Tuscaloosa, AL – The fiddle is inextricably linked to the cultural identity of Alabama. Alabama Public Radio's Lance Kinney, host of Alabama Public Radio's Bama Bluegrass, brings us some of the instrument's history in the state.
OUTRO: The preceding report, which originally aired in July 2003, was written by Kathie Farnell and produced by Alabama Public Radio's news department. The report was supported in part by funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Vending machines at public school campuses are being targeted for their unhealthy snacks. The issue is gaining ground across the nation. Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain recently spoke with Regan Jones, a registered dietician and a spokesperson for the Southeast Dairy Association. She says school systems are required to provide healthy meals, but she says they aren't setting a proper example when it comes to snack time.
Birmingham, AL – It's beginning to become routine, but gas prices have reached another all-time high in the state. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is one dollar-82 cents. That's an increase of 40-cents since the first of the year. It's 43-cents higher than a year ago. The national average for regular gas is one dollar-93 cents per gallon. The middle grade fuels are selling for an average of two-dollars-five cents a gallon, and premium gas costs about two-dollars-12 cents.
Anniston, AL – The Anniston Army Depot's chemical weapons incinerator has been given approval to increase the number of rockets destroyed each hour. Site manager Tim Garrett says the U-S Environmental Protection Agency gave the go ahead. He says it will allow workers to increase rocket disposal to a maximum of 25 per hour. That's about 75 percent of the rate demonstrated during trial burns two months ago. Operations had been limited to destroying 16 rockets per hour.
Montgomery, AL – The state Senate approved a 90 million dollar increase in the state tobacco tax Thursday. The bill would add 23 cents per pack to name brands cigarettes that participate in the national tobacco settlement. Taxes would increase to 63 cents a pack for brands that do not participate in the settlement. Those are mostly generic brands. The tobacco tax increases also must go back to the House to work out some differences. The House approved a smaller tax hike last month.