Pat Duggins http://apr.org en New UA President sets goals http://apr.org/post/new-ua-president-sets-goals <P>The new president of the University of Alabama is settling in. Dr. Guy Bailey officially took over as leader of the Tuscaloosa campus. Bigger enrollment and more research are just two of his goals. Dr. Bailey says the University’s engineering and science departments may soon be the focus of greater research. The new president adds that the liberal arts could shine as well… “We’ve always had a great creative writing program here." says Bailey. "The English program is good…after all, it produced me! Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:56:23 +0000 Pat Duggins 17308 at http://apr.org New UA President sets goals Saving the "littlest victims" of Isaac http://apr.org/post/saving-littlest-victims-isaac <p>The approach of Isaac put much of the northern Gulf coast on alert. Here in Alabama, the major concern was tropical storm force winds, the threat of spin up tornadoes, and flooding from storm surge. Homeowners in flood prone areas along Mobile Bay were placed under a voluntary evacuation order. But, not all residents with beach front property were able to move. Some were dug in…literally.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:12:30 +0000 Pat Duggins 16957 at http://apr.org Saving the "littlest victims" of Isaac NASA Curiosity Rover sends back first color photo of Mars http://apr.org/post/nasa-curiosity-rover-sends-back-first-color-photo-mars <p>PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has beamed back its first color photo from the ancient crater where it landed. The view showed a pebbly landscape and the rim of Gale Crater off in the distance. Curiosity snapped the photo on the first day on the surface after touching down on Mars Sunday night. The rover took the shot with a camera at the end of its robotic arm, which remained stowed. The landscape looked fuzzy because the camera's removable cover was coated with dust that kicked up during the descent to the ground. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:36:17 +0000 The Associated Press 15794 at http://apr.org NASA Curiosity Rover sends back first color photo of Mars NASA'S "Curiosity" Mars rover "phones home" http://apr.org/post/nasas-curiosity-mars-rover-phones-home <p>PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on late Sunday after the robotic explorer Curiosity signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere. The most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built touched down on the Martian surface inside of a giant crater after a tricky landing routine that included a series of braking tricks, a heat shield and a supersonic parachute. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 16:12:04 +0000 The Associated Press 15732 at http://apr.org NASA'S "Curiosity" Mars rover "phones home" BAMA champs fighting for Brielle http://apr.org/post/bama-champs-fighting-brielle <p>Not every lesson on the football field involves passing or blocking.</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 17:25:52 +0000 Pat Duggins 15657 at http://apr.org BAMA champs fighting for Brielle "Mystery woman" crashes Olympic opener http://apr.org/post/mystery-woman-crashes-olympic-opener <p>LONDON (AP) — The London Olympics opening ceremony had a cast of thousands — but it's a lone gatecrasher who is capturing media attention. Indian officials are mystified — and miffed — after an unknown woman managed to march with the country's delegation during the ceremony's athletes parade. Images from Friday's ceremony showed a young woman in blue trousers and a red jacket marching alongside Indian flag bearer Sushil Kumar at the head of the delegation of 40 athletes in bright yellow. Indian officials have complained to organizers about the intrusion. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:17:15 +0000 The Associated Press 15338 at http://apr.org "Mystery woman" crashes Olympic opener Russian cargo ship docks with Space Station after failed attempt http://apr.org/post/russian-cargo-ship-docks-space-station-after-failed-attempt <p>MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft (similar to the one pictured here) has redocked with the International Space Station after an aborted attempt five days earlier. The Progress cargo ship had separated from the station a week ago to perform engineering tests and try out a new docking system and had been due to reconnect with the station on Tuesday. But problems developed with the avionics in the docking system. The second attempt early Sunday was successful. Video streamed from Russian mission control reported no problems. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:01:41 +0000 The Associated Press 15328 at http://apr.org Russian cargo ship docks with Space Station after failed attempt Legal showdown over Birmingham schools postponed http://apr.org/post/legal-showdown-over-birmingham-schools-postponed <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Jefferson County Circuit judge postponed an injunction hearing on the lawsuits against Birmingham school officials by the city and state superintendents. The Birmingham News reports that the postponements made Friday will give the school board a chance to decide whether to keep fight the lawsuits or settle. Circuit Judge Houston Brown says the injunction hearing will be postponed until Aug. 1. Brown agreed to delay the hearing that had been set for Monday. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:27:50 +0000 The Associated Press 15300 at http://apr.org Legal showdown over Birmingham schools postponed The Best of The Best http://apr.org/post/best-best <div class="aboveUnitContent"><div class="-cx-PRIVATE-fbTimelineText__featured">The Alabama Public Radio news team traveled to the &nbsp;<a href="http://press.org/">National Press Club</a>&nbsp;in Washington, D.C. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jackie Howell 15523 at http://apr.org The Best of The Best VIDEO-- APR news team wins national award http://apr.org/post/video-apr-news-team-wins-national-award <p>The Alabama Public Radio news team collected a national Sigma Delta Chi award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for best breaking news coverage of the Tuscaloosa tornado. News Director Pat Duggins was joined at the podium by reporters Ryan Vasquez, Maggie Martin and Stan Ingold for the presentation of the bronze medallion. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:55:37 +0000 Pat Duggins 14959 at http://apr.org VIDEO-- APR news team wins national award APR News Team http://apr.org/post/apr-news-team <p>In Tuscaloosa this morning we awoke to horrible news.&nbsp; You&#39;ve probably all heard by now that there was a shooting here that left 17 people injured.&nbsp; Of course, we were all asking ourselves a lot of questions.&nbsp;&nbsp;Your APR News team was busy asking those questions of other people.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:34:11 +0000 Jackie Howell 14736 at http://apr.org The Nation: A New Way To Get The Economy Moving http://apr.org/post/nation-new-way-get-economy-moving <em>William Greider is a national affairs correspondent for</em> The Nation.<p>Rome is burning while Congress fiddles. The president is out on the road trying to secure a second term, while the economy once again teeters on the brink of bad possibilities. The governors of the Federal Reserve Board seem to understand this better than most of Washington's power hitters. But what can the Fed do? The central bank has already dispensed trillions to the financial system and pulled interest rates down to rock-bottom levels. Yet the economy doesn't respond. Banks won't lend, businesses won't hire. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:51:00 +0000 editor 14655 at http://apr.org The Nation: A New Way To Get The Economy Moving Would Romney, Already Looked At Skeptically By The Right, Pick Rice? http://apr.org/post/would-romney-already-looked-skeptically-right-pick-rice <strong></strong>Pretty soon we'll be obsessing full time over <em><strong>Mitt Romney's</strong></em> running mate selection, but until then I thought I'd weigh in one on Veepstakes story that's been making the rounds in recent days.<p>I'm talking about the rumors, first appearing Thursday in the <strong><a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/flashcm.htm">Drudge Report</a></strong>, that former Bush Secretary of State <em><strong>Condoleezza Rice</strong></em> has surged to the top of Romney's wish list. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:46:34 +0000 Ken Rudin 14654 at http://apr.org Would Romney, Already Looked At Skeptically By The Right, Pick Rice? Dr. Guy Bailey named President of UA http://apr.org/post/dr-guy-bailey-named-president-ua <p>Alabama Public radio news director Pat Duggins reports on today&#39;s vote by the University of Alabama board of trustees to name Dr. Guy Bailey, of Texas Tech, as UA&#39;s new president. The appointment is a homecoming for Dr. Bailey, who earned a bachelors degree in Tuscaloosa, and then a masters in 1974.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:59:50 +0000 Pat Duggins 14420 at http://apr.org Dr. Guy Bailey named President of UA Tuscaloosa's Tornado--Lessons from Greensburg http://apr.org/post/tuscaloosas-tornado-lessons-greensburg <p>All week long on Alabama Public Radio, the news department is revisiting the people we heard from in the hours and days following the April 27th tornadoes that struck the state a year ago. Last night, the Tuscaloosa city council approved rezoning in the areas hit hard by the storm. Pending a final vote, this will set the city&#39;s rebuilding plan into full motion. APR&#39;s Pat Duggins takes us to the small town in Kansas which helped pioneer the &quot;green&quot; rebuilding ideas that may take root here.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:34:07 +0000 Pat Duggins 14347 at http://apr.org Tuscaloosa's Tornado--Lessons from Greensburg