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AEA's Future
4:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source

The Alabama Education Association is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The main funding source for one of the largest and best financed organizations in the state, the Alabama Education Association, has ended.

The organization is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities. AEA had a court-approved deadline of Monday to comply with a newly enforced state law on limiting payroll deductions.

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Public Safety Changes
4:04 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Changes At Alabama's Public Safety Department

John Richardson has been named as the Acting Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall has retired after more than 30 years in state law enforcement.

McCall's retirement was effective Monday. A spokeswoman for the governor says he's named John Richardson to fill-in as director until the Department of Public Safety merges into the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in January. Richardson has been serving as assistant director of the law enforcement division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Business & Education
7:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Judge Orders Mediation in Huntsville Desegregation Suit

A federal judge is ordering mediation to resolve a dispute over racial segregation in Huntsville's city schools.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala ordered the talks as the city attempts to draw new district lines for its school zones.

The rezoning has to be approved by a federal judge because of a desegregation lawsuit dating back to 1963, when the federal government sued to end racial segregation in the system.

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Newscast
5:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

EWTN, Contraceptives And Abortion Clinics Close

5pm Newscast

Monday June 30, 2014

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Abortion Regulations
4:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open

A clinic in Huntsville closed Friday because it couldn't meet the requirements. But it is planning to move to a new location and get a new license.
Credit Alabama Women's Center

Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics remain open after complying with a new state law that sets stricter building requirements.

The law was passed by the Legislature last year and it goes into effect Tuesday.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says clinics in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Mobile have worked to comply with the law's requirements for wider halls and doors and improved fire safety measures. A clinic in Huntsville closed Friday because it couldn't meet the requirements. But it is planning to move to a new location and get a new license.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception
4:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Contraceptive Mandate Halted For Ala. Broadcaster

A federal appeals court has temporarily barred the federal government from forcing a Catholic broadcasting network EWTN to comply with a law requiring them to cover contraceptives for women.
Credit Eternal World Television Network / Twitter

A federal appeals court has temporarily barred the federal government from forcing a Catholic broadcasting network in Alabama to comply with a law requiring them to cover contraceptives for women.

Eternal Word Television Network, which has studios in a Birmingham suburb, is appealing a federal judge's order from last week dismissing its lawsuit, which maintained that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional.

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Newscast
7:14 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Voter ID, Alabama's runoff, and Contraception

6am Newscast

Monday June 30, 2014

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Tuscaloosa Airport Upgrade
11:55 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Upgrades Planned At Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport

Tuscaloosa city officials are looking to upgrade the Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport.
Credit City of Tuscaloosa

  Tuscaloosa city officials are looking to upgrade the Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport.

The Tuscaloosa News city council's finance committee voted to use money from a planned bond issue, anticipated savings from the refinancing of two other bonds and money the town of Vance is paying for a tract of land to finance a portion of the planned upgrades.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspected the airport's secondary runway in March and officials said the striping and markings needed to be removed and replaced.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception
5:47 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Ala. Broadcaster Wants Injunction In Health Suit

Eternal Word Television Network is asking for a Supreme Court injunction as it pursues a lawsuit against requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  A Catholic broadcaster is asking for a Supreme Court injunction as it pursues a lawsuit against requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage.

A federal judge dismissed the suit filed by the Eternal Word Television Network on June 18. The network is planning an appeal, but says it needs a Supreme Court injunction before a July 1 deadline for complying with the national health care law.

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State Auditor
5:41 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

2 Mavericks In Alabama Auditor Runoff July 15

The Republican runoff for state auditor is on July 15.
Credit istockphoto

  The Republican runoff for state auditor on July 15 features two of Alabama's best known political mavericks who promise to transform the smallest office in the state Capitol into a center for uncovering wrongdoing.

Mobile attorney Jim Zeigler is known as "Mr. 49 Percent" for losing many close races. He takes on retired Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson, who became an Internet sensation in his 2010 race for agriculture commissioner where he toted a gun and promised to go after the crooks in Montgomery.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Reasons to Adopt a Cat

A handsome feline friend!
Credit Kevin Dooley [Flickr]

Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent.  But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

FEMA Extends Deadine And HIV Testing Day

5pm Newscast

Friday June 27, 2014

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Former Congressman-Mayor's Race
4:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Former Rep. Davis considers Montgomery mayor race

Former U.S Rep. Arthur Davis is considering a move back to his hometown of Montgomery and possibly a run for mayor in 2015.
Credit Artur Davis campaign / Wikimedia Commons

Former U.S Rep. Arthur Davis is considering a move back to his hometown of Montgomery and possibly a run for mayor in 2015.

Davis told al.com that he has been talking to old friends in Montgomery about the city's future and will have something specific to say in July. Davis said local government is the one place where elected officials have a chance to get something done. He said Washington is the place where good ideas go to die.

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Severe Weather Aid
4:37 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

FEMA Extends Deadline For Seeking Aid In Alabama

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline until July 15 for Alabama residents to register for assistance if they were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state in late April.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline until July 15 for Alabama residents to register for assistance if they were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state in late April.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner said Friday the governor requested a two-week extension and FEMA approved it. The deadline for loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration has also been extended to July 15.

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