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6:23 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Education Board Offers Bice 2-year Contract, Raise

Tommy Bice
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

The Alabama State Board of Education has offered Superintendent Tommy Bice a new two-year contract and a pay raise.

Al.com reports the board voted 6-2 on Wednesday to offer Bice a new contract, which would call for his $200,000 salary to be increased to $250,000.

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Drugs And The SEC Network Launches

5pm Newscast

Wednesday August 13, 2014

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Tuscaloosa Police-Phones
4:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Tuscaloosa Police Phone System Targeted In Attack

Tuscaloosa police say they working with federal authorities to investigate an attack on the department's phone system.

Tuscaloosa police say they are working with federal authorities to investigate an attack on the department's phone system.

Sgt. Brent P. Blankley said in a statement the department was targeted in an attack known as a telephone denial of service on Tuesday afternoon. Blankley says the attack involves multiple phone calls coming into the department at once, which is meant to jam the department's phone system.

Blankley says the objective of the attack is usually to prevent departments from receiving legitimate calls and disrupting public safety operations.

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New Synthetic Drug
3:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Form Of Spice Seized For First Time In Alabama

Etowah County officials say the drug is a white powder called AB-Pinaca. It's used to make synthetic drugs called "spice."
Credit US Drug Enforcement Agency / Wikimedia Commons

Authorities in Alabama say they've recovered about $100,000 worth of a designer drug that's so new the Drug Enforcement Administration is still trying to classify the substance.

Etowah County officials say the drug is a white powder called AB-Pinaca. It's used to make synthetic drugs called "spice."

About four pounds of the drug was allegedly shipped from China to a home in Etowah County.

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Selma Moratorium
3:18 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Selma Council Extends Payday Loan Moratorium

Selma City Council members have extended the city's moratorium on new payday loan stores and may extend a ban on issuing new liquor licenses.

Selma City Council members have extended the city's moratorium on new payday loan stores and may extend a ban on issuing new liquor licenses.

Officials voted Tuesday to extend the payday loan store ban for six months. Councilman Michael Johnson says he's researching future restrictions on the businesses, including requiring a certain distance between locations.

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Newscast
6:27 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Christie, Philly, and Bears. Oh my!

6am Newscast

Wednesday August 13, 2014

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Wed August 13, 2014

NJ Gov. Christie Set to Visit Alabama

NJ Governor Chris Christie
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New Jersey's Chris Christie is visiting Birmingham to support a fellow Republican governor, Alabama's Robert Bentley.

Christie is scheduled to stop in Birmingham on Wednesday for a public event with Bentley and two private appearances.

Christie and Bentley will tour the non-profit Southern Research Institute and meet with reporters.

Afterward Christie and Bentley will attend a pair of private events for the Bentley campaign.

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Politics & Government
6:16 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Bentley Asks Lawmakers for Long-term Budget Plan

Governor Robert Bentley
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama lawmakers will face another grim budget outlook when they return to Montgomery next year and Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants their ideas for long-term solutions instead of a one-year money fix.

Bentley has asked legislative leaders to bring him ideas in advance of the 2015 session.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston says he wants legislators to make bold changes to try to solve the state's long-term problems.

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Newscast
5:07 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

$6.3 M For Veteran Aid And Black Bears

5pm Newscast

Tuesday August 12, 2014

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Homeless Veterans
4:10 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Ala. Veterans Aid Groups Receive $6.3 Million

Alabama community organizations that work with homeless or at-risk veterans have received more than $6.3 million in federal grants.
Credit Athens State University

Alabama community organizations that work with homeless or at-risk veterans have received more than $6.3 million in federal grants.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the awards Tuesday as part of meeting a 2009 promise to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Nationwide, the agency announced about $300 million in grants.

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Birmingham-World Games Bid
4:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Birmingham Among 3 Cities Seeking 2021 World Games

Birmingham is among three cities that have submitted bids to host the World Games in 2021.
Credit International World Games Association

Birmingham is among three cities that have submitted bids to host an international sporting event in 2021.

Birmingham along with Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, are in the running to be the site of the World Games seven years from now.

The host city will be announced by the International World Games Association in early 2015.

The games have been held every four years since 1981. While not as well-known as the Olympics, organizers say they involve about 4,500 athletes from 100 countries.

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Newscast
6:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

PGA tour comes to Alabama, Business crowdfunding

6am Newscast

Tuesday August 12, 2014

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Sports
6:26 am
Tue August 12, 2014

PGA Golf Tour Coming to Opelika Next Year

Credit pgatour.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the PGA Tour is coming to Alabama next year.

Bentley said Monday the new tournament will be played July 13-18, 2015 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika. Shaving product company Barbasol will sponsor the tournament for four years.

Bentley says the tour will generate millions in tourism revenue and put Alabama in the international spotlight as some of the world's best golfers visit the state.

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Business & Education
6:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Breweries, Amphitheater Planned in Huntsville

Credit straighttoale.com

Leaders in Huntsville hope beer and music will spruce up the site of an old middle school.

Officials say two craft breweries and a concert venue are planned for an old school west of Downtown.

Plans call for converting part of the school into a 40,000-square-foot brewery for Straight to Ale, which is now located in a warehouse. Yellowhammer plans to build a new 6,000-square-foot brewery at the site.

The city plans to open an open-air amphitheater between the two breweries at the site of the old Stone Middle School.

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Free School Food And Lawmakers Travel Expenses

5pm Newscast

Monday August 11, 2014

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