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Business & Education
6:29 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Trustees Approve Tuition Increase at UNA

Officials at the University of North Alabama have approved a tuition increase for the coming school year.

The TimesDaily of Florence reports the board of trustees approved of increasing tuition by $11 per credit hour during a meeting Monday.

University President William Cale had proposed a $13 per credit hour increase to account for a 3 percent cost of living raise for faculty and staff.

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Science & Health
5:58 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Closing Arguments Set in Alabama Abortion Trial

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A federal judge is scheduled to hear closing arguments in a trial over a new Alabama law requiring doctors at abortion clinic to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.

Clinic operators in Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham say they use traveling doctors who can't get admitting privileges, and they will have to stop performing abortions if a federal judge allows the law to take effect. The state attorney general's office says enforcement of the law will make abortions safer.

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

Alabama AG May Sue Over EPA Carbon Rules

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he may take legal action to challenge the Obama administration's latest ruling on power plant emissions.

Strange says restrictions on emissions will cost Alabama jobs and increase heating and cooling costs. Al.com reports that Strange says 16,000 coal-related jobs in Alabama could be affected.

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Business & Education
6:12 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Alabama Power CEO to Head Development Group

The head of Alabama Power Co. is the new chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

Utility president and CEO Mark Crosswhite will chair the board of directors of the private partnership of companies.

About 90 businesses fund the organization, which Crosswhite says tries to be a catalyst for economic growth in the state.

Crosswhite is a native of Decatur who took over at Alabama Power in March.

The Economic Development Partnership was formed in 1991.

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Arts & Life
6:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

FFA Members Pack 75K Meals for the Hungry

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Future farmers already are doing something to help the hungry in Alabama.

About 500 members of the Future Farmers of America packed more than 75,000 meals for the Montgomery Area Food Bank during their state convention on Wednesday.

The students put grains and vegetables into sealable bags that will be distributed through the food bank, which serves 35 counties.

In all, about 1 million people in Alabama are considered to have problems getting food that's both affordable and nutritious. That's about 20 percent of the state's population.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Thu June 5, 2014

GOP Senate Incumbents Beat Back AEA-Funded Challengers

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Republican incumbents in the Alabama Senate have claimed victory, repelling a slate of challengers funded by the state teachers' lobby and an anti-Common Core group.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh called Tuesday night a great one for incumbents.

One Senate GOP incumbent, Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega lost to Rep. Jim McClendon, but that race was separate from the AEA-involved races.

In the House, AEA backed candidates defeated several incumbents in the hopes of slowing down a GOP legislative train that has often been at odds with the teachers' lobby.

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Arts & Life
6:35 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Extras Sought for "Selma" Film

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Extras are being sought for the filming of the movie "Selma."

The Alabama Film Office says the production company for the movie about Martin Luther King Jr. is seeking 500 extras for filming in Alabama. The extras must be between 17 and 70 years old and must be able to work 12 to 14 hours in vintage wardrobe.

The casting director will see candidates from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the John Abernathy Auditorium at Alabama State University in Montgomery and from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Theater in Selma.

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Election Results for the 2014 Primary

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Here's a rundown of some of the results from yesterday's primary election:

Alabama's gubernatorial race will feature two 71-year-old physicians, but that's where the similarities end.

Gov. Robert Bentley easily defeated two challengers in the Republican primary on Tuesday. In November he will face Parker Griffith, who won the Democratic primary.

Both men are doctors, and their fall race could center in part on medicine.

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Politics & Government
6:56 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Bentley Fundraising Tops Race for Governor

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Alabama's Republican primary for governor features incumbent Robert Bentley taking on two poorly funded opponents. Two candidates are competing on the Democratic ticket.

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Politics & Government
6:52 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Polls Open in Alabama for Primary Election

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Control of the Alabama Legislature could be up for grabs as voters head to the polls for the party primaries.

The incumbent Republican supermajority faces a slate of challengers from within the GOP. A shakeup in membership could change who is named to legislative leadership positions as well as the policy directions for the next four years.

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Science & Health
6:23 am
Thu May 29, 2014

NASA to Test New Rockets

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Engineers are conducting tests on a model of NASA's next-generation heavy lift rocket in Huntsville.

Workers at the Marshall Space Flight Center will perform acoustic tests on a small version of NASA's Space Launch System vehicle on Thursday.

The model is only 5 percent of the size of the actual vehicle. But engineers will be able to tell how sound waves will affect the structure on the launch pad once it's ignited.

Information from the test will be used to verify the design of a system that uses water to suppress the noise from the rocket's engines.

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Arts & Life
6:23 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Principal Photography Begins on "Selma"

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The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in Alabama.

"Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and with those who continue to fight against discrimination in voting.

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Business & Education
6:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

SPLC Warns School Systems on Immigration

Tommy Bice
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned 96 Alabama school systems that they are violating federal guidelines by discouraging enrollment based on immigration status.

The group sent a letter to state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice. SPLC attorney Jay Singh said Thursday that all children have a right to attend public schools regardless of immigration status.

The letter asks Bice to ensure that all schools comply with federal mandates by the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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Arts & Life
7:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Birmingham Zoo Getting Renovated

The Birmingham Zoo will soon undergo a $15 million renovation.

The Birmingham City Council this week approved a resolution to raise $7.5 million in bonds toward the zoo's $15 million Capital Campaign project.

The funds will be used to transform the front entrance of the 59-year-old facility, create an entrance plaza complete with a state-of-the-art classroom and build a new Asian Forest exhibit to house tigers, orangutans and siamang monkeys.

Zoo President and CEO William Foster said the other half of the needed funds will be raised through private donations.

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Business & Education
6:54 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Feds to Announce Major Tax Fraud Case in Alabama

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Federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service are planning an announcement about indictments and arrests in a major tax fraud and identity theft case in Alabama.

U.S. Attorney George Beck's office says the announcement will be Thursday in Montgomery.

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