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9:46 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Best Newscast--Alabama Public Radio-- 12/22/2014

Governor Robert Bentley statements about possibly expanding Medicaid is drawing political heat. Members of the Tea Party sent Bentley a letter asking him to promise never to expand the federally funded health system for the poor. The Alabama Hospital Association says it appreciates the Governor being open the idea. Bentley says he’s exploring a possible state-designed program that uses a Medicaid block grant to bring private insurance coverage to people at the poverty line. The Governor says he’d like to include the requirement that recipients look for a job or get job training…

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 20, 2014

The Animals at the Manger

The Animals at the Manger
Credit Waiting for the Word [Flickr]

Including our furry friends in our Christmas celebrations is not so far-fetched when you consider that almost every nativity scene you see today includes animals.  After all, Baby Jesus was born in their house, a stable.  So, Merry Christmas to all the members of your household!

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Newscast
5:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Obama Recruits Montgomery Based Group Leader, State Unemployment Down

Equal Justice Initiative Director Bryan Stevenson
Credit wlu.edu

Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 6 percent.   The preliminary jobless rate announced Friday represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

 Governor Robert Bentley's office says the November jobless rate is an improvement from October, when the rate was 6.3 percent. It's also better than the numbers a year ago.

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State Vs Greenetrack Inc.
5:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

State Tries to Keep Seized Greenetrack Money and Machines

Credit Birmingham News/ Joe Songer

The Alabama Supreme Court is reviving the state's attempt to keep about $94,000 in cash and hundreds of alleged gambling machines seized from a west Alabama gaming center.

The court on Friday overturned a judge's decision dismissing the state's attempt to confiscate $93,917 and 376 machines from Greenetrack Inc.

State agents seized the money and machines during a raid at Greenetrack on June 1, 2011, and operators went to court trying to get the items returned.

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Arts & Life
7:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Gay rights challenge from Apple CEO, more UAB football fallout

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman will stay in jail for now. U.S. District judge Clay Land of Georgia is denying Siegelman's request to get out of prison while he continues to appeal his 2006 bribery conviction. The Judge says the defense raised significant issues that deserve serious consideration. Still, Judge Land believes an appeal isn’t likely to result in a new trial or a lower sentence. The former Democratic governor is arguing his 2006 trial was tainted by the involvement of a prosecutor with ties to GOP politics.

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Siegelman Denied Release
6:12 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Denied Release

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman
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 A judge has denied former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's request to get out of prison while he continues to appeal his 2006 bribery conviction.    U.S. District Judge Clay Land of Georgia said while Siegelman raised "significant issues that deserve serious consideration," he believes the 11th U.S.

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Newscast
6:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bentley Exploring Medicaid Expansion, Oil Transportation, VA Meeting

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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UAB No Confidence
6:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

UAB Faculty Draft "No Confidence" Resolution On Watts

UAB Blazers' Logo
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 Faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have drafted a no-confidence resolution against the president following his decision to kill the school's football program.    A document released Thursday accuses UAB President Ray Watts of failing to share governance of the university with faculty members.    The resolution sites a series of moves including the recent decision to disband athletic programs at UAB.    The Faculty Senate is scheduled to vote on the document during a special meeting on Jan. 15.

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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Courts uphold Alabama's Ballot Access law, Veterans health questions

A federal appeals court is upholding Alabama's ballot access law. Third party presidential candidates trying to get their names before voters in 2012 challenged the measure. Alabama requires third-party candidates to collect signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election to get on the ballot. The Alabama Green Party, Constitution Party of Alabama, Libertarian Party of Alabama claimed discrimination. The appellate panel says the candidates didn’t show how the state's requirement was overly burdensome.

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Newscast
5:53 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bonner Steps Down, Lethal Injection Lawsuit, Toy Drive

Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

    

The first female president of the University of Alabama is stepping down.

The university released a statement from President Judy Bonner on Wednesday saying she will leave office no later than September 30, 2015.

Bonner says she wants to return to the classroom. She plans to take a yearlong sabbatical and resume teaching in fall 2016.

Bonner says she's announcing her departure early to allow time for trustees to begin a search for her replacement next month.

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Alabama Ballot Access Law Upheld
5:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alabama's Ballot Access Law Upheld

Credit wikipedia.org

 A federal appeals court has upheld Alabama's ballot access law that was challenged by third-party presidential candidates trying to get their names before voters in 2012.    The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the decision of a trial court dismissing the lawsuit.    Alabama requires third-party candidates to collect signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election in order to be listed on the ballot with their party affiliation.

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Business & Education
4:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

UA President to leave post, return to teaching

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The first female president of the University of Alabama is stepping down. The university released a statement from President Judy Bonner on Wednesday saying she will leave office no later than Sept. 30, 2015. Bonner says she wants to return to the classroom. She plans to take a yearlong sabbatical and resume teaching in fall 2016. Bonner says she's announcing her departure early to allow time for trustees to begin a search for her replacement next month. Bonner was selected as the first woman to permanently serve as president of the Tuscaloosa campus two years ago.

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Arts & Life
6:11 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Jobs for the Shoals and the Black Belt, Wanted: Xmas Toys!

A State and Federal partnership plans to spend three hundred thousand dollars in Alabama’s Black Belt region to help generate jobs. The Delta Regional Authority will target Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, and Washington counties where unemployment is typically high. Half of the grant will be spend on a system to help employers identify and train new workers. The other half is for a study on how to better train groups like young people and native Americans. The Delta Regional Authority was created by Congress to address unemployment.

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Newscast
5:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

State Graduation Numbers, Florida Flag Battle and NW Alabama Job Fair

Freightcar America Inc.'s shoals location
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Alabama Education system is still basking in the news that the state's high school graduation rate increased to eighty six percent for the class of 2014. That figure is up from 80 percent the prior year. John Bridgeland is the C-E-O of Civic Enterprises. That’s a group that advocates efforts in decreasing dropout rates. He says Alabama has had many hurdles to clear and the state is seeing improvement among minority groups…

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Troy University Donoation
5:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Troy University Receives Large Donation

Troy University Seal
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Troy University's new School of Science and Technology just received a one million dollar donation.

   Troy officials say the donation will fund an eminent scholar faculty position beginning in the spring. The money comes from Former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett.   Everett says he's been interested in science and technology since he served in the Air Force and he believes supporting science and technology is vital.

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