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Arts & Life
7:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Airport Exhibits to Spotlight History, Tourism

Commemorative statue of Rev. Shuttlesworth located in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
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Travelers arriving at the renovated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport are going to get a taste of some of Alabama's history and tourist attractions.


Officials said an exhibit will honor the airport's namesake, civil rights pioneer Fred Shuttlesworth. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is designing the exhibit.

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Arts & Life
6:56 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Veterans Day Parades Set in Alabama Cities

Parades and other tributes honoring veterans are planned across Alabama on the national holiday for Veterans Day.


Gov. Robert Bentley will speak at Tuscaloosa's Veterans Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m. Monday.


Birmingham's World Peace Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, followed by a parade at 1:30 p.m.

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Arts & Life
10:25 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rhino romance in Birmingham?

Arts & Life
7:46 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Univ. of Alabama to Have Military Tailgate for A&M

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The University of Alabama is holding a special event for veterans before Saturday's football game in Tuscaloosa against Texas A&M.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a free pre-game tailgate for veterans, troops and their dependents from both schools.


The tailgate starts at 11:30 a.m. CST on the northwest corner of the Quad, where thousands of fans gather before games.


The tailgate is part of a week of events on campus making Veterans Day, which is next Monday.

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Science & Health
7:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Meteor Expert to Discuss Ala Event in Huntsville

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An expert on meteors is visiting Huntsville to discuss the recent meteorite shower in north Alabama.


Marc Fries will speak at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday morning.


Fries is a specialist in finding and recovering meteorites. He still focus on an Oct. 30 shower across the state's northern counties as he talks about using Doppler weather radar to find meteorites on the ground.


Two meteorite fragments have been recovered in Winston County, near Addison.

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Arts & Life
7:35 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Ala State Pier to Offer Beer Starting Next Year

Officials are planning something new next year for visitors to Gulf State Park: Beer at the fishing pier.


Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/PEuiW5 ) that Gulf State Park Superintendent Lisa Laraway told Gulf Shores city officials that the concession area is being upgraded at the pier.

The improvement includes a plan to begin serving beer, although city officials refused a liquor license that would have allowed the pier to also serve wine and frozen drinks.

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Politics & Government
7:33 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Alabama Governor Wants to Remove Racist Language

After two efforts to remove racist language concerning education from Alabama's 1901 Constitution, Gov. Robert Bentley says he's more determined than ever to see the racist language removed.


The amendment to remove the language concerning poll taxes and requiring black and white students to attend separate schools was defeated Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
8:29 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters OK Measure Designed to Bring Jobs to State

Alabama voters have approved a measure that Gov. Robert Bentley says will help bring jobs to the state.


Amendment 2 allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama. The constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds to offer as industrial incentives, and the state has issued $720 million.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala. Amendment to Extend Forever Wild Approved

Alabama voters decided Tuesday to extend the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.


The program, initially approved by voters in 1992, has secured more than 227,000 acres of land for public use through purchases or long-term leases. Land acquired ranges from more than 5,000 acres of fragile marshes on the Alabama coast to more than 16,000 acres at the Walls of Jericho, a dramatic gorge near the Tennessee border.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala Voters Defeat Measure to Racist Language

Alabama voters have defeated Amendment 4, a measure to remove racist language from Alabama's Constitution.


The amendment would have removed language mandating poll taxes and separate black and white schools. A similar amendment failed within the last decade.


Black legislators and the Alabama Education Association opposed the amendment because it left in a 1956 amendment that declared that Alabama children did not have a right to a public education.


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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbents Win All 6 Contested House Races in Ala

U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby is one of 6 Representatives who held onto their House seats.
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All six of Alabama's U.S. House members facing re-election have defeated challengers by wide margins.


Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery won a second two-year term Tuesday, and GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Saks captured his sixth term. Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville won a ninth term, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville claimed his second term.


GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills won his 11th term in office. And the state's lone Democratic member, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, won a second term.

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Politics & Government
7:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Alabama's Last Democrat in Statewide Office Leaves

Lucy Baxley is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.
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Alabama's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.


Cavanaugh polled about 55 percent of the vote against Baxley. She will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Montgomery. The 74-year-old Baxley told fellow Democrats Tuesday night that this was her last race.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ala. Voters to Decide on 11 Statewide Amendments

Amendment 1 asks Ala. voters whether to continue a 20-year-old program that has allowed the state to buy 220,000 acres of public land to be used for hunting, fishing, birding and other activities.

Voters in Alabama will do more Tuesday than elect a president and several state officials, they will vote on 11 proposed constitutional amendments.


Arguably the most debated amendment is No. 4. It's the second time lawmakers have attempted to remove racist language from the 1901 Constitution that allowed separate schools and poll taxes. But black legislators have opposed the measure saying it leaves an amendment that says Alabama children have no right to an education.

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Alabama Turnout Tuesday Expected to Equal 2008

Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of four years ago.


Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. That compares to 73.8 percent four years ago and 72.5 percent in 2004.

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Arts & Life
5:54 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Bishop Attempts Appeal After Pleading Guilty in Alabama Campus Shooting that Killed 3

Former University of Alabama at Huntsville professor Amy Bishop admitted to opening fire during a meeting in 2010 that killed three colleagues.

A former Alabama university professor who pleaded guilty in a deadly campus shooting is trying to appeal even though she waived that right earlier.


Court documents filed Monday show Amy Bishop has submitted notice that she intends to challenge the guilty verdict and her life sentence.


Bishop waived her right to appeal in a plea deal that resulted in prosecutors dropping a possible death penalty. So it's unclear whether any challenge can move forward.

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