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9:18 am
Fri June 26, 2015

High court affirms right to same-sex marriage

UPDATE: 

Gay rights groups have called for Alabama, one of 14 states that banned gay marriage, to immediately let couples get married. 

The Human Rights Campaign on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the United States.  

HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said it would be unlawful for the state to deny marriage rights to couples.  

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the decision overturned centuries of marriage tradition.

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News
4:40 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Alabama on SCOTUS's ACA Ruling, Coosa River Fish Survery

The U.S. Supreme Court says federal tax subsidies for health care should stay. That's been perceived as good news for more than one hundred and thirty thousand Alabamians. That's how many people in our state afford insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Ron Pollack is the Executive Director of Families USA, a national advocacy organization for health care consumers. He says today’s Supreme Court decision may encourage Alabama and other states to expand Medicaid…

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Newscast
9:24 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Google Coming to North Alabama, Coosa River Survey

Google data center in Iowa

The TVA’s Widows Creek power plant near Stevenson is shutting down soon, and it’s already found a new tenant.

Google plans to build a $600 million data center at the site with construction beginning next year.

The data center will be Google’s seventh in the U.S. and fourteenth worldwide. They expect to add 75 to 100 high-paying jobs to the north Alabama region once the new data center is operational. The facility is expected to support general Internet traffic as well as the many user services that Google offers.

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News
4:40 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Bentley orders all confederate flags down at Capitol, Dauphin Island Important Bird Area

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley put the Yellowhammer State in the national spotlight today. The Governor ordered the removal of the four confederate flags from the Capitol Grounds.

Bentley knows the Confederate flag is a part of the state’s history. But, he says it is offensive to people in Alabama and the symbol is often associated with hate…

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News
2:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

APR's Steve Flowers-- "No Apple for the Teacher"

Alabama lawmakers are gearing up for a special session later this summer to address the financial hole in the general fund budget. The House and Senate could consider an Alabama lottery, among other things, to close that gap. The legislature did pass a six billion dollar education budget for the coming fiscal year. Despite the large dollar figure, Alabama teachers may face pay cuts along with a growing workload. APR political commentator Steve Flowers has more…

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Newscast
9:27 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Senior Benefit Enrollment in Foley, Free Health Screenings

Foley City Hall, Foley, Ala.

Many of Alabama’s senior citizens that qualify for food and medical assistance don’t receive those benefits because they haven’t signed up for the program.

The city of Foley is partnering with the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission Area Agency to help those seniors find out if they’re eligible for assistance and to enroll in benefit programs.

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News
5:09 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Attorney General to visit Birmingham, Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame

The City of Birmingham will be playing host to a prominent legal official tomorrow. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on the Attorney General’s national tour stop.

Recently appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be visiting Birmingham tomorrow as part of a nationwide Community Policing Tour.

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Newscast
9:54 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Boy Finds Rare Fossil, Gulf Coast Zoo Camp

Elasmosaurus vertebra discovered by 12yo Aiden Taylor

A 12-year-old boy from Bay Minette, Alabama, recently discovered a rare fossil in Greene County.

The University of Alabama says Aiden Taylor was on a week-long trip with the university's Museum Expedition when he found a fossil of a reptile that roamed the planet millions of years ago.

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Interview
6:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Birmingham Mayor Bell on US Conference of Mayors

Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell

Over 250 mayors from across the country attended the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco.

The gathering was held June 19-22 and allowed mayors the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas on how to deal with issues within their cities. They also debated and adopted dozens of resolutions that will be submitted to the United States Congress.

Among the delegates was Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell. I asked Bell about his involvement with the conference, some of the policy suggestions he supported, and other issues in Birmingham.

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News
5:37 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Mayor Bell in San Francisco, World's oldest woman from Alabama

Mayors from Alabama and across the country are wrapping up a big conference today in San Francisco. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more about the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The 83rd annual Conference of Mayors is wrapping up today. It’s an opportunity for mayors to collaborate and share ideas for dealing with issues in their cities. They also develop policies that are voted on and eventually submitted to the U.S. Congress.

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Newscast
9:01 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Airbus Parts Arrive in Mobile, Black Market Tobacco Trade

Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala.

Hundreds of people gathered at APM Terminals in Mobile yesterday to celebrate the final transport of the first major A320 components from the Port of Mobile to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.

The large plane parts arrived yesterday afternoon amid fanfare and a parade. Airbus announced three years ago that Mobile will house the planemaker's first final assembly line on U.S. soil.

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Hotel - Senate President
9:52 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Anniston Gives Senate President a Hotel

Victoria Inn, Anniston, Ala.

The Anniston City Council recently voted to give the historic Victoria Inn to Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, free of charge.

The city council voted to transfer the downtown hotel to Senator Marsh's company, Marsh Properties. The agreement stipulates that Marsh Properties must spend at least $1.5 million to renovate the 19th century building, and that it must continue operations as a hotel for at least 15 years.

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University Accreditation
5:13 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Alabama Universities Receive Accreditation Warning

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed Tuskegee University and Alabama State University on warning due to a lack of compliance with the accreditation agency's policies.

The association accredits the degree programs at both institutions. It placed Tuskegee University on a 12 month warning period, and extended a warning at Alabama State University for a second time -- now for a full year as well.

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Airport Expansion
11:58 am
Sun June 21, 2015

North Alabama Airport Expanding

Pryor Field, Tanner, Ala.

A northern Alabama airport has plans for expansion and is looking to purchase more land.

Pryor Field, a regional airport serving the Decatur and Athens areas, has received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to purchase more than 22 acres northwest of the airport terminal. The FAA is donating nearly $650,000, which will cover 90% of the acquisition. The airport will cover the remaining 10%.

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Hurricane Conference
11:48 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Two-State Hurricane Conference in Mobile

Emergency planners and other officials from Alabama and Mississippi will be meeting in Mobile next week for a two-state conference on hurricane preparedness in the area.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are hosting the Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Conference starting Tuesday. The conference will give groups such as volunteer organizations and faith-based groups to discuss hurricane response plans with government response agencies.

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