Associated Press http://apr.org en B-17 'Flying Fortress' to Land in Montgomery http://apr.org/post/b-17-flying-fortress-land-montgomery <p>One of the best-known planes from World War II is scheduled to visit Montgomery in October, giving area residents the chance to fly in it.</p><p>The restored B-17 bomber, known as the "Flying Fortress," will be at Dannelly Field and available for tours and flights from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.</p><p>The Montgomery Advertiser <a href="http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2014/09/02/one-last-airworthy-b-s-visit-montgomery/14950985/" target="_blank">reports</a> that the plane is one of few remaining B-17s in the world that is still airworthy.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:58:03 +0000 Associated Press 58745 at http://apr.org B-17 'Flying Fortress' to Land in Montgomery Inmates Tend to Garden at Alabama County Jail http://apr.org/post/inmates-tend-garden-alabama-county-jail <p>The Russell County Sheriff's Office has turned a half-acre of jail property into a thriving summer garden, tended to by a group of female inmates, with the crops going to area shelters, food banks and churches.</p><p></p><p>The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer <a href="http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/08/29/3272018_russell-county-sheriff-starts.html?sp=/99/100/&amp;rh=1" target="_blank">reports</a> that the garden got underway about six weeks ago, in a lot behind the jail that had been bare grass. Now that space is lined by rows of peas, okra, tomatoes, melons and squash.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:16:11 +0000 Associated Press 58737 at http://apr.org Inmates Tend to Garden at Alabama County Jail Red Snapper Count Disputes Federal Estimate http://apr.org/post/red-snapper-count-disputes-federal-estimate <p><font color="red">Alabama</font> officials say new state statistics dispute federal estimates that led to restrictions on red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p></p><p><font color="red">Alabama's</font> Marine Resources Division says a state study determined that 418,000 pounds of the highly prized fish were caught in state waters through June 30.</p><p>That's only 40 percent of the 1.04 million pounds of red snapper estimated by the federal government's Marine Recreational Information Program.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:44:30 +0000 Associated Press 58677 at http://apr.org Red Snapper Count Disputes Federal Estimate Hartselle Seeking Stand-Alone Emergency Room http://apr.org/post/hartselle-seeking-stand-alone-emergency-room <p>The mayor of an <font color="red">Alabama</font> community that lost its hospital is interested in pursuing a stand-alone emergency room.</p><p></p><p>Hartselle Mayor Don Hall <a href="http://whnt.com/2014/08/30/hartselle-eyes-hoovers-new-stand-alone-emergency-medical-facility/" target="_blank">told</a> WHNT-TV that his town has lobbied Huntsville Hospital to re-open some form of emergency care.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:39:22 +0000 Associated Press 58676 at http://apr.org Hartselle Seeking Stand-Alone Emergency Room Ala. Cotton, Peanut Farmers Hoping for Rain http://apr.org/post/ala-cotton-peanut-farmers-hoping-rain <p>Cotton and peanut farmers in <font color="red">Alabama's</font> Wiregrass region are hoping for rain to boost their yields.</p><p></p><p>Agronomist Brandon Dillard <a href="http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/business/dry-pattern-causing-some-crops-to-lose-yield/article_64861786-2fc1-11e4-810e-0017a43b2370.html" target="_blank">told</a> The Dothan Eagle that farmers have already lost some of their crop to dry conditions. He said more losses are possible unless there is more rain.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:32:25 +0000 Associated Press 58675 at http://apr.org Ala. Cotton, Peanut Farmers Hoping for Rain Alabama Gas Prices Lower Than for Labor Day 2013 http://apr.org/post/alabama-gas-prices-lower-labor-day-2013 <p>Driving to the lake or beach for Labor Day will be a little cheaper than last year.</p><p></p><p>AAA of <font color="red">Alabama</font> reports that the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.20 on Thursday.</p><p>That's 14 cents less than at the same time last year, and AAA says it's 7 cents lower than just a month ago.</p><p>Birmingham is the metropolitan area with the state's most expensive gas at $3.23 a gallon for regular. Tuscaloosa is cheapest at $3.13.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:41:59 +0000 Associated Press 58557 at http://apr.org Alabama Gas Prices Lower Than for Labor Day 2013 Limestone Country Resident Seeking Alcohol Sales http://apr.org/post/limestone-country-resident-seeking-alcohol-sales <p>A Limestone County business owner says the county should legalize alcohol sales locally to bring in more revenue.</p><p></p><p>The News Courier <a href="http://www.enewscourier.com/news/article_7f6d0df2-2e45-11e4-baf9-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">reports</a> that real estate broker Seth Parker must get 9,000 registered voters in the county to sign a petition to force a ballot measure. Parker says he's hoping to get enough by the Nov. 4 general election but could also ask for a special election if he can't gather the signatures by November.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:39:24 +0000 Associated Press 58556 at http://apr.org Limestone Country Resident Seeking Alcohol Sales Ethics Commission Begins New Director Search http://apr.org/post/ethics-commission-begins-new-director-search <p>The <font color="red">Alabama</font> Ethics Commission is beginning the search for a new director, but commissioners already have someone in mind to take the job on an interim basis.</p><p></p><p>Members voted Thursday to offer the position of acting director to former Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll. Carroll is also a former U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of <font color="red">Alabama</font>.</p><p>Commission chairwoman Larkin Martin said she had a preliminary conversation with Carroll and will reach out to see if he will accept the position.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:12:15 +0000 Associated Press 58477 at http://apr.org Ethics Commission Begins New Director Search Gadsden Voters Approve Sunday Alcohol Sales http://apr.org/post/gadsden-voters-approve-sunday-alcohol-sales <p>You'll soon be able to buy alcohol legally on Sundays in the city of Gadsden.</p><p></p><p>Voters in the northeast <font color="red">Alabama</font> city of 36,000 residents approved Sunday sales in voting Tuesday with 68 percent of the ballots favoring the change.</p><p>The Gadsden Times <a href="http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20140826/NEWS/140829843?tc=cr" target="_blank">reports</a> sales could begin in September once the City Council certifies the vote results and approves rules for selling on Sunday.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:31:22 +0000 Associated Press 58420 at http://apr.org Gadsden Voters Approve Sunday Alcohol Sales Law Enforcement on Alert for Holiday Weekend http://apr.org/post/law-enforcement-alert-holiday-weekend <p><font color="red">Alabama</font> law enforcement officials say they're planning to beef up enforcement on state highways and waterways during the holiday weekend.</p><p></p><p>Officials from the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Law Enforcement Agency say departments throughout the state will work together to help curb crimes and accidents that lead to death and injury over the weekend. Officials say part of the enforcement effort will involve officers riding in unmarked vehicles on state highways and waterways.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:56:46 +0000 Associated Press 58409 at http://apr.org Law Enforcement on Alert for Holiday Weekend UAB Launches Online Medical Portal http://apr.org/post/uab-launches-online-medical-portal <p>The University of <font color="red">Alabama</font> at Birmingham has launched an online medical <a href="http://www.uabmedicine.org/" target="_blank">site</a> that will allow physicians to make medical recommendations and write prescriptions.</p><p></p><p>Director of Primary Care at UAB Dr. Stuart Cohen says the new site is meant to offer convenience for young, otherwise healthy people who develop common and non-urgent conditions like the flu, pink eye or a cold.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:36:27 +0000 Associated Press 58351 at http://apr.org UAB Launches Online Medical Portal Education PAC Takes Out Over $1 Million in Loans http://apr.org/post/education-pac-takes-out-over-1-million-loans <p>The <font color="red">Alabama</font> Education Association's political action committee is using more than $1 million in loans to help support candidates after spending on primary races earlier this year.</p><p></p><p>The Montgomery Advertiser <a href="http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/southunionstreet/2014/08/25/aea-replenishes-coffers-with-17-million-in-loans/14570157/" target="_blank">reports</a> a campaign finance report filed last week shows AEA's political action committee took out a loan of more than $1.2 million in addition to borrowing $500,000 in July.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:30:40 +0000 Associated Press 58350 at http://apr.org Education PAC Takes Out Over $1 Million in Loans UPS, Pilots' Union Barred from Air Crash Probe http://apr.org/post/ups-pilots-union-barred-air-crash-probe <p>A federal accident board has told UPS and its pilots' union they can no longer participate in the agency's investigation of a crash that killed two of the cargo shipper's pilots.</p><p></p><p>The National Transportation Safety Board sent letters on Monday to UPS and the Independent Pilots Association revoking their "party status" in the investigation of last summer's crash during a landing approach at the Birmingham, <font color="red">Alabama</font>, airport.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:24:55 +0000 Associated Press 58349 at http://apr.org UPS, Pilots' Union Barred from Air Crash Probe Griffith Challenges Gov. Bentley to Debates http://apr.org/post/griffith-challenges-gov-bentley-debates <p>Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith is challenging Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to a series of seven debates before the November election.</p><p>Griffith says he believes voters want to see the two face off in a debate and explain their visions for <font color="red">Alabama</font>.</p><p>Griffith issued his debate challenge last week. On Friday, Griffith hauled a large inflatable duck to Montgomery to accuse Bentley of ducking his debate challenge.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:15:19 +0000 Associated Press 58346 at http://apr.org Griffith Challenges Gov. Bentley to Debates Flag Used by Tea Party Could Become Alabama Tag http://apr.org/post/flag-used-tea-party-could-become-alabama-tag <p><font color="red">Alabama</font> vehicles could soon be sporting tags featuring the rattlesnake emblem and "Don't Tread on Me" warning popular with tea party groups.</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:33:52 +0000 Associated Press 58289 at http://apr.org Flag Used by Tea Party Could Become Alabama Tag