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8:23 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Federal Preschool grants, Alabama teacher pension questions

Alabama preschoolers could soon benefit from a federal grant. Our state is one of eighteen in the nation receiving federal grants to boost access to preschool programs. Washington is awarding more than two hundred and twenty six million dollars nationally. Alabama will be given seventeen and a half million in development grants. The development grants are meant to help states with no or small preschool programs. Federal officials say they expect the grants to help states develop high-quality preschool programs in regionally diverse communities ranging from urban to suburban and rural.

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Newscast
6:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mobile's Disadvantaged, Federal Preschool Aid and Flu Vaccine

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A new survey says the city of Mobile ranks high among other U.S. cities when it comes to residents in need. The think-tank called Wallet Hub did a study on one hundred and fifty cities for the number of disadvantaged citizens. Mobile ranked high at one hundred and forty six. That’s just short of Detroit, which came in at one hundred and fifty. Wallet Hub spokesman Jill Gonzales says the group looked at factors like poverty or how many people lived without a full kitchen…

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Flu Vaccine
5:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Flu Vaccine May Not Be Enough

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The Alabama Department of health says the current vaccine isn’t designed to stop the flu strain known as A/Switzerland. State Health Officer Don Williamson says this type of flu was identified too late to be put into the vaccine which includes four other strains. Williamson says the A/Switzerland strain will likely be the problem virus this year. A major concern of health officials is an increase in the number of health care workers who get sick.

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Arts & Life
2:57 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

"Pay it Forward!" For your public radio station

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Pay it forward.  Alabama Public Radio listeners understand the concept.

Throughout the year you depend on APR for the very best in news, information and music. Your year-end contribution will keep intelligent, independent programming alive in the year ahead.

Alabama Public Radio is trying something new this December and we hope you'll help make it a success.

Throughout the holiday season, APR will be bringing you the programming you depend on--the very best in news, information, and music....uninterrupted by fundraising.

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Arts & Life
6:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Montgomery may ban smoking, Sirius-XM settlement

City officials in Montgomery are thinking about making much of their town a no smoking zone. The Montgomery Advertiser reports the proposed ordinance would also prohibit smoking within twenty feet of business entrances, public transportation stations or playgrounds. The city's Health, Education & Recreation Standing Committee on Tuesday heard concerns from residents. City Councilman C.C. Calhoun says more must be done before the ordinance is brought before the city council for a vote, such as whether to "grandfather" certain businesses that already allow smoking.

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Newscast
5:47 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Legislators' Orientation, Sugar Plum Shop and Convicted Educators

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Alabama state lawmakers will gather in Montgomery this week. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on orientation week for the state house and senate…

Alabama’s newly elected senators and representatives will hear presentations about the legislative process, state budgets and the role of a legislator. Members will also take a mandatory training course on the requirements of the state ethics law.

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Pelicans
4:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Pelican Population Boom

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Pelicans, once an unusual site in northwest Alabama, have started to show up in greater numbers.

Floyd Sherrod, president of the Shoals Audubon Society, recalls a time about 30 years ago when a single pelican was spotted in the area and residents flocked to see it.

   Now, he said, they've become increasingly common.

   The TimesDaily reports  that fishermen and bird watchers said several of the long-billed birds are frequently seen on the Tennessee River, particularly below Wilson Dam.

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Arts & Life
6:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Alabama GOP Chief: "No Third term," Airbus is hiring

The Alabama Republican party will have to find another chairman. Bill Armistead says he won't run for a third term when the party's executive committee meets next February. He was elected to a two-year term in 2011 and re-elected in 2013. Armistead says he wants to be involved in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. He says that would not be possible if he were party chairman because the chairman is supposed to be neutral. During Armistead's leadership, the GOP won every race for statewide offices in 2012 and 2014.

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Arts & Life
6:03 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Tide Receiver Amari Cooper named a Heisman Finalist

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston is not a finalist for this year's award. When the Heisman trust announced Monday the finalists, the Florida State quarterback's name was not called. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper are the candidates heading to New York. So Winston will not join former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only players to win the Heisman Trophy twice. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Winston were not made available for comment after the announcement.

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Newscast
5:23 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Heroin Surge, College Playoffs and Player Awards

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Law officers in northwest Alabama say they are seeing a surge of heroin abuse and crime related to the drug.

They say the resurgence of heroin in Alabama in recent years mirrors national patterns.

The Times-Daily reports that authorities in several northwest Alabama counties say they didn't see heroin in their areas before 2013. But in the past two years, they've made arrests for drug crimes related to its sale. In Lauderdale County, officials reported five overdose-related deaths this year.

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Dolphin Death
4:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Federal Authorities Want More Information on Dolphin Death

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Federal authorities are looking for information on the death of a dolphin that died after being wounded by a hunting arrow.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said in a statement Monday that the attack on a dolphin in coastal Alabama is the second human-related dolphin death in the northern Gulf of Mexico in just over two weeks.

NOAA spokeswoman Kim Amendola says a necropsy shows the dolphin found in Alabama lived with an arrow in its side for at least five days before dying of an infection that was caused by the wound.

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Arts & Life
6:11 am
Mon December 8, 2014

It's The Tide versus The Buckeyes in Playoff slot, Cooper for Heisman?

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It’s Alabama versus Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The committee that names the final four teams for the championship playoffs selected Alabama, FSU, Oregon, and Ohio State  for the semi-final games. The announcements comes after Alabama’s victory over Missouri in the SEC championship. Wide Receiver Christion Jones was quick to spread the credit around following the game….

“It feels great man! Proud of our team, our coaches, it feels great, man. We got a long road ahead, we know what’s at stake right now. We just know we put ourselves in a good position.”

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Arts & Life
12:27 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Alabama wins slot in Championship Playoffs

The Crimson Tide will face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl for a chance at the College Football Championship. The committee that picks the final four for the playoffs also chose Oregon and the Florida State Seminoles  for the Rose Bowl, along with Alabama and Ohio State. Perhaps the most controversial choice is Ohio State, with supporters of The TCU Horned Frogs and Baylor feeling their team deserved a chance to win the title. Those two teams were named as the runners-up.

Arts & Life
7:20 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Alabama wins SEC Championship

ATLANTA (AP) — Blake Sims threw a pair of touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry each had a couple of touchdown runs, and top-ranked Alabama pulled away in the fourth quarter to win its 24th Southeastern Conference championship with a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri on Saturday. Missouri made it a one-score game in the third quarter, but Alabama (12-1) scored three touchdowns in the fourth to lock up its spot in college football's first playoff.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Traveling During the Holidays

Waiting for the sitter to come by for a visit
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If you can't take your pet along on your holiday vacation, consider either boarding it or finding a pet sitter.  Choose carefully, because you want your best friend to be safe and happy while you are away.

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