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Politics & Government
4:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama County GOP Chair Resigns After Pot Arrest

State Republican Party officials say the chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.

State GOP chairman Bill Armistead tells the Gadsden Times that 52-year-old John Lloyd Ellis was arrested after police found marijuana on his property. Armistead says Ellis has resigned and the GOP has no further comment.

The newspaper reports Ellis was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Science & Health
4:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

7,850 Gallons of Sewage Overflow Into Mobile Creek

Montlimar Creek
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Mobile health officials are urging people to take precautions near a south Alabama creek after a sewage overflow.

Local health district officials said in a release Tuesday that Mobile Area Water and Sewer System responded to a spill of about 7,850 gallons of wastewater into Montlimar Creek.

Health officials say a broken sewer main led to the sewage spill. Mobile County Health District officials say utility crews have repaired the sewer line to prevent additional overflows.

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Business & Education
6:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Huntsville Lawyer New Leader of Alabama State Bar

Richard Raleigh
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Huntsville attorney Richard Raleigh is the new president of the Alabama State Bar.

Raleigh was installed at the group's weekend meeting. He will serve a one-year term as the leader of the State Bar's 17,600 members.

Raleigh is a University of Alabama Law School graduate and served in the Army before joining a Huntsville law firm. He is now the managing shareholder at Wilmer & Lee.

Montgomery attorney Lee Copeland is the State Bar's president-elect.

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Business & Education
6:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

USDA Grant Provides Produce at Tuscaloosa Schools

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Tuscaloosa schools officials say they're going to use a grant of more than $93,000 to bring fresh produce to students at four elementary schools.

The district's nutrition director Kimberly Jackson tells the Tuscaloosa News officials are hoping the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will boost produce consumption at Holt, Maxwell, Matthews and Flatwoods elementary schools.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Bicyclists

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An Alabama state senator wants to require drivers to stay three feet away from bicyclists after a recent fatal crash.

Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur tells the Decatur Daily that he hopes lawmakers will approve a "three-foot bill" in 2015. Orr says he plans to introduce a bill if no one else does.

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Politics & Government
6:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Bentley Looking at All Possibilities on Revenue

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Gov. Robert Bentley's opposition to new state taxes during his first term could change in a second term.

Bentley says he's looking at all possibilities for the next four years because that's his job. Bentley has opposed new state taxes during his first term, including raising the state cigarette tax. He says it's not his desire to raise taxes, but he has to look at revenue options. One reason is that money from a state trust fund that has shored up the state General Fund budget for three years won't be available for the next state budget written by the Legislature and governor.

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Politics & Government
6:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Alabama Spends $3 Million on Low-interest Election

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Alabama taxpayers will spend $3 million on a runoff election Tuesday that most citizens will skip.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, expects five percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million active voters to turn out Tuesday. That's in line with the voter turnout for the runoffs in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Bennett says the turnout is always low when neither party has a runoff for governor or U.S. Senate.

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Politics & Government
5:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Paper: Email Alerted VA Leader of Schedule Concern

A newspaper reports that emails it obtained show the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System learned of concerns about patient scheduling issues in April 2013 -- more than eight months before action was taken.

Director James Talton tells The Montgomery Advertiser that he was unable to take action on any "ambiguous statements" staff members emailed him about scheduling problems.

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Business & Education
5:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Complaints Lead to New Student Enrollment Forms

Tommy Bice
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Alabama's school superintendent is telling all Alabama public school systems to start using a new student enrollment process that makes clear a Social Security number or birth certificate is not necessary for enrollment.

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Politics & Government
5:26 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Governor Bentley Headed to Air Show in England

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is headed to London to attend the Farnborough Air Show.

Bentley says he will leave Saturday and will spend Sunday, Monday and Tuesday meeting with executives of aerospace companies.

Bentley says he hopes to wrap up two industrial projects for Alabama and make announcements while he's at the air show.

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Politics & Government
5:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Alabama Man Charged with Threatening the President

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An Ozark man is in jail on a charge of threatening the president.

The Secret Service brought charges against Deryke Matthew Pfeifer on July 3. He's accused of making phone calls to the Federal Protective Service and using Facebook to threaten the president. Court papers say Pfeifer posted one threatening video holding a Glock pistol, and a Glock was later found at his residence.

Secret Service agent Marcus Shumack filed an affidavit saying that Pfeiffer told him in an interview that God was going to destroy the president and everything around him.

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Politics & Government
6:22 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday is Deadline for Absentee Voting for Runoff

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Thursday is the last day to request an absentee ballot for Alabama's runoff election on Tuesday.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says many registered voters will be away on summer vacations next week, and they can request absentee ballots before leaving town.

Absentee ballot information can be obtained from a state website alabamavotes.gov

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Business & Education
6:17 am
Thu July 10, 2014

ASU Committee Discusses Financing, Accreditation

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Alabama State University officials have outlined initial steps they plan to take to recover from a credit downgrade and are looking for more information on specific things the school needs to do to respond to warning from an academic accreditation agency.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon. Chairman Elton Dean says he's assembled a group tasked with having weekly conference calls to discuss what the school needs to do to recover from its third credit downgrade by Moody's Investors Service within a roughly nine month period.

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Science & Health
6:25 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Alabama's Black Bear Population Growing

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Alabama conservation officials say black bear sightings make it clear that the bears are increasing in number and expanding their range.

Keith Gauldin of the conservation department's wildlife division says black bears have been sighted recently in Butler and Choctaw counties in south Alabama. Sightings have occurred in recent years in Jefferson, Lee, Chambers and Macon counties.

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Business & Education
6:22 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Officials Propose Penalties in Alabama Worker Deaths

Two construction workers were killed when the lift equipment they were using fell about 90 feet from a bridge in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo: WSFA 12 News)
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Federal labor officials have issued safety violations to a construction company after two men working on a Montgomery freeway overpass fell to their deaths.

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. in Bessemer didn't provide workers near the edge of the bridge with required protection from fall hazards. Two workers fell about 90 feet from the overpass in January.

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