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Politics & Government
7:44 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Montgomery Allows Armed Guards in Bars

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The Montgomery City Council has approved a law letting nightclubs employ armed security guards.

Council members say they hope the ordinance passed Tuesday will prevent violence like a shooting that left two people dead at a now-defunct bar in December.

The new law lets nightclubs use armed security workers as long as they are certified by the Alabama Security Regulatory Board.

Council member Jon Dow says the workers will have to go through weapons training, and they'll have to keep a certification card with them at all times.

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Science & Health
6:43 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Report Questions Impact of Anti-Smoker Hiring Rule

A group of professors say a policy blocking health systems from hiring smokers may have a disproportionate impact on certain employees.

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Arts & Life
6:40 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Cleanup From Hangout Festival Continues

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It's another day of cleaning up from the Hangout Festival on Alabama's coast.

The three-day music festival on the beach at Gulf Shores ended Sunday night, but city spokesman Grant Brown says the work continues to get rid of all signs of the show.

That cleanup includes taking down nine stages and rolling up miles of cable at the festival site, where thousands of people partied all weekend.

Brown tells WKRG-TV that officials will assess the progress during a walk through on Wednesday, and all the beaches should be back to normal and open to the public on Thursday.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Alabama Democratic Conference Backs Griffith, Sewell

The Alabama Democratic Conference has endorsed former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith for governor and incumbent Terry Sewell for re-election to Congress.

ADC Chairman Joe Reed said the black wing of the state Democratic Party met in Montgomery to screen candidates and make endorsements. He said the ADC's screening committee recommended Griffith over Kevin Bass because of his support for expanding Medicaid, raising the minimum wage and making sure that tax dollars for schools are spent on public education.

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Politics & Government
6:34 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Abortion Trial Gets Underway

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The owner of a Montgomery abortion clinic says she's never had a Montgomery-based physician performing abortions at the clinic during her 36 years at the facility and she has always used out-of-town doctors.

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Politics & Government
12:39 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Federal Court Trial Begins Over Alabama Abortion Law

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A federal court trial begins Monday over an Alabama abortion law that proponents say will make abortions safer and opponents say will close three of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics.

The trial in Montgomery stems from a 2013 law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The clinics in Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham say they will have to close because they use traveling doctors who can't sec8ure such admitting privileges.

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Arts & Life
7:27 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Hangout Festival Drawing Huge Crowds to Alabama Coast

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The Hangout Music Festival on Alabama's coast was continuing to draw huge crowds on Saturday.

AL.com reports that the event began Friday in Gulf Shores, opening to a sold-out crowd of 40,000 music fans at 11 a.m.

More than 70 bands are appearing this year including The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack Johnson, Outkast, Dawes, Queens of the Stone Age and The Flaming Lips.

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Marijuana Possession Doesn't Stop Voting in Alabama

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Alabama's secretary of state has sent county voter registrars a reminder that people convicted for simple marijuana possession are eligible to vote and should not be blocked from registering.

The reminder came after a discovery that some people in Houston County were wrongly kept off the voting rolls.

The secretary of state's chief legal adviser, Jean Brown, says a conviction for possession for personal use does not bar a person from voting. Possession with the intent of resale does constitute a crime of moral turpitude and would cause someone to lose their voting rights.

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Business & Education
11:53 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Summer Lunch Program for Kids Resumes

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Alabama officials will soon resume a free summer lunch program for students.

The state Department of Education offers free meals to children while school is out to make sure low-income children don't go hungry.

The Dothan Eagle reports that roughly 137,000 children participated in the program last year. The goal is to serve more than 500,000 children who already receive free or reduced-price lunches at schools.

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Business & Education
6:22 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Alabama Brewery Back Forty Expanding

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An Alabama-based brewery is expanding its operations into a new state.

Back Forty Beer Co. will spend about $500,000 this year to double its brewing capacity and begin canning operations at its facility in Gadsden.

The Gadsden Times reports the company will soon begin expanding in to Tennessee. It's already distributed in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

Back Forty Beer was honored Wednesday as the state's Small Manufacturer of the Year.

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Politics & Government
6:01 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Voting Registration Deadline is May 23rd

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Alabama's secretary of state says residents have one week left to register to vote in the primary election June 3.  Secretary of State Jim Bennett says residents needing to register should contact their county board of registrars by May 23.

Politics & Government
4:25 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Ala Senate Candidate Responds to DA Probe

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An east Alabama state Senate candidate is accusing a district attorney of blatant electioneering.

State Senate candidate Tim Sprayberry of Heflin responded Wednesday to an announcement by District Attorney E. Paul Jones. Jones announced Friday that he had begun a preliminary investigation into Sprayberry's campaign finances, including whether he spent campaign funds on personal expenses. Sprayberry says he has kept meticulous records of contributions and expenditures, but the district attorney has never asked him for information about any of them.

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Politics & Government
4:16 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Alabama AG Seeks Appeals Court Help in Barron Case

Lowell Barron
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The attorney general's office says a trial judge's rulings are fatal to its criminal case against former state Sen. Lowell Barron if they are not reversed.

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Science & Health
7:15 am
Wed May 14, 2014

13 More Alabama Counties Get FEMA Aid

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Thirteen more Alabama counties are qualifying for federal assistance due to the storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state in late April and early May.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says state and local government programs and some nonprofit organizations may apply for disaster assistance in Blount, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Geneva, Lamar, Perry, Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties. Five other counties — Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone and Mobile — were approved for the aid earlier.

Business & Education
7:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Two Alabama Schools Finalists for ACT Awards

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Two Alabama schools are among the finalists for an award given by the ACT organization to recognize schools and people that excel at preparing students for college and careers.

The Iowa-based testing group says Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa among four finalists for an award honoring schools for career preparedness.

Spain Park High School in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover is among four finalists for an award honoring schools that prepare students for the transition to college or careers.

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