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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.
abcnews.go.com

(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.
usnews.nbcnews.com

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.

Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Oil prices rise following "fiscal cliff" deal in Congress

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HONG KONG (AP) — Oil prices rallied today after U.S. lawmakers passed legislation to avoid a "fiscal cliff" that would have pushed the world's biggest economy into recession. The U.S. House of Representatives voted near midnight to send the bill to President Barack Obama after a frantic day of political brinksmanship in Washington. Benchmark crude for February delivery rose 95 cents late afternoon in Hong Kong to $92.77 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.02 to finish at $91.82 per barrel in New York on Monday.

Arts & Life
6:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Want to celebrate New Year's Day? Take a hike!

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PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's state parks have an alternative to sitting around the house on Jan. 1. Six state parks will be offering what officials are calling "First Day Hikes" on New Year's Day. The events are free guided hikes that are meant to encourage people to spend time outdoors. Visitors still have to pay park admission fees, however. The hikes will be held at Alabama's largest state park, Oak Mountain, in suburban Birmingham; DeSoto in northeast Alabama; Gulf State Park on the coast; Joe Wheeler near Decatur; Lake Guntersville; and Monte Sano park overlooking Huntsville.

Breaking
11:39 am
Sun December 30, 2012

"Fiscal cliff" bill done--taxes may still go up

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax package negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans and passed by Congress will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase. But that doesn't mean that most of them won't see their taxes rise. In fact, the vast majority of workers will pay higher federal taxes in 2013, largely because a temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes expired on New Year's Day. The tax package did nothing to prevent that from happening.

Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Alabama lawmaker proposes pro-gun amendment

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama legislator has proposed a measure that would make the right to bear arms a fundamental right in the Alabama Constitution. That right is already in the U.S. Constitution as the Second Amendment. Republican Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia told the Web site al.com his proposal would allow state voters to make it part of the state constitution. He said this would make it more difficult for state courts to restrict the right to gun ownership.

Politics & Government
3:13 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Temporary deal averts strikes at ports, including Mobile

Arts & Life
5:47 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Ala. Governor to Survey Troy Area Tornado Damage

blog.al.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to visit locations in the Troy area in Pike County that were affected by Christmas Day tornadoes.


The governor plans to visit Brantley Mobile Home Park in Troy at 1:45 p.m. Friday. At 2:45 p.m. Friday he will visit a home on Pike County Road 2214 to survey damage from the storms.


Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner will join the governor to survey the damage. The governor made a similar trip Thursday to survey storm damage in Mobile.

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