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Politics & Government
3:41 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

State AG and Victoryland owner spar over liquor license

Politics & Government
7:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

"Fiscal Cliff" could cost Alabama thousands of jobs

Politics & Government
7:11 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Birmingham area schools ask for more police patrols

Science & Health
8:37 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Alabama hospital pays damages for patient death

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BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The family of a 59-year-old diabetic woman who was mistakenly given a lethal dose of insulin at an Alabama hospital has been awarded a $140 million judgment.

AL.com (http://bit.ly/Y3h1tT) reports a Baldwin County Circuit Court judge ordered Thomas Hospital and three other firms to pay the family of Sharron Juno, of Daphne, who died in 2008.

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Governor calls for audit of Alabama State University

Arts & Life
7:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Authorities Identify Man Who Shot Himself Inside Ala. Courthouse

Thursday morning shooting at the Hugo Black Federal Courthouse in Birmingham.
al.com

Authorities identify the man who shot himself inside an Alabama federal courthouse as 50-year-old building services director David Lee Williams of Birmingham.

Officials say he went through an employee entrance Thursday to avoid a security check that could have caught the gun.


The U.S. Marshals Service says the worker used an access card to enter the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse in Birmingham. The card system is being used at times while renovation work is done on the main entrance.

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Business & Education
7:11 am
Fri December 14, 2012

State Wants Plan to Address Grade-Changing Scandal

Alabama State School Superintendent Tommy Bice.

(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)


Alabama's state school superintendent says he expects the Montgomery County school system to have a plan by Christmas to make sure grade-changing doesn't occur again.


State Superintendent Tommy Bice said the state Department of Education wants the plan for institutional control in place before the second semester starts. The department will appoint a monitor to make sure the school system carries out its new plan.

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Business & Education
6:57 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Alabama's Interim Chancellor Gets $51,000 Extra

Alabama's Board of Education named Susan Price as interim chancellor of the two-year college system in March.
blog.al.com

The state Board of Education has voted to give nearly $51,000 to a vice chancellor of the two-year college system for serving as interim chancellor for more than six months.


The board decided Thursday to give the money to Vice Chancellor Susan Price because that would have been the difference between her $155,250 annual salary and the chancellor's salary for the time she served.


Price served from March through the hiring of Mark Heinrich in September. The chancellor's base salary is $250,000 annually.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Federal lawsuit challenges Alabama's new legislative districts

The predominantly black Alabama Democratic Conference and others have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Alabama House and Senate districts that were redrawn earlier this year by the Legislature.


The lawsuit filed Thursday claims legislators drew the districts in a way that caps the number of areas where black candidates have a realistic chance. The lawsuit says the districts adopted by the Republican-majority legislature violate the U.S. and Alabama constitutions and the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Business & Education
6:37 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Legislators Seek Money Records from Alabama State

Senator Trip Pittman of Montrose is one of three lawmakers asking Alabama State University to turn over financial records.
Credit deseretnews.com

Three legislative leaders on education issues have asked Alabama State University for records of all contracts and payments to public officials or their immediate families.

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Arts & Life
6:32 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Tribe Files Lawsuit to Stop Ala. Casino Expansion

This is a rendering of the expansion of the casino that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are building in Wetumpka.
Credit The Poarch Band of Creek Indians

(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)


A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246 million expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land.


The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Montgomery.

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Business & Education
6:24 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Sentencing Thursday for Former Ala. Legislator

Former state Rep. James Thomas was found guilty of having sexual contact with a female student at the high school where he was principal.
Credit blog.al.com

A former state legislator is to be sentenced Thursday on a charge of having sexual contact with a female student at the high school where he was principal.


Former state Rep. James Thomas is to be sentenced at a hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Wilcox County Courthouse in Camden. A jury last month found the 69-year-old Thomas guilty of the misdemeanor charge while finding him not guilty of a felony sexual abuse charge.

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Arts & Life
8:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Sheriff to Inspect Games for Ala. Casino Restart

The sheriff of Macon County is planning to inspect new gambling machines being installed in VictoryLand in anticipation of the casino reopening soon.

An attorney for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor said Sheriff David Warren will be at the casino in Shorter on Wednesday afternoon.

VictoryLand was once Alabama's largest casino with more than 6,000 games. It shut down in 2010 under pressure from the governor's gambling task force. The casino maintained that its games were legal electronic bingo, but the task force labeled them illegal slots.

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Business & Education
7:53 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Birmingham School Superintendent Gets Extension

Birmingham School Superintendent Craig Witherspoon is receiving a two year contract extension.
Credit blog.al.com

Leaders have approved a contract extension for the superintendent of Birmingham's troubled school system.


The city school board extended Craig Witherspoon's contract by two years during a meeting Tuesday.

Some members weren't happy, saying they felt pressured to vote because of state support for Witherspoon. The extension passed on a 5-4 vote.


The state took over Birmingham's city school system in June, citing financial problems. The system lacks sufficient funding reserves required under a state law.

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Arts & Life
7:23 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Judge Sets Date to Rule on BP Plea Deal Over Spill

Workers remove oil from the beach at Gulf Shores on June 12, 2010.
Credit Kate Mercer/Press-Register

A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf of Mexico.


To resolve a Justice Department probe, the London-based oil giant agreed last month to plead guilty to criminal charges involving the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress about how much oil spilled from its blown-out well.

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