. has upset incumbent Terry Dunn for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Public Service Commission.</p><p>With 86 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Beeker has 59 percent to Dunn's 41 percent.</p><p>The winner has no Democratic opposition in the general election Nov. 4.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:59:05 +0000 Associated Press 55861 at http://apr.org Beeker Upsets Incumbent Dunn for Alabama PSC Alabama Voters Approve Cotton Research Amendment http://apr.org/post/alabama-voters-approve-cotton-research-amendment <p><font color="red">Alabama</font> voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow cotton farmers to vote to make a fee mandatory that they have been paying voluntarily on each bale of cotton.</p><p>With 99 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, the constitutional amendment was passing with 67 percent voting yes and 33 percent voting no.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:56:03 +0000 Associated Press 55860 at http://apr.org Alabama County GOP Chair Resigns After Pot Arrest http://apr.org/post/alabama-county-gop-chair-resigns-after-pot-arrest <p>State Republican Party officials say the chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.</p><p>State GOP chairman Bill Armistead <a href="http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/2014140719884" target="_blank">tells</a> the Gadsden Times that 52-year-old John Lloyd Ellis was arrested after police found marijuana on his property. Armistead says Ellis has resigned and the GOP has no further comment.</p><p>The newspaper reports Ellis was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:53:38 +0000 Associated Press 55858 at http://apr.org 7,850 Gallons of Sewage Overflow Into Mobile Creek http://apr.org/post/7850-gallons-sewage-overflow-mobile-creek <p>Mobile health officials are urging people to take precautions near a south <font color="red">Alabama</font> creek after a sewage overflow.</p><p></p><p>Local health district officials said in a release Tuesday that Mobile Area Water and Sewer System responded to a spill of about 7,850 gallons of wastewater into Montlimar Creek.</p><p>Health officials say a broken sewer main led to the sewage spill. Mobile County Health District officials say utility crews have repaired the sewer line to prevent additional overflows.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:49:21 +0000 Associated Press 55857 at http://apr.org 7,850 Gallons of Sewage Overflow Into Mobile Creek Huntsville Lawyer New Leader of Alabama State Bar http://apr.org/post/huntsville-lawyer-new-leader-alabama-state-bar <p>Huntsville attorney Richard Raleigh is the new president of the <font color="red">Alabama</font> State Bar.</p><p>Raleigh was installed at the group's weekend meeting. He will serve a one-year term as the leader of the State Bar's 17,600 members.</p><p></p><p>Raleigh is a University of <font color="red">Alabama</font> Law School graduate and served in the Army before joining a Huntsville law firm. He is now the managing shareholder at Wilmer &amp; Lee.</p><p>Montgomery attorney Lee Copeland is the State Bar's president-elect.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:36:49 +0000 Associated Press 55787 at http://apr.org Huntsville Lawyer New Leader of Alabama State Bar USDA Grant Provides Produce at Tuscaloosa Schools http://apr.org/post/usda-grant-provides-produce-tuscaloosa-schools <p>Tuscaloosa schools officials say they're going to use a grant of more than $93,000 to bring fresh produce to students at four elementary schools.</p><p></p><p>The district's nutrition director Kimberly Jackson <a href="http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20140713/NEWS/140719870?tc=cr" target="_blank">tells</a> the Tuscaloosa News officials are hoping the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will boost produce consumption at Holt, Maxwell, Matthews and Flatwoods elementary schools.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:28:28 +0000 Associated Press 55786 at http://apr.org USDA Grant Provides Produce at Tuscaloosa Schools