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12:55 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Ala. School District Monitoring Grading System

In the wake of a probe into allegations of improper grade changing, Montgomery Public Schools has increased oversight of its grading and credit recovery system.

The Montgomery Advertiser Thursday (http://on.mgmadv.com/10ZhPRL ) reported the Alabama State Department of Education required the city's school district to more closely monitor the grading and credit recovery system to ensure employees are following established guidelines.

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Arts & Life
8:35 am
Fri January 4, 2013

FAA: Plane in north Ala. crash not registered

Rescue crews rush to the scene of the plane crash.
WBRC video

Federal Aviation Administration records show that a plane that crashed in Jasper killing three people wasn't currently registered to fly.

FAA records show HiFlight Aviation of Jasper bought the plane in May 2010. The company applied for registration, but the application was returned to HiFlight in June 2010 for correction. The FAA received no response and canceled the registration.


State business records show that HiFlight was organized in Jasper in 2010. A phone number given by the company at the time of registration is no longer active.

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Business & Education
8:25 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Auburn Trustees to Meet in Search for New Members

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees is expected to begin work on selecting two board members next week.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/1382c9c) that Auburn's Trustee Nominee Selection Committee will meet Tuesday in the Lt. Governor's conference room at the state capital in Montgomery.

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Business & Education
7:14 am
Fri January 4, 2013

S.S. Numbers Not Required to Play in Ala. District

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Outdated extracurricular activity forms have been removed from two schools' websites in Autauga County after a civil rights organization complained they required students to provide Social Security numbers.


Autauga County Superintendent Spence Agee said Thursday students do not need to provide a Social Security number to participate in activities like football, cheerleading or band.

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Science & Health
6:52 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Alabama Weight Loss Program Begins 7th Year

A program designed to help Alabamians lose weight is kicking off its seventh year.


The state Department of Public Health is encouraging four-member teams to start forming for Scale Back Alabama. The teams will weigh in the week of Jan. 19-25 and weigh out the week of April 6-12. The winners will be announced April 26.


There is no charge to enter. Teams where each member sheds at least 10 pounds are eligible for a random drawing where the first prize is $4,000, the second prize $2,000 and the third prize $1,000.

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Arts & Life
8:24 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Mobile Mayor Skeptical City Will Get Tornado Aid

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones
southernnationalist.com

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones says federal support in the aftermath of two tornadoes that struck the city within the same week might be tough to come by.


Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/S6Hqpf) that Jones made the comments to Mobile's city council on Wednesday.

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Arts & Life
6:35 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Mom Says Boy Didn't Steal Plane in Alabama Crash

Scene near plane crash in Jasper, Ala.
cbsnews.com

Jordan Smith's mother says he fell in love with flying at an early age and was just one test short of earning his private license when the small plane he was piloting crashed after taking off from a county airport northwest of Birmingham, Alabama.

Sherrie Smith disputes reports from officials that her 17-year-old son and two friends took the plane without permission Tuesday night. All three teens died in the crash.

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Arts & Life
6:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Ala. Man Says He Does Not Remember Bar Shooting

45-year-old Nathan Van Wilkins is accused of opening fire at the Copper Top bar in Temerson Square July 2012.
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(Information in the following story is from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com)


The 45-year-old man accused of opening fire on a bar in downtown Tuscaloosa says he does not remember the incident because of medications he was taking at the time.


The Tuscaloosa News reports Nathan Van Wilkins claims to have no memory of using an assault rifle to shoot at 18 people with an assault rifle at the Copper Top bar in Temerson Square.

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Arts & Life
6:25 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Ala. Professor Appealing Life Sentence in Shooting

Ex UAH professor Amy Bishop is appealing her conviction and life sentence for capital murder.
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A former professor who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three colleagues during a staff meeting has been notified by the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals that her appellant's brief is due by Jan. 28.


WAFF-TV (http://bit.ly/1355jyA ) reports Amy Bishop Anderson, formerly of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is appealing her conviction and life sentence for capital murder. Bishop fatally shot three colleagues and wounded three others during a biology department staff meeting in February of 2010.

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Arts & Life
9:17 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Deputy: 3 People Killed in Alabama Plane Crash

A Piper PA 30, similar to the plane shown here, went down in Jasper late Tuesday. All three people aboard were killed.
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Authorities say all three people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the Jasper area, northwest of Birmingham.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press that the Piper PA 30 went down less than a mile west of the Walker County Airport in Jasper around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.


Walker County sheriff's Chief Deputy James Painter said the three occupants of the plane were young people. Their names have not yet been released.


Few other details were immediately available.

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Politics & Government
9:02 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Alabama Reps. 6-1 Against Fiscal Cliff Bill

Republican U.S. Representative Jo Bonner is one of six Alabama lawmakers who voted "no" on legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff.
weldbham.com

All six Republicans in Alabama's House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state's lone Democrat voted for it.

Republican U.S. Reps. Jo Bonner, Martha Roby, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Spencer Bachus and Mo Brooks cast no votes, and Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell voted yes on the legislation that passed 257-167 Tuesday.

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Arts & Life
7:47 am
Wed January 2, 2013

FAA: 3 People on Board Plane that Crashed in Ala.

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Authorities say three people were on board a small plane when it crashed in the Jasper area, northwest of Birmingham.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press that the Piper PA 30 went down less than a mile from the Walker County Airport in Jasper Tuesday night.

She said the crash happened around 10:40 p.m. Central Time.

Few details were immediately available.

Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation and will determine the probable cause of the crash.

Arts & Life
7:02 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Ala. Church Damaged in Storm Targeted in Burglary

Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church on St. Charles Avenue is seen Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. The EF2 tornado which struck Mobile and Prichard Christmas day caused extensive damage to the church.
Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

Authorities say a church that was damaged in the tornado that hit Alabama on Christmas day has been burglarized.


AL.com reports a burglar kicked in the front door of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church and stole microphones and amplifiers Sunday night. Authorities say several church windows were also broken.


The church on St. Charles Avenue has been closed since last week's tornado.


Authorities say the burglary was discovered by people who were at the church Monday taking inventory for insurance purposes.

Science & Health
6:53 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Hospital Moves Labor and Delivery, Pediatric Units

A hospital in Decatur is moving its labor and delivery unit and pediatric department to another facility this week.


The Decatur Daily reports Decatur-Morgan Hospital is moving the units from Parkway Hospital to Decatur General Hospital to help offer a more unified health system in Morgan County.


Officials say the move will also save the hospital about $100,000 annually, and no employees will lose their jobs as a result of the consolidation.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Ala. County Facing Backlog of 300 Drug Cases

Court officials in one southeast Alabama county say they're starting the New Year with a backlog of more than 300 felony drug cases after a satellite crime lab was closed.


The Dothan Eagle reports the drug cases in Houston County are in limbo as prosecutors await lab results from the state Department of Forensic Sciences so they can take the cases before a grand jury.

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