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.

8:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Dogs Afraid of Thunder

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


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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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Local School Districts may decide fate of "Common Core"

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state senator who has sought to repeal the Common Core school standards says he now wants to give local schools system the ability to opt out of them Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale said Friday that he is working on legislation that would give systems the ability to choose not to use Common Core. The state school board adopted the standards in 2010. Beason say locally elected school boards should be able to decide what is right for their students.

Arts & Life
7:01 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Moon Pies fly at Alabama's Gulf Coast Mardi Gras

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Carnival celebration is in full swing along Alabama's coast this weekend. This coming Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and thousands of people in coastal cities are turning out for the final parades and get-togethers before the end of the season. Nine different parades are planned Saturday in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Float riders will be tossing colorful beads and moon pies from Mobile to Gulf Shores. Sunday marks what's traditionally the largest day for Mardi Gras in Mobile.

Politics & Government
3:13 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Education Budget Approved by the Senate

The Alabama Senate has approved an education budget that would fund a one-time bonus of 1 percent for public school employees and add 250 teachers in middle schools.

The $5.9 billion budget cleared the Senate 21-10 Thursday and now goes to the House.

Gov. Robert Bentley recommended a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for public school employees. Budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman says that's not affordable. Bentley says it is, and he's hopeful it will be restored before the budget reaches his desk.

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Arts & Life
11:30 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Internships at Alabama Public Radio

Student interns at Alabama Public Radio get to work alongside our national award winning news team creating actual news to be broadcast statewide on APR. You'll get to research stories, conduct interviews, write copy, and then hear your work "on the air." This is real life experience that can go on your resume.

Call Alabama Public Radio News Director Pat Duggins at 205-348-5913 for details.

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Science & Health
7:41 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Updated: Future of Wind Power in Alabama at a Defining Moment

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A bill now before the Alabama House would set the state’s first regulations on wind farms.  The plan would mean building large wind mills to generate electricity. The plan to regulate wind power in Alabama passed the Senate last week by a vote of 24-to-6.  Bill sponsor Republican Phil Williams represents Etowah and Cherokee Counties. He says he started looking into wind farms when he learned of two projects planned for his district.

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Politics & Government
7:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

House Passes General Fund Budget

The Associated Press

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a $1.8 billion General Fund that offers no additional money for most state agencies. The House approved the bill by an 80-20 vote Wednesday night. It now moves to the Alabama Senate. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, called the budget the best the state could do in a lean year. Some Democrats took to the House microphones saying it was time for the state to consider new revenue sources, such as legalized gambling.

Business & Education
6:47 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

6 Trustees for UA System Approved by Senate

The Alabama Senate has approved six trustees for the University of Alabama System.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for two new trustees, Harris V. Morrissette of Mobile and John D. Johns of Birmingham. The Senate also voted unanimously to approve new terms for existing trustees Joe Espy of Montgomery, Marietta Urquhart of Mobile, Andria Scott Hurst of Birmingham, and Finis St. John IV of Cullman.

Alabama's board of trustees selects its own members subject to approval by the state Senate. The trustees oversee campuses in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.