Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

AL. House Speaker Hubbard arrested on ethics charges

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been arrested on felony ethics charges. Acting Attorney General Van Davis says a grand jury in Lee County indicted Hubbard on 23 charges accusing him of misusing his office as speaker and his previous office as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Hubbard was processed Monday afternoon at the Lee County Jail.

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Arts & Life
1:36 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "Ever have a $10,000 idea?"

The Alabama Public Radio newsroom continues collaborating on the television show about business called “Alabama, Inc.” Would you pay ten thousand dollars for one good idea? I'll profile the President and C-E-O of Alabama Power and the challenge he put to young people in Birmingham.

“Well, gee Mark. Tell us what can we do to improve Birmingham.’”

That’s not your everyday question. But, Mark Crosswhite had a ten thousand dollar answer. He’s the C-E-O of Alabama power. His audience was the Birmingham youth group called Rotaract…

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8:45 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Adopt a Faithful Friend

Adopt one of my friends and you'll get kisses every day!
Credit Katie@! (Katie Brady) [Flickr]

There are lots of good reasons for adopting a dog, especially during October, which is Adopt-a-Dog Month.  There are also lots of good reasons for supporting Alabama Public Radio - and surprisingly the reasons are very similar.  Either way you get a faithful friend!


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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Down to 6.6 Percent

Credit redsticknow.com

Alabama's unemployment rate has declined to 6.6 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the September rate is an improvement from 6.9 percent in August.

The preliminary numbers show Alabama had about 6,600 fewer unemployed people than in August. But the preliminary figures also show that the number of employed Alabamians declined by about 1,600 and the civilian labor force shrank by nearly 8,200.

Alabama's unemployment rate is higher than the 6.4 percent recorded in September 2013, and it remains above the national unemployment figure of 5.9 percent.

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Politics & Government
12:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Study: Alabama K-12 Cuts Deepest

Credit Vanderbilt University

A national study says Alabama's cuts in spending for K-12 education have been deeper than nearly every other state.

The Washington-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities says spending per pupil dropped 17.8 percent from fiscal 2008 to the current fiscal year. That is second only to Oklahoma. The study said the amount cut per student in Alabama was $1,128 between fiscal 2008 and now. That is $114 per student steeper than any other state.

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Politics & Government
12:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

US Supreme Court to Hear Alabama Case Nov. 12

Credit Alabama Reapportionment Office / State of Alabama

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments Nov. 12 on lawsuits challenging how Alabama's legislative districts are designed.

The suits were brought by the Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference. They are arguing that the Legislature drew districts that packed black voters into overwhelmingly black districts and diminished their influence in other districts. The two groups appealed to the Supreme Court after losing at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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