Arts & Life
5:41 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Adapted Athletics in Alabama Part 3: The Road to Rio

Despite national championship victories for both the men’s and women’s teams, wheelchair basketball doesn’t attract the same crowds as Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football team. However, a recent men’s match in Tuscaloosa between Alabama and the Orlando Magic team from Florida did have people in the stands. That includes Javalla Hardy of Tuscaloosa and her family.

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Adapted Athletics in Alabama Part 2: Round 2
2:44 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Adapted Athletics in Alabama Part 2: Round 2

Karolina Lingyte and Cindy Ouellet with Deontay Wilder
Pat Duggins

This week, two unique sports teams from the University of Alabama are vying for a national championship. They’re the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams, better known as the Rolling Tide. The university has a number of sports for disabled athletes and between games, these players have to stay in shape.  That’s leading to a partnership between wheelchair athletes and a man known in the world of boxing as “The Bronze Bomber.”

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The Rolling tide
2:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Adapted Athletics in Alabama Part 1: The Rolling Tide

Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball National Championship Trophy 2013
Credit Pat Duggins

The University of Alabama is known for its championship athletic teams. Football, gymnastics, softball and so on; but there is another group of athletes on campus who are also champions, although they do not draw crowds like Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football team. They are the Rolling Tide and they are part of the University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program.

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Arts & Life
6:13 am
Tue March 4, 2014

"Davy Crockett" Heading Back to the Alamo

Al Bouler's portrayal of Davy Crockett
Old Alabama Town

An Alabama man will be portraying one of America’s most famous historic figures this week.  Al Bouler is an actor at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. He specializes in playing frontiersman Davy Crockett. He'll be taking part in the San Antonio Living History Association's celebration to commemorate the famous battle of the Alamo.  Bouler says the man who used to play Crockett is retiring and was an admirer of his work as the frontier hero.  Bouler says thanks to that recommendation, he got the job playing Crockett.

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Politics & Government
8:40 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

House Passes Slate of Abortion Measures

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—Approved a bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Goes to Senate. (see below for more)

—Approved a bill to require women seeking an abortion because of lethal fetal anomalies to be advised about the availability of perinatal hospice services. Goes to Senate.

— Approved a bill to extend the waiting period before abortions from 24 to 48 hours. Goes to Senate. (see below for more)

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Politics & Government
8:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Lawmaker Wants Tax Holiday for Guns

Rep. Becky Nordgren (R)
legislature.state.al.us

An Alabama lawmaker is looking to create a sales tax holiday for consumers buying guns and ammunition.

Republican Rep. Becky Nordgren of Gadsden said Monday that she has filed legislation to create an annual state sales tax holiday for gun and ammunition purchases. The firearms tax holiday would occur every weekend prior to the Fourth of July.

Alabama currently has tax holidays for back-to-school shopping and severe weather preparedness.

Arts & Life
7:46 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Phone scam targets Alabama College Students

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The police chief at Alabama State University is warning of a scam targeting students. Police Chief James Graboys says it starts with a contact on Instagram. The scammer offers a chance to make extra money. Then the scammer gets the person to buy a cell phone in their name in exchange for some cash. The police chief says there is nothing illegal about buying a phone for someone else, but the scammer can use the phone to access the person's account and identifying information. That could lead to someone misusing the person's identity.

Elizabeth first came to WRKF as a host and board operator in 2002. Since then she has worked extensively in radio in Baton Rouge before heading south of the border to Mexico for two and a half years. She's thrilled to be home in Louisiana and back at WRKF. In her spare time she enjoys music, dancing, and talking to strangers.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Dogs Afraid of Thunder

Spanky is calm in his Thundershirt!
Credit DiamondBonz [Flickr]

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Does your pet become anxious in response to loud noises (like thunderstorms)?  Most animal experts recommend not cuddling and hugging an anxious pet lest you reinforce the negative response.  So what's a caring pet owner supposed to do with a cowering, trembling furry friend who is obviously afraid of the noise?

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