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Politics & Government
12:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Study: Alabama K-12 Cuts Deepest

Credit Vanderbilt University

A national study says Alabama's cuts in spending for K-12 education have been deeper than nearly every other state.

The Washington-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities says spending per pupil dropped 17.8 percent from fiscal 2008 to the current fiscal year. That is second only to Oklahoma. The study said the amount cut per student in Alabama was $1,128 between fiscal 2008 and now. That is $114 per student steeper than any other state.

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Politics & Government
12:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

US Supreme Court to Hear Alabama Case Nov. 12

Credit Alabama Reapportionment Office / State of Alabama

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments Nov. 12 on lawsuits challenging how Alabama's legislative districts are designed.

The suits were brought by the Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference. They are arguing that the Legislature drew districts that packed black voters into overwhelmingly black districts and diminished their influence in other districts. The two groups appealed to the Supreme Court after losing at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Politics & Government
10:50 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Powerful Teacher Lobbyist Paul Hubbert Dies

Paul Hubbert
Credit Alabama Education Association

Powerful Alabama teacher lobbyist and former gubernatorial candidate Paul Hubbert has died. He was 78.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Education Association said Hubbert died Tuesday afternoon at a Montgomery hospital. Spokeswoman Amy Marlowe said he was hospitalized Oct. 6 after a fall and died from complications.

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Science & Health
6:23 am
Wed October 15, 2014

3 Convicted of Filing False Oil Spill Loss Claims

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Federal prosecutors say three people have been convicted of fraudulently filing Gulf Oil Spill Fund loss claims.

Officials say 53-year-old Marcella Truss, her 42-year-old husband Martee Davis and the woman's 42-year-old brother Howard Carroway were each found guilty of trying to steal more than $3 million from a fund established by British Petroleum. The fund was established after a massive oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Prosecutors say the three were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, filing false claims and aggravated identity theft.

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Politics & Government
6:14 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Grant to Fund Alabama Inmate Transition Program

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U.S. Department of Justice officials say Jefferson County will use a federal grant to create a service center for inmates who are paroled from state prisons.

Federal officials said in a statement that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles is being given a Second Chance Act grant of more than $687,100 to launch a day reporting center. The day reporting center is meant to help inmates navigate inmates' return to society and cutting the likelihood of Birmingham-area probationers committing new crimes.

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Business & Education
6:12 am
Wed October 15, 2014

3 Remain in North Alabama Presidential Search

Credit University of North Alabama

The search for a new president of the University of North Alabama is down to three people after one of the finalists removed himself from consideration.

Officials say Robin C. Capehart of West Liberty University has dropped out of the running.

That leaves Provost Kenneth D. Kitts of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Chancellor Randall W. Hanna of the Florida College System; and Chancellor Sandra J. Jordan of the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

The three will be on campus in Florence for interviews starting later this week.

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Science & Health
6:26 am
Tue October 14, 2014

1 Dead in Alabama Storms; Damaged Buildings, Knocked Out Power

National Weather Service

Severe storms that raced through Alabama toppled a tree that fell on a mobile home, killing a woman. The storms also damaged buildings in several communities and knocked out power to thousands across the state.

Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe says a tree fell on the mobile home about 25 miles northwest of Birmingham, killing a 75-year-old woman and injuring her husband.

In Marengo County, the emergency manager reported to the National Weather Service that a roof was blown off a Laundromat on U.S. 80, just east of Demopolis on Monday.

Business & Education
6:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Jury to Get Case of Former Alabama Official

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A jury will begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Alabama Department of Education official accused of using her position to provide millions to the company that employed her husband.

Attorneys presented closing arguments Thursday in the ethics trial of Deann Stone and her husband, Dave Stone. She was director of federal programs at the Department of Education.

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Politics & Government
10:39 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Federal Suit Seeks to Block Alabama Execution

Credit Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Attorneys for an Alabama death row inmate have filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the state's new lethal injection drug combination has never been tried on any prisoner in the United States and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Attorneys for Christopher Lee Price filed the suit Wednesday night. It asks a federal judge to block the state from using the new, three-drug combination. The state prison system developed the combination after running out of one of the drugs in its old execution protocol.

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Alabama Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 20

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Alabama's chief election official is reminding residents that the deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 20.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett says residents can download a registration form from a state website alabamavotes.gov and mail it to their county board of registrars or they can go by their county board of registrars' office to register.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Rick Santorum Making Campaign Stops in Alabama

Rick Santorum
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is making a pair of stops in Alabama to support Republicans.

The one-time presidential candidate will be in Troy on Thursday morning for a rally with GOP Attorney General Luther Strange. Strange is being opposed by Democrat Joe Hubbard in November.

Santorum will be in Birmingham in the afternoon for an appearance with 6th District congressional candidate Gary Palmer before a fundraiser for the Jefferson County GOP. Palmer is opposed by Democrat Mark Lester in the general election.

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Science & Health
9:22 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Alabama Taking Steps to Prevent Ebola Infections

An electron micrograph photo of the Ebola virus, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Credit Associated Press via npr.org

Alabama's governor and state health officer say the state has taken steps to make sure health care workers are able to identify a case of Ebola quickly and take precautions to make sure others don't become ill.

Gov. Robert Bentley and Dr. Don Williamson said Wednesday that includes providing training material to Alabama hospitals and reminding health care workers of the importance of checking a person's travel history. It also includes taking steps to protect other patients and staff.

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Business & Education
6:37 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Trial of National Steel Car CEO Reset for April

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The trial of a Canadian business executive in north Alabama has been rescheduled for April.

Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Ontario, had been scheduled for trial this week in Tuscumbia on securities fraud charges. Colbert County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hatcher delayed the trial at the request of the defense. She issued an order setting it for April 6.

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Science & Health
5:32 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Former Astronaut Ochoa Visiting NASA Center in Alabama

Ellen Ochoa
Credit nasa.gov

The nation's first Hispanic female astronaut is visiting NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to observe Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ellen Ochoa will speak at the facility in Huntsville on Tuesday morning. The theme is "Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success."

Ochoa became an astronaut in July 1991 and first flew aboard the space shuttle in 1993. The California native logged nearly 1,000 hours in space on that and three subsequent flights.

Ochoa is currently director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Science & Health
5:29 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Feds: Snake Found in MS, AL May Be Threatened

Black Pinesnake
Credit Roger Clay (outdooralabama.com)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a snake found only in longleaf pine forests of southern Mississippi and Alabama should be listed as threatened.

It's asking for public comment about its proposal to list black pinesnakes as threatened.

Black pinesnakes are burrowing constrictors colored dark brown to black. Their small heads have pointed snouts. Adults range from 4 feet to nearly 6 feet long.

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