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A regional airport in Alabama’s capital will soon begin offering direct flights to the nation’s capital.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports American Airlines service from Montgomery Regional Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. is set to begin June 7, 2018. One flight will arrive in the morning in Montgomery, and another will depart for Washington in the afternoon.

Encyclopedia of Alabama

    An obituary says the Gadsden resident died Monday at the age of 99. No cause of death is listed. 

 Martin helped build the modern Republican Party in Alabama. He became the first Republican elected to the U.S. House from Alabama in seven decades in 1964 and served one term.

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought this story from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011.

            Halloween is almost upon us and the increased popularity of haints and haunts is inevitable.  Some in Alabama are using people’s fascination with the paranormal to conjure up tourism into one of the state’s most economically depressed areas. Alabama’s Ghost Trail could provide a much needed financial shot in the arm…

Stan Ingold

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought up this story from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011.

Selma is one of Alabama’s oldest cities, as well as one of the most historic.  During this Halloween season, a number of ghost stories include Selma. Yesterday, Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold told us about efforts to popularize the state’s so called ghost trail. Selma is considered one of Alabama’s most haunted cities…

Stan Ingold

        Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought up some stories from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011.

       

Old Cahaba is the site of Alabama’s first state capital.   However, after the civil war it became a ghost town. On our final stop on the state’s ghost trail, there is a concerted effort being made to preserve this historic site, and how it’s supposedly haunted past may play a role… 

One of the country’s largest railroad companies is suing an Alabama business over millions of defective railroad ties.

Norfolk Southern says it will have to replace more than 4.7 million railroad ties because they weren’t properly manufactured with protective coating and are degrading much faster than expected.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will build a $33.9 million freestanding emergency department and medical office next month. 

Al.com reports that UAB will break ground on the new facility on Novvember 2nd in Gardendale. The medical center says the facility will be on 6.2 acres (2 hectares) and will give residents access to essential medical services.

A city in northeast Alabama has approved a $12.5 million riverfront development work at Coosa Landing. 

The property will span 50,000-square feet with 20,000 square feet of retail space, The Gadsden Times reported . The overall plan calls for upgraded roads that tie into the boat ramp and riverwalk at Coosa.

American Humane Association [Facebook]

As the Hallmark Channel says, the Hero Dog Awards "is a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable ways they enrich protect and save lives every day...often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things."  

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A federal judge is dealing a double blow to anti-abortion lawmakers in Alabama. Judge Myron Thompson is striking down two restrictions to women seeking abortions in the state. One is a limit to how close abortion clinics can be to public schools. The other is a ban on a procedure to terminate pregnancies in the third trimester. The double ruling is a blow to abortion opponents who are criticized for enacting laws to chip away at the Roe V. Wade decision legalizing a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

KUT

Today is the deadline for contractors to finish prototypes for President Trump’s so called border wall, and an Alabama company is among them. The Caddell construction company in Montgomery has two designs for the wall to be built along the U.S. border with Mexico. One has a thick base and a concrete upper wall. The other design has a see through top half and a solid bottom half. Competing designs from Texas, Pennsylvania, and Arizona are in the mix for the job. A private company will begin testing the prototypes in November.

The Interior Department is gearing up for what’s called the biggest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States. The seventy seven million acres sits off the gulf coast of Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. The sale is set for next March and includes all available unleased areas on the Gulf's Outer Continental Shelf. The proposal surpasses a lease sale conducted last year by about a million acres.

Wallace Epp
UAB

All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’ve been looking at rural health care. Advocates of rural health in Alabama say one of the biggest issues is access to health care in rural areas. The state is facing a massive shortage of physicians, and the doctors we do have are largely concentrated in metropolitan areas.

The situation gets worse when it comes to specialty and subspecialty care. The vast majority of the state’s specialists are in Birmingham, Huntsville or Mobile. But doctors are now starting to use technology to bring specialty care into rural Alabama.

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UA

Tuscaloosa is the first city in Alabama to take part in a new project aimed at paving the way for self-driving cars.

New short-range radios installed at dozens of traffic signals throughout Tuscaloosa and Northport will be collecting data for research aimed at decreasing travel time, reducing vehicle crashes and laying the groundwork for eventually supporting self-driving cars. Researchers say one useful application of the radios will be red light warnings in cars, similar to collision warnings already installed in some newer vehicle models.

SPLC

Alabama’s prison system has been in the news a lot this year, and not for good reasons. Violence, inmate riots, allegations of mismanagement and corruption and a failed prison building plan in the state legislature have all pointed out plenty of problems.

The Alabama Public Radio news team spent several months in a national award-winning effort examining what happens as people go into the state’s prison system and what happens when they come out.

Sky-High Home Insurance Rates in Gulf Shores

Oct 23, 2017
Gulf Shores flood
Kinfay Moroti / AP

A new study shows Gulf Shores has some of the highest home insurance rates in the country.

The industry website Insurance.com reports Gulf Shores has the fourth highest insurance rate in the U.S. Homeowners living in the coastal community are reportedly paying over five hundred percent more than the national average. Towns along the coast typically have higher rates, due to an increased risk of natural disasters and flooding.

Jefferson County’s suspended District Attorney has been found guilty of first-degree perjury.

Talking to My Dog

Oct 21, 2017
Roy Montgomery [Flickr]

When talking to your dog, it's not just what you say but how you say it.  Using praising words in an upbeat, positive tone of voice, activates your furry friend's pleasure center.  What a great thing to do for your best friend!

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The state of Alabama will give prosecutors 674 names of voters who crossed party lines during the September GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. Those people, who voted in the Democratic primary and later in the Republican primary, are in apparent violation of the state's new crossover voting ban. Secretary of State John Merrill says he plans to send the names to the attorney general and district attorneys after local election officials check the list for errors. The move signals a hardline approach to the new state law — used for the first time in the U.S.

Kentuck Festival Begins Tomorrow

Oct 20, 2017

Thousands of people are expected to attend the 46th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts this weekend.

The arts festival will feature close to three hundred booths with artists selling their work and demonstrating their crafts. There will also be a music stage and a spoken word tent. For the younger audience, there will be a kids' area which will include many hands-on art activities. Kids under 12 also get free admission to the festival.

Last night, the state of Alabama put a man to death who was convicted of murdering a police officer and also in the process of suing the state over its lethal injection methods.

Airbus Acquisition Likely to Mean New Jobs in Mobile

Oct 19, 2017

More airplane manufacturing jobs are likely coming to the Mobile area.

Mobile is currently the site of an assembly line for French airplane manufacturer Airbus, and it may be getting a second one. That news follows a deal giving Airbus a majority stake in the C series aircraft from Canadian plane maker Bombardier. The C series is similar to the A-320 and A-321 aircraft already manufactured in Mobile. Airbus says they plan to open an assembly line in south Alabama to manufacture the C series planes.

Alabama’s Department of Corrections is scheduled to execute 40-year-old Torrey Twane McNabb this evening. But as of now, a stay on that execution remains in place.

Yesterday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the stay to allow for additional proceedings in McNabb’s lawsuit. He and other Alabama death row inmates are challenging the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection protocol. Specifically, they argue the sedative midazolam can be ineffective, and might not render them unconscious before other drugs stop their lungs and heart.

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Doug Jones has seen a major bump in fundraising efforts, according to campaign officials.

According to the Alabama Political Reporter, over the first three months of the campaign through July 31, Jones only raised $300,000. Now the campaign says Jones has about $1.3 million, a million of which is cash on hand as of the end of the third quarter. Those numbers have not been independently verified, as the third-quarter Federal Election Commission fundraising reports were due on Sunday but have not yet been made public.

Torrey McNabb
ADOC

The state of Alabama is once against petitioning a federal appellate court to allow an execution to proceed – this time for a death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer two decades ago.

Earlier this week, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a stay issued by a federal judge in the case. State attorneys argue there is no reason to block the execution of 40-year-old Torrey Twane McNabb, scheduled for tomorrow.

Supporters are pushing for new historic markers to recognize two pioneering black Congressmen from north Alabama.

The TimesDaily reports the proposed markers in Florence would honor James Rapier and Oscar De Priest. Rapier was born a free man in 1837, educated in Canada, and returned to Alabama shortly after the Civil War. He served one term in U.S. Congress from Alabama as a Republican during Reconstruction.

A trial is set to begin today for a Jefferson County prosecutor currently suspended amid accusations of perjury.

Charles Henderson is accused of giving false testimony in a divorce case from last year in which he served as guardian ad litem for the divorcing couple’s child, meaning he advocated for the child’s best interest rather than the interest of either parent.

Zoning Issues Loom in Gulf Shores School Split

Oct 16, 2017

It’s been one week since the City of Gulf Shores voted to create its own city school system. Now the question is: What comes next?

Plans for the new independent school system are set to be finalized next spring and will go into effect the following fall. The first order of business will be to appoint a school board. Applications for the five-member board are now available as of today. Plans are for that board to be introduced at the Gulf Shores City Council meeting November 27.

The Alabama Ethics Commission has found probable cause that a state district court judge in Cullman County has violated the state’s ethics law.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton says Cullman County District Court Judge Kim Chaney appointed his son, who is an attorney, to criminal cases in the district. The state ethics code says, in part, that public officials cannot use their offices to benefit themselves or family members.

Albritton says the commission is referring the matter to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office.

ASPCA's Find Your Fido

Oct 14, 2017
daveparker [Flickr]

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month, the perfect time to find a new companion to keep you company.  You'll be a hero to your new friend by saving its life and giving it a loving home.  You may not change the world, but it can make a world of difference for one dog.

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