Arts & Life
4:09 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Signs to point out Muscle Shoals Musical History

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Signs will soon point visitors to The Shoals region toward the musical landmarks that made the area famous. Judy Sizemore, director of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, said there are plans to place at least 10 signs in Muscle Shoals and others throughout the area. The TimesDaily reports that the sites focus on the region's music recording history, including the story of the FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound recording studios. The signs are part of a larger project, The Roots of American Music Trail, and will feature the trail logo and a directional arrow.

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Politics & Government
8:38 am
Sun April 20, 2014

"Ribs and Politics" with Governor Bentley

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — There's no doubt about what Gov. Robert Bentley will be having for lunch on Monday.

Bentley takes his Road to Economic Recovery Tour to Decatur on Monday, and his first stop is a lunch-time visit to Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q .

A spokeswoman for the governor says he will spend the afternoon at Walter Jackson Elementary School kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week and at a business roundtable discussion.

Bentley uses his Road to Economic Recovery tour to talk to residents and business owners about issues important to them.

Arts & Life
7:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Alabama Gymnasts fall to 4th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida are co-champions in NCAA women's gymnastics. The defending champion Gators and first-time winners Oklahoma shared the title with scores of 198.175 in the Super Six on Saturday night. It's the first time the sport has had co-champions. There is no tiebreaker. That left both teams celebrating on the podium. Florida finished with a pair of 9.95s on the floor exercise and Oklahoma also had two on the vault.

Award Entries
7:01 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Best Soft-News Feature "Crimson and Clover" Alabama Public Radio

Fans for the Crimson Tide and Notre Dame work together in Miami's Overtown neigborhood to create an urban garden to row vegetables for families in the low-income community.
APR

There was plenty of crimson, white, blue, and gold throughout Miami during the weekend before the BCS College Football Championship game. That includes the inner city neighborhood of Overtown, where botanical flowers in the team colors of Alabama and Notre Dame were planted in an urban garden built by fans of both schools. “I think someone at Alabama ‘Googled’ black Miami, and I’ve written about black Miami, ” said Dr. Marvin Dunn, head of Roots in The City, which helped coordinate the volunteer community service effort.

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Arts & Life
1:43 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

"On The Road" with Bo Jackson

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson is leading his third annual charity bicycle ride. The "Bo Bikes Bama" event is being held Saturday with Auburn as the starting point. That's where the Alabama native played football and baseball for the Tigers before going on to the NFL and major league baseball. Riders pay to participate and can choose either a 22-mile or 62-mile ride. Both routes go through the Auburn University campus. Celebrity riders including former pro baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., Olympic skier Picabo Street and the NFL's Donald Driver are set to participate.

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Politics & Government
1:36 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

UWA student faces "internet threat" charge

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — University of North Alabama police say a student faces a charge of making a terroristic threat after he turned himself in to authorities. University Police Chief Robert Pastula said 22-year-old Brian Mitchell of Madison is accused of posting a threatening message Tuesday morning on the social media site "Yik Yak." Pastula said Mitchell posted that he was going to "Shoot up UNA." Police say another student spotted the post and brought it to the attention of Pastula, who then placed the university on high alert as a precaution.

Politics & Government
9:38 am
Sat April 19, 2014

"Cha-Ching" -- State lawmakers collect pay raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A narrow majority of Alabama legislators have accepted an automatic pay increase that they were eligible to receive this spring. Sixty-six of the state's 104 sitting representatives accepted the raise, while 38 declined it, according to numbers provided by the clerk of the House of Representatives. Twenty-one of the 35 senators also declined the raise, according to Alabama Senate data. The other 14 senators will receive the pay increase. Legislators get an annual raise in their monthly expense allowance to reflect any increase in the federal consumer price index.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Easter Dangers for Pets

No, No, little kitty - stay away from those tulips!!
Credit kishbee [Flickr]

Easter is another holiday that can be a wonderful occasion for humans, but filled with dangers for our pets.  It's up to us to make sure our best friends are protected from things that can harm them. 

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Arts & Life
7:45 am
Sat April 19, 2014

A peek at Football season--Alabama and Auburn hold scrimmages

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — It's football season in Alabama, at least for a day. Both Auburn and Alabama are holding their A-Day spring scrimmages Saturday. Alabama plays at 1 p.m., followed by Auburn at 2 p.m. Thousands of fans are expected at both Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium. While Auburn is charging $5 for non-students, admission is free at the Alabama scrimmage. In Auburn, tailbacks Corey Grant, Cameron Artis-Payne and redshirt freshman Peyton Barber are hoping to shine.

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Lights and Sirens around Dothan Nuclear Plant (Just an exercise)

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Officials at the Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan are telling people not to get excited if they see a lot of law enforcement and emergency vehicles around the plant next week. It's only a drill. Farley official Cheryl Gayheart says the nuclear power plant will be conducting a hostile action exercise Wednesday afternoon along with federal, state and local emergency officials. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear power plants to conduct the exercises at least once every eight years.

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