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6:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Wells Fargo Laying Off 468 in Birmingham Area

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Wells Fargo is laying off nearly 500 workers from its mortgage servicing team in the Birmingham area.

Bank officials said in a statement Thursday that 468 mortgage servicing employees in Homewood are being laid off because fewer home loan customers need payment assistance or are facing foreclosure.

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Newscast
5:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Changing Sex Ed And Unseasonable Weather

5pm Newscast

Thursday July 17, 2014

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Sex Education-Curriculum Review
4:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ala. Officials Reviewing Sex Education Curriculum

State education officials say they're reviewing public school sex education policies after a state law banning consensual anal and oral sex was ruled unconstitutional in June.
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State education officials say they're reviewing public school sex education policies after a state law banning consensual anal and oral sex was ruled unconstitutional in June.

Alabama Department of Education Spokesman Michael Sibley tells Al.com because of the court's ruling, sexual education curriculum emphasizing that gay sex is illegal in Alabama is legally incorrect.

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Alabama-Cool Weather
4:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Mobile Breaks 128-Year-Old Record Low

Cool temperatures continue in the Gulf Coast region for Thursday night as well.
Credit National Weather Service

Unseasonably cool temperatures for July set new record lows across Alabama.

Forecasters say Mobile broke a 128-year-old record with a low temperature of 64 degrees early Thursday. The National Weather Service says the low was 1 degree cooler than the low of 65 degrees set in 1886.

But Mobile wasn't alone.

The weather service says records were also set in Anniston with 58 degrees and Birmingham with 60 degrees.

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Newscast
6:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Training for domestic extremism, and Remembering Apollo 11

6am Newscast

Thursday July 17, 2014

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Politics & Government
6:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Alabama's Mobile ID Unit Returning to the Road

The secretary of state's office is getting ready to hit the road again to make free photo IDs for voters who don't have any other type of photo ID to show at the polls.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett says his office's mobile ID unit made 93 stops before the primary election and runoff.

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Politics & Government
6:52 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Officers from Ala, Ga Train on Domestic Extremism

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About 400 law enforcement officers from northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia are learning how to deal with domestic extremists.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force are providing the training on Thursday in conjunction with police in the east Alabama city of Oxford.

Federal authorities say the session will teach law officers what to do during encounters with domestic extremists. They say that could include members of militia groups or so-called sovereign citizens.

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Science & Health
6:47 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dothan Agrees to EPA Settlement in Sewage Spills

Dothan has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal officials over sewage overflows and other permit violations.

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Runoff Election History And Apollo 11

5pm Newscast

Wednesday July 16, 2014

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Senate Chamber Update
4:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama Senate Chamber Getting New Look

The new Alabama Senate elected in November will get to serve in a redesigned Senate chamber in Montgomery.
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The new Alabama Senate elected in November will get to serve in a redesigned Senate chamber in Montgomery.

Senate Secretary Pat Harris says his staff is gutting the Senate chamber, including the removal of gray laminate desks and podiums that have been there since 1985. He's asked the state's two-year college system to build hickory desks and podiums that will be stained dark. The walls are also being redone and the audio system reconfigured to provide more evenly distributed sound.

Harris says the project should be finished by Nov. 15 and cost less than $200,000.

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Voter Turnout
4:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

8 Percent Turnout For Alabama Runoff Election

About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in the runoff election.
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About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in the runoff election.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says the turnout Tuesday was slightly higher than the 5 percent he had predicted. He says it was helped by higher turnouts for the 6th Congressional District race in the Birmingham area and by the state Senate District 30 race in the Prattville area

Bennett says there were no issues reported with voters having to show photo IDs at the polls. This was the second Alabama election where the photo ID law was used.

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Newscast
6:22 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Palmer, Beeker win a costly runoff, and a UA gymnastics icon steps aside

6am Newscast

Wednesday July 16, 2014

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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Beeker Upsets Incumbent Dunn for Alabama PSC

Chip Beeker
chipbeeker.com

Challenger Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr. has upset incumbent Terry Dunn for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

With 86 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Beeker has 59 percent to Dunn's 41 percent.

The winner has no Democratic opposition in the general election Nov. 4.

Beeker was making his second run for the state's utility regulatory board. He drew support from some business and coal groups who were upset with Dunn calling for formal rate hearings for Alabama Power.

Politics & Government
4:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama Voters Approve Cotton Research Amendment

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow cotton farmers to vote to make a fee mandatory that they have been paying voluntarily on each bale of cotton.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, the constitutional amendment was passing with 67 percent voting yes and 33 percent voting no.

The $1 a bale fee is now paid on all cotton when it is delivered to the gin, but those who don't want to pay it can get a refund. Less than 10 percent usually request a refund. The fee is used for cotton promotion and research.

Politics & Government
4:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama County GOP Chair Resigns After Pot Arrest

State Republican Party officials say the chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.

State GOP chairman Bill Armistead tells the Gadsden Times that 52-year-old John Lloyd Ellis was arrested after police found marijuana on his property. Armistead says Ellis has resigned and the GOP has no further comment.

The newspaper reports Ellis was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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