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8:45 am
Sat March 14, 2015

The Irish Cat

Of course I'm Irish - at least one day a year, anyway!
Credit Sister72 {Flickr]

On the Isle of Man, the home of origin for the Manx cat, some folks still use the term "stubbin" to refer to the felines without a tail.  Throughout their history they have been valued as rodent hunters, but today they are prized as great pets!

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News
4:40 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Selma March, State appeal court uphold murder conviction, death sentence, St. Patrick's Day

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A group retracing the steps of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March made it to the Alabama state Capitol.

Martin Luther King III on stood near the place his father addressed marchers 50 years ago and called for fewer restrictions in voting.

Governor Bentley addressed the crowd, but was met with some boos and chants of "Medicaid now," calling for expansion of the health care program. Bentley was also booed by some in the crowd at the 50th anniversary commemoration event in Selma last Saturday.

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Newscast
9:43 am
Fri March 13, 2015

"Religious freedom" bill passes House, Kathryn Windham honored and St. Patrick's Day celebrations

2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Birmingham, AL

The Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill granting legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to marry same-sex couples.

Representatives approved that measure by a 69-25 vote yesterday. It will now head to the Senate.

Republican Representative Jim Hill proposed the bill after getting calls from ministers and judges concerned that they would be required to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples if and when gay marriage is restored in Alabama..

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News
4:40 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Windham Honored, Women's History Month, New SEC Commissioner

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Friends, family, and fans of the late Kathryn Tucker Windham gathered today just outside of Selma as the storyteller became part of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame. APR’s Pat Duggins was there and says there were plenty of stories to go around…      

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Arts & Life
3:37 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

"My favorite story..." by Kathryn Tucker Windham's daughter...

APR

Friends, family, and fans of the late Kathyrn Tucker Windham gathered today at Judson College, just outside of Selma, as the storyteller became part of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame. APR’s Pat Duggins asked Windham's daughter, Dilcy Windham Hilley (second from the left in our photo,) to relate her favorite story that her mother used to tell...

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Newscast
9:32 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Lethal injection bill passes House, Alabama women's poverty report and Windham inducted into HoF

Asma Lateef, Director of the Bread for the World Institute

Lawmakers want to keep the identities of the companies supplying drugs for lethal injections in Alabama a secret.

That's what a bill that just passed the state House yesterday in a 76 to 26 vote will guarantee. That bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Alabama hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2013, partly because the state has had trouble obtaining lethal injection drugs. Pharmaceutical companies have historically shied away from associating their name with an execution drug.

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News
4:37 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Supreme Court halts Mobile probate judge issuing same sex marriage licenses, Windham honored

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There's been yet another twist in Alabama's Same Sex marriage controversy. Mobile County's probate judge Don Davis is under orders from the Alabama Supreme court not to issue any more licenses to gay couples, despite what a federal court ruled.

Mobile County probate judge Don Davis seems caught between U.S. District Judge Callie Granade and the state supreme court.

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Newscast
9:04 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Senate approves charter school measure, Hubbard ethics trial update and Barons nat'l anthem tryouts

Alabama Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Hubbard

The Alabama Senate approved a measure to establish charter schools in the state in a 22 to 12 vote last night. That bill will now head to the House of Representatives.

The proposal allows the establishment of up to 10 brand new charter schools in the state each year, and allows school districts to convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status.

Republicans say charter schools provide education choices to families and encourage innovation. Opponents say they will drain resources from existing public schools.

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News
4:37 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Charter Schools bill, Garrard trial update, Birmingham Barons looking for National Anthem Singers

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The Alabama Senate will debate a charter school bill favored by the Republican Party. the vote is expected to happen Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal allows the establishment of up to 10 "startup" charter schools in the state each year and unlimited conversions of existing schools to charter status.

Republicans say charters provide education choices to families and encourage innovation. Opponents say they would drain resources from existing public schools.

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Newscast
8:28 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Strange wants same-sex marriage on hold, march across Brooklyn Bridge and Baldwin Co. tax vote

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is asking U.S. District Judge Callie Granade to keep gay marriage in the state on hold.

Strange filed a motion yesterday asking Granade to delay any more gay marriage decisions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this year.

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News
4:37 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

50th Anniversary of Dr. King's March, Bennie Lee Tucker on Dr. King, Birmingham airport traffic

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Even though it is Monday today marks the 50th anniversary of Turnaround Tuesday. On this day fifty years ago Martin Luther King Junior led marchers halfway across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.           

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8:56 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Turnaround Tuesday anniversary, Obama in Selma and same-sex marriage update

Selma City Councilman Benny Lee Tucker

The City of Selma remembered the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” over the weekend. But today marks another milestone in the civil rights movement.

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in 1965. Today marks 50 years since the second march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge called Turnaround Tuesday. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led that protest himself, but turned back before state troopers could attack like they did just two days prior.

Selma city councilman Benny Lee Tucker was a teenager in 1965. He says he had a specific job during King’s march…

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5:41 am
Mon March 9, 2015

APR Video-- "Sights of Selma"

Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins produced this video while covering the 50th anniversary jubilee of "bloody Sunday" on Selma's Edmund Pettus bridge.
Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins produced this video while covering the commemoration of "bloody Sunday" on the Edmund Pettus bridge in
Arts & Life
8:12 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

"Sounds of Selma"

APR

Thousands of people crowded the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma yesterday to remember what became known as “bloody Sunday.” Voting marchers in 1965 were attacked by State Troopers and a Sheriff’s posse armed with clubs and tear gas. The weekend observance was attended by President Obama and the children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. APR news director Pat Duggins and reporter Stan Ingold teamed up to bring us this audio postcard…

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Attorney General Meeting
11:31 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Attorneys general to discuss cybersecurity in Alabama next week

Reginald Hyde, Executive Director of the University of Alabama's Cyber Institute

Alabama will soon be playing host to a meeting of attorneys general from across the South.

The southern region of the National Association of Attorneys General will discuss data breaches, security issues and other topics at a meeting in Point Clear March 12 and 13.

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