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4:40 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Bentley releases gameplan for special session, Farmer's Conference

Governor Robert Bentley has released his tax and budget proposals ahead of next week's special session on a budget shortfall.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis says the state is at a critical point, and must either make cuts to state services or find new revenue.

The governor is seeking a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. He is also seeking to raise the business privilege tax on larger businesses while giving smaller ones a tax cut.

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9:38 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Probate Judges' Meeting, Head Start Enrollment Sessions

Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell
Credit Matt Teague / Los Angeles Times

Probate judges from across Alabama are meeting in Tuscaloosa today. Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold reports they’ll be talking about updates to marriage laws.

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5:08 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Judge to rule on inmate's request for an abortion, Alabama climate change

A federal judge says he will rule by Friday on a female prisoner's request for an abortion.

U.S. District Abdul Kallon made the comment after hearing arguments yesterday in a lawsuit filed by the woman.

The unnamed prisoner filed suit against Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton seeking a court order that would let her leave jail to travel to Huntsville for the procedure.

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9:20 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Economic Impact of Climate Change, A.G. Gaston Motel Preservation

A.G. Gaston (R) at his hotel in Birmingham
Credit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A new report provides the specific economic impacts of decades of climate change both in Alabama and throughout the United States.

In Alabama, the largest issue is expected to be increased temperature. By 2040, the report estimates that the state will see up to 33 additional days per year above 95 degrees. That would result in a nearly 9% drop in crop yields, a 7.5% jump in energy demand, and nearly 500 additional deaths per year.

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8:52 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Preserving History: The A.G. Gaston Motel

One of the most hallowed sites of Alabama’s Civil Rights Movement is in danger of vanishing. The A.G. Gaston Motel was a staging point for Martin Luther King Junior, Fred Shuttlesworth and Ralph Abernathy’s equality efforts in Birmingham. A-P-R’s MacKenzie Bates takes a look at the history of the Gaston Motel and the effort to keep this landmark around for future generations…

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4:41 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Kroger recalls seasoning, Huntsville public hearings on alcohol

People who sell alcohol and those who drink it are expected at two public hearings today.

The Alabama Alcohol Beverages Study Commission will convene today in Huntsville and Hoover.

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8:39 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Education Sales Tax Holiday, Public Alcohol Commission Hearings

An upcoming sales tax holiday is expected to offer Alabama shoppers savings on back-to-school supplies.

The Alabama Department of Revenue says Alabama's sales tax holiday — when state taxes are dropped from certain items — is scheduled for the weekend of August 7-9.

The holiday will exempt sales taxes from all clothing items priced at less than $100, computers and educational software worth less than $750, school supplies, books and more.

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Business & Education
6:35 am
Sun July 26, 2015

German Auto Parts Maker to Expand to Alabama

A German auto parts maker has announced plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Commerce says Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH is planning to build its plant in Auburn. Production of engine components is expected to begin in 2016. The plant will make parts for Mercedes-Benz and other German automakers. Governor Robert Bentley says the plant will create fifty jobs and the company is planning to invest roughly $17 million in the plant.

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9:00 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Gathering clues on Alabama gunman

As friends and family mourn the victims of Thursday's theater shooting in Louisiana, investigators are gathering clues on the alleged gunman for Phenix City, Alabama. Police say John Houser booby-trapped his Alabama home to keep anyone from living there after his pending eviction. The new owners found the gas starter tube in the fireplace was twisted out and ignited, the logs removed. Houser had grown into someone better known by neighbors and colleagues as an angry provocateur.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Red Star Rescue Team

Red Star Rescue Team at work
Credit American Humane Association - Facebook

In 1916 the American Humane Association was asked by the US War Department to rescue thousands of horses injured in Europe during World War I.  That effort became Red Star Rescue.  Ninety-nine years later, they are still rescuing animals in all types of situations, from natural disasters to human neglect and cruelty.

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4:41 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Bentley at National Governors Association meeting, W.C. Handy Music Festival

Governor Robert Bentley is in West Virginia today.  He’s highlighting the Gulf State Park Project as an innovative strategy for tourism and economic development at the Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association.

Governor Bentley is the vice-chair of NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee.

Bentley presented Alabama’s plans for the Gulf State Park Project and highlighted its benefits for the state’s tourism industry.

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9:38 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Same Sex Adoption Hearing, Conecuh Snake Release

Eastern indigo snake

Mobile County’s probate court will hear arguments today on whether or not same sex couples can adopt children.

Several Alabama counties have already started approving adoptions for gay couples.

Susan Watson is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. She says if adoptions are approved, it will be one step closer to gaining equality for same sex couples.

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4:41 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Thompson Engineering to develop I-10 Bridge, National Hot Dog Day

A hometown company will design a massive bridge that's being planned across the Mobile River on Alabama's coast.

The state transportation agency says Thompson Engineering will develop plans for a new Interstate 10 bridge across the river. The existing bridge across Mobile Bay will also be widened.

Some work will begin almost immediately while details of the contract are being completed.

The project's goal is to ease traffic snarls that occur regularly in Mobile.

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9:35 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Lawmakers Try to Keep Settlement Local, Baldwin Task Force Talks School Funding

Robertsdale High School, Robertsdale, Ala.

State lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin Counties are drafting legislation to try and keep a large portion of the BP oil settlement money near Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

The proposed bill would request $500 million of the $1 billion currently destined for the state’s General Fund budget to instead be dedicated to the Gulf region. The projects that legislators would like to see funded in the area are primarily major road construction.

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4:41 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Two more counties issuing Same-Sex Licenses

Two more Alabama counties say they will issue wedding licenses following the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Both Houston and Henry counties have refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage.

But the Dothan Eagle reports that probate judges in both counties say they will now issue marriage licenses to anyone.

The change came at the end of a 25-day window in which the U.S. Supreme Court could have reconsidered its decision.

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