military http://apr.org en New Alabama Laws Affect Scottsboro Boys, Red Tape http://apr.org/post/new-alabama-laws-affect-scottsboro-boys-red-tape <p></p><p></p><p>Alabama has several new laws taking effect Monday, including one allowing the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.</p><p>The founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, Sheila Washington, says paperwork will be filed soon asking the board to issue pardons removing rape convictions that occurred more than 80 years ago. She says pardons would mean shame is gone from the names of the Scottsboro Boys.</p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:25:12 +0000 The Associated Press 33295 at http://apr.org New Alabama Laws Affect Scottsboro Boys, Red Tape Governor Bentley Promotes Bills To Help Military http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-promotes-bills-help-military <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has joined with legislators and military leaders to celebrate the enactment of three state laws designed to make Alabama more military friendly.</p><p>Bentley conducted ceremonial signings for the laws Thursday at the Capitol.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:46:51 +0000 The Associated Press 33118 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Promotes Bills To Help Military Alabama National Guard Investigated for Improper Travel http://apr.org/post/alabama-national-guard-investigated-improper-travel <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) &mdash;</p><p>The Alabama National Guard has launched an investigation into a recent deployment from Birmingham to England to determine whether guard personnel improperly took relatives along on military aircraft.</p><p>The Birmingham News <a href="http://bit.ly/LAH1lV">reports</a> Berryhill&nbsp;has confirmed the investigation.&nbsp;The guard declined to elaborate on the nature of the allegations.</p><p>At issue are members of the 117th Air Refueling Wing based at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.</p> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:27:08 +0000 Eva Demonbreun Lynch 14986 at http://apr.org Alabama National Guard Investigated for Improper Travel Gay Pride Marchers In San Diego To Make History http://apr.org/post/gay-pride-marchers-san-diego-make-history Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Large numbers of active duty military marched in last year's gay pride parade in San Diego, risking expulsion under "don't ask don't tell." Tomorrow at this year's parade, they'll make history. They're the first to be allowed to march in a gay parade wearing their uniforms, as the Pentagon announced yesterday. Though the exception applies only to this event, the parade's director called it a giant leap in the right direction. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.<p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:05:00 +0000 National Public Radio 14890 at http://apr.org Service Members In Colombia Prostitution Scandal Won't Face Criminal Charges http://apr.org/post/service-members-colombia-prostitution-scandal-wont-face-criminal-charges Ten members of the U.S. military who were involved in the Secret Service prostitution scandal have received punishment but will not face criminal charges.<p>NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Those disciplined include seven soldiers and two Marines. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:19:00 +0000 editor 14800 at http://apr.org