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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
"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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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".