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Bentley and Strange
5:47 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Bentley to Strange, "State Has Limited Resources to Fight Gambling."

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and State Attorney General Luther Strange
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Governor Robert Bentley is telling Attorney General Luther Strange that the state has limited resources to fight gambling.   The governor, in a January 13th letter to Strange, says the primary duty rests with local law enforcement.

The governor says he was responding to a memo that Strange sent district attorneys and local law enforcement officials suggesting that state police would be a "valuable resource" to them in trying to shut down gambling operations.  Strange said he expected them to enforce gambling laws.

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Newscast
10:13 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Girl Scout Cookies, Obamacare, Hospital Shutdown

Hannah Wallace, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

If you’ve been craving your girl scout cookie fix, then today is your day. Girl scouts start taking orders today for the annual fundraising drive by the Girl Scouts of America.

Familiar flavors like thin mints, Savannahs, and Do-See-Does will be joined by gluten free varieties. Those new products are called Toffee-Tastics and Trios.

Hannah Wallace is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama. She says customers can send cookies to U.S. soldiers overseas with a program called Operation Cookie Drop.

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Newscast
6:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Drone Report Reaches Gov. Bentley and UAB "No Confidence Vote"

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Alabama’s Unmanned Aerial System Task Force has submitted a report to Governor Bentley. That report will lay the groundwork for regulating unmanned aerial drones throughout the state. Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan heads that task force. He says the privacy of Alabama’s citizens was a great concern when drafting the report, but compared UAVs to another hot-button privacy topic.

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Razor Policy
5:57 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Razor Policy in Alabama Prisons

Prison toiletries
Credit Washington Post

Alabama prisons are changing the way razors are distributed.

The change comes from an agreement with lawyers for inmates suing the state over medical care.  Attorneys had accused the state of giving razor blades to inmates who were known to be suicidal or mentally ill, leading to repeated suicide attempts.

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Newscast
11:23 am
Thu January 15, 2015

UAV Task Force, Legislative Committees and Conservation

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan
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Alabama’s Unmanned Aerial System Task Force is submitting a report to Governor Bentley today. That report will lay the groundwork for regulating unmanned aerial drones throughout the state.

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan heads that task force. He said the privacy of Alabama’s citizens was a great concern when drafting the report, but compared UAVs to another hot-button privacy topic.

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Newscast
5:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

UAB Vote, Keystone Pipeline and Legislative Committees

Pipes for the Keystone Pipeline
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The Faculty Senate at the University of Alabama in Birmingham are set to hold a vote of no-confidence against president Ray Watts. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins, the student body has already had its say…

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Selma Exhibt
5:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

New-York Historical Society Museum Features Selma Exhibit

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First came the movie; now the exhibition.

"Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March" is opening at the New-York Historical Society on Friday.   It follows the pivotal Civil Rights march through the photographs of Stephen Somerstein.

Somerstein was a 24-year-old picture editor at his college newspaper in New York. He went to Alabama in January 1965 to document the five-day, 54-mile march. Somerstein took over 400 photographs. Those in the exhibition include images of marchers being cheered by black people and jeered by whites.

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Newscast
6:02 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

UAB SGA Vote on Watts, Nasa Rocket, Casino Suit

UAB President Ray Watts
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The controversy over the end of the football team at the University of Alabama in Birmingham may enter its latest chapter today. APR student reporter Kristen Feyt has more…

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Hubbard Still Speaker
5:46 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hubbard Re-Elected as Alabama House Speaker

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

The Alabama House has re-elected indicted Representative Mike Hubbard as speaker.   The newly-elected Alabama Legislature convened Tuesday in Montgomery for its organizational session.

House majority leader Micky Hammon nominated Hubbard for a second four-year term as speaker.   Hubbard was unopposed in his effort to maintain the leadership.  Hammon called Hubbard a man of integrity and honesty.

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Newscast
5:57 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Rural Health, Mercedes and Siegelman's Appeal

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

  

Alabamians have until Thursday to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for coverage. That deadline applies to people who want coverage by March first. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says rural communities especially have benefited from the Act. He says by reducing the number of uninsured people it benefits the community as a whole…

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Arts & Life
8:48 am
Sat January 10, 2015

A New Year means more stories from our APR interns

The start of 2015 means a new group of University of Alabama student journalists are joining the Alabama Public Radio news team as newsroom interns. We're breaking in our latest group right now. Our student reporters receive daily assignments, research the stories, conduct interviews, an write copy--all under professional supervision by the news team. The results air statewide and go on their resumes. Here’s a smattering of the work our students did that aired statewide on APR in 2014.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Cold Weather Protection for Your Pet

Pets need shelter in cold weather.
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A lot of folks complain about the cold weather during the winter months, but what about our pets?  They need to stay warm when the temperatures drop into the frigid zone.  Make some arrangements to protect your best friend from winter's icy blast.

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Newscast
5:54 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Holiday Traffic Deaths, Lethal Injection and "Selma"

 State troopers investigated more traffic fatalities during the recent Christmas and New Year's holiday period than they did a year ago. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins explains…

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New Jobs
5:47 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley Announces New Jobs

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Polaris Industries is planning a manufacturing plant that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama.  Governor Robert Bentley and other leaders announced the factory during an event in Huntsville on Friday.

The 600,000-square-foot plant will construct off-road vehicles in Limestone County west of Huntsville. Production is slated for 2016.The project adds a new twist to Alabama's growing vehicle industry, which mainly involves automobiles.  

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Arts & Life
7:59 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Congressman John Lewis remembers "Bloody Sunday"

Nearly fifty years after Bloody Sunday Congressman John Lewis says that day is still clear in his mind. He and other civil rights marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma as part of the voting rights march in 1965. It was one of the defining moments of the fight for civil rights. Lewis says they were beaten, tear gassed, trampled and chased by men on horseback. Lewis is portrayed by the actor Stephan James in the upcoming historical drama "Selma".

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