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Huntsville Officers Honored
4:51 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Two Huntsville Police Officers Honored for Courage

Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor

The Alabama Legislature is honoring two Huntsville police officers for extraordinary courage in the line of duty.

 Lawmakers bestowed the annual Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement to officers Jason Moore and Reynard Robinson on Thursday.

   A domestic-violence suspect opened fire on the two officers with a shotgun and rifle last year. Moore was shot in the face, neck, and shoulder and still has dozens of birdshot pellets in his face and body. He stayed on the scene despite his injuries.

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German Engineer Dies
5:42 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Last Known Member of German Engineering Team Dies

Oscar Carl Holderer
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The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon has died.

   Oscar Carl Holderer died Tuesday at age 95 in Huntsville. His son Michael Holderer says his father suffered a stroke last week and didn't recover.

   The German-born Holderer came to the United States in 1945 with a group of rocket engineers led by Wernher von Braun.

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Justice Moore on Same Sex Marriage
1:55 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Speaks Out on Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore
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   Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's concerned that the recognition of same-sex marriages will lead to the recognition of marriages with multiple partners or marriages within a family.

      Moore spoke out  after sending a letter to the governor saying a ruling by a federal judge in favor of a same-sex couple in Mobile is not binding on Alabama's probate judges. He says he's encouraged by the Alabama Probate Judges Association advising probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Hubbard Case
5:43 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Hubbard Lawyers Seek More Prosecutor Calls

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators or members of the executive branch about the case.

Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion today asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.

Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.

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SBA Disaster Loans
6:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

SBA Disaster Loan Deadlines

       

Deadlines for two types of U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans are coming up in several Alabama counties.

      Officials say small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations in several south Alabama counties have until February 6th to submit disaster loan applications for severe weather between April 28th and May 6th. The counties are:

Baldwin, Covington, Escambia, Geneva and Houston.

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Bentley and Strange
5:47 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Bentley to Strange, "State Has Limited Resources to Fight Gambling."

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and State Attorney General Luther Strange
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Governor Robert Bentley is telling Attorney General Luther Strange that the state has limited resources to fight gambling.   The governor, in a January 13th letter to Strange, says the primary duty rests with local law enforcement.

The governor says he was responding to a memo that Strange sent district attorneys and local law enforcement officials suggesting that state police would be a "valuable resource" to them in trying to shut down gambling operations.  Strange said he expected them to enforce gambling laws.

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Razor Policy
5:57 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Razor Policy in Alabama Prisons

Prison toiletries
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Alabama prisons are changing the way razors are distributed.

The change comes from an agreement with lawyers for inmates suing the state over medical care.  Attorneys had accused the state of giving razor blades to inmates who were known to be suicidal or mentally ill, leading to repeated suicide attempts.

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Selma Exhibt
5:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

New-York Historical Society Museum Features Selma Exhibit

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First came the movie; now the exhibition.

"Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March" is opening at the New-York Historical Society on Friday.   It follows the pivotal Civil Rights march through the photographs of Stephen Somerstein.

Somerstein was a 24-year-old picture editor at his college newspaper in New York. He went to Alabama in January 1965 to document the five-day, 54-mile march. Somerstein took over 400 photographs. Those in the exhibition include images of marchers being cheered by black people and jeered by whites.

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Hubbard Still Speaker
5:46 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hubbard Re-Elected as Alabama House Speaker

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

The Alabama House has re-elected indicted Representative Mike Hubbard as speaker.   The newly-elected Alabama Legislature convened Tuesday in Montgomery for its organizational session.

House majority leader Micky Hammon nominated Hubbard for a second four-year term as speaker.   Hubbard was unopposed in his effort to maintain the leadership.  Hammon called Hubbard a man of integrity and honesty.

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New Jobs
5:47 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley Announces New Jobs

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Polaris Industries is planning a manufacturing plant that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama.  Governor Robert Bentley and other leaders announced the factory during an event in Huntsville on Friday.

The 600,000-square-foot plant will construct off-road vehicles in Limestone County west of Huntsville. Production is slated for 2016.The project adds a new twist to Alabama's growing vehicle industry, which mainly involves automobiles.  

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Hubbard Case
5:52 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Prosecutors in Hubbard Case Fire Back

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 Prosecutors say indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is making unfounded accusations about investigation leaks in an attempt to distract the public from the criminal charges against him.    In a Monday court filing, prosecutors fired back at misconduct claims by defense lawyers. Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart says no confidential information was disclosed when he had an off-the-record conversation about the case with a radio talk show host.

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State Vs Greenetrack Inc.
5:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

State Tries to Keep Seized Greenetrack Money and Machines

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The Alabama Supreme Court is reviving the state's attempt to keep about $94,000 in cash and hundreds of alleged gambling machines seized from a west Alabama gaming center.

The court on Friday overturned a judge's decision dismissing the state's attempt to confiscate $93,917 and 376 machines from Greenetrack Inc.

State agents seized the money and machines during a raid at Greenetrack on June 1, 2011, and operators went to court trying to get the items returned.

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UAB No Confidence
6:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

UAB Faculty Draft "No Confidence" Resolution On Watts

UAB Blazers' Logo
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 Faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have drafted a no-confidence resolution against the president following his decision to kill the school's football program.    A document released Thursday accuses UAB President Ray Watts of failing to share governance of the university with faculty members.    The resolution sites a series of moves including the recent decision to disband athletic programs at UAB.    The Faculty Senate is scheduled to vote on the document during a special meeting on Jan. 15.

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Alabama Ballot Access Law Upheld
5:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alabama's Ballot Access Law Upheld

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 A federal appeals court has upheld Alabama's ballot access law that was challenged by third-party presidential candidates trying to get their names before voters in 2012.    The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the decision of a trial court dismissing the lawsuit.    Alabama requires third-party candidates to collect signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election in order to be listed on the ballot with their party affiliation.

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Troy University Donoation
5:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Troy University Receives Large Donation

Troy University Seal
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Troy University's new School of Science and Technology just received a one million dollar donation.

   Troy officials say the donation will fund an eminent scholar faculty position beginning in the spring. The money comes from Former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett.   Everett says he's been interested in science and technology since he served in the Air Force and he believes supporting science and technology is vital.

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