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Alabama State-Governor
3:44 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governor Asks 2 ASU Trustees To Resign

Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has asked two of the top trustees at Alabama State University to resign.

Bentley sent letters Tuesday to Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins asking them to resign by Thursday afternoon. Bentley says their resignations would be in the best interest of the university. Bentley serves as president of the Alabama State board by virtue of his office.

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Alabama Budget Officer
3:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bentley Taps Butler As Ala. State Budget Officer

Longtime state fiscal expert Kelly Butler is Alabama's new state budget officer.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Longtime state fiscal expert Kelly Butler is Alabama's new state budget officer.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Butler's appointment on Tuesday.

The state budget officer leads the Executive Budget Office and advises the administration on the state's General Fund and education budgets.

Butler has been assistant state budget officer for two years. He previously worked for 19 years with the Legislative Fiscal Office, most recently serving as the state Senate's fiscal officer.

Bentley says Butler brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job.

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Newscast
6:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

ASU a civil rights stop, Birmingham wants the World Games

6am Newscast

Tuesday July 22, 2014

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Politics & Government
6:48 am
Tue July 22, 2014

AL.com: Kits to help needy delayed, overpriced

The contents of a SHEP kit that were supposed to have been distributed to homeless and others in the Birmingham and Tuskegee areas by March of 2010, shown here Monday July 14, 2014 (Frank Couch/fcouch@al.com)
Credit AL.com

Thousands of emergency kits purchased with $660,000 in federal money for Alabama-based community health centers sat in storage long after they were supposed to have been distributed to the needy.

And Al.com reports it's still not clear what happened to all the kits more than four years after the kits were supposed to have been helping people.

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Business & Education
6:41 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Alabama State SGA Leaders Asks 2 Trustees to Resign

Credit manifestcollegemag.com

The president of the Alabama State University Student Government Association has sent a letter asking the chairman and vice chairman of the board of trustees to resign.

SGA President Darren Dubose said Monday the SGA Cabinet decided it was time to act when an accrediting agency sent the university a warning letter and noted that Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins had relatives with university contracts. Dubose also noted that Moody's Investor Services downgraded the university's bond rating during their tenure.

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Newscast
5:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

An "A" For Pain And Democrats In Birmingham

5pm Newscast

Monday July 21, 2014

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Jacksonville State-Meehan
4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Meehan Retiring As Jacksonville State President

Jacksonville State University's longtime president, Bill Meehan, says he will retire next year.
Credit Jacksonville State University

The longtime president of Jacksonville State University says he will retire next year.

Bill Meehan told trustees that he's stepping down as of June 2015.

The school announced his decision on its Facebook page.

The delay in Meehan's departure provides a chance for board members to name a successor.

Meehan has been president since July 1, 1999.

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Davis Mayor
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Artur Davis Eyes 2015 Race For Montgomery Mayor

Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis says he will set up an exploratory committee for the 2015 mayor's race in his hometown of Montgomery.
Credit Artur Davis campaign / Wikimedia Commons

Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis says he will set up an exploratory committee for the 2015 mayor's race in his hometown of Montgomery.

Davis says he will establish the committee on Aug. 25, one year before the election. The former congressman says he will enter the race for mayor if the exploratory committee determines the resources and grassroots support are there for a campaign.

Davis made the announcement in an opinion article for al.com.

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Newscast
6:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Pensacola jury slams R.J. Reynolds, Democrats visit Birmingham

6am Newscast

Monday July 21, 2014

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Democratic Planners Assessing Birmingham for 2016

Birmingham is trying to land its biggest prize in years: The 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Officials with the Democratic National Committee will arrive in Alabama's largest city Monday for a two-day visit to assess whether Birmingham could host the massive gathering.

The national representatives will meet with area promoters to discuss logistical needs like hotels and arena space. They'll also attend a public party Monday night at a downtown concert venue, and a private event is planned at the city's year-old baseball park.

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Arts & Life
4:43 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

National Parks in Alabama Record Visitor Increase

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Credit nationalparks.org

The National Park Service reports that its parks and other attractions in Alabama saw an increase in visitors in 2013.

The Park Service recorded 749,855 visitors in Alabama in 2013. That was up from 717,724 in 2012. The increase came even though there was a 16-day government shutdown in 2013. The Park Service estimates the visitors had an economic impact of nearly $28 million.

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Arts & Life
4:35 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Alabama Public Radio “3-peats” as AP’s “Most Outstanding News Operation”

Pat Duggins

For the third year in a row, the Alabama Associated Press today named the Alabama Public Radio newsroom the state’s “Most Outstanding News Operation.” This prestigious award for 2013 follows the same generous honor in 2011 and 2012.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pet Resorts

A lovely day at the spa!
Credit buchsammy (Ralf Bitzer) [Flickr]

Gone are the days when your pet had to spend its "vacation" in a cramped cage.  Pet resorts have become very popular - with both owners and their furry friends!

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Unemployment Numbers And "Sweet Home Alabama"

5pm Newscast

Friday July 18, 2014

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Sweet Home Alabama
3:44 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama'

The new "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama" signs will replace the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003.
Credit TheCustomOfLife / Wikimedia Commons

Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."

State tourism and transportation officials say the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003 will be replaced by the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs over the next few months. Smaller versions of the signs will be on the grounds of the eight state welcome centers to serve as backdrops for travelers' photos.

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