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Rev. Barber
Jay Reeves / AP

A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation."

The remarks today by the Rev. William J. Barber come one day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama said Moore — dogged by recent allegations of inappropriate conduct toward teenage girls decades ago — is unfit to serve.

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers around eating, but a lot of the food we enjoy can pose health risks for our furry friends.  Protecting your pet from some of the common food hazards can help to keep you at home enjoying family, friends and football, and not making an emergency trip to the veterinarian!

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State health officials say Alabama’s infant mortality rate is on the rise.

The Alabama Department of Public health issued a news release yesterday saying last year’s rate of 9.1 infant deaths per thousand live births is the highest in the state since 2008. Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says “Our infant mortality rate is troubling and disheartening and trending in the wrong direction.”

The Alabama Republican Party says it stands with GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, breaking ranks with national Republicans who have called for him to step out of the race amid sexual misconduct allegations. 

Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Thursday that the party's 21-member steering committee "supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee."

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An attorney for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is trying to discredit molestation allegations by a woman who says the Republican assaulted her when she was 16.  

Attorney Phillip L. Jauregui said during a news conference that they had hired a handwriting analyst to look into whether the signature in Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook is authentic.

The attorney also tried to poke other holes in her story.Jauregui represented Moore in cases involving the Ten Commandments monument and same-sex marriage. 

The University of West Alabama takes a big step forward toward opening its own charter school today, amid some concerns that the school may siphon state funding from existing schools in the area.

Pre-registration begins today for Sumter County students from Kindergarten to eighth grade who are interested in attending the new University Charter School.

Members of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission met with school officials in Livingston last month to sign the charter for the new facility, which will teach science, math, technology, and art.

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U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore says the latest accusations of sexual misconduct against him are "absolutely false."

Standing by his wife at a hastily called news conference yesterday, Moore said he did not know Beverly Young Nelson and "never did what she said I did."

Three city council members who voted against new tax increase measures in Florence say they want to examine the city’s spending before considering any higher taxes.

A plan to increase the sales tax in Florence by one penny and to increase lodging taxes by 3 percent failed last week on a 3 to 3 vote. Florence Mayor Steve Holt tells the Florence Times-Daily he thought the plan, which would have increased city revenue by nearly $10 million a year, was going to pass.

 

Doug Jones' campaign issued a Monday statement about the accusations of sexual misconduct being made against Moore. Jones' campaign is applauding what it calls "the courage" of Moore's accusers. And it says Moore will be held accountable "by the people of Alabama for his actions."

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Until we are able to control the pet overpopulation problem, we will have a need for animal shelters, and for the dedicated people who work or volunteer there.  

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President Donald Trump is deflecting questions about whether Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should drop out due to sexual misconduct allegations against him. Trump, who has been traveling in Asia, says he hasn't had time to see television news coverage about Moore because he's usually too busy reading documents. The story has produced a wave of concern among anxious GOP officials in Washington but little more than a collective shrug from many Republicans in Alabama. The state is holding a special election on December twelfth to fill the junior U.S.

A shopper in Alabama who tripped and broke his hip while buying a watermelon at a Walmart has won a $7.5 million verdict against the retailer.

Henry Walker of Phenix City, Alabama was awarded the damages earlier this week after a jury trial. Walker had sued Walmart, saying his foot got trapped in a pallet beneath the watermelons as he reached for one at the Phenix City Walmart in June 2015.

The Majority leader of the U.S. Senate says Roy Moore should drop out of the race for Alabama's junior U.S. Senate seat if reports in the Washington Post are true. The newspaper reports Moore had sexual contact with a fourteen year old, when he was thirty two years old. The woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Post that Moore touched her intimately and guided her hand to do the same to him. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says if the allegations are true, then Moore should leave the race. The twice-removed Alabama Chief Justice denies the reports, blaming the news on politics.

The two men campaigning to be Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator have received invitation to a debate. WHNT-TV in Huntsville wants Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore to face off ahead of the December twelfth general election. Jones is accusing Moore of avoiding a public discussion of his record. Alabama’s suspended chief justice backed down from his call for a religious litmus test for Congress. The second highest ranking Republican in the Senate disagreed with Moore’s stance and candidate backed down.

Alabama is now offering veterans free admission to any of its state parks. 

A news release says the Parks for Patriots program began November first. It provides veterans with free admission to any state park facility that charges, including the Gulf State Park fishing pier and boat ramps.

State Parks Director Greg Lein says the system has provided free admission to veterans on Veterans Day for years. He says expanding that access year-round is a way to say thanks to people who have made freedom possible.

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A historic site in central Alabama is marking its 300th anniversary. 

Events are planned all day Saturday at Fort Toulouse, which is located on the Coosa River near Wetumpka. The fort was the easternmost outpost of the French colony of Louisiana when it was established in 1717.

The celebration will include the unveiling of markers to outline part of the original fort. There will also be a short presentation re-enacting the first meeting between the French and Indians who were native to the region.

Adopt a Senior Pet

Nov 4, 2017
Mindy Norton

Dogs tend to show their age because their muzzles go gray.  It's harder to tell with cats.  A cat may never go gray (unless that's its original color, like Sasha here) but its fur may thin out and it may move a little slower as it ages.  But older pets make the best companions!

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National Peanut Festival Kicks Off Today

Nov 3, 2017

The National Peanut Festival kicks off today in Dothan. The ten-day-long fair celebrates peanut farmers in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. 

The event features rides, agricultural displays, and musical performances from the likes of Corey Smith, Michael Ray, .38 Special, Brett Young and many more. Organizers expect at least 180,000 people to attend over the course of the festival. Ticket sales have been doing very well, at least partly due to a favorable weather forecast.

Two Alabama Theater signs
Birmingham Landmarks Inc.

An iconic theater in central Alabama has won a grant to install a replica of a vintage sign that has been missing since the 1950s.

Al.com reports Birmingham’s Alabama Theater was one of 11 winning sites in an online contest sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The theater’s owner, Birmingham Landmarks Incorporated, will use the grant funding to help with costs for the 60-foot “Alabama” sign above the double doors leading to the stage entrance on 18th Street.

Stan Ingold / Alabama Public Radio

All year long the APR news team has been looking at rural health across the state. One of the major problems is that rural residents lack access to medical care. A big reason for this is a lack of doctors. However, there is an effort underway to try to address the issue. The University of Alabama has something called the rural medical scholars program and it is bringing the next generation of doctors who will be practicing in rural Alabama.

November is National Diabetes Month

Nov 1, 2017

November is National Diabetes Month and health officials say that should serve as a wake-up call to Alabama especially.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Alabama has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country at over twelve percent. The National Diabetes Education Program is promoting a campaign to encourage diabetics to take control of their condition through education and awareness.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers is an expert on diabetes at the National Institutes of Health. He says a lack of awareness about the disease can be especially dangerous.

A regional airport in Alabama’s capital will soon begin offering direct flights to the nation’s capital.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports American Airlines service from Montgomery Regional Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. is set to begin June 7, 2018. One flight will arrive in the morning in Montgomery, and another will depart for Washington in the afternoon.

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    An obituary says the Gadsden resident died Monday at the age of 99. No cause of death is listed. 

 Martin helped build the modern Republican Party in Alabama. He became the first Republican elected to the U.S. House from Alabama in seven decades in 1964 and served one term.

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought this story from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011.

            Halloween is almost upon us and the increased popularity of haints and haunts is inevitable.  Some in Alabama are using people’s fascination with the paranormal to conjure up tourism into one of the state’s most economically depressed areas. Alabama’s Ghost Trail could provide a much needed financial shot in the arm…

Stan Ingold

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought up this story from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011.

Selma is one of Alabama’s oldest cities, as well as one of the most historic.  During this Halloween season, a number of ghost stories include Selma. Yesterday, Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold told us about efforts to popularize the state’s so called ghost trail. Selma is considered one of Alabama’s most haunted cities…

Stan Ingold

        Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought up some stories from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011.

       

Old Cahaba is the site of Alabama’s first state capital.   However, after the civil war it became a ghost town. On our final stop on the state’s ghost trail, there is a concerted effort being made to preserve this historic site, and how it’s supposedly haunted past may play a role… 

One of the country’s largest railroad companies is suing an Alabama business over millions of defective railroad ties.

Norfolk Southern says it will have to replace more than 4.7 million railroad ties because they weren’t properly manufactured with protective coating and are degrading much faster than expected.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will build a $33.9 million freestanding emergency department and medical office next month. 

Al.com reports that UAB will break ground on the new facility on Novvember 2nd in Gardendale. The medical center says the facility will be on 6.2 acres (2 hectares) and will give residents access to essential medical services.

A city in northeast Alabama has approved a $12.5 million riverfront development work at Coosa Landing. 

The property will span 50,000-square feet with 20,000 square feet of retail space, The Gadsden Times reported . The overall plan calls for upgraded roads that tie into the boat ramp and riverwalk at Coosa.

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As the Hallmark Channel says, the Hero Dog Awards "is a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable ways they enrich protect and save lives every day...often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things."  

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