Holiday Traffic Fatals
4:12 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

10 Die In Holiday Weekend Wrecks In Alabama

Alabama state troopers investigated 10 traffic fatalities during the long Fourth of July weekend.
Credit Press-Register/Mike Kittrell

Alabama state troopers investigated 10 traffic fatalities during the long Fourth of July weekend.

The troopers report that three of the fatalities were in Lowndes County. There was one fatality each in St. Clair, Coffee, Mobile, Perry, Walker, Monroe and Tuscaloosa counties. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian and four people were killed on motorcycles.

The long weekend began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ended at midnight Sunday. The troopers report they investigated 237 wrecks during that period, and the wrecks involved 123 injuries.

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Bentley-Executive Order
4:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bentley Recognizes Ala. Honor Guard Team Members

Governor Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Honor Guard Ribbon Monday afternoon and presented honor guard members with the awards at the state Capitol.
Credit The Governor's Office

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has presented honors to members of the state's National Guard who perform military services during funerals for fallen veterans.

Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Honor Guard Ribbon Monday afternoon and presented honor guard members with the awards at the state Capitol.

The honor guard members are responsible for performing military ceremonies during funerals for eligible veterans. The ceremonies usually include the folding and presentation of an American flag to the veterans' next of kin, and the playing of Taps.

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Prison Overtime
4:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ala. Prisons Use $20.8 In OT To Supplement Staff

Employees of Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Jefferson County, received about $2.9 million in overtime pay.
Credit Alabama Department of Corrections

Alabama's prison system paid $20.8 million in overtime last year, with 14 percent going to one prison.

Al.com reports that employees of Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Jefferson County, received about $2.9 million in overtime pay. That averages about $8,873 per employee.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristi Gates says the prison system uses overtime to supplement chronic staffing shortages. Gates says Donaldson prison has 8.4 inmates for every one officer. The overtime pay reduces the ratio to 6.9.

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Newscast
6:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Runoff election, Expunged criminal records, and Jack Daniels' whiskey

6am Newscast

Monday July 7, 2014

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Politics & Government
4:04 am
Mon July 7, 2014

DeMarco, Palmer Square off in 6th District Runoff

Paul DeMarco
legislature.state.al.us

The two Republicans competing in Alabama's 6th District congressional race say the projected low turnout gives the race an air of uncertainty.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and think-tank founder Gary Palmer meet in the July 15 GOP runoff. They are vying to replace retiring Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Both candidates are pointing to their experience — DeMarco as a legislator and Palmer with his policy work.

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Politics & Government
4:02 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dunn, Beeker face off in PSC runoff July 15

Terry Dunn
terrydunnpsc.com

Former Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Beeker is challenging incumbent Terry Dunn for a seat on the Public Service Commission.

Dunn said he is running on his record of trying to protect consumers.

Dunn unsuccessfully sought formal hearings on the rates charged by state utilities including Alabama Power. Dunn said he believes the electric giant has been allowed too high of a profit margin and has too much influence with the state regulatory board.

Beeker disagrees with Dunn's push for formal hearings.

Business & Education
8:27 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Gov. Bentley to visit Alabama Jack Daniels plant

TRINITY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit a plant where workers will build oak barrels that will hold Jack Daniel's Whiskey. Bentley is expected to visit the grand opening of Jack Daniel's Cooperage in Trinity on Monday morning. In a release, Bentley says the plant will employ about 200 people and the barrels are used to hold the whiskey while it matures. Trinity is about seven miles west of Decatur.

Arts & Life
10:37 am
Sun July 6, 2014

UGA Shines spotlight on Alabama artist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia's art museum plans to exhibit the works of a little-known artist from Alabama. The exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art at UGA is titled "The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk" and is set to run from July 19 through Oct. 12. Kirk was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and lived most of her life there. She produced very detailed depictions of the countryside for about 10 years in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition will feature about 30 of her works, including watercolors, etched plates and drawings as well as printed etchings.

Arts & Life
2:58 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Crimson Tide Football player arrested

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police say University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake was arrested after he entered a crime scene. Tuscaloosa County jail records show Drake was arrested Saturday and was being held on $1,000 bond on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations. Tuscaloosa police spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley says Drake's vehicle was parked in a crime scene where a shooting had taken place just before 1 a.m. Blankley says Drake became upset when officers told him he couldn't enter the area and went through crime scene tape to get to his vehicle.

Arts & Life
2:54 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Rare Summertime "cold" front

APR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A cold front pushed temperatures across Alabama well below normal Saturday morning.

Al.com reports that the National Weather Service recorded record lows across the state: Montgomery tied a record from 1882 with 64 degrees; Huntsville's 57 degrees tied a record from 1915; 64 degrees in Mobile broke a 1924 record; Birmingham set a record with 58 degrees; and Tuscaloosa set a record with 60 degrees.

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