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.
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.
Gov. Robert Bentley says removing four Confederate flags from the state Capitol was the "right thing to do."
The governor says Alabama needs to show the world that it is different than it was in 1963.
Bentley, in an interview with The Associated Press, says he stood behind his decision last week to remove the flags. He wanted to head off what he saw as growing controversy about the Confederate banners.
The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America, but it's important to remember that the safety of our family is the most important consideration. If your family includes a pet, it's up to you to keep them safe to enjoy all the family celebrations for years to come.
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Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange announced a 2.3 billion dollar settlement that will be paid to the state over the next 18 years.
About one billion dollars will be dispersed over 18 years to state's general fund. The other 1.3 billion dollars from the settlement will be used for environmental restoration over a 15-year period. The other
Alabama plans to use a $1.2 million federal grant to expand a program aimed at getting the state’s unemployed back to work.
The Alabama Department of Labor announced the grant in a statement yesterday. Agency officials say money from the U.S. Department of Labor will expand a program that provides one-on-one counseling services to people receiving unemployment benefits.
The chairman of the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee says he's seeking professional help after his arrest on a DUI charge.
Alabaster Republican Senator Cam Ward released a written statement this morning following his release from the Shelby County jail. Ward says his failure at dealing with stress resulted in what he calls "incredibly reckless decisions."
A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage. APR’s Stan Ingold reports U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
Judge Granade says state probate judges can't discriminate against gay couples because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage is legal everywhere. But her order doesn't affect counties that have stopped issuing all marriage licenses.
The judge had put previous decisions on hold to allow time for the justices to rule.
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that gay couples have the right to marry nationwide. But some of Alabama’s judges are refusing to grant that right. APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports on a new development that may unify the state’s policy.
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile says county probate judges in Alabama are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
An inmate at Staton Correctional Facility has tested positive for tuberculosis.
Prison medical staff say the inmate has been quarantined and is being treated in an infirmary.
Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says the state Department of Public Health is testing all inmates at Staton for tuberculosis, but he says as of now there have been no other cases reported.
Alabama’s state prisons were built to hold 13,000 inmates. They currently house over 25,000.
That makes Alabama prisons among the most crowded in the nation, and state politicians fear the crowding may soon bring federal intervention to the troubled prison system.
In an effort to relieve some of the overcrowding, lawmakers approved changes to sentencing and probation standards this spring as well as a bond issue for additional prison beds. The changes include the creation of a lower level felony class and the planned hiring of 100 additional probation officers.