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4:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Bentley on Budget: "Real Crisis," Oil Spill Anniversary, Little Lagoon

Governor Robert Bentley says the state faces a “real crisis” with its budget. 

The governor continued his tour of speaking engagements to rally support for his proposed $541 million tax proposal.  He spoke at Guntersville State Park today.

The Department of Conservation is working on a contingency plan to close 15 of 22 state parks because of anticipated budget cuts. He says it will be lawmakers who close state parks and axe other state services if they fail to approve new revenue for the budget.

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Newscast
10:02 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Lear denies allegations, The Great Invisible and new Little Lagoon Bridge

Kimberly King, former Lear employee, with medications for asthma she contracted on the job.

Selma-based Hyundai supplier Lear Corporation is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

Lear said on Friday that allegations of employees being exposed to the hazardous chemical TDI are false. The company says the air in the plant has been tested by multiple independent parties.

However, NBC recently reported that a Yale University medical clinic tested blood samples from nearly twenty workers, and five showed exposure to the chemical.

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Book Review
8:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Hotel Monte Sano

Title: The Hotel Monte Sano
Author: Charles Farley

Transcript and audio to be added soon.

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State park hotels
5:00 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Two Alabama state parks may soon build hotels

Despite a dire budget situation that may force two thirds of Alabama's state parks to close, two of the parks remaining open are planning to build new hotels on site.

Both Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores and Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham are finalizing major upgrade plans to their facilities, which include multi million dollar hotels.

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Prison riot
7:56 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

15 inmates treated after St. Clair riot

A dormitory in St. Clair Correctional Facility
Credit Equal Justice Institute

15 inmates received medical treatment after a riot at St. Clair Correctional Facility Friday afternoon.

A correctional officer was assaulted during the prison's morning meal Friday. After the attack, the Alabama Department of Corrections' Correctional Emergency Response Team was sent to the prison. All inmates were ordered to return to their cells, but the occupants of one cell block refused.

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Weather
11:10 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Alabama bracing for weekend storms

NOAA severe weather outlook for 4/18 and 4/19

Forecasters say severe weather is possible this weekend for much of Alabama.

Parts of southwestern Alabama have already seen over a foot of rain this week, and the National Weather Service says even more rainfall is expected both today and tomorrow.

The NWS says severe storms will likely develop over central and southern Alabama this evening with wind gusts approaching 60 mph. Conditions may be even worse tomorrow night, with the possibility of isolated tornadoes, 70 mph winds and potential golf ball sized hail.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Dog Flu Epidemic

Dogs greet each other in the park
Credit NightRStar (Roman Soto) [Flickr]

Dogs are naturally social animals, but during the dog flu epidemic it might be up to you to keep it company.  After all, that's what best friends are for!

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Interview
7:50 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Interview: "The Great Invisible" Director Margaret Brown

Filmmaker Margaret Brown, director of The Great Invisible

April 20 marks the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest marine oil spill in history.

The catastrophic event left 11 workers dead and ultimately spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Margaret Brown’s latest documentary The Great Invisible chronicles both the spill and its aftermath, following both oil executives and the affected residents of the Gulf Coast.

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News
4:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Alabama Unemployment dips, Tuscaloosa Jewish food festival, Mobile Earth Day celebration

Alabama’s unemployment rate dipped slightly last month.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state’s unemployment rate for March is 5.7 percent.  Alabama’s jobless rate has not been at that point or below since July 2008.

He says the rate remains below the 7.2 percent seasonally adjusted rate from the same time a year ago.      

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Arts & Life
10:17 am
Fri April 17, 2015

APR's National award winning coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill

Monday is the fifth anniversary of the Gulf Oil spill. Below are links to Alabama Public Radio’s national award winning coverage of the aftermath of the disaster off Alabama’s gulf coast in 2010. “Oil & Water: Recovering From the Spill” examined the initial recovery efforts, as well as the long-term effect of the spill on the economy, environment, and mental health of the region. "Oil & Water" won first place for best news series from "The Public Radio News Directors' Incorporated" in 2012.  It was APR's first PRNDI award in a decade.

Newscast
8:36 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Selma Auto Workers Lawsuit, Strange Wants Lethal Injection Drug, Mobile Bay Earth Day

Lear Corporation headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a company accused of retaliating against whistleblowing workers in Selma.

Workers in a Selma automotive parts plant have complained about conditions in the plant and were involved in a federal investigation.

An order filed by the U.S. Department of Labor Wednesday in U.S. District Court Wednesday blocks the Lear Corporation and Renosol Seating from terminating, suspending, suing, threatening or retaliating against current or former employees.

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News
4:40 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Alabama General Fund problems, New Airline coming to Birmingham, Panama City alcohol ban

Alabama lawmakers and Governor Robert Bentley are still disagreeing on how to address the General Fund budget shortfall, and state agencies are bracing for the worst.

APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports Alabama’s State Parks are on the chopping block.

If Alabama can’t resolve its budget crisis, fifteen state parks are scheduled to close next month.

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Newscast
9:38 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Lawmakers Look to Repeal Common Core, PCB Alcohol Ban to Expire, A&M Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute logo

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.

The State Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs voted 5-3 yesterday morning in favor of repealing current standards applying to math and English curriculums.

Those standards are built into the state's Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

Supporters of the bill say repealing Common Core gives more control to state and local educators.

Opponents say it would put Alabama behind other states and disrupt learning.

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News
4:37 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Hubbard back in court, Alabama Senate approves education Bill, "You Drive, You Text, You Pay"

Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is back in court for another hearing ahead of his fall trial on felony ethics charges.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker heard arguments and testimony today on various motions in the case.

Hubbard's defense team wants to dismiss the case. They argue there was prosecutorial misconduct. They also believe Attorney General Luther Strange did not have the authority to select an acting attorney general when he stepped aside from the case.

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Newscast
9:47 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Percy Sledge Remembered, Group Backs Tax Plan and Senate Passes Education Budget

Kimble Forrister, Executive Director of Alabama Arise

The singer who became famous for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman" died yesterday. Percy Sledge had a massive impact on what became known as the "Muscle Shoals sound".

Sledge walked into a recording studio in Alabama's Muscle Shoals region in 1966. In a few weeks, his signature song "When a Man Loves a Woman" would become the first of his five gold records.

Dick Cooper is the Curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He says Sledge's legacy was defined when he was just 25 years old.

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