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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

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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.
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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
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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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Arts & Life
11:33 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Alabama Broadcasting Pioneer Benny Carle Dies

Benny Carle
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An Alabama broadcasting pioneer is dead.

A family statement released Monday says television entertainer Benny Carle died at his home in Florence after a brief illness. He was 89.

The Birmingham native died on Thursday.

Carle was best known as the host of local television shows in Birmingham, Decatur and Huntsville from the late 1940s until the late '70s.

Carle's career began on radio in the late 1940s after his service in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

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Science & Health
11:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Cullman County Slips into Drought Despite Rain

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The southern tip of Cullman County has slipped into a drought despite recent rain.

The Cullman Times reports dry conditions have been a concern for farmers growing winter livestock grasses.

Scattered thunderstorms Friday brought some relief, but not enough to make up for the past month of dry weather.

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Business & Education
10:35 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Alabama Judge Upholds Teeth-Whitening Regulation

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A judge has upheld an Alabama law banning non-dentists from providing teeth-whitening services.

Two people filed a lawsuit last year challenging the constitutionality of the Alabama Dental Practice Act, which requires that people be licensed dentists if they cosmetically whiten teeth.

Al.com reports the Virginia-based Institute for Justice sought to overturn the law, saying it only protected dentists from competition and kept prices high.

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Business & Education
12:45 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Ridesharing Service Uber Fights Rules in Tuscaloosa

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A ridesharing service is pressuring Tuscaloosa's city government to let it enter the market without local licensing.

Uber sent a message to its Tuscaloosa users last week seeking their support in a dispute with city officials. The city's college students are a lucrative market for the firm's business model.

Tuscaloosa authorities say Uber drivers must get vehicle inspections and purchase business licenses like other vehicle services.

Uber accuses city officials of stifling innovation.

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Politics & Government
9:28 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Auditor: Mr. 49 Percent vs Democratic Hopeful

The race for state auditor pits Republican Jim Zeigler against Democrat Miranda Joseph.

Joseph says her accounting degree and her work as an internal auditor for a Birmingham bank make her the most qualified candidate. Zeigler says his background as a lawyer makes him uniquely qualified because there are legal implications to most things in state government.

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Business & Education
9:25 am
Sat October 4, 2014

UAB Lands $49 Million Education Grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded a seven-year grant worth $49 million to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter college and succeed.

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Alabama's New Lethal Injection Drugs Challenged

Credit Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Attorneys for a condemned inmate say Alabama's new lethal injection drug combination needs review because it relies on a drug used in two recently botched executions.

Lawyers for Tommy Arthur on Friday asked the Alabama Supreme Court to deny the state's request for an execution date.

Suhana S. Han tells that inmates executed in Ohio and Arizona took from 25 minutes to two hours to die, and that suggests the first drug given, the anesthetic midazolam, is unreliable.

Han says the new combination needs court scrutiny before it is used in Alabama.

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