News http://apr.org en 3 Alabama Schools Honored for Environmental Work http://apr.org/post/3-alabama-schools-honored-environmental-work <p>The U.S. Department of Education has honored three <font color="red">Alabama</font> schools for going green.</p><p>F.E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle, Brock's Gap Intermediate School in Hoover and Homewood Middle School were among the Green Ribbon Schools announced Tuesday. Officials say 48 schools and nine districts were recognized.</p><p>The award is given to schools that are reducing their environmental impact and utility costs, promoting health for students and staff and encouraging students to learn about the environment.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:59:45 +0000 Associated Press 50670 at http://apr.org 3 Alabama Schools Honored for Environmental Work APR honored for civil rights coverage http://apr.org/post/apr-honored-civil-rights-coverage <p>The Radio Television Digital News Association today named Alabama Public Radio the winner of five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. APR won for Overall Excellence, Best Series, Best Soft Feature, Best Use of Sound, and Best Documentary. All but one of the winning entries came from the newsroom’s yearlong coverage of the 50th anniversary of key moments in the fight for civil rights in Alabama. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:50:25 +0000 Alabama Public Radio 50609 at http://apr.org APR honored for civil rights coverage New Book Tells Story of PCB Pollution in Anniston http://apr.org/post/new-book-tells-story-pcb-pollution-anniston <p>A new book tells the story of decades of chemical pollution in the east <font color="red">Alabama</font> city of Anniston.</p><p>Written by University of <font color="red">Alabama</font> researcher Ellen Griffith Spears, "Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution and Justice in an All-American Town" traces the history of the toxic chemical in the city.</p><p>The book details how the production of the chemical polychlorinated biphenyls led to Anniston being once listed among the most toxic towns in America.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:53:57 +0000 Associated Press 50603 at http://apr.org New Book Tells Story of PCB Pollution in Anniston AG's Office Seeks to Block Evidence on Campaign Bonuses http://apr.org/post/ags-office-seeks-block-evidence-campaign-bonuses <p>The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.</p><p>Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:45:14 +0000 Associated Press 50602 at http://apr.org AG's Office Seeks to Block Evidence on Campaign Bonuses Alabama Driver Licenses Offline In Late April http://apr.org/post/alabama-driver-licenses-offline-late-april <p></p><p>Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April.</p><p>The Alabama Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a database to comply with federal regulations. All systems, including online services, will be shut down from 5 p.m. Friday, April 25 until 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.</p><p>The closure will also affect probate judges' offices, license commissioners' offices and other agencies that involve Alabama driver license transactions or reviews. Motor vehicle records and accident reports will also be offline.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:07:26 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 50572 at http://apr.org Alabama Driver Licenses Offline In Late April Leaders Break Ground On $5.5B Birmingham Perimeter http://apr.org/post/leaders-break-ground-55b-birmingham-perimeter <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders have broken ground on a 52-mile road that will someday complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area.</p><p>A ceremony was held Monday to mark the first phase of work on the Northern Beltline.</p><p>Bentley approved the first construction stage in the fall, but the project is expected to take more than 25 years to complete.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:48:06 +0000 The Associated Press 50568 at http://apr.org Leaders Break Ground On $5.5B Birmingham Perimeter Signs to point out Muscle Shoals Musical History http://apr.org/post/signs-point-out-muscle-shoals-musical-history <p>MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Signs will soon point visitors to The Shoals region toward the musical landmarks that made the area famous. Judy Sizemore, director of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, said there are plans to place at least 10 signs in Muscle Shoals and others throughout the area. The TimesDaily reports that the sites focus on the region's music recording history, including the story of the FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound recording studios. The signs are part of a larger project, The Roots of American Music Trail, and will feature the trail logo and a directional arrow. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:09:55 +0000 Pat Duggins 50512 at http://apr.org Signs to point out Muscle Shoals Musical History "Ribs and Politics" with Governor Bentley http://apr.org/post/ribs-and-politics-governor-bentley DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — There's no doubt about what Gov. Robert Bentley will be having for lunch on Monday. Bentley takes his Road to Economic Recovery Tour to Decatur on Monday, and his first stop is a lunch-time visit to Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q . A spokeswoman for the governor says he will spend the afternoon at Walter Jackson Elementary School kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week and at a business roundtable discussion. Bentley uses his Road to Economic Recovery tour to talk to residents and business owners about issues important to them. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:38:02 +0000 The Associated Press & Alabama Public Radio 50495 at http://apr.org "Ribs and Politics" with Governor Bentley Alabama Gymnasts fall to 4th http://apr.org/post/alabama-gymnasts-fall-4th <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida are co-champions in NCAA women's gymnastics. The defending champion Gators and first-time winners Oklahoma shared the title with scores of 198.175 in the Super Six on Saturday night. It's the first time the sport has had co-champions. There is no tiebreaker. That left both teams celebrating on the podium. Florida finished with a pair of 9.95s on the floor exercise and Oklahoma also had two on the vault. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:39 +0000 The Associated Press & alabama public radio 50480 at http://apr.org Alabama Gymnasts fall to 4th Best Soft-News Feature "Crimson and Clover" Alabama Public Radio http://apr.org/post/best-soft-news-feature-crimson-and-clover-alabama-public-radio <p>There was plenty of crimson, white, blue, and gold throughout Miami during the weekend before the BCS College Football Championship game. That includes the inner city neighborhood of Overtown, where botanical flowers in the team colors of Alabama and Notre Dame were planted in an urban garden built by fans of both schools. “I think someone at Alabama ‘Googled’ black Miami, and I’ve written about black Miami, ” said Dr. Marvin Dunn, head of Roots in The City, which helped coordinate the volunteer community service effort.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:01:22 +0000 Pat Duggins 22872 at http://apr.org Best Soft-News Feature "Crimson and Clover" Alabama Public Radio "On The Road" with Bo Jackson http://apr.org/post/road-bo-jackson <p>AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson is leading his third annual charity bicycle ride. The "Bo Bikes Bama" event is being held Saturday with Auburn as the starting point. That's where the Alabama native played football and baseball for the Tigers before going on to the NFL and major league baseball. Riders pay to participate and can choose either a 22-mile or 62-mile ride. Both routes go through the Auburn University campus. Celebrity riders including former pro baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., Olympic skier Picabo Street and the NFL's Donald Driver are set to participate. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:43:16 +0000 The Associated Press & alabama public radio 50470 at http://apr.org "On The Road" with Bo Jackson UWA student faces "internet threat" charge http://apr.org/post/uwa-student-faces-internet-threat-charge <p>FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — University of North Alabama police say a student faces a charge of making a terroristic threat after he turned himself in to authorities. University Police Chief Robert Pastula said 22-year-old Brian Mitchell of Madison is accused of posting a threatening message Tuesday morning on the social media site "Yik Yak." Pastula said Mitchell posted that he was going to "Shoot up UNA." Police say another student spotted the post and brought it to the attention of Pastula, who then placed the university on high alert as a precaution. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:36:30 +0000 The Associated Press & Alabama public Radio 50469 at http://apr.org UWA student faces "internet threat" charge "Cha-Ching" -- State lawmakers collect pay raise http://apr.org/post/cha-ching-state-lawmakers-collect-pay-raise <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A narrow majority of Alabama legislators have accepted an automatic pay increase that they were eligible to receive this spring. Sixty-six of the state's 104 sitting representatives accepted the raise, while 38 declined it, according to numbers provided by the clerk of the House of Representatives. Twenty-one of the 35 senators also declined the raise, according to Alabama Senate data. The other 14 senators will receive the pay increase. Legislators get an annual raise in their monthly expense allowance to reflect any increase in the federal consumer price index. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:37 +0000 The Associated Press & Alabama Public Radio 50462 at http://apr.org "Cha-Ching" -- State lawmakers collect pay raise Easter Dangers for Pets http://apr.org/post/easter-dangers-pets <p>Easter is another holiday that can be a wonderful occasion for humans, but filled with dangers for our pets.&nbsp; It's up to us to make sure our best friends are protected from things that can harm them.&nbsp;</p><p>**************************</p><p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 50345 at http://apr.org Easter Dangers for Pets A peek at Football season--Alabama and Auburn hold scrimmages http://apr.org/post/peek-football-season-alabama-and-auburn-hold-scrimmages <p>AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — It's football season in Alabama, at least for a day. Both Auburn and Alabama are holding their A-Day spring scrimmages Saturday. Alabama plays at 1 p.m., followed by Auburn at 2 p.m. Thousands of fans are expected at both Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium. While Auburn is charging $5 for non-students, admission is free at the Alabama scrimmage. In Auburn, tailbacks Corey Grant, Cameron Artis-Payne and redshirt freshman Peyton Barber are hoping to shine. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Pat Duggins 50458 at http://apr.org A peek at Football season--Alabama and Auburn hold scrimmages