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Politics & Government
4:04 am
Mon July 7, 2014

DeMarco, Palmer Square off in 6th District Runoff

Paul DeMarco
legislature.state.al.us

The two Republicans competing in Alabama's 6th District congressional race say the projected low turnout gives the race an air of uncertainty.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and think-tank founder Gary Palmer meet in the July 15 GOP runoff. They are vying to replace retiring Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Both candidates are pointing to their experience — DeMarco as a legislator and Palmer with his policy work.

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Politics & Government
4:02 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dunn, Beeker face off in PSC runoff July 15

Terry Dunn
terrydunnpsc.com

Former Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Beeker is challenging incumbent Terry Dunn for a seat on the Public Service Commission.

Dunn said he is running on his record of trying to protect consumers.

Dunn unsuccessfully sought formal hearings on the rates charged by state utilities including Alabama Power. Dunn said he believes the electric giant has been allowed too high of a profit margin and has too much influence with the state regulatory board.

Beeker disagrees with Dunn's push for formal hearings.

Arts & Life
6:39 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Mild 4th on Tap for Alabama

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Forecasters say July 4 should be mild across Alabama.

While the city of Montgomery is opening cooling centers at community centers, the National Weather Service says temperatures will feel a little cooler than normal because of low humidity.

Temperatures are actually predicted to be below normal in central and north Alabama, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 50s and 60s. High temperatures are normally in the mid-90s across the region on July 4.

Forecasters say temperatures will be around 90 on Alabama's coast, and there's little chance of rain.

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Science & Health
6:28 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Auburn University Upgrades Aviation Program

Bill Hutto, Auburn University Airport director, speaks to members of the media on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Auburn Regional Airport about the planned creation of a new Auburn University Aviation Center.
Credit Albert Cesare/oanow.com

Auburn University officials say upgrades to the school's aviation program will focus on research and supporting the aerospace and aviation industries.

School officials on Tuesday said a new aviation center will oversee Auburn's flight school and work with the Harbert School of Business on professional flight management and aviation management programs.

School officials say they're hoping the upgraded aviation program will support economic development in Alabama. The center will be housed at the Auburn University Regional Airport.

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Arts & Life
6:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Deadline For Gator Hunters Approaching

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The deadline for getting a tag to hunt alligators is coming up in Alabama.

The state has been holding regulated hunt for alligators for eight years, and hunters have until July 8 to get a tag for this year. The cost is $22.

The state wildlife agency will issue 240 tags in three zones, and everyone receiving a tag can kill one alligator.

The alligator hunting areas cover much of the southern half of the state, where the reptiles are most common.

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Business & Education
6:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Hattiesburg Mail Processing Moving to Mobile

The Hattiesburg Post Office's Customer Service Mail Processing Center will be moving to Mobile, Alabama, in 2015.

Enola Rice, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, tells The Hattiesburg American Hattiesburg, Grenada and Gulfport mail processing will be part of Planned Phase 2 of consolidating up to 82 facilities beginning in January.

Rice said the consolidations will be completed by the fall mailing season.

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Politics & Government
6:17 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bentley Appoints Workforce Council

Credit blog.al.com

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has appointed nearly 30 people to a council that will advise state officials and education leaders on tailoring the state's educational programs to the workforce needs of new and existing businesses.

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Business & Education
7:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Judge Orders Mediation in Huntsville Desegregation Suit

A federal judge is ordering mediation to resolve a dispute over racial segregation in Huntsville's city schools.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala ordered the talks as the city attempts to draw new district lines for its school zones.

The rezoning has to be approved by a federal judge because of a desegregation lawsuit dating back to 1963, when the federal government sued to end racial segregation in the system.

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Politics & Government
6:48 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Wiccan Says He was Barred from Doing Invocation

Huntsville City Council
Credit huntsvilleal.gov

A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until he was asked about his faith, then told he was no longer invited to do so.

Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion said that when the agenda for Thursday's meeting was made public earlier this week, council members received community concerns about a Wiccan being invited to speak.

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Business & Education
6:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Some Alabamians Getting Notices about ID Thefts

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The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced it is sending letters to individuals whose identities may have been taken from department records.

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Science & Health
6:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Cause of NE Alabama Deer Death Confirmed

White-tailed Deer
Credit outdooralabama.com

The Alabama Department of Agriculture says the deaths of more than 50 whitetail deer at a breeding facility in northeast Alabama has been linked to a virus.

Department officials say they worked with a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab to determine that the deer had malignant catarrhal fever, which is also known as ovine herpesvirus-2. They say domesticated sheep housed in a pen adjacent to the deer initially had the virus that spread to the deer. The sheep didn't show any symptoms.

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Sports
6:41 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Alabama-Germany Group Hosts World Cup Party

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up
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Germany and the United States are meeting in the World Cup, and an Alabama-based group is making the most of it.

The AlabamaGermany Partnership is holding a game-watching party in Birmingham on Thursday.

The organization promotes better relations and trade between the two countries. There's a strong German influence in Huntsville because of the space industry, and the German auto company Mercedes-Benz has a plant in Tuscaloosa County.

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Science & Health
6:45 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ala. Restaurant Reopens After Salmonella Outbreak

Credit foodpoisoningnews.com

Franklin County health officials say a northwest Alabama restaurant that was linked to a salmonella outbreak has been allowed to reopen.

Franklin County environmental supervisor Jamie Medley tells the TimesDaily El Patron met the county's regulations to reopen after 14 people were sickened in a salmonella outbreak that was linked to the restaurant. Before the restaurant was closed, health inspectors said they found food handling and sanitation violations.

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Science & Health
6:14 am
Tue June 24, 2014

SBA Disaster Loan Offices Closing in Alabama

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is getting ready to close its disaster loan offices in Alabama.

The SBA says the offices will close at the end of the day Thursday due to a steady decrease in activity. They were opened to help victims of the severe storms and flooding that hit Alabama between April 28 and May 5.

The offices are located in the Fairhope Civic Center, the Elberta Town Hall, the Graysville Public Library, the Ripley W.O.W. Hall in Athens, and the old Navy and Marine Corps Reserve building in Mobile.

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Sports
6:05 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Biloxi Team Name Voting Continues

The Huntsville Stars are moving to Biloxi

The Name the Team contest for Biloxi's new Double-A baseball team is being extended for another week.

The team says Monday in a news release that they've nearly 48,000 votes over the first three weeks.

Voters will be selecting from one of six options: Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers and Shuckers. The six were the top vote-getters in the first stage of the contest.

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