Politics & Government
6:53 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Sarah Palin Coming to Alabama

Sarah Palin
Ed Reinke/AP

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is scheduled to be in Alabama next week.

Palin will speak at an event organized by the Baldwin County Republican Party on April 25 at the Wharf in Orange Beach.

The former Alaska governor last visited Baldwin County on May 3, 2011, when she delivered a speech to the Exceptional Foundation.

Palin has pursued a career as a political commentator, public speaker and author since running with John McCain in 2008.

Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student.

Politics & Government
9:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Crowded Field Seeks GOP Nod in 6th District

Rep. Spencer Bachus decided he would not seek re-election

A crowded field of seven candidates is running in the GOP primary for Alabama's 6th Congressional District. The 6th Congressional District is strongly Republican, but political observers say it encompasses a diversity of GOP voices, from a strong business community to active tea party groups. The seat is open after Rep. Spencer Bachus decided not to seek re-election. Gardendale Sen. Scott Beason, Harbert Management Corp. vice president Will Brooke, Homewood Rep.

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Politics & Government
8:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Judge Rules in Favor of Indian Casinos in Alabama

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state which challenged the rights of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to operate three casinos in Alabama.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins ruled Friday that the state has no authority to prohibit the activity on Indian lands.

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Politics & Government
8:37 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Group asks Supreme Court to Consider Ala. Tax Case


Attorneys for a group of poor Alabama schoolchildren and their parents are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to considering scrapping Alabama's property tax system.

The group maintains in a petition filed with the court that Alabama's property tax system is unfair to minority students.

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8:45 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Easter Bunny

Rabbits are cute and make great house pets!
Credit antaean [Flickr]

Live Easter bunnies grow up to become rabbits.  Are you ready for a rabbit as a pet? 


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Politics & Government
3:32 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Alabama enacts tough welfare rules

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has enacted new laws setting stricter requirement for welfare, including requiring applicants to apply for three jobs before getting aid. Gov. Robert Bentley signed four bills Thursday that were passed by legislators at the end of their 2014 session. They were sponsored by Republican Sens. Arthur Orr and Trip Pittman. One of the bills requires applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to submit three job applications before receiving benefits.

Business & Education
3:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

University of Alabama student leaders approve diversity plan

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Student leaders at the University of Alabama have approved a resolution supporting the full integration of the school's fraternities and sororities.

The move came Thursday just seeks after the student government association delayed action on a similar resolution backing an end to segregation in the Greek system in Tuscaloosa.

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.