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Budget Crisis
5:43 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Governor Bentley Challenges Legislators to Lead on Budget Crisis

Governor Robert Bentley
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Governor Robert Bentley is challenging legislators to be leaders as they address the state's budget crisis next year.

  Bentley says he wants to make significant changes instead of putting a Band-Aid on the state's budget for another year.  The governor has said he will suggest solutions when he submits his proposed budget next year, but has not yet detailed what those will be.

 Legislators heard a grim General Fund presentation on the final day of legislative orientation.

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UAB to Study Cannabis Oil
6:06 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

UAB to Study Use of Cannabis Oil

Drop of Cannabis Oil
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 The Food and Drug Administration is giving the University of Alabama at Birmingham the green light to study the use of a marijuana derivative to treat seizures.    Parents of children with seizure disorders persuaded the Alabama Legislature last year to pass a bill authorizing UAB's Department of Neurology to do a study of the marijuana derivative cannabidiol as a seizure treatment.    A UAB spokesman said Tuesday that the FDA has approved the study, but has requested modifications. A university review board will discuss the changes next month.

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Pelicans
4:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Pelican Population Boom

American White Pelican
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Pelicans, once an unusual site in northwest Alabama, have started to show up in greater numbers.

Floyd Sherrod, president of the Shoals Audubon Society, recalls a time about 30 years ago when a single pelican was spotted in the area and residents flocked to see it.

   Now, he said, they've become increasingly common.

   The TimesDaily reports  that fishermen and bird watchers said several of the long-billed birds are frequently seen on the Tennessee River, particularly below Wilson Dam.

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Dolphin Death
4:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Federal Authorities Want More Information on Dolphin Death

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Federal authorities are looking for information on the death of a dolphin that died after being wounded by a hunting arrow.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said in a statement Monday that the attack on a dolphin in coastal Alabama is the second human-related dolphin death in the northern Gulf of Mexico in just over two weeks.

NOAA spokeswoman Kim Amendola says a necropsy shows the dolphin found in Alabama lived with an arrow in its side for at least five days before dying of an infection that was caused by the wound.

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Auction House lists Wallace Gun
5:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Auction House Lists Gun Used to Shoot Wallace

Former Alabama Governor George Wallace
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An Illinois auction house says it is selling the revolver that almost killed former Gov. George Wallace.

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UA Reviews Use of Dixieland Delight
5:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

University of Alabama Review use of "Dixieland Delight" at Athletic Events

The band Alabama
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 The University of Alabama says it's reviewing the use of a popular song at athletic events after students turned it into an obscene chant during the Auburn game.    Athletics director Bill Battle issued a statement Wednesday saying school officials will discuss whether to continue playing "Dixieland Delight."    The song was first released by the band Alabama more than 30 years ago, and the university often plays it over the public address system at football games. Fans sing along and students add chants.    Some of the words are usually vulgar.

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Alabama Accountability Act
3:38 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Alabama Supreme Court looks at Alabama Accountability Act

Alabama Supreme Court
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The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school.

   A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said Wednesday that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.

   However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools.

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UAB Shuts Down Football
3:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

UAB Shuts Down Football

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UAB is shutting down the football program. The university announced the decision Tuesday minutes after President Ray Watts met with the Blazers players and coaches. UAB made the decision after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year. Watts says financial realities "are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater good of the athletic department and UAB." He says UAB subsidizes two-thirds of the $30 million annual operating budget.

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Business & Education
6:39 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Airbus Hiring for Mobile Assembly Line

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An Airbus assembly line under construction in Mobile is hiring workers.

Al.com reports the firm is seeking maintenance technicians and quality inspectors for the final assembly line. Some of those positions require six to nine months of training.

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Business & Education
6:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Boeing Cutting 130 Jobs in Huntsville and Beyond

Artist concept of the NASA Space Launch System initial crew vehicle launching from the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA

At least 120 workers in Huntsville could see job losses as work shifts on a new rocket.

Boeing will issue layoff notices Friday to 60 aerospace workers, including 50 based in Huntsville. Al.com  reports another 70 contract employees will be sent back to their own companies for possible layoffs.

Politics & Government
6:39 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Group Ranks Alabama Low for LGBT Inclusion

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Alabama cities rank poorly in an advocacy group's report measuring legal protection and inclusion for gays and lesbians.

The Human Rights Campaign issued a report measuring more than 300 cities for legal protections, city policies and inclusion efforts.

Of the five Alabama cities included in the survey, Birmingham had the highest score at nine points. Montgomery followed with eight points.

Huntsville and Mobile both scored four points. Tuscaloosa had the lowest score at three.

The national average score was 59 points.

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Science & Health
6:11 am
Wed November 12, 2014

UA Student Chosen to Attend Climate Conference

Catherine King
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University of Alabama officials say a senior chemical engineering and chemistry student has been chosen to participate in a conference on climate change being hosted by the United Nations.

University officials said in a statement that Catherine King of Huntsville is one of eight students the American Chemical Society selected to attend the UN's conference in Lima, Peru. The event is expected to include representatives from more than 190 countries.

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Newscast
6:27 am
Fri November 7, 2014

GOP Backs Hubbard, Homeless Vets, Guerrilla Theatre

Mike Hubbard

Republicans are sticking by Rep. Mike Hubbard as their choice for House speaker despite his indictment on ethics charges. House Republicans yesterday voted to support Hubbard for another term as speaker of the house. The full House of Representatives will officially select a speaker in January during an organizational session. Hubbard was indicted last month on 23 felony ethics charges. The Auburn Republican has maintained his innocence and says he sees no reason to give up his leadership role.

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Newscast
6:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Midterm turnout low, Amendment too close to call

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The turnout for Alabama's election Tuesday was lowest since Alabama became a two-party state.

Nearly complete election results indicate that about 41 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million active registered voters participated. The turnout for gubernatorial elections in Alabama had ranged between 51 percent and 58 percent since 1986, when Alabama elected its first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

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Politics & Government
6:04 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Dominates in Alabama Legislature

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Republicans strengthened their grip on the Alabama Statehouse in a Tuesday election sweep that saw House Speaker Mike Hubbard win re-election despite his indictment on felony ethics charges.

The GOP built upon the existing supermajority won in 2010 and increased their numbers in both chambers. Republicans will hold nearly 70 percent of the seats, a formidable number that will allow them to cut off filibusters and push through legislation if they stick together as a caucus.

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