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9:42 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Senate passes multiple bills, Stutts recants opposition and Huntsville to expand fiber optics

Alabama Senator Larry Stutts

Yesterday was a busy day in the Alabama Senate. Two bills passed the Senate floor and are on their way to be heard in the House of Representatives.

The first is a bill that looks to change how Alabama recruits businesses and industry. The Alabama Jobs Act would create a pay-as-you-go model for incentives like tax breaks that the state uses to recruit companies.

Under the old model, the state would provide millions of dollars of funding up-front. This bill will allow Alabama to peg those incentives to the companies' performance.

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News
4:38 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

BP Trial to Move Forward, Baldwin County School Tax, UAB Sports programs update

A federal court decision late Monday will allow Alabama to proceed with its economic damages jury trial against BP and other responsible parties in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled against BP’s motion to strike Alabama’s demand for a jury trial seeking compensatory damages from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  This follows a March 16, 2015, order by Judge Barbier setting the Alabama compensatory damages trial to commence in the spring of 2016.

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Newscast
8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Head of AEA resigns, Hubbard's defense wants case dismissed and Baldwin County education tax vote

AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry

Henry Mabry has officially stepped down as the head of the Alabama Education Association.

His resignation comes after the AEA board voted back in February to terminate Mabry after an audit raised concerns about his financial management of the organization.

Mabry replaced longtime AEA head Paul Hubbert in 2011. It was Hubbert who built the education organization into a massive political powerhouse. Hubbert expressed some grave concerns about the AEA's fiscal health before he passed away last year.

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News
4:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

FAA Investigation after Tuscaloosa Air Show Collision, UA Football Players Arrested, Diabetes

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an accident that occurred during the Tuscaloosa Air Show yesterday.

Two small stunt planes collided during an aerobatic performance by Team Aerodynamix at the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show yesterday.

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Award Entries
10:55 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Best Soft News Feature--Alabama Public Radio "When The Blue and Gray Isn't Black and White"

Alabama Public Radio is looking back on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The engagement, on August 5, 1864, was a turning point in the “war between the states.” APR listeners heard about the re-enactment of the Battle of Resaca yesterday, but that’s not the end of the story. An Alabama cavalry unit took part in the actual battle. And, we warn you, there’s a twist.

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10:46 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Best Public Affairs or Documentary--Alabama Public Radio "Damn The Torpedoes"

One hundred and fifty years ago, the battle of Mobile Bay helped bring the U.S. Civil War to a close. Historians also credit the engagement with helping Abraham Lincoln win a second term as President. Over the next half hour, Alabama Public Radio will look back on the battle and Alabama’s role in the Civil War in 1864. Stan Ingold will examine the Mobile campaign from the perspective of the man who lost. Ryan Vasquez will explain how Mobile resulted in more Congressional Medals of Honor than any other U.S. Naval battle.

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Arts & Life
10:40 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Best Spot News Story--Alabama Public Radio "UAW versus Mercedes Benz"

UAW versus Mercedes Benz

Alabama Public Radio

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10:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Extraordinary Coverage of a Scheduled Event--Alabama Public Radio "UAW versus Mercedes Benz"

UAW versus Mercedes Benz

Alabama Public Radio

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Newscast
9:35 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Jefferson County school cuts, Alabama diabetes figures and Baldwin County tax vote

Dr. Craig Pouncey, Jefferson County School Superintendent

The Jefferson County School Board recently announced sweeping cuts for the school system, which will include substantial layoffs.

The Board plans to cut $12.6 million from the system budget and to eliminate 162 positions. Other staff members will see their contracts shortened.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Pouncey says the system's budget had been running at a deficit of around $10 million a year. By that rate, he says, the county could have been in danger of not making payroll within 3 or 4 years.

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Water use dispute
4:46 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Alabama, Georgia governors quarrel over water

(L) Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met recently to discuss a long-running dispute over water.

The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case out of Florida that seeks to limit Georgia's water withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River. Alabama officials are also concerned about Georgia's water use. Residents and officials in both Alabama and Florida argue that Georgia withdraws too much of the river upstream, which impacts wildlife and industry downstream.

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School cuts
12:29 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Jefferson County School Board announces cuts, layoffs

The Jefferson County School Board recently announced sweeping cuts for the school system, which will include substantial layoffs.

The Board plans to cut $12.6 million from the system budget and to eliminate 162 positions. Other staff members will see their contracts shortened.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Pouncey says the system's budget had been running at a deficit of around $10 million a year. By that rate, he says, the county could have been in danger of not making payroll within 3 or 4 years.

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Job search grant
10:22 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Federal job search assistance for Decatur workers

Federal grant money will be awarded to help former employees of Decatur's International Paper find new jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor will be awarding nearly $825,000 in National Emergency Grant funding to help in the job search. A news release from the agency said the money would be used to "boost assistance at Alabama Career Center offices in Sheffield and Decatur to help the former mill employees secure new jobs".

International Paper employed 1,100 workers in the Decatur area. The plant closed earlier this year.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

A Dog's Place in the House

Ahh, now this is cozy!
Credit Taro the Shiba Inu [Flickr]

How a pet fits into your household and into your life is often an evolving relationship, much like most of the other personalities that fill our lives!

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Newscast
5:52 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

State Unemployment Down, Entrepreneurs and the Blue Angels

The Blue Angels
Credit http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/aircraft/

Governor Robert Bentley is getting closer to being able to collect a salary, but he is not there yet.

The state announced Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February. Bentley has promised not to accept a paycheck until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent.

Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says another positive sign is that the number of initial unemployment compensation claims in February were the lowest in 40 years.

Alabama's unemployment rate is still above the national average of 5.5 percent.

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Newscast
9:22 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Obama's remarks at Lawson State, Alabama entrepreneur event and Homewood tuberculosis testing

Pamela J. Hill, University of Alabama instructor

President Obama brought his Middle Class Economics plan to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham.

The Commander-in-Chief covered everything from Washington policy to a fairly new government agency called the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. The CFPB was created as part of Wall Street reform after the 2008 financial crisis. It's an independent consumer watchdog, and President Obama says they've already made a big impact.

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