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Alabama-Armed Voters
4:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

AG Says County Commissions Can't Ban Guns At Polls

Attorney General Luther Strange has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.
Credit LutherStrange.com

Alabama's attorney general has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.

The Chambers County Commission sought the advice of Attorney General Luther Strange after some people showed up to vote in the June 3 primary election in Chambers and Shelby counties carrying guns.

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Newscast
5:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Prison Overtime And Traffic Fatalities

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Monday July 7, 2014

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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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Prison Changes
4:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Prison Chief Says Changes Underway At Tutwiler

Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Friday three months of working with the Moss Group is having a positive impact on Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is working with a consulting group to make changes at Alabama's prison for women, including providing more privacy in the bathrooms.

Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Friday three months of working with the Moss Group is having a positive impact on Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka. Shower curtains, toilet partitions and privacy curtains have been installed in part of the prison and the full installation should be complete by Oct. 1.

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Medicaid Enrollment
3:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

State Says Alabama Medicaid Monthly Enrollment Tops 1M

State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.
Credit PBS

State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.

Officials said Thursday that a review of data for the first five months of the year show the milestone happened in February. Officials attribute the increase to a federally required transfer of children from the state's All Kids program and changes in how Medicaid eligibility is determined. Officials say the numbers also reflect the first enrollment of individuals who applied for coverage through the federal health exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Alabama AG-Obama
3:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.
Credit LutherStrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.

Al.com reports that Strange made the comment in a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville. He told the group Tuesday that part of his oath of office compelled him in that pursuit. He described it as a full-time job that's the best job in Alabama politics. Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.

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Prison Changes-Ward
3:45 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Leader Of Alabama Task Force To Testify In DC

State Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster will be in Washington on July 15 to speak to a congressional subcommittee about making changes in prisons.
Credit camward.com

State Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster will be in Washington on July 15 to speak to a congressional subcommittee about making changes in prisons.

Ward is chairman of Alabama's new Prison Reform Task Force. The House Judiciary Committee's crime subcommittee invited him to speak at a hearing on prison reform, and Ward accepted.

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Alabama Plane Crash
3:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

No Distress Calls Made Before Alabama Plane Crash

Federal investigators say no distress calls were made by crew members before their plane crashed shortly after takeoff at Huntsville's airport, killing three people on board.
Credit NTSB

Federal investigators say no distress calls were made by crew members before their plane crashed shortly after takeoff at Huntsville's airport, killing three people on board.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says witnesses saw the 10-seat Westwind II aircraft climb to an estimated 50 to 200 feet, then roll to the right before it crashed June 18.

The NTSB report released Wednesday says the crew was doing training maneuvers, and the purpose was proficiency exams for two pilots.

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Newscast
5:11 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

VA Records And Remembering The Civil Rights Act

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Wednesday July 2, 2014

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Veterans Health-Alabama
3:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Alabama Congresswoman Seeks VA Records

Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery said Wednesday that she wrote to the acting secretary of veterans affairs seeking records of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

An Alabama congresswoman is seeking extensive records from the Veterans Administration about the health care of veterans in central Alabama.

Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery said Wednesday that she wrote to the acting secretary of veterans affairs seeking records of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. Roby says she wants the records because of complaints she has received and because of government investigations that have revealed problems with long waits and medical records altered.

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Mosquito Virus-Alabama
3:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Alabama Has More Possible Mosquito Virus Cases

Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya.
Credit dr_elling / Flickr

Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya (chik-in-GUHN'-yuh).

Dr. Thomas Miller of the Alabama Department of Public Health says the Centers for Disease Control has sent back preliminary positive findings on four Alabama residents. Final results are not complete. Two are from Colbert County and the others are from Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.

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Newscast
5:08 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama's Abortion Law And AEA Dues

5pm Newscast

Tuesday July 1, 2014

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AEA's Future
4:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source

The Alabama Education Association is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The main funding source for one of the largest and best financed organizations in the state, the Alabama Education Association, has ended.

The organization is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities. AEA had a court-approved deadline of Monday to comply with a newly enforced state law on limiting payroll deductions.

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