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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

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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

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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

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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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Business & Education
8:13 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Accrediting Agency Issues Warning to Alabama State

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An accrediting agency has issued a warning to Alabama State University for failing to comply with several accreditation standards.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools issued the warning to ASU late last week, saying the school hasn't complied with standards on board of trustees governance, financial stability and Title IV funding issues.

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Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Alabama CEO Discusses Legislative Probe

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The chief executive officer of a pharmacy buying cooperative in Bessemer says his company was trying to protect small, independent pharmacies when it tried to get language in the state general fund budget that would have allowed it to manage pharmacy benefits for the state Medicaid program.

Tim Hamrick says he was concerned that Alabama would bring in a big national company that would cut dispensing fees for pharmacies and drive many community-based pharmacies out of business.

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Science & Health
4:46 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Viral Infection from Sheep Likely Killed Deer

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Alabama's state veterinarian says a domesticated sheep is the likely source of a sickness that has killed more than 50 whitetail deer at a captive breeding facility near Boaz.

Dr. Tony Frazier tells Al.com that testing indicates that bovine herpes virus Type 2, a viral infection commonly called malignant catarrhal fever, is likely the primary cause of the deaths. Frazier says sheep commonly carry the virus but don't exhibit symptoms.

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Science & Health
6:28 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Feds Get Time to Decide on Retrial for BP Engineer

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Federal prosecutors have been granted additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted the prosecutors' motion Thursday

Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.

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Arts & Life
6:22 am
Fri June 20, 2014

"Selma" Film to Start Filming in Selma

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Filming for the movie "Selma" is scheduled in Selma next week.

Casting director Cynthia Stillwell tells the Selma Times-Journal that extras are being fitted for their costumes this week, and work should begin Monday in Selma.

Production designer Mark Friedberg says much of the work will be around the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965.

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Arts & Life
6:36 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Auburn University War Eagle Dies at 34

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Auburn University officials say an eagle that once soared over home football games has died at age 34.

University officials said in a statement that Tiger — known as War Eagle VI — underwent surgery for a cataract in her left eye Tuesday and veterinarians determined more operations were necessary. Dr. James Bellah, director of the Southeastern Raptor Center said she risked complete vision loss without additional surgery. Bellah says the bird appeared to be recovering after surgery but died overnight.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Alabama DHR Gets $1.7 M Kellogg Grant

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $1.7 million grant to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the department will use to grant to provide education and training for staff in day care centers and to improve child care services. A department spokesman says the grant will strengthen DHR's Quality Rating and Improvement System, which is being implemented in 150 day care centers across the state. DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner says one goal is to increase the number of low-income children in high-quality day care programs.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Alabama AG to Testify Against Carbon Limits

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Alabama's attorney general is scheduled to testify to a Senate subcommittee in Washington in opposition to environmental regulations affecting coal-fired power plants.

A spokesman for Attorney General Luther Strange says he was invited by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to testify Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The subcommittee is focusing on climate change. Sessions is a member of the subcommittee.

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Politics & Government
6:21 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Law Center Appeals Accountability Act Ruling

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking its legal challenge of the Alabama Accountability Act to a federal appeals court.

The Montgomery-based group has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a federal judge's decision rejecting the law center's challenge of the state law.

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