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5:10 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

More AL counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Tuscaloosa Business Workshop

Additional Alabama counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as some opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide fades away.

Several more counties in the state on Monday said they'd begun issuing marriage licenses.

The reversals come more than a week after the high court's landmark ruling that declared same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

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8:27 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Alabama managed space mission to Pluto hits a snag, UBER in Mobile?

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.

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5:26 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

New law cracks down on rural drag racing

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.

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5:25 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

AHSAA to allow home-schooled students to play public sports

The Alabama High School Athletic Association says it is ready to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports.

The head of the organization that oversees interscholastic athletic programs for public schools in Alabama says the association will begin creating bylaws early next year.

AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese says it's too soon for details but that home-schooled students could be able to play on public school teams as early as the 2016-2017 school year.

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5:23 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Christian flag removed from Glencoe Police Department

City officials in Glencoe say they've removed a banner described as a Christian flag from its long-time place in front of the city's police department.

Glencoe Mayor Charles Gilchrist said Friday that the flag was removed recently following a threat of legal action from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The mostly white flag with a blue square and red cross in the upper left corner had flown over the police department since the 1990s.

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5:22 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Bentley on removing Confederate Flag: "Right thing to do"

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.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 4, 2015

4th of July and Your Pet

Happy 4th of July - let's stay home together!
Credit 1RN2GSD (Christine K) [Flickr]

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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4:43 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Bentley on BP Settlement, Dogs rescued from Lawrence Shelter

Alabama lawmakers looking for funds to fix the state's cash-strapped general fund might have to thank BP. APR's Stan Ingold has more...

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

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9:39 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Alabama Receives Unemployment Grant, Fourth of July Travel Precautions

Bald eagle with Auburn's Southeastern Raptor Center
Credit Southeastern Raptor Center / Facebook

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.

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4:39 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Ward releases statement on DUI arrest, Nike Factory Store opens in Tuscaloosa

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."

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9:30 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Granade Clarifies Ruling, Birmingham to Remove Confederate Monument

Confederate memorial in Linn Park, Birmingham

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.

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5:09 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Granade tells probate judges to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Alabama and Title IX

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.

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9:34 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Prison Inmate Diagnosed With Tuberculosis, Alabama Near Last in Title IX Sports

Staton Correctional Facility

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.

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4:41 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Group asks judges to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Earthquake in Eutaw

A lawyer for gay couples across Alabama has asked a federal judge to force reluctant probate judges to issue marriage licenses. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold has more…

Shannon Minter is legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights. She says every probate judge is now required to issue marriage licenses on an "equal basis."

The group wants the judges to comply with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry.

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9:24 am
Tue June 30, 2015

State Prison Overcrowding, Marriage License Confusion

Bullock Correctional Facility

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.

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