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During the next week nearly a third of the Republicans who want to be President will be in Alabama. 

Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley endorsed Ohio’s Governor John Kasich earlier this week. Tonight the G-O-P front runner, businessman Donald Trump will be in Mobile where he is expected to draw a crowd of nearly thirty thousand.

Terry Lathan is the Chairwoman of the Alabama G-O-P. She says Alabama is a key to the South…

Six Hundred and fifty new jobs are coming to Tuscaloosa County.

Governor Robert Bentley announced that Samvardhana Motherson Group plans to build a new $150 million automotive supplier plant in the area.

The new 700,000 square foott facility in Tuscaloosa will produce painted bumpers, rocker panels, spoilers, interior door panels and other parts. This plant will supply Mercedes Benz U.S. International plant in Vance.

The Northwest Alabama Regional Airport Board is asking one of its airlines to stop serving the airport.

The request comes after several complaints of unsatisfactory performance by SeaPort Airlines in the Muscle Shoals airport.

Local media reports the airport board unanimously voted earlier this week to request that the airline voluntarily remove its service.

The Oregon-based airline began offering four daily flights from Muscle Shoals to Nashville in January, but reduced its flight schedule to one daily flight earlier this summer.

The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education has named its acting superintendent.

Deputy Superintendent Walter Davie was tabbed as the top administrator for Tuscaloosa County Schools at a meeting this afternoon.  Current Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford is taking a leave of absence due to deaths in the family and sickness.

Officials say the decision the change was a mutual decision between the board and Swinford.  Officials hope to know more about Swinford’s status next week. 

The junior college corruption scandal occurred around 2006. It was one of the worst white collar crimes in Alabama’s history. This highly publicized federal probe of the state’s two-year college system sent a lot of people to jail.

Roy Johnson was director at the time. Prosecutors claim he orchestrated one of the most sensational, brazen, flagrant, and pervasive robberies imaginable. Johnson justly was sentenced to ten years in prison and was court ordered to pay back $1.4 million in restitution to the state.

The newly elected President of the National Association of Counties is visiting Alabama this week.

Complaints about the stalled federal highway bill in Congress are just one topic being voiced by county elected officials. Twenty five percent of Alabama roads are reportedly in need of repair. Sixty percent of those roads run through the counties.

NACO President Sallie Clark says a three-month stopgap spending plan did win approval in Congress. But she says that’s not enough for major road projects.

Alabama and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 19, 2015

What do Kermit The Frog, Alabama Coach Nick Saban, and Lady Gaga all have in common? Each of these celebrities stepped up to take what’s called the A-L-S ice bucket challenge. By August of last year, the internet based fundraising campaign for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease was credited with generating over one hundred million dollars for research and care. APR’s MacKenzie Bates headed to Huntsville to see how getting ice cold water dumped on your head is helping people with the disease…

The Birmingham City Council has passed a resolution increasing the minimum wage to over ten dollars an hour. APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports it won’t happen all at once.

The Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance during their meeting today that will eventually increase the city’s minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents ($10.10) per hour.

The Birmingham City Council will consider increasing the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Local media reports the council could vote on an ordinance as soon as this evening.

Dozens of people rallied outside City Hall after a council meeting last month to show support for an ordinance requiring all businesses within the city and those contracted through the city to raise the minimum wage.

Governor Robert Bentley is endorsing Ohio Governor John Kasich for the Republican presidential nomination. Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold has more…

Governor Kasich joined Bentley at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham. Governor Bentley says Kasich has the executive level experience and background necessary to lead.  Bentley called Kasich to offer his support after seeing him in a recent debate.

It’s been almost one week since the Legislature ended a special session without a general fund budget.

Governor Robert Bentley is expected to call another special session to deal with a projected $200 million shortfall in the state’s coffers.

As both chambers remain divided on the issue, the house did vote in favor of cutting $156 million from Medicaid before passing their version of the budget.

Huntsville Republican Representative Phil Williams says he was ashamed of that vote, but he believes the move sent a message throughout Montgomery.

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  Talladega's mayor says a recent assault outside a barbershop where he works part time won't derail the final push of his re-election campaign.

Talladega Mayor Larry Barton was attacked August eighth in Vestavia Hills, roughly 55 miles east of his city, where municipal elections are set for August twenty-fifth.

Police have said 71-year-old Benny Green has been charged with assault in the attack. Police have not released details on his motive.

American Humane Association

The  Hero Dog Awards seek to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways. Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories: Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Law Enforcement, Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs. 

Interacting with an animal can be very theraputic for humans. While other animals, such as horses and cats can be great therapy animals, dogs really excel in helping humans who are going through a difficult or troubling time. A certified Therapy Dog can make a significant contribution to many treatment programs.

Dogs began helping our military forces as early as World War I, but it wasn't until World War II that the Army established its first K-9 Corps. They serve as scouts, detection specialists for explosives, and assist on guard duty to protect US service men and women around the world. Nowadays, dogs have their own military service records and can be awarded commendations for outstanding service. It is not possible to count the number of lives military dogs have saved, sometimes at the extreme cost of their own. The Military Dog category seeks to recognize the dedication and valor of these extraordinary animals.

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A federal judge has temporarily suspended enforcement of a state regulation that threatened to close one of the state's busiest abortion clinics.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson says the closure of the Tuscaloosa clinic could prevent women from obtaining abortions.

The West Alabama Women's Center of Tuscaloosa is challenging a 2007 state regulation.  It requires clinics to hire a physician with hospital-admitting privileges to handle patient complications

The mayor of Huntsville turned down local firefighters' request for a pay raise.

Mayor Tommy Battle says he won't seek higher pay for firefighters in next year's budget after an audit presented at last night’s city council meeting found the current wages are fair.

The Huntsville Firefighters Association has been pushing for a raise since February. It says starting salaries of city firefighters and police officers should at least be equal. Currently rookie police officers make about $2,200 a year more.

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