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8:45 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Pet Moms

Just wrapping a gift for my mom for Mother's Day!
Credit firepile (Robin Zebrowski) {Flickr]

Nowadays, we can buy pet costumes for Halloween, take our dog or cat out in a pet stroller, board them at pet daycare, even buy veterinary health insurance for them.  We can even adopt (as opposed to "buy") them from our local animal shelter.  Legally they may be considered property, but humans are treating their furry companions as part of the family!

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Arts & Life
6:29 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Michelle Obama delivers Commencement Address at Tuskegee

Michelle Obama invoked the storied history of Tuskegee University as she urged new graduates to soar to their futures. The first lady gave the commencement address Saturday at the historically black university in Alabama. Obama said the defining story of Tuskegee is that of rising hopes for all African Americans. Obama described how the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots of World War II, endured humiliating slights and how the schools' first students made bricks by hand when there was no money for construction.

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News
4:38 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

State sues over water quality, Legislature kills tax reform bill, ACE Mentor Program

The state of Alabama is suing over a plan it says will harm water quality by holding water in a Georgia lake for recreational use.

Gov. Robert Bentley's administration says the suit asks a judge to block the U.S. Corps of Engineers from implementing a new water control plan for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basin.

The lawsuit claims the plan will keep water in Lake Allatoona northwest of Atlanta to help boaters and other recreational users in the fall.

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Newscast
9:29 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Lawmakers drop furlough proposal, new tax on motor oil and ACE Mentor Program

Lea Ann Macknally, President of ACE Mentor Program of Alabama Board of Directors

Republicans in the Alabama House are backing off proposals to furlough state employees for two days and to suspend longevity bonuses for a year.

Both ideas were considered to help the General Fund budget. But Speaker Mike Hubbard says they aren't needed after a change to a cigarette tax bill.

The proposals drew criticisms from Democrats who say they're pleased to see the ideas dropped.

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Newscast
5:42 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Small Business Week, Prison Reform and Same Sex Marriage Refusal

    

This is national Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.  Many military veterans use the skills learned during their service time when they return home and find jobs or start a business.  Jim Salmon is the head of business lending for Navy Federal Credit Union and he says there are plenty of ways veterans can get help starting a new business …

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Huntsville Officers Honored
4:51 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Two Huntsville Police Officers Honored for Courage

Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor

The Alabama Legislature is honoring two Huntsville police officers for extraordinary courage in the line of duty.

 Lawmakers bestowed the annual Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement to officers Jason Moore and Reynard Robinson on Thursday.

   A domestic-violence suspect opened fire on the two officers with a shotgun and rifle last year. Moore was shot in the face, neck, and shoulder and still has dozens of birdshot pellets in his face and body. He stayed on the scene despite his injuries.

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Newscast
8:39 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Abortion bills pass committee, Baldwin County tax lawsuit and Small Business Week

Alabama Representative Terri Collins of Decatur

The Alabama House Health Committee recently approved a series of abortion restrictions that opponents say would ban most abortions in the state.

The committee approved three separate pieces of legislation, including one bill that would prohibit abortion providers from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Bill sponsor Terri Collins says the end of a person's life is defined by the absence of a heartbeat, so it makes sense that the beginning of life should be defined by the presence of one.

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Newscast
5:59 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Mayors' Summit, Honor Flight, Abortion Legislation

WWII Memorial
Credit wikipedia.org

Mayors from several Alabama cities are planning for the future following a summit this week. The meeting in Huntsville focused on economic development and how they are bringing new jobs into the state. Mike Schmitz is the mayor of Dothan. He says the summit allows them to share ideas on how to improve their cities.

“It's really an opportunity for mayors to sit down and talk about issues that each one  of us is facing and hopefully learn from each other so we can do better.

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German Engineer Dies
5:42 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Last Known Member of German Engineering Team Dies

Oscar Carl Holderer
Credit al.com

     

The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon has died.

   Oscar Carl Holderer died Tuesday at age 95 in Huntsville. His son Michael Holderer says his father suffered a stroke last week and didn't recover.

   The German-born Holderer came to the United States in 1945 with a group of rocket engineers led by Wernher von Braun.

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Newscast
9:33 am
Wed May 6, 2015

GOP introduces budget bill, mayoral summit and Rotary honor flight

Alabama House of Representatives

Republican lawmakers in Alabama’s House of Representatives have a new proposal to end the state's budget crisis.

Yesterday, House leaders announced a plan to fix the General Fund budget shortfall through a combination of cost-cutting, consolidation and new taxes. They plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and car rentals, cap paid state employee holidays and transfer revenue from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund.

The proposal would raise nearly $200 million in new revenue. That’s less than half the $541 million Gov. Robert Bentley wants to raise.

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News
4:38 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Marsh to propose gambling bill, Inmate Escapes, VA Deputy Secretary visits Alabama

The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he will introduce legislation to authorize a lottery and casino gambling in the state.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says that it is time to let the people of Alabama make a decision on gambling. Flanked by a sign reading, "Let the people vote," Marsh says Alabama is in a dire fiscal situation and the state needs additional revenue. Marsh says Alabama sends money every year across state lines to casinos and lotteries in other states.

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Newscast
9:38 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Bentley says gambling isn't enough, VA Deputy Secretary in Alabama and freestanding ER opens

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Republican lawmakers seem to be turning toward gambling to shore up Alabama’s General Fund Budget, but Gov. Robert Bentley says that won’t provide enough money to stave off deep cuts to law enforcement and other state agencies.

Bentley spoke to the Associated Press yesterday in Dothan. He says the drafts of lottery and casino legislation proposed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh would bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the state of Alabama, which he says is not the budget solution the state needs.

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News
4:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Red Snapper Season, Alabama High School Cycling League

Charter fishermen in Alabama are gearing up for a longer than usual red snapper season.

Thanks to a recent decision from NOAA’s Fisheries Division, recreational fishermen and commercial charter fishermen have separate seasons this year. Private anglers will only be allowed to fish in federal waters for ten days starting June 1. Charter captains' season will run 44 days, from June 1 to mid-July. Last year, both groups were lumped together for a nine day season.

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Newscast
10:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Auto workers petition to block UAW, 2015 red snapper season and Cycling League state championship

Renosol Seating in Selma, Ala.

Workers at a Selma auto parts manufacturer have signed a petition asking the United Auto Workers union to leave them alone.

Nearly 80 percent of employees at the Lear Corporation-owned Renosol Seating plant signed a petition asking the UAW to stop investigating a nearly year-long dispute.

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News
12:06 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

Athens "Spring Fling" nets suspected drug dealers

Authorities say 17 suspects are facing a total of 26 charges following a drug bust in Athens.

The Athens News Courier reports the arrests were made Friday as part of the Athens Police Department's "Spring Fling 2015" operation.

Athens police Chief Floyd Johnson said the operation was carried out with investigators from the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. They say officers worked in two different waves to conduct the operation, which netted marijuana, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $2,000 in cash.

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