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Politics & Government
6:36 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton to Visit Birmingham Next Week

Rev. Al Sharpton
Credit Becky Lettenberger/NPR

Birmingham city officials say the Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a trip to Birmingham to help open a local chapter of the organization he heads.

Al.com reports that Sharpton, president of the New York-based National Action Network, will be in town July 30 for the grand opening of the network's local chapter headquarters.

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Politics & Government
6:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

9 Scholarships Awarded from $24.8 Million Raised

Credit alabamaschoolconnection.org

A report by the Alabama Revenue Department shows scholarship granting organizations raised nearly $24.8 million in tax-deductible donations through the Alabama Accountability Act, but granted only nine scholarships in their first semester.

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Science & Health
6:35 am
Wed July 23, 2014

NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Farley Nuclear

Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant, Unit 1
Credit nrc.gov

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a new resident inspector at the Farley Nuclear Plant in southeast Alabama.

Kenneth Miller is taking over the job at the Southern Nuclear Operating plant near Columbia. Miller previously worked as an inspector at TVA's Watts Bar plant in Tennessee.

Each U.S. nuclear plant has at least two resident inspectors, and Miller joins another senior resident inspector at Farley.

Resident inspectors are based in plants to conduct inspections, monitor large projects and provide general government oversight.

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Science & Health
6:31 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Contractor Chosen for Alabama Watershed Management

(FILE PHOTO of Fowl River: Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)
Credit governor.alabama.gov

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has picked a company to develop a management plan for the Fowl River Watershed.

Officials said in a statement Tuesday that Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. has been chosen to develop the Fowl River watershed management plan. The company specializes in architecture, engineering, environmental planning, landscaping and surveying. Officials say the company employs more than 300 people and has offices in Mobile and throughout the Southeast.

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Politics & Government
6:48 am
Tue July 22, 2014

AL.com: Kits to help needy delayed, overpriced

The contents of a SHEP kit that were supposed to have been distributed to homeless and others in the Birmingham and Tuskegee areas by March of 2010, shown here Monday July 14, 2014 (Frank Couch/fcouch@al.com)
Credit AL.com

Thousands of emergency kits purchased with $660,000 in federal money for Alabama-based community health centers sat in storage long after they were supposed to have been distributed to the needy.

And Al.com reports it's still not clear what happened to all the kits more than four years after the kits were supposed to have been helping people.

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Business & Education
6:41 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Alabama State SGA Leaders Asks 2 Trustees to Resign

Credit manifestcollegemag.com

The president of the Alabama State University Student Government Association has sent a letter asking the chairman and vice chairman of the board of trustees to resign.

SGA President Darren Dubose said Monday the SGA Cabinet decided it was time to act when an accrediting agency sent the university a warning letter and noted that Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Marvin Wiggins had relatives with university contracts. Dubose also noted that Moody's Investor Services downgraded the university's bond rating during their tenure.

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Democratic Planners Assessing Birmingham for 2016

Birmingham is trying to land its biggest prize in years: The 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Officials with the Democratic National Committee will arrive in Alabama's largest city Monday for a two-day visit to assess whether Birmingham could host the massive gathering.

The national representatives will meet with area promoters to discuss logistical needs like hotels and arena space. They'll also attend a public party Monday night at a downtown concert venue, and a private event is planned at the city's year-old baseball park.

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Arts & Life
4:43 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

National Parks in Alabama Record Visitor Increase

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Credit nationalparks.org

The National Park Service reports that its parks and other attractions in Alabama saw an increase in visitors in 2013.

The Park Service recorded 749,855 visitors in Alabama in 2013. That was up from 717,724 in 2012. The increase came even though there was a 16-day government shutdown in 2013. The Park Service estimates the visitors had an economic impact of nearly $28 million.

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Science & Health
6:41 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Feds Release Review of Huntsville VA Clinic

Federal inspectors have issued a report on a Huntsville veterans' outpatient clinic saying administrators didn't properly document opioid medication management or document and respond to patients' abnormal test results.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General issued a report Thursday outlining recommendations for improving oversight at the facility. Investigators recommended that clinic officials notify patients of their test results within a defined timeframe, ensure that a pain management policy is implemented and more.

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Business & Education
6:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Wells Fargo Laying Off 468 in Birmingham Area

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Wells Fargo is laying off nearly 500 workers from its mortgage servicing team in the Birmingham area.

Bank officials said in a statement Thursday that 468 mortgage servicing employees in Homewood are being laid off because fewer home loan customers need payment assistance or are facing foreclosure.

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Politics & Government
6:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Alabama's Mobile ID Unit Returning to the Road

The secretary of state's office is getting ready to hit the road again to make free photo IDs for voters who don't have any other type of photo ID to show at the polls.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett says his office's mobile ID unit made 93 stops before the primary election and runoff.

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Politics & Government
6:52 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Officers from Ala, Ga Train on Domestic Extremism

Credit APR

About 400 law enforcement officers from northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia are learning how to deal with domestic extremists.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force are providing the training on Thursday in conjunction with police in the east Alabama city of Oxford.

Federal authorities say the session will teach law officers what to do during encounters with domestic extremists. They say that could include members of militia groups or so-called sovereign citizens.

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Science & Health
6:47 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dothan Agrees to EPA Settlement in Sewage Spills

Dothan has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal officials over sewage overflows and other permit violations.

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Politics & Government
5:15 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Merrill Wins GOP Runoff for Secretary of State

Rep. John Merrill (R-Tuscaloosa)
Credit legislature.state.al.us

State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa has won the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

With 92 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Merrill had 53 percent to 47 percent for former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney.

Merrill also led in the primary June 3.

Merrill advances to the general election Nov. 4 against Mobile retiree Lula Albert-Kaigler.

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Politics & Government
5:08 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gary Palmer Wins in 6th Congressional District

Gary Palmer talks to supporters at a hotel on Tuesday in Birmingham. Palmer came from far behind to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
Credit Associated Press

Conservative policy analyst Gary Palmer came from far behind Tuesday to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th congressional district.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in unofficial returns, Palmer had 47,491 votes or 64 percent to DeMarco’s 27,295 votes or 36 percent. Palmer was comfortably ahead in all six counties in the central Alabama district, which includes Bibb, Shelby, Chilton and Coosa counties as well as portions of Blount and Jefferson counties.

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