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Politics & Government
6:04 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Bentley to Tour Dothan Monday

politico.com

Governor Robert Bentley is taking his Road to Economic Recovery Tour to Dothan.

The governor announced he will visit Blue Plate West around lunch time Monday. Then he tours Dothan High School and Panhandle Converters.

He is scheduled to participate in a small business discussion at 3:30 p.m.

Bentley's tour of Alabama towns usually involves visit to a restaurant and businesses, as well as a discussion with civic leaders and business people.

Politics & Government
10:26 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Crowded Field for State Auditor

The Republican race for state auditor features four candidates seeking to replace Republican Sam Shaw.

There's former Public Service Commission member Jim Zeigler of Mobile, who calls himself "Mr. 49 Percent" because he's lost so many close races.

There's also retired Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson, who became an Internet sensation in 2010 with his video where he carried a gun and promised to run the thugs out of Montgomery.

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Politics & Government
6:43 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Southern Group Protesting Same-Sex Marriage

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

A Southern heritage group is defending Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

The Alabama-based League of the South is planning a protest for Friday morning in Montgomery outside the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is trying to overturn the ban.

A statement from the president of the league, Michael Hill, says the liberal legal organization supports overturning what he calls "the building block of our civilization."

The Southern Poverty Law Center is representing a gay man who filed suit seeking to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Politics & Government
6:38 am
Fri May 9, 2014

FEMA Authorizes Aid for More Alabama Counties

Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the state has been approved for more federal disaster assistance to help five counties recover from severe storms in late April.

Bentley says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized residents of Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Mobile and Tuscaloosa to apply for individual assistance, which could range from money for temporary housing to home repairs and assistance with medical bills.

Bentley says loans may also be available to homeowners through the U.S. Small Business administration for expenses that aren't covered by insurance.

Arts & Life
6:24 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Alabama Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Challenged

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Two Alabama women have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage so they can both be legal parents to their 8-year-old son.

The suit filed Wednesday contends that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such marriages from other states violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiffs, Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, have been a couple for more than 14 years and have lived in Mobile since 2001. They traveled to California in 2008 to be married.

Arts & Life
6:13 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Tallapoosa River Added to Alabama River Trail

Credit Alabama Scenic River Trail

The Alabama Scenic River Trail has added 200 miles of waterway.

The executive director of the Alabama Scenic River Trail, Jim Felder, says the new segment is the Alabama portion of the Tallapoosa River. He says the new segment includes 13 primitive campsites donated by Alabama Power and four portages allowing people to walk canoes or kayaks around the four Alabama Power dams on the river.

An experienced paddler, 66-year-old Harold Banks of Dadeville, says the Tallapoosa River offers views of bald eagles, deer, turkey and otters in abundance.

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Arts & Life
6:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Pioneering Black TV Newsman Dies in Alabama

Norman Lumpkin
Alabama Broadcasters Association

Norman Lumpkin, who helped bring diversity to television news in Alabama, has died.

A spokesman for Ross-Clayton Funeral Home in Montgomery confirmed that Lumpkin died Tuesday morning.

Lumpkin worked for radio stations in Montgomery and Indianapolis, Indiana, before being hired by WSFA-TV in Montgomery in 1969 as the first African-American TV reporter in the capital city.

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Politics & Government
6:27 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Hubbard Praises Court Ruling on Prayer

Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Lee)
Alabama House of Representatives

House Speaker Mike Hubbard is praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision that says prayers at the opening of town council meetings don't violate the Constitution.

Hubbard filed a friend of the court brief in the case that was decided by the Supreme Court 5-4 on Monday. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the prayers used by the town council in Greece, New York, are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation's traditions.

Science & Health
7:16 am
Thu May 1, 2014

State Extends Ala Deadlines after Twisters

The state is extending deadlines for some vehicle owners because of the severe weather that hit Alabama this week.

The Department of Revenue says the April deadlines for vehicle registrations, renewals, transfers and tax payments are being pushed back to May 16 in places where county offices closed because of the storms.

Emergency managers are reporting damage from tornadoes or other severe storms in 31 of Alabama's 67 counties.

A statement from the agency says vehicle owners won't face penalties or interest in those counties as long as they meet the new deadline.

Politics & Government
8:13 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Ala Lawmaker Arrested on Felony Perjury Charges

Rep. Barry Moore (R-Coffee)
legislature.state.al.us

A state legislator from southeast Alabama is under arrest on felony perjury charges.

The attorney general's office says Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise is charged with two counts of perjury. He's also charged with two counts of making false statements.

Davis was arrested Thursday. A statement from the attorney general's office says the charges are linked to a continuing investigation of possible public corruption.

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Arts & Life
8:50 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Photos Explore Dynamics of Youths' Sexual Identities

In this photo taken on Monday, April 21, 2014, Foster Noone, 17, of Pelham, Ala., looks at a personal photo in a new exhibit featuring images of young people with varied sexual identities and preferences during the installation of the work in Birmingham
Jav Reeves/Associated Press

For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once.

A photography exhibition opening at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Wednesday night seeks to put a face on such young people while exploring the difficult dynamics of family acceptance of their identities in the Deep South.

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Business & Education
8:59 am
Wed April 23, 2014

3 Alabama Schools Honored for Environmental Work

cleanenergyresourceteams.org

The U.S. Department of Education has honored three Alabama schools for going green.

F.E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle, Brock's Gap Intermediate School in Hoover and Homewood Middle School were among the Green Ribbon Schools announced Tuesday. Officials say 48 schools and nine districts were recognized.

The award is given to schools that are reducing their environmental impact and utility costs, promoting health for students and staff and encouraging students to learn about the environment.

Arts & Life
8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Book Tells Story of PCB Pollution in Anniston

Ellen Griffith Spears
http://nc.as.ua.edu

A new book tells the story of decades of chemical pollution in the east Alabama city of Anniston.

Written by University of Alabama researcher Ellen Griffith Spears, "Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution and Justice in an All-American Town" traces the history of the toxic chemical in the city.

The book details how the production of the chemical polychlorinated biphenyls led to Anniston being once listed among the most toxic towns in America.

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Politics & Government
8:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

AG's Office Seeks to Block Evidence on Campaign Bonuses

lutherstrange.com

The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.

Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.

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Politics & Government
1:49 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Alabama Seeks Federal Aid after Flooding

An abandoned vehicle sits submerged by floodwaters on a road in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014. Storms dumped torrential rains in central Alabama overnight, causing flooding across the region. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

The state of Alabama is seeking federal aid following last week's flooding across central Alabama.

The state said Thursday it is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance in a seven-county region around Birmingham.

If approved, residents and business owners would be eligible for low-interest disaster loans in the counties of Bibb, Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker.

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