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Business & Education
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

PE Class Changes in Alabama Stress Student Health

Alabama's public school students are taking part in a new physical fitness assessment this year, replacing a series of tests that had not been updated since their parents were in school.


Citing a need to refocus on the fitness of the state's children, the new Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment rolled out this fall in public schools. The tests are required for all students in grades 2 through 12 and replace the old President's Challenge Fitness Test, which was adopted in 1984.

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Arts & Life
6:23 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Daybreak Expected to Bring Storm Damage into Focus

The roof of the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street in Mobile, Ala. was ripped off by a tornado that struck midtown Mobile Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Mobile, Ala.
Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

Authorities on Wednesday were hoping to get a clearer picture of the damage done by storms in Alabama as daylight revealed the extent of the destruction.

In Mobile's downtown area, a school, church and several homes were damaged by a likely tornado on Christmas Day before the storm system that brought twisters to many places in the South moved to other parts of the state.


Despite the damage in Mobile, fire officials said they completed a door-to-door search and found two people who needed to go to shelters, but no injuries.

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Politics & Government
8:50 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

AP: Tornado reported near Mobile

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Editor's note: Mobile County Emergency Management says damage assessment crews will head out Wednesday morning to learn the extent of the toll from the violent weather that hit near Mobile on Christmas evening.

Pat Duggins, News Director

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Arts & Life
3:05 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

AP names the top 10 Alabama stories of 2012

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1. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announces it will build commercial aircraft in Mobile. 2 ) Republican Roy Moore is elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, nine years after he was removed from the same office. Meanwhile, Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh defeated incumbent Public Service Commission President Lucy Baxley. 3) Three people, including two former Auburn football players, are killed and three people injured at a pool party near the university's campus.

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Arts & Life
8:06 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Former Alabama Quarterback sacked 11 times

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy following Crimson Tide's victory over LSU at last January's BCS title game in New Orleans
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining the New York Jets quarterback's first NFL start, and Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the Chargers' 27-17 victory Sunday. McElroy, the third-stringer who was starting for the benched Mark Sanchez, moved the offense for the Jets (6-9) early but faced pressure all game. With a chance to get New York back into it with less than 5 minutes remaining, McElroy was sacked by Shaun Phillips and lost the ball. Phillips recovered and San Diego sealed the win.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Alabama braces for possible violent weather on Xmas

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of a high risk of severe weather in parts of Alabama on Christmas Day. The National Weather Service said in a report Monday morning that a powerful low pressure system will sweep across Alabama, bringing the risk of twisters -- some of them possibly strong tornadoes. The weather service's Mobile office projects that southwest Alabama will at a substantial risk of severe weather on Christmas Day. A special weather statement states there's a risk of these storms producing tornadoes during the day, with some strong tornadoes possible.

Arts & Life
6:01 am
Sun December 23, 2012

AP: BCS championship tickets still expensive

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — So if you want to take in the BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama, it'll only cost you $950, plus some fees. That's the lowest price listed on StubHub, a leading online ticket exchange. It's actually lower than a few weeks ago, and less than the average get-in price for the last two championship games involving Alabama and Auburn. Of course, that price is just for standing-room only. It'll take another $50 to get actual seats in the end zone of the upper levels. From there, prices skyrocket. Want to sit close to midfield?

Business & Education
3:15 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

Merchants upbeat for last shopping weekend before Xmas

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Merchants in Alabama says it's looking like robust Christmas shopping season so far and they're hoping procrastinating shoppers will make the season even merrier.

At the Robert Moore & Co. Christmas Town in Mobile, general manager Larry Heard says he's seeing a trend of last-minute shoppers.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Retail Association, Nancy Dennis, said her organization is estimating that $9 billion will be spent by shoppers in Alabama during November and December. She said a 4 percent growth in sales is expected from 2011.

Politics & Government
1:58 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

Alabama State University reaches severance deal with President

Politics & Government
5:47 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Alabama wants state level response to future shootings

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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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