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5:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Paper: Email Alerted VA Leader of Schedule Concern

A newspaper reports that emails it obtained show the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System learned of concerns about patient scheduling issues in April 2013 -- more than eight months before action was taken.

Director James Talton tells The Montgomery Advertiser that he was unable to take action on any "ambiguous statements" staff members emailed him about scheduling problems.

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Business & Education
5:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Complaints Lead to New Student Enrollment Forms

Tommy Bice
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama's school superintendent is telling all Alabama public school systems to start using a new student enrollment process that makes clear a Social Security number or birth certificate is not necessary for enrollment.

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Politics & Government
5:26 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Governor Bentley Headed to Air Show in England

Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is headed to London to attend the Farnborough Air Show.

Bentley says he will leave Saturday and will spend Sunday, Monday and Tuesday meeting with executives of aerospace companies.

Bentley says he hopes to wrap up two industrial projects for Alabama and make announcements while he's at the air show.

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Politics & Government
5:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Alabama Man Charged with Threatening the President

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An Ozark man is in jail on a charge of threatening the president.

The Secret Service brought charges against Deryke Matthew Pfeifer on July 3. He's accused of making phone calls to the Federal Protective Service and using Facebook to threaten the president. Court papers say Pfeifer posted one threatening video holding a Glock pistol, and a Glock was later found at his residence.

Secret Service agent Marcus Shumack filed an affidavit saying that Pfeiffer told him in an interview that God was going to destroy the president and everything around him.

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Politics & Government
6:22 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday is Deadline for Absentee Voting for Runoff

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Thursday is the last day to request an absentee ballot for Alabama's runoff election on Tuesday.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says many registered voters will be away on summer vacations next week, and they can request absentee ballots before leaving town.

Absentee ballot information can be obtained from a state website alabamavotes.gov

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Business & Education
6:17 am
Thu July 10, 2014

ASU Committee Discusses Financing, Accreditation

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Alabama State University officials have outlined initial steps they plan to take to recover from a credit downgrade and are looking for more information on specific things the school needs to do to respond to warning from an academic accreditation agency.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon. Chairman Elton Dean says he's assembled a group tasked with having weekly conference calls to discuss what the school needs to do to recover from its third credit downgrade by Moody's Investors Service within a roughly nine month period.

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Newscast
5:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Mobile's Online Curriculum And A New Labor Commissioner

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Wednesday July 9, 2014

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New Labor Commisoner
4:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Gov. Bentley Names New Labor Commisioner

Fitzgerald Washington has been appointed to be the next Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner.
Credit Shelton State Community College

Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Fitzgerald Washington to be the next Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor.

Washington has spent the last 15 years working for The Buffalo Rock Company. While there he served as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002.

Governor Bentley also appointed Washington to the Alabama Workforce Council. Washington replaces Tom Surtees who stepped down as labor commissioner late last month.

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Science & Health
6:25 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Alabama's Black Bear Population Growing

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Alabama conservation officials say black bear sightings make it clear that the bears are increasing in number and expanding their range.

Keith Gauldin of the conservation department's wildlife division says black bears have been sighted recently in Butler and Choctaw counties in south Alabama. Sightings have occurred in recent years in Jefferson, Lee, Chambers and Macon counties.

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Business & Education
6:22 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Officials Propose Penalties in Alabama Worker Deaths

Two construction workers were killed when the lift equipment they were using fell about 90 feet from a bridge in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo: WSFA 12 News)
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Federal labor officials have issued safety violations to a construction company after two men working on a Montgomery freeway overpass fell to their deaths.

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. in Bessemer didn't provide workers near the edge of the bridge with required protection from fall hazards. Two workers fell about 90 feet from the overpass in January.

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Newscast
5:06 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Guns, Voting, And Shrinking Populations

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Tuesday July 8, 2014

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Alabama-Armed Voters
4:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

AG Says County Commissions Can't Ban Guns At Polls

Attorney General Luther Strange has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.
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Alabama's attorney general has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.

The Chambers County Commission sought the advice of Attorney General Luther Strange after some people showed up to vote in the June 3 primary election in Chambers and Shelby counties carrying guns.

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