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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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Business & Education
6:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

ASU President Responds to Moody's Credit Downgrade

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Alabama State University officials say they're committed to revamping administrative processes to respond to a recent credit downgrade and a warning from an accreditation agency.

In a statement Monday, ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd said the school's recent credit downgrade by Moody's Investor's Service is the third in almost nine months and she considers it a "very serious issue."

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Politics & Government
6:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Huntsville Seeks Fresh Class of Police Officers

The police department in Huntsville is looking for promising new recruits.

Al.com reports the city is accepting applications through July 31 for its next police academy class. City Administrator John Hamilton couldn't say exactly how new officers Huntsville plans to hire, but past academies have included roughly 20 to 30 cadets.

Hamilton says Huntsville officials are also looking for a diverse class of recruits. The city's last police academy class had just three black cadets.

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

DeMarco, Palmer Square off in 6th District Runoff

Paul DeMarco
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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
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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.
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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

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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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