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5:08 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage couples having trouble getting marriage licenses, Veteran honored in Sylacauga

Hali Felt (L) and Jennifer Kenney (R) fill out an application for marriage license at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. (Photo by Alex AuBuchon)

The U.S. Supreme Court passed a sweeping ruling Friday effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, but not everyone has been able to benefit. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on one Tuscaloosa couple’s struggle to get married.

“Hi. We’d like to request a marriage license…”

We met Jennifer Kenney and Hali Felt on Friday. The Tuscaloosa couple wanted to join the thousands of happy couples marrying after the Supreme Court’s ruling, but they were told they’d have to wait.

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Newscast
9:41 am
Mon June 29, 2015

VA Hiring Freeze, Sylacauga WWII Burial

Central Alabama VA Hospital

The Central Alabama Veterans Affairs hospital system has stopped hiring medical support staff in order to cope with a national $2.6 billion budget shortfall.

The hiring freeze in the Central Alabama system affects human resources personnel and customer service workers. It does not affect doctors, nurses or other health care service providers.

VA spokesman Amir Farooqi says the freeze also does not affect staffers who help veterans schedule their doctor appointments.

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News
6:51 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

"Four For Four!" APR honored by the Associated Press as "Most Outstanding News Operation"

The Alabama Associated Press honored Alabama Public Radio as “Most Outstanding News Operation.” This is the fourth year in a row APR has received this generous award from the AP. Student interns Valese Jones and Jasmine Haynes (pictured above) represented the newsroom at the Associated Press Media Editors’ annual awards banquet in Birmingham.

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6:49 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

"Four For Four!" APR honored by the Associated Press as "Most Outstanding News Operation"

APR student interns Valese Jones and Jasmine Haynes collect APR's 4th "Most Outstanding News Operation" award from the Associated Press

The Alabama Associated Press honored Alabama Public Radio as “Most Outstanding News Operation” in the state.  This is the fourth year in a row APR has received this generous award from the AP. Student interns Valese Jones and Jasmine Haynes (pictured above) represented the newsroom at the Associated Press Media Editors’ annual awards banquet in Birmingham.

"Getting to see examples of the work that people were rewarded for was also a highlight for me," said Jones. "The experience motivated me to work harder at my craft so I can one day be an award winning journalist."

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Tama the Stationmaster Cat

Tama the Stationmaster Cat
Credit melanie_ko [Flickr]

Animals touch us in ways we can't explain or even understand.  Who would think that naming a Calico cat as stationmaster of a Japanese train station would draw not just attention but so many visitors?  Now Tama's likeness adorns souvenirs and even trains!

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Politics & Government
5:53 am
Sat June 27, 2015

State Appeals Victoryland Decision

The state is taking the first step to challenge a judge's order against the shutdown of the VictoryLand casino in Macon County. The Attorney General's office filed a notice of appeal in the case on Friday. The state will fight a ruling by Circuit Judge William Shashy. The judge ruled earlier this week that the state was wrongly targeting VictoryLand while letting other gambling halls stay open in the state. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep almost two thousand machines and more than quarter million dollars seized in a raid two years ago. VictoryLand has been closed since then.

News
5:07 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Alabama's Reaction to U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Same Sex Marriage, Child Care sickness suits

The United States Supreme Court says same sex marriages are legal nationwide, but marriage licenses aren't going out yet in Tuscaloosa County.

Dozens of activists gathered outside the County Courthouse to celebrate the decision. But inside the courthouse, clerks had no plans to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum says he's following the law...

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4:11 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Equality in Alabama? Same-Sex Marriage Reactions

Same sex marriage advocates outside the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse

Today’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is being both welcomed and criticized in Alabama. The nation’s highest court declared that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and that existing marriages have to be recognized nationwide. Many officials including Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen say they oppose same-sex marriage and are resisting the implementation.

The ruling is being celebrated by couples APR News has been following for months.

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News
12:12 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

First gay marriage licenses issued in Alabama

Some Alabama counties have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

A supervisor in Mobile County's probate court, Russ Davidson, said the court issued its first same-sex marriage license to two women Friday after months of refusing to sell marriage licenses to anyone.

The issuance came within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal across the United States.

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11:44 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama on Supreme Court ACA Ruling, New Call Center in Montgomery

United States Supreme Court Building

The United States Supreme Court upheld a ruling yesterday declaring that tax subsidies for health care from the federal government are constitutional.

In Alabama, that’s good news for more than 130,000 people that purchased insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In most cases, the federal tax breaks on those plans were what made them affordable enough to purchase.

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News
10:57 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley releases statement on gay marriage ruling

Governor Robert Bentley on Friday released a statement on the same- sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Governor’s statement is below.

News
10:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Alabama Attorney General releases statement on gay marriage ruling

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange released a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize Gay Marriage across the country, including Alabama.

“Today the United States Supreme Court overturned centuries of tradition and the will of the citizens of a majority of the States in declaring that Alabama and the rest of the nation must legally recognize same-sex marriage ,” said Attorney General Strange.

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Breaking
9:18 am
Fri June 26, 2015

High court affirms right to same-sex marriage

UPDATE: 

Gay rights groups have called for Alabama, one of 14 states that banned gay marriage, to immediately let couples get married. 

The Human Rights Campaign on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the United States.  

HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said it would be unlawful for the state to deny marriage rights to couples.  

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the decision overturned centuries of marriage tradition.

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News
4:40 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Alabama on SCOTUS's ACA Ruling, Coosa River Fish Survery

The U.S. Supreme Court says federal tax subsidies for health care should stay. That's been perceived as good news for more than one hundred and thirty thousand Alabamians. That's how many people in our state afford insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Ron Pollack is the Executive Director of Families USA, a national advocacy organization for health care consumers. He says today’s Supreme Court decision may encourage Alabama and other states to expand Medicaid…

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Newscast
9:24 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Google Coming to North Alabama, Coosa River Survey

Google data center in Iowa

The TVA’s Widows Creek power plant near Stevenson is shutting down soon, and it’s already found a new tenant.

Google plans to build a $600 million data center at the site with construction beginning next year.

The data center will be Google’s seventh in the U.S. and fourteenth worldwide. They expect to add 75 to 100 high-paying jobs to the north Alabama region once the new data center is operational. The facility is expected to support general Internet traffic as well as the many user services that Google offers.

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