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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.

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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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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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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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News
4:38 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Hinton released, Charter Schools, Alabama Wildflower Society needs help

A man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row has been freed following a decades-long fight to prove his innocence.

Fifty-eight-year-old Anthony Ray Hinton was released Friday morning from an Alabama prison. He hugged family members as he walked out, saying, "Thank you Jesus."

Hinton was convicted of the 1985 murders of two Birmingham fast-food restaurant managers. Crime scene bullets were the only evidence linking Hinton to the slayings.

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8:39 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Jobs bills advance in legislature, charter schools update and Tuscaloosa plant sale

Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President for National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Two Alabama economic development bills aimed at bringing new jobs to the state are another step closer to becoming law.

Alabama lawmakers passed legislation yesterday to revamp how the state offers economic incentives to companies.

The Alabama Jobs Act would create a pay-as-you-go model for tax abatements and other benefits offered to companies creating jobs or capital investment in the state. Alabama's present model offers those incentives upfront.

That bill is now headed to Governor Bentley's desk to be signed into law.

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4:36 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Jobs Bill, Gulf Shores sea turtles and Selma Chili Cookoff

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's cornerstone economic development bill is headed to a conference committee.

House members want more time to review Senate changes to legislation that would change the way Alabama recruits companies to the state.

The Senate added multiple amendments before passing the bill on Tuesday. One of those added an $850 million cap on annual incentives.

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Charter schools
11:34 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Alabama Charter School Legislation is Here... Now What?

The voting is over regarding charter schools in Alabama. Now, the big question is how to implement these traditional schools and what happens next.

Governor Robert Bentley put Alabama in line with 42 other states by signing SB45 into law last month, allowing charter schools to operate. Perhaps the most asked question about these non-traditional schools is what exactly the difference is between them and a regular public school.

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9:08 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Prison reform bill hits Senate floor, Huntsville women's mentoring and Gulf Shores sea turtles

Julie Schumacher, acting Deputy to the Commander at SMDC/ARSTRAT, Redstone Arsenal

The Alabama Senate will start debating some sweeping changes to the state's prison system today.

Republican Senator Cam Ward is bringing the bill to the Senate floor, which would change sentencing and probation standards to try and reduce prison overcrowding.

The proposed legislation is based on a year of study by the state prison reform task force. One of the main changes is the creation of a new Class D felony level, which will keep low-level, non-violent offenders out of prison entirely.

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4:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

State Agency budget cuts?, Huntsville Fiber Optics and women mentoring

Alabama state agencies could see funding cuts of 11.5 percent or higher next fiscal year unless lawmakers find additional money.

Members of the legislative General Fund committees on Wednesday distributed copies of a rough draft of a budget without additional revenue.

House General Fund budget chairman Rep. Steve Clouse said the results were "bleak."

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9:42 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Senate passes multiple bills, Stutts recants opposition and Huntsville to expand fiber optics

Alabama Senator Larry Stutts

Yesterday was a busy day in the Alabama Senate. Two bills passed the Senate floor and are on their way to be heard in the House of Representatives.

The first is a bill that looks to change how Alabama recruits businesses and industry. The Alabama Jobs Act would create a pay-as-you-go model for incentives like tax breaks that the state uses to recruit companies.

Under the old model, the state would provide millions of dollars of funding up-front. This bill will allow Alabama to peg those incentives to the companies' performance.

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4:38 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

BP Trial to Move Forward, Baldwin County School Tax, UAB Sports programs update

A federal court decision late Monday will allow Alabama to proceed with its economic damages jury trial against BP and other responsible parties in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled against BP’s motion to strike Alabama’s demand for a jury trial seeking compensatory damages from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  This follows a March 16, 2015, order by Judge Barbier setting the Alabama compensatory damages trial to commence in the spring of 2016.

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8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Head of AEA resigns, Hubbard's defense wants case dismissed and Baldwin County education tax vote

AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry

Henry Mabry has officially stepped down as the head of the Alabama Education Association.

His resignation comes after the AEA board voted back in February to terminate Mabry after an audit raised concerns about his financial management of the organization.

Mabry replaced longtime AEA head Paul Hubbert in 2011. It was Hubbert who built the education organization into a massive political powerhouse. Hubbert expressed some grave concerns about the AEA's fiscal health before he passed away last year.

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4:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

FAA Investigation after Tuscaloosa Air Show Collision, UA Football Players Arrested, Diabetes

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an accident that occurred during the Tuscaloosa Air Show yesterday.

Two small stunt planes collided during an aerobatic performance by Team Aerodynamix at the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show yesterday.

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