Ryan Vasquez http://apr.org en Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later http://apr.org/post/shelby-county-v-holder-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:50:06 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54493 at http://apr.org Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes http://apr.org/post/no-health-insurance-you-may-owe-more-money-next-years-taxes <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:27:18 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54160 at http://apr.org No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes Could State Workers' Pensions Run Dry? A Conversation With Scott Beaulier http://apr.org/post/could-state-workers-pensions-run-dry-conversation-scott-beaulier <p>A new study says Alabama state worker pension funds could run out of money in a decade if changes aren't made. The report from the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University is part of a larger effort to look at improving the lives of Alabamians. Scott Beaulier is Director of the Johnson Center. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez recently talked to him about the paper and if the plight of Alabamians really differs that much from other states.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:07:10 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 52424 at http://apr.org Could State Workers' Pensions Run Dry? A Conversation With Scott Beaulier Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises? http://apr.org/post/alabama-teachers-hey-governor-what-happened-our-raises <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last few years the state has had to tighten its belt to rein in spending during some lean budget years. Alabama’s teachers have had to shoulder some of that burden with pay cuts and increased contributions to their pensions. Teachers received a two percent pay raise last year, their first since 2007. More raises were expected this year to help bring teacher pay back to pre-recession levels. Governor Robert Bentley took up the cause during his State of the State address...</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:39:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 50720 at http://apr.org Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises? Discussing Harvey Milk With "An Archive of Hope" Editor Jason Black http://apr.org/post/discussing-harvey-milk-archive-hope-editor-jason-black <P>Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay public officials in the United States. His story and tragic death have made him a civil rights icon in the GLBTQ movement.</P> <P>Up until recently most of Milk's own words weren't widely known with only four of his speeches having been published; at least until now. Jason Black is an associate professor in Communication Studies at the University of Alabama. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:02:31 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 24841 at http://apr.org Discussing Harvey Milk With "An Archive of Hope" Editor Jason Black The Safety of Young Athletes Takes Center Stage As Football Season Gets Underway http://apr.org/post/safety-young-athletes-takes-center-stage-football-season-gets-underway <P>It's football season and for many young athletes that means lots of practices and training to get in shape for the big game every week. It's also a prime time for these players to get injured. Drew Ferguson is a licensed athletic trainer and Director of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital of Alabama. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:40:50 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 17379 at http://apr.org The Safety of Young Athletes Takes Center Stage As Football Season Gets Underway Google Wants To Get Your Small Business Online http://apr.org/post/google-wants-get-your-small-business-online <P>Robert Robinson owns Sundries and Specialties. It’s a brand new business, and he wants a brand new website to go with it.</P> <P>“Well the front page I wanted to show various items like what we may sell,” Robinson says.&nbsp; “Our store being sundries and specialties we may sell sundries, which is various items and then we specialize in jewelry or certain antiques. So I want the picture to represent that situation and describe some stuff about or business.”</P> <P>Robinson isn't the only small business owner who wants to wade into the waters of the web. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:36:23 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 16245 at http://apr.org Google Wants To Get Your Small Business Online 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 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 WOW! http://apr.org/post/wow <p>Alabama Public Radio has&nbsp;been recognized&nbsp;as one of the best in the country with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award!&nbsp;</p><p>This award is given annually by the national Society of Professional Journalist.&nbsp; Only ten&nbsp;media outlets earn these awards each year, so earning one is quite an accomplishment.</p><p>APR earned ours&nbsp;for&nbsp;the outstanding coverage our news team provided of damage caused by the April 27th tornadoes that ravaged Alabama in 2011.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:54:00 +0000 Jackie Howell 14530 at http://apr.org WOW!