big presh (David Precious) [Flickr]

It is not easy to keep your pet safe from the dangers posed by the Christmas tree.  It may be best if the tree is in a room with a door that you can close, so your four-footed buddy cannot have unsupervised access to the tempting holiday decorations!












The Thanksgiving travel season is here. And, many Alabamians will be hitting the road to visit family and friends. Triple A -Alabama says a big drop in gas prices will most likely impact travel conditions this weekend. Triple-A spokesman Clay Ingram says research shows that there is a point six percent increase in people traveling this year.

The family of a woman who was killed in an explosion at the Ultratec pyrotechnics factory in north Alabama has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Reports indicate the family of Virginia Marie Sanderson filed the lawsuit yesterday. The family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages from the company. Sanderson was one of two employees killed in February's explosion at the Owens Cross Roads facility just south of Huntsville.

A new survey shows the majority of U.S. military veterans aren’t happy with the treatment they get after their service. The Disabled Veterans Pulse Survey found that only 1 in 5 veterans think the government treats them well.

Less than half believe they receive the benefits and support they were promised. Dan Clare is the National Director of Communications for the group Disabled American Veterans. He says many veterans out repeat their service.

Presidents Obama and Hollande meet the press

Nov 24, 2015

APR listeners heard NPR's "live" coverage of President Barack Obama and Francois Hollande of France speaking at the White House, following ISIL's terrorist attacks in Paris. Mr. Obama says Russia's airstrikes against moderate opposition groups in Syria are bolstering the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. He's calling on Russia to play a more constructive role by shifting the focus of its airstrikes to defeating the Islamic State.

Demonstrators emptied liquor bottles outside the Alabama Capitol to protest the closing of driver's license offices in Black Belt counties.

Selma state senator Hank Sanders told the Montgomery Advertiser that state agencies are leaving money-losing liquor stores open in the impoverished areas while closing rural driver's license offices.

The crowd chanted "Give us the ballot, not just the bottle" during the Monday protest.

The event was one of several demonstrations over the closures.

We could have another brief brush with freezing temperatures tonight. The forecast calls for Tuscaloosa to reach thirty two degrees for an hour or two tomorrow morning. Selma will be just above freezing tonight. That’s a warm spell compared to temperatures in the twenties this morning. Forecasters were warning residents to cover their plants and bring in the pets with a cold blast making Alabama as cold as the northern plains states. The outlook looks milder heading into Thanksgiving.

Downtown Rescue Mission

The city of Huntsville is working to make the holiday season special for local families.

Every year the Downtown Rescue Mission helps the homeless and families in need during the Thanksgiving holidays. The Mission provides Thanksgiving boxes filled with items to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. The boxes include a frozen turkey, stuffing, yams, a fruit cocktail and rolls.

Tonia Beverly is the Director of Events and Business Partnership at the Downtown Rescue Mission. She says that these packages give families something to be thankful for during the holidays.

An African American activist was reportedly attacked by supporters of Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump. The GOP hopeful was in the middle of a speech at the BJCC in Birmingham, when a black activist identified as Mercutio Southall, Junior began chanting “black lives matter.” Trump asked that the man be removed, and that’s when witnesses say bystanders began punching and kicking Southall, who was escorted out by security. Trump later commented how Democratic contender Bernie Sanders allowed “black lives matter” activists to take over his microphone during a rally in Seattle.

Both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers handily defeated their opponents yesterday, setting up both teams for the annual Iron Bowl rivalry game next Saturday. Cyrus Jones returned two punts for touchdowns, the only Alabama player to do so since 1944, according to school records. Derrick Henry also scored twice as the Tide pounded Charleston Southern 56-6. For Auburn, Jeremy Johnson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to lead Auburn to a 56-34 victory over Idaho.

fineapps2013 (Werner Reischel) [Flickr]

Most of the foods we enjoy at Thanksgiving are not good for our pets, but pumpkin is pet-friendly and healthy!  Make sure you feed your furry friend only the meat of the pumpkin (not the skin, stem or leaves), and use only fresh or pure canned pumpkin.


Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump will press the flesh with supporters in Birmingham today. The GOP hopeful's campaign stop today at the BJCC follows up Trump’s last trip to Alabama, which generated what was called the biggest political rally for any presidential candidate. Trump's visit to Mobile follows up a stop by Ben Carson, who met with supporters at the University of South Alabama. Once Trump and Carson move on, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will visit Guntersville on December first.

When the Alabama Crimson Tide faces the Charleston Southern Buccaneers today, there will be heightened security at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Governor Robert Bentley says he has asked for increased scrutiny at major college football games as a precaution. Bentley says there have been no known threats in Alabama. However, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will provide additional support at games at Auburn University and the University of Alabama. The governor says it was important to step up security and monitoring at large gatherings in light of terrorist attacks around the globe.

Unemployment in Alabama is down slightly and wages are higher than it’s been in seven years. A-P-R student reporter Nia Craig has more on the state's employment rates…


Employment has increased by 7,200 jobs. According to the governor’s office the state’s jobless rate for October was 5.9 percent. This is one-tenth of a point from 6 percent in September.


The government sector has gained more than half of these jobs. There were also increases in the professional and business services area, plus the trade and transportation sector.


Elliott Spillers
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Students at the University of Alabama repeated a list of demands for more diversity on the Tuscaloosa campus.

A student march started at Malone-Hood Plaza and ended at Gorgas Library, where the students' eleven goals were restated. The group “We Are Done UA” wants a safe space for students of color, a diversity class for freshmen, and a way to report hate crimes and sexual abuse on campus, among other things.

Students at the University of Alabama renewed a list of demands related to diversity at the Tuscaloosa campus.

A rally was held outside of Gorgas Library where organizers repeated eleven requests including, a division of diversity, a safe space for students of color, and a diversity course for freshman.

Elliott Spillers is President of the Student Government association. He says a recent meeting with UA President Stuart Bell was encouraging, but there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done…

Stuart Bell
University of Alabama

University of Alabama President Stuart Bell says he plans to add a central diversity officer to campus. The new position is part of an effort to ensure a welcoming and inclusive campus for students of all backgrounds.

Bell released a statement Wednesday saying he's asked the school's Strategic Planning Council to identify a diversity officer and develop a new campus diversity plan.

Bell says the university's provost and vice president for student affairs have also been asked to review the school's current initiatives and ensure they're accessible throughout campus.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, who sought to run as a Democrat in a county election after he returned to the party from the GOP.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs dismissed Davis's case Wednesday. Davis is seeking to run for Montgomery County commissioner.

Supreme Court

An Alabama woman who had her adoption rights stripped by the state Supreme Court is now turning to the highest court in the nation.

The woman identified as V.L. adopted her long-term partner’s three children in Georgia. When the couple later split, the biological mother prevented V.L. from seeing her children. V.L. asked Alabama's Supreme court for help. Instead, the justices invalidated her adoptions.

Cathy Sakimura is an attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and represents the woman. She says what Alabama’s Supreme Court did was unprecedented.

Official body cam video from the aftermath of the November 8 arrests of three University of Alabama students. Certain confidential information has been redacted from the video.

Advisory: Some portions of these videos contain strong language and other potentially disturbing content.

A lesbian mother in Alabama wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Alabama decision declaring adoptions invalid.

In 2007, the woman adopted her long-term partner’s three children. When the couple broke up, the former partner prevented the other from seeing the children. She asked Alabama’s Supreme Court to enforce her visitation rights, but instead the justices declared her adoption invalid.

Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley is putting his rhetoric against Syrian refugees settling in the state into action.

The governor has directed state agencies to try to block the relocation of any Syrian refugees in Alabama.

Bentley signed an executive order Monday after announcing his opposition to Syrian refugees settling in Alabama over the weekend. The order directs state agencies to use all "lawful means" to prevent the resettlement of refugees.

Governor Robert Bentley is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to Alabama.

Bentley says in a news release on Sunday that, “After full consideration of this weekend's attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way."

Governor Robert Bentley has announced he won’t allow any Syrian refugees to relocate to Alabama.

Bentley released a statement Sunday saying, "After full consideration of this weekend's attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way."

Governor Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to Alabama.

In a news release Sunday Bentley said, "After full consideration of this weekend's attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way."

Elected officials and the family and friends of Mal Moore will gather today, for the dedication of the Mal Moore Memorial Highway.

 NASA has named an interim director to lead the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

NASA officials say that Todd May has been named to the post after the retirement of former director Patrick Scheuermann.

May has served as the space center's deputy director since August and had managed the Space Launch System Program since 2011. Officials say May started his career with NASA in 1991 at the Materials and Processes lab at Marshall.

Greencolander (Michelle Tribe) [Flickr]

This is a time of year when there are fewer puppies and kittens available to adopt.  But shelters still have lots of great adult animals and even some older (senior) pets who need good homes and loving owners!



GOP Presidential hopeful Ben Carson will return to Alabama next week. The Republican contender will appear at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center for a free rally next Thursday afternoon. There will be a fundraiser at a private residence afterward. Republican hopefuls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee have attended similar rallies in Alabama, as well as Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.