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5:24 am
Wed February 25, 2015

School Delays for Thursday

The Alabama Public Radio newsroom has compiled this list of school closures. Again, for the most up-to-date information, call the front office of your child's school, or check their website. Pat D.

Alabama A&M University - Open at 12 noon

Albertville City Schools - Closed.

Arab city schools: Closed

Athens City Schools - 3 hour delay

Boaz City Schools - Closed.

Calhoun Community College - Open at 11

Cherokee County Schools - Closed.

Colbert County Schools - 2 hour delay

Cullman City Schools - 3 hour delay

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Arts & Life
5:52 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Tuscaloosa and its Gay Community celebrate Mardi Gras

"King Neptune" at Tuscaloosa's Bal Masque
APR

Mardi Gras is here. The festival along the gulf coast is a time for parades and costumes and party goers catching plastic beads and doubloons. This year’s celebration in Alabama follows a Valentine’s Day like no other. Same sex couples got married and that includes two in Tuscaloosa. This follows a federal court hearing in Mobile that resulted in an order that prompted county probate judges to start issuing marriage licenses. This change, combined with Mardi Gras, is giving Tuscaloosa’s gay community a unique chance to interact with their neighbors in conservative Alabama.

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Newscast
8:55 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Alabama charter schools, high hunger & poverty rates, and Gadsden tax workshop

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

Alabama Republican lawmakers are getting ready for a major push for the establishment of charter schools.

A charter school bill will be a top priority for the GOP when the legislative session kicks off next week.

Charter schools are publicly funded schools that operate outside the rules and regulations of regular public schools.

The bill, if passed, would allow up to 10 new charter schools to be established in Alabama each year. It would also allow school systems to convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status.

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News
4:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Wintry Weather, Gadsden Tax Workshop, Gardendale City Schools

Credit Cal Tech

Freezing precipitation is causing more travel problems and delays in north Alabama.

Icy spots forced officials to close a number of roads in the Tennessee Valley early Monday. That includes Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.

Huntsville police removed barricades from the Parkway as temperatures warmed and conditions improved.

But more than two dozen school systems across the region delayed opening because of the threat of slippery roads, and at least two systems closed for the day.

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Newscast
8:28 am
Mon February 23, 2015

New state GOP chair, Gardendale school separation and AEA executive fired

Terry Lathan, newly elected Alabama GOP chair

The Alabama Republican Party has a new leader. Voters elected Terry Lathan of Mobile as chairwoman of the state party.

Lathan is a former schoolteacher and has worked 35 years in various leadership positions in the Mobile County GOP and the state executive committee. She defeated former state representative Mary Sue McClurkin.

Lathan is entering the leadership role with Alabama's Republican party at a historical high point. The GOP holds every statewide office, supermajorities in the legislature and controls the state appeals courts.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Dental Health for Pets

Check out my pearly white teeth!
Credit Helena Jacoba [Flickr]

Pet breath may never smell particularly fresh to us humans, but it should not be really odorous.  But good dental health for pets is about more than the smell; it's about making sure your best friend is healthy from nose to tail.

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News
4:36 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

SPLC Responds to Lawsuit, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Weather Tax Holiday

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     A company financially backed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama is on the hook for nearly all of a 14 million dollar lawsuit. Five Indian guest workers have been awarded the money for damages by a federal grand jury.  The workers were defrauded and exploited in a labor trafficking scheme by the gulf coast marine services company Signal, an immigration lawyer and an Indian Labor Recruiter.

     Richard Cohen is the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center who filed the suit. He says R-S-A head David Bronner should have done his homework…

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Newscast
9:33 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bentley talks taxes, UA Science Olympiad and weather sales tax holiday

Governor Robert Bentley at Pike Co. Lockheed Martin.

Governor Robert Bentley will ask lawmakers to approve a $700 million tax and revenue package in the upcoming legislative session.

Bentley said Thursday he wasn't going to sugarcoat the state's budget situation. He said Alabama needs additional revenue to maintain services. Bentley also joked that it must be true if a Deep South Republican says raising taxes is the only option.

Bentley is expected to discuss the specifics of those new tax proposals in his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session, March 3.

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News
4:39 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Signal International Lawsuit, Lockheed Martin to bring jobs, Tech Futurist

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          A company financially backed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama is on the hook for nearly all of a 14 million dollar lawsuit. Five Indian guest workers have been awarded the money for damages by a federal grand jury.  The workers were defrauded and exploited in a labor trafficking scheme by a gulf coast marine services company, an immigration lawyer and an Indian Labor Recruiter.          

The company Signal International, which the RSA has an almost $200 million dollar investment in is responsible for $12.2 million of the settlement.

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Newscast
9:26 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Ready Alabama delay, Michalski on education and Gulf red snapper season

Jerry Michalski, founder of the Relationship Economy Expedition

Alabama is delaying its planned severe weather preparedness day because of the very real severe weather much of the state is experiencing.

Tomorrow was supposed to be "Ready Alabama Preparedness Day." Events would have included thousands of schoolchildren gathering in downtown Birmingham for weather education sessions. But the state says it's delaying the event out of caution and concern for the safety of both students and the first responders who would be teaching the sessions.

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Arts & Life
6:28 am
Thu February 19, 2015

School Closings for Thursday's WX...

The Alabama Public Radio newsroom compiled this list of school delays and closings due to Thursday's cold weather. For the most up to date information, be sure to call the front office of your child's school or check their website. Pat D

A LIGHT IN THE CITY DAYCARE: Delayed opening until 10 a.m.

Adventure Nook Preschool Inverness: OPENING AT 10AM

ALABAMA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS: DELAYED 2 HOURS

ALABASTER CITY SCHOOLS: DELAYED 2 HOURS ANGELS

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IRONDALE: Delayed opening until 10 a.m.

ANNISTON CITY SCHOOLS: DELAYED 2 HOURS

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News
4:40 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Counties still refusing to grant same-sex marriage licenses, Sprouts Grocery store

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      It’s been over a week since same-sex couples gained the right to legally marry in Alabama, but some counties are still refusing to issue them marriage licenses.

      Even after a U.S. Federal Judge forced the probate judge in Mobile County to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses late last week, not everyone’s playing along.

      As of this morning, at least seven of Alabama's 67 counties are still refusing to give marriage licenses to gay couples while giving them to heterosexual ones. 

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8:22 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Execution stay granted, same-sex marriage update and Sprouts grocery opening

U.S. District Court Judge William Keith Watkins

The execution of an Alabama death row inmate has been put on hold.

U.S. District Judge William Keith Watkins granted the emergency stay to Tommy Arthur. The convicted killer is challenging the state’s new execution drug combination on the grounds that it’s cruel and unusual punishment. The cocktail uses the same chemicals used in botched executions in other states.

Project Hope executive director Esther Brown says this form of capital punishment is not that different from policies of the past.

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Interview
6:27 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Interview: Jerry Michalski on the Relationship Economy

Jerry Michalski

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information is hosting a series of speakers to start a strategic planning process for the future of the University.

The first of those speakers, Jerry Michalski, joined us for an interview. He’s a technology expert and the founder of REX, the Relationship Economy Expedition. He’s advised several large companies, tech startups and nonprofits about how to take advantage of the rapidly increasing connectivity in today’s world.

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News
4:38 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Arthur Execution Stayed, Same Sex Marriage update, Mardi Gras

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      A federal judge has stayed the execution of an Alabama inmate who was scheduled to put to death Thursday.  U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins on Tuesday granted an emergency stay for Tommy Arthur. The death row inmate is challenging Alabama's new execution drug combination as potentially cruel and unusual punishment. That’s because it uses the same chemicals used in botched executions in other states.

      Esther Brown is the executive director of Project Hope. She says supports an end to the death penalty…

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