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4:52 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Special Session Call, Fort Rucker Drawdown

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

     

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services.

      Bentley rolled out his plans for a special legislative session focusing on the state budget.

      The governor says he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction.

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Newscast
9:23 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Legislators May Adjourn Special Session, Alabama Drought Conditions

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling legislators into a special session Monday to hammer out a General Fund Budget, but legislators may have other plans.

An e-mail sent from House Speaker Mike Hubbard to members of the House of Representatives hints at plans to circumvent the session. The e-mail describes a plan put forth by Speaker Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to convene the legislature as asked on Monday, then immediately adjourn until August 3rd.

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News
7:41 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Alabama Football Great Kenny Stabler dies

Former Crimson Tide quarterback Kenny Stabler, who later led the Oakland Raiders in the NFL, is dead. Stabler’s ex-wife, the University of Alabama, and the foundation that bears his name all confirm that the former football star died from cancer at the age of sixty nine.

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Newscast
4:41 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Bentley Calls Special Session, Young Alabama Professionals Meet

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

    

Governor Robert Bentley is calling a special session next week on the general fund budget.

The governor says that he will call lawmakers back to Montgomery on July 13.

The 2015 regular session ended in a stalemate after lawmakers could not agree on tax increases. Bentley vetoed a spending plan that would have cut $200 million from state agencies.

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Newscast
9:22 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Blue Bell To Start Test Production, Selma March Photos At Auction

Blue Bell plant, Sylacauga, Ala.

Blue Bell is beginning a trial run of ice cream production at its Sylacauga plant after a national recall due to a series of listeria illnesses.

Alabama Health Officer Don Williamson said yesterday that Blue Bell notified his department that it will begin a trial run of production later this month. The ice cream will not be sold to consumers. Williamson says both state health officials and Blue Bell will test the product for listeria.

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News
4:39 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Tuscaloosa banning use of tobacco products on municipal property, Camp Shakespeare Extreme

The City of Tuscaloosa is banning the use of tobacco products on all municipal property. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold has more…

Officials say that tobacco products including smokeless e-cigarettes will be banned at all facilities, grounds and parking areas that are owned or leased by the city. Officials say the ban goes into effect January first.

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Political Commentary
11:54 am
Wed July 8, 2015

APR Political Commentator Steve Flowers: "Alabama's Dual Budgets"

APR Political Commentator Steve Flowers

Alabama lawmakers are still struggling to finalize the general fund budget. Governor Robert Bentley says he’ll call the state House and Senate into a special session next month to talk about raising revenue. The legislature didn’t finish the general fund spending plan, but they all did complete the six billion dollar education budget. If you’ve ever wondered why Alabama has two budgets, well—APR political commentator Steve Flowers tries to sort it all out…

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Escape the Room Feature
10:13 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Escape the Room

Breakout Tuscaloosa
Stan Ingold

Picture this: you find yourself in an unfamiliar room. The only obvious exit is locked and there are no windows. Hidden in the room are locked boxes, random clues, and secret keys—all things you’ll need to escape. But you’d better hurry, because you only have 60 minutes to get out...

 

Escape rooms are a growing trend across America and this form of escapist entertainment, literally speaking, has just reached Alabama. Three different escape room businesses have opened in the state since April.

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9:30 am
Wed July 8, 2015

VictoryLand Moving to Reopen, NASA Spacecraft Back On Track

VictoryLand Casino

VictoryLand Casino is asking the state of Alabama to return seized gambling machines and cash as the Macon County casino looks to reopen.

Lawyers for VictoryLand filed the motion yesterday after a judge ruled against the state's 2013 effort to close the casino.

Circuit Judge William Shashy ruled last month the state’s seizure violated the principle of equal protection since other electronic bingo operations remained in business in Alabama. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep 1,615 machines and more than $260,000 seized in the raid.

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News
5:09 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Mobile City Council to remove flags from seal, Google hangout on U.S. History

The Mobile City Council is removing the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government.

The current Mobile city seal displays flags from six nations that have governed Mobile since 1702: the Confederacy, France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama and the United States.  The council vote today means only the U.S. flag will remain on the seal.

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Newscast
9:28 am
Tue July 7, 2015

UAB Women's Leadership Network, Google History Hangout

Chasidy White

The University of Alabama Birmingham is launching a network to help advance more women to positions of leadership in higher education.

Officials say the new Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education is part of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network. That’s a national system identifying leaders in higher education and connecting them to support and development networks.

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News
5:10 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

More AL counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Tuscaloosa Business Workshop

Additional Alabama counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as some opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide fades away.

Several more counties in the state on Monday said they'd begun issuing marriage licenses.

The reversals come more than a week after the high court's landmark ruling that declared same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

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8:27 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Alabama managed space mission to Pluto hits a snag, UBER in Mobile?

A seven hundred million dollar spacecraft gave NASA a scare during the most critical part of its mission to the planet Pluto. The New Horizons craft, managed here in Alabama, is just nine days from its closest pass to Pluto when NASA lost touch. The craft switched to its back up computer to regain contact. The catch is, New Horizons can’t gather science data in back mode. NASA hopes to get the craft working again tomorrow. The New Horizons probe is managed through the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

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News
5:26 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

New law cracks down on rural drag racing

A new law in Alabama is targeting both rural drag racers and observers.

Gov. Robert Bentley last month signed the new law stiffening the penalties for the offense.

Anyone convicted of drag racing on a public road will lose their driver's license for up to six months for a first offense. Repeat offenders could face longer suspensions, a $6,000 fine and a year of probation.

Bystanders will face $500 fines. Previously, those who just watched drag races faced no penalties.

News
5:25 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

AHSAA to allow home-schooled students to play public sports

The Alabama High School Athletic Association says it is ready to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports.

The head of the organization that oversees interscholastic athletic programs for public schools in Alabama says the association will begin creating bylaws early next year.

AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese says it's too soon for details but that home-schooled students could be able to play on public school teams as early as the 2016-2017 school year.

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