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4:40 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

No smoking in Gadsden, and remembering lost astronauts

It may be tougher to light up in the city of Gadsden starting this Sunday. The town, just east of Birmingham, is putting a tougher smoking ordinance into effect. The new rule prohibits smoking in all enclosed workplaces in the city and that includes restaurants and bars. It also bans smoking within twenty feet of public entrances to buildings. The City Council passed the ordinance in June, but delayed enforcement until February first. Advocates say it will protect the public from secondhand smoke. But some business owners worry about lost revenue.

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8:28 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Gay marriage update, homeless census and National Drug Facts Week

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade

The Alabama Probate Judges Association has dramatically reversed course in the fight for marriage equality in Alabama.

That judges' group now says gay couples may apply for and be given marriage licenses once the hold is removed from a federal order overturning Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The Probate Judges Assocation was previously encouraging Alabama's probate justices to deny marriage licenses for same-sex couples as long as possible.

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Arts & Life
4:40 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice faces ethics complaint, and Rosa Parks' attorney to be honored

The fight over same sex marriage in Alabama has resulted in an ethics complaint against the state’s Chief Justice. The Southern Poverty Law Center is objecting to Roy Moore’s criticism of a federal judge's ruling in favor of a Mobile couple in a same-sex marriage. Moore called the ruling judicial tyranny, The SPLC says Moore’s behavior is similar to when he refused to follow a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the state judicial building. He was removed from office, but re-elected. .

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8:37 am
Wed January 28, 2015

National School Choice rally, surplus auction and Huntsville desegregation

Col. Jefferson Dunn, soon to be Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner

This week is National School Choice Week. Supporters of classroom options will be joined by Civil Rights leaders for a rally in Montgomery today which more than two thousand people are expected to attend.

Marchers are demanding law makers protect and expand K-through-12 educational choices for children and familes. Sonya DiCarlo is the Director of Communications for the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund. She says children are not all the same.

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Newscast
5:50 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Huntsville City Schools Desegregation Case, Commercial Space Flight and BP Scammers Sentenced

    

A federal judge will review an agreement to settle a desegregation case involving Huntsville city schools.

The school system and the Justice Department released the agreement on Monday. It's aimed at resolving disputes over the racial fairness of a student attendance plan devised last year.

The federal government objected to the plan arguing it didn't improve academic opportunities for black students.   The school system agrees to take several steps in the settlement, which follows mediation sessions.

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Justice Moore on Same Sex Marriage
1:55 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Speaks Out on Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore
Credit Credit Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press

   

   Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's concerned that the recognition of same-sex marriages will lead to the recognition of marriages with multiple partners or marriages within a family.

      Moore spoke out  after sending a letter to the governor saying a ruling by a federal judge in favor of a same-sex couple in Mobile is not binding on Alabama's probate judges. He says he's encouraged by the Alabama Probate Judges Association advising probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Arts & Life
9:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Alabama defends Same Sex Marriage ban, Decatur rocket to carry new spacecapsule

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is wasting no time in appealing after a federal judge overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The attorney general's office filed notice yesterday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's ruling. Granade ruled Friday that Alabama's bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. She put her decision on hold for two weeks to allow state attorneys time to appeal.

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Arts & Life
4:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Alabama Appeals Ruling Against Same Sex ban, Drone task force still "up in the air"

Attorney General Luther Strange is taking action to keep Alabama’s same sex marriage ban in place. Strange filed an appeal and a motion against a federal court order overturning Alabama’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. This follows a ruling U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile declaring the ban unconstitutional. The Judge stayed her own decision for two weeks to all Alabama a chance to appeal. Judge Granade originally ruled in favor of a Mobile couple who wanted their marriage recognized.

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Arts & Life
9:51 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Same sex marriage ban still in place, Tuscaloosa celebrates Deontay Wilder

Alabama's ban against same sex marriage is still effect, at least for now. U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade is putting her own ruling on hold for fourteen days.

The judge originally ruled Alabama's ban unconstitutional. Now, she is waiting two weeks to allow Alabama state attorneys time to appeal her decision. If the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't decide to extend that stay, same-sex marriages will be legal in Alabama on February 9th.

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Arts & Life
8:53 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Alabama Seeks Stay After Judge Overrules Same-Sex marriage ban

Attorney General Luther Strange wasted no time in seeking to stay yesterday's court decision overruling Alabama's ban on same sex marriage. Strange is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that ended the law against gay marriage. Meanwhile, advocates are cheering what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state. Luther Strange's office asked a federal judge on Friday to put the ruling on hold since the U.S. Supreme Court plans to take up the issue. U.S. District Callie V.S.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Arthritis in Pets

There may be gray on my face but there is play in my heart.
Credit jumpinjimmyjava (Jimmy Brown {Flickr]

As our pets age, they may have to deal with some of the same infirmities that we humans face as we grow older.  Just because the body may not move as fast or as easily as before, your furry companion is still your best friend!

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5:55 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Alabama and Chinese Trade, BabyPalooza and Gambling at Greenetrack

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange
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China is Alabama’s second biggest trading partner. That economic relationship is the focus of a new series of events at the Birmingham International Center.  The Center will host various cultural, educational, and outreach events between now and May. A large part of the focus is on business and trade with China. Alabama does two and a half billion dollars’ worth of business with China every year.

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Newscast
9:25 am
Fri January 23, 2015

World Games, China Spotlight and Gold Medals for Marchers

Iris Gross, Executive Director of the Birmingham International Center

Alabama is still buzzing over the news that Birmingham will be the host city for the 2021 World games. The first task in preparing to host the games will be to watch how Poland does it.

Wroclaw, Poland will be hosting the 2017 games and Alabama be taking notes on how that city handles it. Over four thousand athletes from one hundred countries usually take part.

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Newscast
6:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Alabama Goes International and State Tries to Move Forward with Arthur Execution

           

Business owners and economic developers in the Mobile area will gather today to talk about trade with Europe. A town hall meeting will discuss a pending trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Negotiators between the U.S. and Europe are ironing out the agreement which deals with everything from intellectual property to e-commerce. Christina Stimpson is director of international trade with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. She says the deal could be good news for businesses in our state…

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Newscast
9:18 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hubbard Ethics Case, European Trade Agreement and Alabama Jobs

Rep. Mike Hubbard (R), Speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators. They are also looking for conversations with members of the executive branch about the case.

Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion Wednesday asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.

Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.

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