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Planned Parenthood is taking the state of Alabama to court after Governor Robert Bentley halted Medicaid payments to the organization's clinics in Alabama.

A federal judge will hold a hearing later this morning on Planned Parenthood Southeast's request for a preliminary injunction. Last month, Governor Bentley announced that he planned to terminate agreements allowing Planned Parenthood to be paid for providing services to Medicaid patients.

A new emergency air ambulance service will soon begin providing medical transportation in Dothan and its surrounding areas.

A formal announcement and aircraft display will be held Wednesday for Wiregrass Life Flight.

The ambulance helicopter will be based in Dothan. It will be able to respond to emergencies as far as 300 miles away.  However it will be primarily responsible for providing service to southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and north Florida.

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Selma police have arrested a man after three people were shot in Selma’s Oasis Tabernacle Church yesterday.

26 year old James Junior Minter is being held without bond in the Dallas County Jail. He’s accused of shooting his former girlfriend, their 1-month-old son, and the church pastor during services yesterday. Authorities believe Minter was most likely upset about a recent breakup and visitation issues with his son.

The 24-year-old woman and her 1-month-old baby were both rushed to Birmingham for medical treatment. Both are currently in stable condition.

Carli Lloyd had her second straight three-goal game to lead the United States to an 8-0 victory over Haiti. Lloyd scored all three goals in the first half for her fifth hat trick and second in three days, then sat out the second half. She also did it Thursday night in the first game against Haiti, which substituted for the Australian team mired in a labor dispute. She has sixteen goals this year, one more than her previous high set in 2012 and matched in 2014.

Fans of both the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers went home empty handed. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly completed a deflected sixty six yard touchdown pass to help the Rebels beat the Bama 43-37 on Saturday night. Ole Miss left the topsy-turvy game with their first victory in Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1988. The Rebels made two final defensive stands, the first when Tony Bridges intercepted a deep ball from Jake Coker, who came off the bench to lead a second-half comeback.

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Can you spot the pets in this house?  Without help, neither can a firefighter.  Knowing where to look and how many animals to find makes it more likely firefighters can rescue pets from a house fire.


The Alabama Supreme Court says it does not have to recognize a lesbian woman's adoptions of her ex-partner's children that were granted in Georgia. Alabama justices say a Georgia court was wrong to allow the adoptions, arguing that Georgia law doesn't allow such second-parent adoptions. The woman in 2007 adopted the three children that her female partner gave birth to during their sixteen year relationship. The justices overturned an Alabama family court decision that recognized the adoption and granted visitation rights after the couple broke up in 2011.

Alabama's unemployment rate is looking a little rosier compared to the same time last year. The latest numbers of six point two percent are slightly higher than the six point five percent we had at the time last year. However, the August jobless rate is unchanged from unchanged from July’s numbers. Alabama’s unemployment numbers are still well above the U.S. unemployment rate of just over five percent. Wage and salary employment increased only slightly in August by 900 jobs. Unemployment is lowest in Shelby County at four point seven percent. Wilcox County is worst at sixteen percent.

The state of Alabama has a general fund budget in place for the new fiscal year beginning in less than two weeks.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the state's general fund budget yesterday morning. He says the spending plan isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction for the state.

Lawmakers passed a $1.7 billion budget on Wednesday after months of negotiations over a substantial budget shortfall. Legislators approved a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase and a transfer of $80 million in education funds to minimize cuts to state services.

With the Alabama Crimson Tide gearing up for Saturday's SEC season opener against Ole Miss, APR's Pat Duggins takes you "behind the scenes" at the press box of Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Radio, television, and print reporters, as well as students studying journalism, all crowd the press box to cover the Tide, including the team's first home game of 2015 against Middle Tennessee.

Governor signs General Fund Budget, Bayfest update

Sep 17, 2015
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Alabama has a general fund budget.

Governor Robert Bentley signed the budget in to law today.

The governor says the spending plan was not perfect but was a step in the right direction.

Lawmakers passed a $1.7 billion operating budget yesterday after months of negotiations over a budget shortfall. Legislators approved a 25-cent-per pack cigarette tax and a transfer of education funds to minimize cuts to state services.

The Alabama Legislature has approved a general fund budget and wrapped up their second special session.

Lawmakers gave final approval to a spending plan that will avoid cuts to critical state agencies such as Medicaid, prisons and mental health. Other state agencies will see cuts of around 5.5%. Gov. Robert Bentley says he expects to sign the budget into law after reviewing it this morning. He praised lawmakers for their hard work.


A court date has been set for a Madison police officer accused of slamming an Indian man to the ground.

Limestone County District Court records say a status conference in the assault case of 27-year-old Eric Parker is set for December 9th, as federal prosecutors plan a retrial on a civil rights charge.

Authorities say Parker slammed 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel to the ground February 6th. During the federal trial in Huntsville, Parker said Patel defied orders and resisted during a suspicious person investigation.

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All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’ve been looking at water. Specifically, the condition of Alabama’s water supply and the health of our rivers. Rain is usually considered a blessing. It makes your yard green and it helps crops grow. Too much of a good thing however, can cause flooding. Either way the water has to go somewhere.


Shelby County sits in the geographic center of Alabama.  It has been the fastest growing county in the state for the past four decades.  Shelby County has become a Mecca for suburbanites in the Hoover/Birmingham metropolitan area.

Shelby County has not always been a suburban enclave of Jefferson County.  While Governor Robert Bentley was growing up it was a rural county much like most of the counties in the state.  Shelby County was part of a four county center that was known as the home of the original Republicans in the state.