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2:39 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Alabama May Tax Downloads

Governor Robert Bentley is looking for more sources of state revenue and one agency may have found one. The Alabama Department of Revenue is considering a new rule requiring companies that offer digital streaming services to pay a four percent state tax. The fee would apply to movies, television programs and music. The revenue department says it's an attempt to update tax code for the digital era. Governor Bentley wants new taxes to plug a half billion dollar hole in the state budget. Opponents say the rule overreaches the bounds of current tax law.

Politics & Government
7:57 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Next Alabama Budget Target = State Parks

The budget standoff between Governor Robert Bentley and the state legislature now involves state parks. State House member Joe Faust wants to make state parks self sufficient, so Montgomery doesn’t have to spend tax dollars on them. Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores is one of five facilities statewide that turn a profit. Still, Park Director Lisa Larraway says any budget cuts would be felt. Governor Bentley says he’ll veto any budget bill that doesn’t raise taxes to plug a half billion dollar spending shortfall. He’s proposing ideas like hiking cigarette taxes as one solution.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park!
Credit Tuscaloosa Bark in the Park [Facebook]

Free admission, free dog wash, fun, games, contests, all in a great dog park created for humans and their canine friends to enjoy.  Just be sure your pet is at least four months old and on a leash (for your best friend's safety).

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Arts & Life
8:39 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Non-Profit Manager to Plead to Fraud...

The former financial chief of two Alabama nonprofits for the poor and homeless will plead guilty to defrauding millions of dollars from the clinics and the federal agencies that fund them. The U.S. Attorney's office says Terri McGuire Mollica has agreed to plead guilty to almost twenty counts related to fraud against the government, including wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Mollica worked for Birmingham Health Care and the Central Alabama Comprehensive Health Inc.

Arts & Life
9:58 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Kentuck Art Center Kicks Off Capital Campaign

The Kentuck Art Center near Tuscaloosa kicked off a capital campaign to renovate its facilities with the receipt of a $50,000 donation from Alabama Power. Mark Crews, Vice President of the utility’s western division, presented the check to the Kentuck board during a member event at Chuck’s Fish in Downtown Tuscaloosa. The campaign seeks to raise over a million dollars to refurbish its five building complex in the town of Northport. Part of the Kentuck complex had to be evacuated when it became infested by bats.

Arts & Life
6:55 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Alabama Braces for Rough Weather

Forecasters say strong storms with damaging winds could hit Alabama. The National Weather Service says a strong cold front and an upper level disturbance moving in from the west will create a chance for severe weather on Friday. The risk is greatest in Alabama's northwestern corner early in the day, and forecasters say storms will spread to the southeast during the day before exiting the state. The weather service says periods of damaging winds and large hail are possible. So are some short-lived tornadoes, although forecasters aren't expecting a major outbreak of severe weather.

Lottery
10:06 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Alabama Democrats hoping to create state lottery

Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Democrats in Alabama’s House of Representatives say it’s time for the state to consider legalized gambling as an additional source of revenue.

House Democrats revealed their legislative agenda yesterday. It includes creating a state lottery and urging Gov. Bentley to negotiate a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The tribe would be allowed to operate table games without interference in exchange for giving the state a share of the revenue.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford said Alabama’s voters deserve the chance to vote on a state lottery.

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Weather
9:11 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Severe weather, tornado risk for northern Alabama

National Weather Service forecasters say thunderstorms this evening and tomorrow morning could bring large hail and heavy winds to parts of Alabama, and may spawn small tornadoes.

The latest forecasts and models from the NWS show that the highest potential for severe weather in the state will be in the northwest corner of Alabama, in and around the Florence area.

Forecasters say these storms hold the potential for what they describe as "brief, spin-up" tornadoes.

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Committees
10:26 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Busy day ahead for legislative committees

Alabama's Senate floor

Committee members throughout the Alabama Legislature have a busy day ahead of them.

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing this morning on a bill aiming to repeal the Common Core curriculum standards.

The House Ways and Means Education Committee will also consider changes to the Alabama Accountability Act, a state program that provides scholarships to help some families pay for private school.

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Abortion
10:17 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Proposed bill would ban most Alabama abortions

AL Rep. Terri Collins (R), Decatur

Lawmakers in Alabama may ban the majority of abortions in the state if a bill currently in the House of Representatives is approved.

Rep. Terri Collins (R) of Decatur has proposed legislation to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Collins says that if the end of life is defined by the absence of a heartbeat, it makes sense to her to define the beginning of life with the start of a heartbeat.

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News
4:47 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Avery Johnson verbally agrees to coach Alabama men's basketball program

Multiple outlets are reporting the University of Alabama has found its new men’s basketball coach.

ESPN and CBS Sports report that  Avery Johnson has agreed in principle to be the next head coach of the Crimson Tide program.

Johnson, who spent the past several years as an analyst for ESPN, previously coached in the NBA with Dallas, New Jersey/Brooklyn.

The University of Alabama has yet to confirm the hire of Johnson.  He is set to replace Anthony Grant, who was fired after six seasons as the head coach of the men’s basketball program.

News
4:39 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Alabama families seek alternative for mentally ill loved ones

Some Alabama families who have considered committing mentally ill relatives are asking judges to consider something different.

Among them is Marla Pope, whose daughter has been in and out of psychiatric facilities nine times in nine years since her diagnosis with bipolar schizoaffective disorder.

Al.com reports Pope filed a petition to have her daughter committed. But she came to a recent hearing to ask a judge to consider an alternative -- a program called outpatient commitment. It offers court-ordered treatment in the home.

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News
5:15 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Severe weather impacts Northern Alabama

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms may have also produced tornadoes in parts of northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Madison and Jackson counties in Alabama, and south Lincoln County, Tennessee on Friday night.

Madison County Emergency Management Agency operations coordinator Jim Pockrus says authorities were told of downed trees shortly after the tornado warning had expired.

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News
5:04 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

State lawmakers consider cigarette tax increase

Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a number of ways to raise revenue to heal Alabama's ailing budget.

One possible way is a higher cigarette tax. Alabama lawmakers are considering two proposals that would raise cigarette taxes to fill a major hole in the state's general fund.

Bentley's proposal would raise the tax on a pack from 42.5 cents to $1.25.

A second proposal would raise the tax rate by 32.5 cents per pack.

Experts say higher cigarette taxes can lead to smuggling.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 4, 2015

The Easter Bunny Quiz

A tisket, a tasket, a bunny in the basket!
Credit Mike Procario [Flickr]

How much do you know about caring for rabbits?  Take this little quiz to see if you really might want a rabbit as a pet because, like it or not, that cute baby Easter bunny will be a full-grown rabbit before you know it!

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