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4:16 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Best Series--Alabama Public Radio "Adapted Athletics: The Rolling Tide"

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL/ INGOLD FEATURE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS KNOWN FOR ITS CHAMPIONSHIP ATHLETIC TEAMS. FOOTBALL, GYMNASTICS, SOFTBALL AND SO ON. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER GROUP OF ATHLETES ON CAMPUS WHO ARE ALSO CHAMPIONS, ALTHOUGH THEY DON’T DRAW CROWDS LIKE COACH NICK SABAN AND THE CRIMSON TIDE. ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO’S STAN INGOLD HAS MORE ON THE ROLLING TIDE. IT’S UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA’S ADAPTED ATHLETICS PROGRAM…

(SOUNDS FROM STANDUP BASKETBALL)

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4:39 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Affordable Care Act Anniversary, UAB Athletics documents released, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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The Obama administration is touting the apparent success of the Affordable Care Act in Alabama on its fifth anniversary.

It was on this date in 2010 when the President signed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says one hundred and seventy one thousand Alabamians were enrolled during the most recent sign-up period.

HHS Regional Director Pamela Roshell** says there’s wellness care available through the act along with insurance coverage…

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9:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Garrard sentencing begins, Affordable Care Act anniversary and colorectal cancer awareness month

Joyce Hardin Garrard at trial March 20.
Credit Eric T. Wright, AP

A jury will debate whether to recommend the death penalty today after convicting the woman accused of running her granddaughter to death of capital murder.

The panel will hear additional evidence for sentencing today as they decide between execution or life in prison without parole for 49 year old grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard. The judge has the final say.

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty. They argue Garrard brutally forced the girl to run for hours as punishment until she collapsed into seizures.

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Arts & Life
7:33 am
Sun March 22, 2015

White House observes 5th anniversary of the "Affordable Care Act"

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act are pointing out Alabama’s participation on the fifth anniversary of the program. It was in 2010 when President Obama signed the Act into law. One hundred and seventy one thousand Alabamians were enrolled as of last month when the latest sign-up period ended. The U.S. Supreme Court could deal the Act a setback in June. That’s when the Justices rule on the legality of tax subsidies that help people buy policies. Pamela Roshell is regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Springtime Pet Babies

Spring has sprung!
Credit Jessica Favaro [Flickr]

Puppies and kittens are so cute, and so plentiful in the Spring - too plentiful. in fact.  If you are considering adopting a new pet, this is the perfect time of year because so many are available and looking for a home!

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Arts & Life
7:23 am
Sat March 21, 2015

UAB's bite at the "March Madness" apple is over

Tony Parker led five UCLA Bruins in double figures with a career-high twenty eight to beat UAB ninety two to seventy five to advance to the sweet sixteen of “March Madness.” A controversial “goal tending” call with seconds to go, gave the Bruins their win over the SMU Mustangs to make it to this round. The Blazer’s Robert Brown made his presence known with twenty five points. Chris Cokley made nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to hold off UCLA.

News
4:38 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Obama to visit Birmingham, Charter Schools bill passed, Aerofest

President Barack Obama will travel to Alabama next week to give a speech about the economy. It's his second visit to the state this month.

Obama will be in Birmingham on Thursday afternoon. The White House hasn't released any other details about the trip.

Earlier in March, Obama traveled to Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." Obama led a symbolic march across the bridge where throngs who protested their lack of voting rights were beaten by police.

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9:31 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Charter school bill becomes law, Alabama ranks poorly on welfare reform and Mobile Aerofest

Ret. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Dave Glassman, President of Aerofest

A bill to establish charter schools in Alabama was signed into law yesterday by Governor Bentley.

The Alabama Legislature gave its final approval to the bill on Wednesday after several hours of contentious debate in the House of Representatives.

Republicans call the bill a session priority, saying that the schools will spark innovation and provide education choices for families.

Opponents argue the new schools will drain education resources and criticize the potential involvement of for-profit companies in certain school operations.

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4:38 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Alabama Senate debates private school program, UAB Advances, Cottage Food Law

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Alabama’s Senate is currently debating changing a program that helps low-income families pay for private school.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh spent the day on the Senate floor in an effort to expand the Alabama Accountability Act.

That law gives tax credits for donations to a scholarship program to help low-income students attend private schools. Children in failing public schools have priority for those scholarships.

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9:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Charter school bill passes legislature, ACLU fights state abortion law and Cottage Food Law class

ACLU attorney Andrew Beck

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to establish charter schools in the state.

The House of Representatives voted 58 to 41 to pass the bill after making a few changes. State senators voted 24 to 11 to adopt those changes. The bill now heads to Governor Bentley, who is expected to sign the measure into law after a legal review.

State Democrats have been especially critical of the bill. Nick Rose is the President of the Tuscaloosa Democratic Party. He outlined the party’s three main complaints with the charter school measure.

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4:37 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Madison police officer trial moved up, Kick Butts Day, Charter school legislation

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The trial of a Madison police officer who was recorded slamming an Indian grandfather to the ground last month has been moved up by two weeks.

Al.com reports that Eric Parker is scheduled to appear in Limestone County court April 15 on assault charges.

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8:24 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Charter school bill in House, prison reform bill headed to Senate, and kids "Kick Butts"

Alabama Senator Cam Ward

Lawmakers could give final approval very soon to legislation establishing charter schools in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama House of Representatives will debate a bill that would allow charter schools in the state this afternoon. That bill is expected to spark a filibuster from Democrats and other opposed lawmakers.

Charter schools are public schools that have freedom from the curriculum and regulation requirements placed on other public schools. Alabama is one of eight states without charter school legislation currently in place.

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4:37 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Alabama Same Sex Marriage update, prison reform, Huntsville beer brewing class

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A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on Monday refused to stay her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Granade in January ruled that Alabama's gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Davis that he could not refuse licenses because of a couple's sexual orientation.

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8:38 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Prison reform bill in Senate committee, biblical marriage rally and J.F. Drake beer course

Mary Jane Caylor, director of workforce development at J.F. Drake State Technical College

A state Senate committee is expected to vote on a reform bill today aimed at reducing overcrowding issues in Alabama prisons.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 AM today. The bill, among other changes, would create a new felony category, Class D, for low-level theft and drug convictions.

People convicted of class D felonies would be sent to community corrections programs instead of prison.

The bill would also mandate a period of supervision after release from prison.

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4:42 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Childhood diseases symposium, bibilcal marriage rally, Indy Car racing

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Supporters of "biblical marriage" are planning a rally in the southeast Alabama city of Dothan. The "I Support Biblical Marriage" rally is planned for this Sunday at the Dothan Civic Center.

 Chip Anderson is and organizer of the event. The Dothan Eagle reports Anderson believes government approval of same-sex marriage could bring judgment from God. He said the marriage rally came to fruition after weekly meetings with pastors from several area churches.

Same-sex marriage is on hold in Alabama for now.

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