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Bentley-Ebola
4:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Fearing Ebola, Gov. Bentley Asks Colleges About Travel

The governor asked that schools provide the names of anyone planning travel to West Africa, their contact information and return dates.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley wants Alabama colleges to identify students or instructors returning from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa.

Bentley wrote in a letter to college officials that students and instructors from West Africa may return home for the holidays to visit family and friends.

The governor asked that schools provide the names of anyone planning travel to West Africa, their contact information and return dates. The Decatur Daily reports state public health officials should be notified when travelers return to Alabama.

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VA-Health Care
4:16 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Firing Of Central Alabama VA Director Upheld

The Veterans Administration terminated James Talton in late October for neglect of duty, but he appealed to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

A federal appeals board has upheld the firing of the former director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.

The Veterans Administration terminated James Talton in late October for neglect of duty. He appealed to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. The board has issued a 32-page decision upholding the termination.

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Alabama Earthquake
4:13 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Small Earthquake Rattles West Alabama

An intensity map of today's earthquake in Alabama.
Credit USGS National Earthquake Information Center

A small earthquake rattled west Alabama in the pre-dawn hours.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.8 quake occurred about 10 miles northwest of Eutaw around 4:25 a.m. Thursday.

The quake was about 3 miles beneath the surface of the Earth.

While the earthquake was strong enough to be felt, officials say no damage is being reported in the rural area.

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Ship Company Citations
4:05 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Mobile Ship Building Company Issued Safety Citations

Federal labor officials have issued 12 citations to the Austal USA shipbuilding company and are proposing that it pay a $41,500 fine.
Credit Official U.S. Navy Imagery / Flickr

Federal labor officials have issued 12 citations to a coastal Alabama shipbuilding company and are proposing that it pay a $41,500 fine.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said Wednesday that among the nine serious violations the Austal USA ship building company has been cited for is failing to install railings on all staircases, allowing workers to be overexposed to copper fumes during welding and failing to ensure that employees follow safety procedures.

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Hubbard Trial
4:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Prosecutor Says House Speaker Case Not Political

A lead prosecutor says ethics charges were brought against House Speaker Mike Hubbard because a grand jury found evidence of crimes and not for political reasons.
Credit council of state governments

A lead prosecutor says ethics charges were brought against House Speaker Mike Hubbard because a grand jury found evidence of crimes and not for political reasons.

Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis issued a statement Tuesday responding to accusations by Hubbard that the case is political.

Davis says he has no political allegiances to anyone, including Attorney General Luther Strange, who appointed him.

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Hubbard Trial
4:16 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Judge Delays House Speaker Mike Hubbard's Trial

A judge has delayed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial on ethics charges until 2015.

A judge has delayed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial on ethics charges until 2015.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker pushed back a Dec. 8 trial date at the request of the defense. Walker will meet with prosecutors and defense lawyers on Jan. 7 to discuss a timeline for the case.

A grand jury last month indicted Hubbard on felony ethics charges. The indictment accuses Hubbard of using his public positions to obtain work for his companies and to solicit investments from lobbyists.

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Severe Weather-Alabama
4:08 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Cold Blast Follows Strong Storms, Rain In Alabama

Cold temperatures gripped the state today with more on the way for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Credit National Weather Service

Temperatures plummeted across Alabama after storms left flooding and scattered damage across the state.

Al.com reports that crews from the National Weather Service were being sent to Pike, Bullock and Russell counties to determine whether tornadoes snapped trees and caused other damage in those areas.

Weather service reports show temperatures fell as much as 15 degrees from midnight until morning rush hour Monday. And forecasters say overnight lows could drop to the mid-20s as far south as the coast.

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Gulf Restoration-Alabama
3:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Says $9.6 million Approved To Restore Gulf Coast

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Credit telegraph.uk

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday said $9.6 million for four Alabama projects has been approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He said projects address conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the disaster.

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Politics & Government
8:01 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Alabama Businessman Settles Securities Fraud Case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The former chief executive of a company that planned to build railroad cars in north Alabama will pay $21 million to the Retirement Systems of Alabama as part of a deal settling 11 counts of securities fraud. TheTimesDaily reports that Greg Aziz also will reimburse about $1 million to state and local agencies for investigative costs. The charges against him will be dropped. Aziz was accused of organizing a scheme to defraud the pension system of $350 million by supplying false information during a funding deal.

Arts & Life
6:59 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Crimson Tide defeats #1 Mississippi State

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Blake Sims, T.J. Yeldon and No. 4 Alabama's relentless defense delivered on a big stage, and the Crimson Tide held off No. 1 Mississippi State 25-20 on Saturday. The Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 5 CFP) reasserted itself as a national title contender with a dominant first half and some clutch play in the fourth quarter. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1, No. 1 CFP) kept fighting to keep their first-ever reign going for a sixth week. They couldn't conquer Alabama at raucous Bryant-Denny Stadium, though.

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Arts & Life
6:59 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Tide and Bulldog fans expected to flood Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of people are pouring into Tuscaloosa for the football game between top-ranked Mississippi State and Alabama, and transportation officials are urging caution. Traffic will be heavy Saturday on U.S. 82 between Tuscaloosa and Mississippi, and it's always busy on Interstate 20/59 on game days in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama Department of Transportation says motorists should be careful in a work zone on the interstate, and they're planning additional police patrols. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Senate Race
4:38 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Provisional Ballots Counted In Close Senate Race

Election officials on Wednesday will count provisional ballots in a closely watched state senate race.
Credit triplepundit

Election officials on Wednesday will count provisional ballots in a closely watched state senate race.

Longtime Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville trails Republican Larry Stutts by just 60 votes, according to unofficial returns.

Voters can cast provisional ballots if they do not have the required photo identification or if they do not appear on a polling place's list of voters. The votes only count if election officials determine the person was rightfully eligible to vote.

Bedford's supporters say they will hold out hope until the last vote is counted.

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Cancer Disparities Grant
3:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

UAB, Alabama State Given Cancer Research Grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.
Credit uab.edu/news

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

UAB officials said in a statement Tuesday that the $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will allow both schools to execute cancer-related research and training focused on helping underserved communities.

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Supreme Court-Voting Rights
3:40 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Justices Review Racial Makeup Of Alabama Districts

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a case involving the racial makeup of Alabama's legislative districts.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans that have helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate - all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.

Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. They argue that Republicans relied too heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census.

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Double Dipping Suit
3:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Alabama Legislator Sues Over Ban On Double Dipping

A legislator re-elected last week has gone to court to challenge a law prohibiting legislators from having a second state job.
Credit yazclassaction

A legislator re-elected last week has gone to court to challenge a law prohibiting legislators from having a second state job.

Democratic Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville filed suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court to challenge the law that took effect the day after the Nov. 4 legislative elections.

After Republicans won control of the Legislature in 2010, they passed a law to prohibit legislators from having a second state job and paycheck. They delayed enforcement until after the 2014 elections.

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