Marijuana Derivative
4:38 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bill For Marijuana Derivative Expands Into Study

A bill to allow the treatment of epileptic seizures with a marijuana derivative has turned into a $1 million medical study that will supply the product to Alabama families.
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A bill to allow the treatment of epileptic seizures with a marijuana derivative has turned into a $1 million medical study that will supply the product to Alabama families.

Legislators pushing a bill known as "Carly's Law" announced the change on Tuesday and predicted it will win legislative approval in the next few weeks.

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UPS Crash-Runway
4:26 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Southwest Bans Landings On UPS Crash Runway

Southwest Airlines has barred its pilots from landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.
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Southwest Airlines has barred its pilots from landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.

A spokeswoman for the Texas-based airline, Jenna Williamson, said Tuesday the passenger carrier took that action because pilots were getting cockpit alerts warning they were too close to the ground on approach.

Williamson says Birmingham's Runway 18 is no longer authorized for Southwest landings, but pilots can still use it for takeoffs.

Southwest's decision was first reported by Al.com.

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Common Core
4:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Common Core Sides Spar Over 'Opt Out' Bill

Opposing sides in the Common Core standards debate sparred over an "opt-out" bill in the Senate.
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A state senator says letting local school systems opt out of Common Core would let policy makers compare outcomes between the new and old curriculum standards.

The Senate Education Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the Common Core opt out bill. Schools could revert to the previous standards for math and English.

The latest bill brought out familiar arguments in the long-running Common Core debate.

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Science & Health
12:45 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Space Company Expanding in Huntsville

Alabama’s reputation as one of the leaders in the space industry is continuing to grow.  A private company building vehicles for space travel is expanding its work in Huntsville.  Sierra Nevada Company announced it’s teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and an engineering company.  Mark Sirangelo is Sierra Nevada’s corporate vice president.  He says they’re expanding in Huntsville to tap into the wealth of knowledge there. 

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Marijuana Deriviative
3:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alabama Senate Facing Bill Allowing Marijuana Oil

A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.
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A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.

Republican Sen. Paul Sanford says he will join other advocates to announce the changes Tuesday and he hopes it will improve the bill's chance of passing.

Sanford's bill was on the Senate's work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he expects it to be back on the work agenda on Tuesday.

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Voter ID
3:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alabama Offering Free Photo IDs To Vote

Voters who don't have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at county board of registrars' offices.
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Voters who don't have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at county board of registrars' offices.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says registrars' offices in every county will be offering the free IDs, starting this week.

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Science & Health
12:11 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

UAB Study Finds HIV-Prevention Device Safe for Women

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
whatabouthiv.org

New research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found an HIV prevention method for women is safe.  The early phase one trial tested out new intravaginal rings carrying two anti-HIV drugs.  Women who used the rings for a month found them acceptable and one of the drugs was detected later.  Unfortunately, the other wasn’t.  But Craig Hoesley, a doctor and professor of medicine who oversaw the trial, said the results were encouraging.  He says other HIV prevention methods like condoms are useful. 

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Politics & Government
5:52 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Bloody Sunday Remembered: Rev. William Barber

Reverend William Barber
naacp.org

The City of Selma observed the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday over the weekend. It was on March 7, 1965 when state and local lawmen attacked protesters on the Edmund Pettus bridge.  The demonstrators were marching for voting rights. Four days of events concluded yesterday in Selma that drew civil rights leaders from across the country.  One was the Reverend William Barber.   He's head of North Carolina’s NAACP. Barber says he looks at the event as not only a remembrance but a call to action.  He says there's been progress, but we have a long way to go.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

A Pet's Nose

A dog's nose - so functional, and so unique!
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Large or small, round or pointed, long or short - a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that  the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.

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