Congressional Gold Medal four girls killed 16th street baptist church bombing http://apr.org en Searching For Addie Mae Collins http://apr.org/post/searching-addie-mae-collins <p>As Birmingham prepares to remember the four little girls killed nearly 50 years ago in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing one woman is searching for answers. Liesa Healy-Miller is a forensic genealogist who is making a final plea for clues to where the final resting place is of one of the victims, Addie Mae Collins.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:28:53 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 37878 at http://apr.org Searching For Addie Mae Collins Feds Seek Early Release Of Bombing Victim's Dad http://apr.org/post/feds-seek-early-release-bombing-victims-dad <p></p><p>The government is seeking the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.</p><p>The Justice Department filed papers Thursday supporting the compassionate release of Chris McNair, a former Alabama county commissioner convicted of taking thousands of dollars in bribes.</p><p>McNair is 87 and suffers from numerous health problems. The request asks a judge to reduce McNair's five-year sentence to the time he's served since 2011.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:13:32 +0000 The Associated Press 36935 at http://apr.org Feds Seek Early Release Of Bombing Victim's Dad Obama to Sign Bill for Birmingham Bombing Victims http://apr.org/post/obama-sign-bill-birmingham-bombing-victims <p>President Barrack Obama plans to sign a bill Friday that awards the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Alabama Reps. Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus sponsored the bill, which received final approval May 9. Sewell told al.com (http://bit.ly/Z0FxeP ) that some members of Alabama's congressional delegation will attend the signing ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Friday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Also planning to attend are some family members of the four girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:47:51 +0000 The Associated Press 30941 at http://apr.org Obama to Sign Bill for Birmingham Bombing Victims