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Arts & Life
6:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Public Memorial Set for Auburn Eagle, Tiger

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A public memorial has been scheduled for next week to honor Tiger, the first golden eagle to fly free inside Auburn University's Jordan-Hare Stadium.

University officials said the memorial would be held Friday at 5 p.m. at Plainsman Park, with speakers including Athletics Director Jay Jacobs and Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The free event will include a video tribute, a flight demonstration and educational program.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Former First Lady of Montgomery Dies at 84

Anita Folmar (center)
Credit TODD VAN EMST via Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery's former first Lady Anita Folmar has died at the age of 84.

Folmar's granddaughter Emily Flowers told local media outlets that Anita Folmar died at her home of natural causes and was surrounded by relatives at the time.

Folmar's husband, Emory Folmar, served as Montomgery Mayor between 1977 and 1999. Emory Folmar died in 2001 at age 81.

Anita Folmar had an art gallery named after her at the Armory Learning Arts Center and partnered with Maxwell Air Force Base to host the Glenn Miller Holiday Concert for more than 30 years.

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Science & Health
6:13 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Bentley Names Drone Task Force

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Gov. Robert Bentley has created a task force to look at the potential uses of drones in agriculture, conservation and law enforcement.

Bentley says the new Alabama Drone Task Force will review the Federal Aviation Administration requirements for the use of drones in Alabama and establish the necessary guidelines.

State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan is chairman of the task force. McMillan says it's time for Alabama to be proactive with ideas that enable the rapidly developing drone technology to be a positive innovation for the long term.

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Business & Education
6:32 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Alabama Superintendent Accepts Contract Raise

Tommy Bice
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama school Superintendent Tommy Bice says he's accepted a two-year contract extension that comes with a $52,000 raise.

Bice told al.com Thursday that the extension will enable him to be bolder in his work with the governor and Legislature.

Bice says he asked for the extension, but not the raise. The board approved it last week. It boosts Bice's annual salary to $250,000.

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Politics & Government
6:28 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Hubbard, Strange Trade Jabs Over Gambling

Luther Strange on left, Joe Hubbard on right
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The Democratic challenger to Attorney General Luther Strange accuses him of being an absentee officeholder more interested in cracking down on bingo than violent crime.

Strange says his opponent, Democrat Joe Hubbard, has a campaign largely financed by gambling interests.

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Bentley, Griffith Make Pitch to Commissioners

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Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and his Democratic opponent, Parker Griffith, faced off Thursday in back-to-back campaign speeches.

Griffith took repeated jabs at Bentley as he addressed county commissioners' annual convention in Orange Beach.

Griffith called Bentley a failed governor who hasn't addressed the state's struggles with education, health care, prisons and unemployment. Griffith said Bentley lets fear of the tea party dictate his policy decisions.

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Science & Health
9:57 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Texas Company Cancels Alabama Wind Farm Project

Credit Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania / stateimpact.npr.org

A Texas company is giving up plans to generate electricity with wind turbines along a ridge in northeastern Alabama.

The Gadsden Times reports that Pioneer Green Energy is abandoning the $2 million project because rules imposed by the Alabama Legislature were too restrictive.

Pioneer Green attorney Charles Stewart says the project has been canceled in Etowah and Cherokee counties.

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Politics & Government
6:14 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Bentley, Griffith Make Pitch to Commissioners

Robert Bentley on left, Parker Griffith on right
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Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, will make dueling campaign speeches in Orange Beach.

Bentley and Griffith are scheduled to address the annual convention of county commissioners Thursday afternoon. Griffith will speak first, followed by Bentley. Organizers say the candidates will not debate and will not be on stage at the same time.

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Business & Education
6:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Teacher Accused of Shooting Re-enactment on Leave

Brantley Elementary School
Credit Sarah Robinson/Selma Times-Journal

Dallas County schools officials say a teacher accused of having sixth grade students re-enact the shooting of an unarmed Missouri man has been put on paid administrative leave.

County schools superintendent Don Willingham told the Selma Times-Journal Wednesday that he's conducted interviews with the teacher, a parent who criticized the lesson in a Facebook post, and the principal of Brantley Elementary School.

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Books
6:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Book Tells Story of Tuscaloosa Tornado

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A new book tells the story of the tornado that pummeled Tuscaloosa during the outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson of Birmingham has written "The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa."

The 240-page book was released Tuesday. It tells the story of the twister that killed more than 50 people in Tuscaloosa and how the University of Alabama football team tried to help the community heal.

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Science & Health
6:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Lab Being Built at Dauphin Island

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The state marine laboratory at Dauphin Island is expanding.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has started work on a new research center for the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Network director Ruth Carmichael says Alabama has historically had a lack of resources to deal with stranded marine animals including whales, dolphins and manatees.

She says the new lab will help researchers answer questions about what causes strandings and deaths of marine mammals on the Alabama coast.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Wed August 20, 2014

North Carolina Protests Spreading to Alabama

Protesters head for the Legislative building from the Halifax Mall as the 11th Moral Monday takes place in Raleigh, N.C. Monday July 15, 2013. More than 100 demonstrators were arrested.
Credit Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer of Raleigh

Organizers of regular protests at the North Carolina Legislature are being joined by NAACP leaders in a half-dozen other states to launch a week of demonstrations.

The North Carolina NAACP says that Friday will be the first of seven days of demonstrations. In North Carolina, a coalition led by the NAACP has protested at the Capitol nearly every week during the past two legislative sessions.

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Business & Education
6:24 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Alabama Goes Against Trend on Unemployment

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Alabama was the only state that had a higher unemployment rate in July than it did a year ago. July marked the second month that has happened.

The bureau says Alabama's rate of 7.0 percent for July compared to 6.5 percent a year earlier. The other 49 states had rates lower than a year ago.

The same thing happened in June. Alabama's rate of 6.8 percent was higher than the 6.5 percent measured a year earlier.

The national unemployment rate has declined over the last year from 7.3 percent to 6.2 percent.

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Dems Pick College Professor for 6th District Run

Mark Lester
Credit bsc.edu

Alabama Democrats have picked a history professor at Birmingham-Southern College to run as the party's candidate in the 6th Congressional District.

Mark Lester will face Republican Gary Palmer in the Nov. 4 general election. The Republican-leaning district is currently represented by retiring U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The party's executive committee named Lester to replace Avery Vise, who dropped out of the race earlier this month.

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Business & Education
9:18 am
Sun August 17, 2014

21 Black Women Among 2,054 Alabama Sorority Recruits

Credit Cary Norton for The New York Times

Annual recruitment has ended for sororities at the University of Alabama with black women making up just 1 percent of new members.

The university released a breakdown of the 2014 sorority pledge class Saturday amid questions over whether the groups accept blacks as new members. Its numbers showed 2,054 women accepted bids to join sororities. Of those, 190 were minorities — including 21 black women.

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