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7:40 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Toyota Plant in Huntsville Hits a Milestone

al.com

State and local officials are set to celebrate a milestone for a north Alabama auto engine plant.

Gov. Robert Bentley, U.S. senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and others plan to commemorate the production of the 3-millionth engine at Toyota Motor Manufacturing's plant in Huntsville.

The plant produced a record 540,000 engines last year and is the only Toyota plant globally to build four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines.

The celebration comes on the heels of an announcement Monday that firearms manufacturer Remington Outdoor Co. plans to expand to Huntsville.

Business & Education
6:57 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Saban Wants Mercedes Dealership; Plans on Hold for Now

APR

Nick Saban confirms he and a partner are working to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Birmingham area.  Al.com reports the Alabama football coach said a statement Monday he's "honored to join the Mercedes family" and "extremely excited" about the business venture planned for Irondale.

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Science & Health
6:44 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Alabama Researcher Observes Black Hole Destroying a Star

An illustration of a tidal disruption event. As the star approaches the black hole, it gets torn apart by the gravitational forces and accretes around the black hole. Image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
astrobites.org

A University of Alabama researcher and his team believe they’ve been able to observe a black hole destroying a star in a galaxy far, far away.   Peter Maksym led the study of data from NASA’s Chandra telescope that observed a large x-ray flare. 

Peter Maksym: “You have this tiny little galaxy that appears to have had a really huge x-ray flare.  This is really solid evidence that it’s got a massive black hole of some sort.”

Maksym says the flare was probably created when a star got too close to the black hole and was destroyed. 

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2:53 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

2014 Kitchens of Consequence Tour

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Politics & Government
8:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs?

Volkswagen workers assembling Golf 6 cars
npr.org

Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote.

Workers rejected the United Auto Workers in a close vote, so attention turns now to whether the GOP can fulfill its promises that keeping the union out means more jobs will come rolling in.

Business & Education
8:18 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Gun Maker Opening Plant in Huntsville

valmontfirearms.co.uk

A plan by Remington Outdoor Co. to open a plant in Huntsville that could employ thousands of workers has won the support of Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions. In a statement Sunday, Sessions said his office warmly welcomes the firearms manufacturer, and looks forward to the company's long-term success in the area. The company also makes ammunition and accessories. Sessions says the company's decision to open a plant in Huntsville "is great news and a further testament to the world class workforce" in the city. Although Remington officials haven't officially announced the deal, Gov.

Arts & Life
10:11 am
Sun February 16, 2014

"Monuments Men" Resonates with Former Legislator

Pete Turnham
auburnalabama.org

For former state Rep. Pete Turnham of Auburn, "The Monuments Men" is not a Hollywood movie about World War II. It's part of his life.

The 93-year-old businessman spent the summer and fall of 1945 guarding a Bavarian castle where the Nazis hid thousands of artworks seized during the war. Turnham was the company commander for 200 troops who guarded Neuschwanstein Castle to make sure none of the art was stolen or destroyed while experts worked on returning it to the rightful owners.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 15, 2014

And the Winner Is...

A handsome Labrador Retriever, ready to play!
Credit saly9258 [Flickr]

It may be a Wire Fox Terrier that won the hearts of the judges at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week, but it's the Labrador Retriever that has won the hearts of people all across the country.

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Arts & Life
8:31 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Bo Jackson's Annual Bike for Charity Event Continues

Bo Jackson
bobikesbama.com

Bo Jackson is beginning his third annual charity bike ride from a city he knows well: Auburn.

Organizers say this year's "Bo Bikes Bama" trek will begin on the Auburn University campus on April 19, the same day as the Tigers' A-Day spring football game.

Participants can ride for either 22 or 62 miles, and money from registration fees and other fundraising goes to support the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.

The Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn started the bicycle rides after the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Arts & Life
8:24 am
Sat February 15, 2014

"Alabama Voices" Exhibit Opens in Montgomery

Alabama Archives Building
archives.alabama.gov

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is opening a major new exhibit in Montgomery.

A ribbon cutting is being held Saturday on the lawn of the Archives building for a new centerpiece exhibition called "Alabama Voices." Gov. Robert Bentley and first lady Dianne Bentley will attend.

The department says the exhibit is the result of a decade of research, planning and fundraising. It covers the sweep of Alabama history from the early 1700s until today.

Arts & Life
6:57 am
Fri February 14, 2014

National Guard Unit Coming Home

commons.wikimedia.org

Valentine's Day will be special for members of an Alabama National Guard unit that's coming home from Afghanistan.

About 190 members of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are returning home to Mobile on Friday morning. The troops will be welcomed by family members and friends at an armory in the port city.

The group deployed in April 2013, traveling first to Fort Hood in Texas for training. Then they moved overseas to Afghanistan.

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Alabama Policy on Same-Sex Marriage

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

A gay man whose husband was killed in a car accident is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Alabama laws that prohibit the recognition of his marriage, which was legally performed in Massachusetts.

The lawsuit in Montgomery federal court seeks to overturn Alabama's bans on the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

Plaintiff Paul Hard and David Fancher, both of Montgomery, were married in 2011. Three months later, Fancher was killed in a car accident.

Politics & Government
4:52 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Ala. House Wants Changes to US Constitution

Rep. Ken Johnson (R)
legislature.state.al.us

The Alabama House is calling on Congress to convene a state-led convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to impose limits on the federal government.

A resolution sponsored by Republican Rep. Ken Johnson of Moulton cleared the Alabama House on Thursday and now goes to the Senate. It proposes a convention under Article V of the Constitution. It would be limited to imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and implementing term limits on federal elected officials.

Politics & Government
4:48 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Democrat Leflore to Challenge Byrne

blog.al.com

Alabama's newest congressman, Rep. Bradley Byrne, will have opposition after all in his first re-election bid.

Democrat Burton LeFlore is seeking a rematch after losing to Byrne, a Republican, in the December special election to represent Alabama's 1st Congressional District.

LeFlore's name was left off the initial candidate list distributed by the Alabama Democratic Party when qualifying ended last week.

The winner of the Republican primary for Alabama's 6th Congressional District will also face opposition from a Democrat.

Christmas-Hanukkah
4:25 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill Says Schools Can Teach Christmas, Hanukkah

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that the sponsor says will keep education about Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools.
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The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that the sponsor says will keep education about Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools.

The Senate voted 22-7 Thursday for the bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa. His bill now goes to the House for consideration.

Allen's bill allows schools to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allows student and staff to exchange traditional greetings.

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