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Arts & Life
6:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

NTSB: No Radio Contact in Ala Crash That Killed 3

Federal authorities removing wreckage of the plane involved in the crash.
aviationinspector.com

A preliminary federal investigation says the teenage pilot of a small airplane didn't have any radio contact before the aircraft crashed in Alabama on New Year's Day, killing three people.


The National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says authorities learned of the crash in Walker County after witnesses called 911.


The report doesn't say what caused the crash, in which a 17-year-old student pilot and two friends died.

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Politics & Government
6:22 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Roy Moore to be Sworn-In as Alabama Chief Justice

Roy Moore will be sworn-in as Chief Justice this afternoon.
blog.al.com

Roy Moore is to take the oath of office as Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice.


Investiture ceremony for Moore and for Supreme Court Justice-elect Tommy Bryan will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Alabama Judicial Building.


Moore served as chief justice from 2001 to 2003, but was removed from office for refusing to obey a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the judicial building.

Arts & Life
6:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

NWS: Rainfall Totals of 5 Inches Possible in Ala

Get out an umbrella: Forecasters say the next few days will be soggy across Alabama.


The National Weather Service says parts of the state could see as much as 5 inches of rain between Friday and early next week, and some areas could receive even more rain in small downpours.


While forecasters aren't predicting severe weather, they say brief periods of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds are both possible. So are rising streams and rivers that could lead to flooding.

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Hiring Rivals
4:38 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Dale Peterson Out At Ala. Ag Department

Former candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Dale Peterson announced he will not join the Ag department as a special assistant.
Credit dalepeterson2010.com

A plan by state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan to hire another of his rivals from the 2010 campaign is off.


McMillan had planned to hire Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson, who ran against McMillan in the Republican primary in 2010, but Peterson announced Thursday he's not going to work at the state agriculture department. Peterson says he realized McMillan was trying to neutralize him and keep him from being a potential candidate in 2014.

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Utility Rates
4:27 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. PSC Rejects Call For Formal Review Of Rates

The Alabama Public Service Commission rejects call for formal review of rates of state's three largest investor-owned utilities.
Credit http://www.psc.state.al.us/ / Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission has blocked Commissioner Terry Dunn's request for a formal review of the rate structures for Alabama's three largest investor-owned utilities.


Dunn made a motion Thursday for formal reviews of Alabama Power, Alabama Gas and Mobile Gas, but commissioners Twinkle Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden said an informal process is the best way to proceed. That will begin later this month with Mobile Gas.

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Politics & Government
6:48 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Alabama Governor Becomes Chairman of Oil Group

Governor Robert Bentley is the first Alabama governor to chair the IOGCC.
governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley has become the first Alabama governor to serve as chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.


The commission is an organization of 38 states involved in oil and natural gas production. Bentley's office said his goals as the chairman for 2013 include providing more extensive training for oil and gas inspector certification and bringing the states' regulatory and technical staffs together to share ideas and best practices.

Science & Health
6:44 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Birmingham Region Meets EPA Air Standard

Officials say the Birmingham area's air-pollution rating is the best it has been in more than three decades.


The Alabama Department of Environmental Management says the region including Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties has met a set of federal pollution standards for the first time in more than 30 years.


The state asked federal officials to certify that the area was in compliance, and the Environmental Protection Agency agreed.

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Politics & Government
6:43 am
Wed January 9, 2013

NAACP Planning Montgomery Health Care Rally

President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act.
politico.com

The Alabama NAACP is planning a rally Saturday at the Capitol in Montgomery to show its support for the Affordable Care Act.

Organizers say the rally is also to express concern about Gov. Robert Bentley not using the law to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama.

Business & Education
6:35 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Meeting Set to Discuss Alabama School Shootings

Wednesday's meeting in Montgomery comes in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
abcnews.go.com

Members of the House and Senate Education Policy committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss keeping students and teachers safe in the event of a school shooting and preventing such incidents.

The hearing will include House Speaker Mike Hubbard, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Alabama Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier and state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice. The meeting will also include other law enforcement and education officials.


The meeting is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 617 at the Alabama Statehouse.

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House Committee Heads
7:02 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Hubbard Names Leaders For Some Ala. House Panels

House Speaker Mike Hubbard names leaders for some House panels ahead of next month's legislative session.
Credit Alabama House of Representatives

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn has appointed representatives to fill committee leadership vacancies prior to the Feb. 5 start of the 2013 regular session.


Republican Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville will replace Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw as chairman of the Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee. McCutcheon recently became chairman of the House Rules Committee, replacing former Rep. Blaine Galliher of Rainbow City. Galliher resigned his House seat to take a position on the governor's staff.

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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Auburn Seeks Input on Future of Toomer's Corner

Toomer's Corner after Auburn won the BCS Championship. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is awaiting trial after being accused of poisoning the oak trees in 2010.
bleacherreport.com

Auburn University is seeking input from students, faculty and residents on what Toomer's Corner should look like if the iconic oak trees have to be destroyed after they were poisoned.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/11bFHSk) that feedback is being sought in the form of an online survey from now until Jan. 18.


Dan King, assistant vice president for Auburn's facilities department, says officials at the university are being proactive in developing a future plan in the event that the trees must be taken down.

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Politics & Government
7:54 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Judge Sets Feb. 14 Hearing on Transocean Plea Deal

Drilling company Transocean Ltd. plead guilty to charges stemming from the 2010 oil spill.
The Associated Press

A federal judge in New Orleans has scheduled a Feb. 14 hearing to decide whether to accept the Justice Department's criminal settlement with Transocean Ltd. over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Transocean, which owned the rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the spill, agreed last Thursday to pay $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. The Switzerland-based company also agreed to pay $1 billion in civil penalties.

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Arts & Life
7:40 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alabama Preps for Severe Weather Preparedness

Alabama's second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be the weekend of Feb. 22-24.


The state Revenue Department says the state will waive its 4 percent sales tax on items used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricanes and tornadoes. Some cities and counties will do the same.

Business & Education
11:38 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Former UA President Explains Quick Departure

Former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey
depts.ttu.edu

Former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey says he resigned because his ill wife would drive herself to meet the social obligations of being a president's wife and that would put her life at risk.

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Arts & Life
7:33 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Wednesday Hearing in Auburn Tree Poisoning Case

Harvey Updyke is set to appear in court on Wednesday on charges stemming from an incident in Louisiana.
usatoday.com

A Lee County judge handling the Toomer's Oaks poisoning case will consider a request from prosecutors Wednesday to revoke the bond for 64-year-old Harvey Updyke.

The Opelika-Auburn News(http://bit.ly/UPLpoC ) reports that the district attorney's office based its request on Updyke being arrested in Hammond, La., where he was accused of threatening an employee at a home improvement store.

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