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During the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina, a police officer confiscated a small boy's white dog, named Snowball.  The boy was inconsolable, and Snowball's story became a symbol of much that went wrong for pets and their owners in that disaster.

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Bentley's to divorce, Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival

Aug 28, 2015

The first couple of Alabama is calling it quits.  First Lady Dianne Bentley has filed papers for divorce.  APR’s Pat Duggins has the details…

Governor Robert Bentley and his wife appeared together at the capitol today shortly before the news broke that Dianne Bentley filed papers to dissolve their marriage.

Mrs. Bentley says, in court documents, that there is a complete incompatibility of temperament that makes it impossible for the two to continue living together.

UPDATE: Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley has filed for divorce from Governor Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown." The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January. A lawyer for Dianne Bentley wrote that her client says "there is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together." The complaint says the couple's personalities conflict. The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons.

Immigrant detainees at the Etowah County Detention Center are at the center of a civil rights complaint over abuse and visitation rights.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds an average of 300 foreign detainees in Etowah County awaiting deportation. The advocacy group Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement says there's evidence of widespread abuse at Etowah. They filed a formal complaint earlier this month.

Christina Mansfield is a co-founder of CIVIC. She says she heard reports of abuse on her first visit to the facility in 2013.

Officials say closures of state parks are among the potential impacts of proposed budget cuts to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Department leaders and others met at Oak Mountain State Park today.  State Parks Director Greg Lein says additional cuts could be devastating and officials want lawmakers to preserve the department's funding. Lein says the parks system's emergency and reserve funds are depleted.

Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard has asked a judge to dismiss ethics charges against him because prosecutors disclosed the identities of grand jury witnesses in a court filing.

Hubbard's defense team filed the latest dismissal motion yesterday. Motions for dismissal were also filed in March and in December of last year for alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Defense lawyers are arguing that prosecutors violated grand jury secrecy laws. The Republican speaker has asked the judge to dismiss all charges against him.

As part of Alabama Public Radio's continuing series of reports on Alabama's water supply and the health of our rivers, this video shows you how the City of Tuscaloosa gets its drinking water. Deputy Director Stephen Daly took APR through the process from Lake Tuscaloosa to its treatment plants to customers' homes.

Voters in Athens have defeated a school tax proposal by a wide margin.

Residents rejected a 12-mill tax increase yesterday by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. They also turned down a proposed bond issue for school construction.

The new property tax would have funded capital projects worth more than $70 million for Athens city schools.

Superintendent Trey Holladay says the system now must find a different way to move ahead with school renovations and new buildings.

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot and killed during a live television interview in Virginia this morning. The gunman was a former employee who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene.

Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were both killed while on assignment for WDBJ.

Todd Strange has been re-elected to serve his third term as the mayor of Montgomery.

In the capital city’s mayoral election yesterday, Strange carried 56 percent of the vote. Former U.S. Congressman Artur Davis finished at a distant 27 percent after reportedly spending over $600,000 of his own money on his campaign.

Davis said in his concession speech that he still intends to be the next mayor of Montgomery, it just may be four years later than he had hoped.

Federal judges want lawyers for black lawmakers to come up with their own map for redrawing Alabama's legislative districts.

The request came Tuesday in Montgomery during a hearing over the new voting lines.

Lawyers for black legislators contend Republicans illegally sorted voters by race when they drew new district lines.

The three-judge panel put tough questions to both sides during two hours of arguments.

The fight over political redistricting in Alabama is headed back to federal court.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments later today in Montgomery over whether legislators relied too much on race when they drew legislative district lines.

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Aug 24, 2015

The latest Alabama inmate seeking freedom from death row says the state is wrongly ignoring his claims of innocence while his health fails.

 Donnis Musgrove maintains the state is arguing about technicalities rather addressing legitimate concerns about his 1988 conviction and death sentence.

Musgrove was sentenced to die for the killing of Coy Eugene Barron in 1986. His attorneys maintain the prosecution falsified evidence.

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Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will not propose his bill to allow a statewide vote on a lottery and casinos during the second special session.

Another Republican senator, Paul Sanford of Huntsville, says he plans to introduce his own lottery proposal.

The bill Marsh championed throughout the general assembly and first special session was a constitutional amendment to allow a lottery and casinos at the state's four dog tracks.

Alabama is ranked number 3 and Auburn number 6 in the Associated Press college football poll. The defending national champion Ohio Buckeyes took the top slot by receiving all sixty one first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. The TCU Horned Frogs are ranked number two, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State. The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship last season and are trying to become the 12th team to win consecutive AP titles since the poll began in 1936. Alabama won back to back BCS titles in 2012 and 2013.

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