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8:45 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Naming Your Cat

Charlotte looks a lot like Caspurr.
Credit aturkus (Alan Turkus) [Flickr]

Finding the right name for your new feline friend might be easy, or it could be a challenge.  You want something you like, something easy to remember - and nothing too embarrassing if you are calling for it in the unlikely (we hope) event it should it accidentally get out!

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Newscast
4:41 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Black Belt Grants, Rabies Week and Unemployment

    

Almost two dozen non-profit groups in Alabama’s Black Belt are expected to collect grants totaling sixty thousand dollars. APR’s Pat Duggins has more on where the money is meant to go…

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9:24 am
Fri June 19, 2015

New Group Pushes for Legalized Gambling, Education Budget Expands Pre-K

Former Alabama Power CEO Charles McCrary

The push to expand legalized gambling in Alabama is gaining some prominent new supporters.

Former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye and former Alabama Power Company CEO Charles McCrary say they will lead a foundation to legalize a state lottery and allow casinos at the state's four dog tracks.

The two attended a news conference in Montgomery yesterday to announce the formation of the new Alabama Jobs Foundation.

The group says a gambling expansion could create as many as 11,000 jobs and add $400 million to the state’s coffers.

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News
4:44 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

UA's new President, not enough Alabama Pre-K dollars?

The University of Alabama has a new President. University trustees approved Stuart Bell as the successor to Dr. Judy Bonner. Bell is currently the provost and executive vice president at LSU. Alabama system Chancellor Robert Witt is recommended him for the top job in Tuscaloosa. Bell says he’s ready to start next month. He was the only person recommended for the presidency following a four-month search. Bonner is retiring after less than three years. She's the first woman to hold the presidency at Alabama.

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9:17 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Selma Abortion Protests, Birmingham Police Body Cameras

Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala.

Activists are planning protests at what they say is an unlicensed abortion clinic in Selma.

Abortion opponents say they'll hold a rally Friday and march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge Saturday in a demonstration against the Central Alabama Women's Clinic. Organizers say they have evidence that the medical office performs more than nine abortions monthly. That would require it to come under state regulation as an abortion clinic.

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4:42 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Coal Ash Talk and Bright Star Birthday

Uniontown Coal Ash
Credit cleanenergy.org

           

Environmentalists from Alabama will be heading to North Carolina tomorrow to talk about coal ash pollution. APR’s Pat Duggins reports one of these people will speak from experience…

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Politics & Government
3:27 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

APR Political Commentator Steve Flowers-- "Will The State Gamble on a Lottery?"

There’s an old saying that politics is the art of compromise. It’s possible Alabama anti-tax sentiment will put that belief to the test in a few weeks. Alabama state lawmakers are poised to meet in special session to address a gaping two hundred million dollar hole in the general fund budget. APR political commentator Steve Flowers talks about possible solutions that nobody in Montgomery seems to like

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9:53 am
Wed June 17, 2015

More Industry at Mobile Aeroplex, Free Clinics in Southeast Alabama

MAAS Aviation hangar in the Netherlands

The Mobile area is winning even more aviation jobs from this week’s Paris Air Show. A German aviation company is expanding its south Alabama operation.

MAAS Aviation says it will build a new facility in Mobile for painting aircraft. The $39 million plan will include the creation of 80 new jobs along Alabama’s gulf coast.

The new MAAS facility will be at the Mobile Aeroplex site near the new Airbus manufacturing plant. Along with painting airplanes, it will repair and overhaul aircraft as well.

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5:13 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Totenberg on SCOTUS and Milo's Returns

Milo's Ribbon Cutting
Credit Stan Ingold

There are only two and a half weeks left in the current Supreme Court session, and Alabamians are still waiting on a definitive answer regarding same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage is currently legal in Alabama, but a state Supreme Court ruling has ordered all county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade passed a ruling that would force those probate judges to begin issuing licenses, but that won’t go into effect until after the Supreme Court rules.

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9:12 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Bridge Celebration Delayed, Tuscaloosa Milo's Reopening

Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala.

There are only two and a half weeks left in the current Supreme Court session, and Alabamians are still waiting on a definitive answer regarding same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage is currently legal in Alabama, but a state Supreme Court ruling has ordered all county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade passed a ruling that would force those probate judges to begin issuing licenses, but that won’t go into effect until after the Supreme Court rules.

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News
5:14 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

More Aerospace jobs for Mobile, No cigar for Rolando

Today’s opening of the Paris Air Show included good news for the Mobile area. Hutchinson Corporation announced it will open an Aerospace Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Mobile. The facility will serve the region’s growing aerospace industry, including the new Airbus manufacturing plant. The center is expected to start operations later this year. No word on how many jobs this will mean for the Alabama gulf coast. The company specializes in improving customer comfort and safety.

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9:11 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Wilder Defends WBC Title, Santorum in Montgomery

Deontay Wilder tags Eric Molina with a right hand Saturday in his title defense.
Credit Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Alabama lawmakers just finished their first legislative session under a new pay structure that gives them a salary equal to the median household income in the state

Voters approved the change in 2012 with the prediction that it would save the state money and would be a fairer way to set legislators’ pay.

However, Alabama Senate numbers show that, so far, the new system costs about the same. The legislator who sponsored the idea said it is premature to judge.

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News
10:30 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Tuscaloosa's Deontay Wilder Wins Title Defense

Tuscaloosa World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Deontay Wilder won his first ever title defense before an Alabama crowd. The “Bronze Bomber” knocked down challenger Eric Molina several times before landing a hard right hook in the ninth round that ended the fight. Wilder made over forty percent of his jabs and fifty six percent of his power punches compared to only eight percent jabs for Molina and thirty seven percent of his punches. Observers expected Wilder to knock Molina out by the second round. However, the challenger held his own until the ninth and final round.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Hemingway Cats

Can you see my feet - I have lots of toes!
Credit brownpau [Flickr]

Polydactyl cats have extra toes on one or more paws.  They are often called Hemingway cats.

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6:28 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Mobile Christens "U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords"

Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona is being recognized with a Navy ship named in her honor at a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The former lawmaker is set to attend the christening of the USS Gabrielle Giffords. The four hundred foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. It's the Navy's tenth littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. Giffords was badly wounded in a 2011 shooting that left six dead and thirteen injured in Tuscon. The Democrat left Congress and later founded an organization that supports gun control.

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