11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals http://apr.org en Contraceptive Mandate Halted For Ala. Broadcaster http://apr.org/post/contraceptive-mandate-halted-ala-broadcaster <p>A federal appeals court has temporarily barred the federal government from forcing a Catholic broadcasting network in Alabama to comply with a law requiring them to cover contraceptives for women.</p><p>Eternal Word Television Network, which has studios in a Birmingham suburb, is appealing a federal judge's order from last week dismissing its lawsuit, which maintained that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:01:11 +0000 The Associated Press 54885 at http://apr.org Contraceptive Mandate Halted For Ala. Broadcaster Alabama Property Tax System Survives Challenge http://apr.org/post/alabama-property-tax-system-survives-challenge <p></p><p>A federal appeals court has rejected a suit challenging Alabama's property tax structure.</p><p>The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against black and white plaintiffs from Sumter and Lawrence counties who contended that Alabama's property tax system is rooted in racial discrimination and cripples the ability of rural, predominantly black school systems to raise revenue.</p><p>A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit rejected their challenges to Alabama's cap on property tax rates and the state's system of classifying property.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:58:35 +0000 The Associated Press 44757 at http://apr.org Alabama Property Tax System Survives Challenge 11th Circuit Rejects Alabama St. Appeal In Lawsuit http://apr.org/post/11th-circuit-rejects-alabama-st-appeal-lawsuit <p></p><p>Federal judges are rejecting Alabama State University's appeal of a $1 million court judgment for sexual harassment.</p><p>The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the school in a 23-page decision on Tuesday.</p><p>Three former employees won more than $1 million total in a lawsuit that claimed two top administrators made numerous inappropriate comments and created a hostile work environment.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:36:37 +0000 The Associated Press 37195 at http://apr.org 11th Circuit Rejects Alabama St. Appeal In Lawsuit US Court Panel to Hold Hearings in Montgomery http://apr.org/post/us-court-panel-hold-hearings-montgomery <p>A three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold 15 hearings in Montgomery next week, the latest in the court's practice of holding hearings across the southeast.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; At least four of the hearings to be held Tuesday through Friday involve Alabama cases.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the hearings set for Wednesday is regarding an issue that is part of a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits the Alabama Education Association and the Alabama State Employees Association from using automatic payroll deduction to collect dues from workers.<br> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:12:56 +0000 The Associated Press 36274 at http://apr.org US Court Panel to Hold Hearings in Montgomery Obama Taps Ala GOP Judge for Sentencing Commission http://apr.org/post/obama-taps-ala-gop-judge-sentencing-commission <P>President Barack Obama is nominating a conservative Alabama Republican for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.</P> <P>The Montgomery Advertiser <A href="http://on.mgmadv.com/119Nrj1"><U><FONT color=#ff0000>(http://on.mgmadv.com/119Nrj1</FONT></U></A> ) reports that the White House is supporting U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor for the position.</P> <P>The 50-year-old Pryor serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with an office in Birmingham. He's a native of Mobile.</P> <P>Pryor served as Alabama's attorney general as a Republican. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:25:42 +0000 The Associated Press 28638 at http://apr.org Obama Taps Ala GOP Judge for Sentencing Commission Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law http://apr.org/post/ala-asks-court-review-part-immigration-law <P>The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.</P> <P>The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.</P> <P>Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law. It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.</P> <P>The 11th U.S. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:07:53 +0000 The Associated Press 23316 at http://apr.org Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law