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6:56 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Alabama Participating in Wreaths Across America

Credit thepattersonfoundation.org

Alabama is participating with other states in the Wreaths Across America program to honor veterans and their families.

Gov. Robert Bentley will join other state officials along with veterans and their families for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the state Capitol auditorium.

Officials in other states and in Washington will hold ceremonies at the same time Monday. The state Department of Veterans Affairs says the ceremonies promote a week-long celebration of veterans and their families.

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Business & Education
6:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

2 With Ties to Suspended Ala. State President Cut

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave last month.
Credit article.wn.com

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


Two Alabama State University employees with ties to suspended university President Joseph Silver are out of their jobs.


University vice president Danielle Kennedy said the vice president for business and finance, Edward Patrick, and the senior assistant to the president, Joyce Outler, no longer work for Alabama State because the board of trustees did not approve their hiring.

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Politics & Government
6:33 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Special Election Tuesday for Alabama Legislature

Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned from his House District 34 seat to become director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.
Credit openbama.org

Voters in most of Blount County and part of northern Jefferson County will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state representative.

Former Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge of Hayden faces Blount County Board of Education vice president Chris Latta in a Republican runoff in House District 34. The winner has no Democratic opposition.

The new representative will fill the vacancy created when Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.

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Arts & Life
6:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Gov. Bentley Lighting State's Christmas Tree

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The official state Christmas tree is scheduled for lighting in front of the state Capitol in Montgomery.


Gov. Robert Bentley, first lady Dianne Bentley and members of the Garden Club of Alabama are supposed to turn on the lights in a ceremony that begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday.


The state's official Christmas tree this year is a 35-foot eastern red cedar grown in Bullock County. It was donated by Elisabeth Thompson, who owns Feathers Plantation in Fitzpatrick.

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Arts & Life
6:36 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Birmingham-Area Project Gets AIDS Grant

AIDS United is awarding $750,000 to a joint program in Birmingham to fight HIV/AIDS.
Credit atlantaharmreduction.org

An AIDS-fighting charity is providing almost $750,000 to help combat the disease in central Alabama.


AIDS United awarded the grant to a new joint effort between the University of Alabama at Birmingham's 1917 Clinic and Birmingham AIDS Outreach.


The money will fund Birmingham Access to Care, a three-year program that's the first of its kind in Alabama.


The program will identify people living with HIV or AIDS who are no longer receiving the care they need and try to get them back into the system.

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Business & Education
6:27 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Alabama Lands its 1st Airbus Supplier

Officials announced Airbus would build an aircraft assembly plant in Mobile in July 2012.
Credit timesfreepress.com

Alabama has landed its first Airbus supplier.


A subsidiary of Labinal, Safran Engineering Services, announced Thursday that it will operate an engineering supporting facility in Mobile that will hire 30 to 50 people. Labinal is part of the French aerospace company Safran Group.


Gov. Robert Bentley said he met with Labinal officials during a visit to the Farnborough International Air Show in England earlier this year and encouraged the company to locate in Alabama.

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Politics & Government
1:04 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Giant Nails to be Used to Prevent Landslides

Alabama transportation officials hope they have the answer to preventing landslides on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne: Giant nails.

The state Department of Transportation has hired Soil Nail Launcher Inc. of Grand Junction, Colo., to shoot long, nail-like tubes into slumping soil inside the Fort Payne city limits.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the company repairs landslides around the country, including in Tennessee.

Officials say the work will cost a little less than $3 million.

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Politics & Government
12:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ala. Farmers Organization Elects New President

Outgoing Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby, left, passes the gavel to newly elected President Jimmy Parnell of Chilton County.
Credit alfafarmers.org

A fifth-generation Chilton County farmer has been elected president of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Officials Monday announced Jimmy Parnell, of Stanton, will serve a two-year term as president.

Officials say 48-year-old Parnell served on the organization's board of directors between 1999 and 2008, and was chairman of the group's Young Farmers Committee in 1997.

Parnell raises cattle and runs a timber business with his father and two younger brothers. He was named logger of the year by the Alabama Forestry Association in 2006.

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Arts & Life
12:53 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Gulf State Park Shows Signs of New Life After Fire

Aftermath of the June 2011 fire in at Gulf State Park.
Credit wkrg.com

Signs of last year's fire that scorched nearly 1,000 acres can still be found at Gulf State Park, but dramatic signs of its recovery are also evident.

WKRG-TV reports that what was charred timbers and ashes is now tall grasses, flowers and wildlife after the June 2011 blaze.

Park naturalist C.J. Jarmon says four months after the June 2011 wildfire, a salvage operation removed a lot of the dead timber and mulched mounds of debris.

So far, 23,000 long leaf pine trees have been planted in the area to help refurbish it.

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Politics & Government
6:28 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Veterans Cemetery to be Dedicated in Spanish Fort

A new veteran's cemetery to be owned and operated by the state will be dedicated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in Spanish Fort.


Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner retired Rear Admiral W. Clyde Marsh said it was appropriate that the cemetery is being dedicated on Pearl Harbor Day.

It's the first veteran's cemetery owned and operated by the state of Alabama.


The cemetery's first phase covers 22.8 acres and will include an administration building, maintenance facility, committal shelter and memorial walk.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Mon December 3, 2012

3 Seek Presidency of Ala Farmers Federation

Jerry Newby is outgoing president of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Credit alfafarmers.org

Three people are vying to replace Jerry Newby as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation.


The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/V8Boze ) reports that state Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre; Jimmy Parnell of Maplesville; and Ricky Wiggins of Covington County are candidates in the election.


The vote will be held Monday during the group's annual meeting in Montgomery.


The 65-year-old Newby announced earlier this year he wouldn't seek re-election. He served seven two-year terms.

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Business & Education
12:28 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

AP: Resigned UA President Making $535K Annually

Guy Bailey resigned as president of the University of Alabama in October.
Credit blog.al.com

The University of Alabama is still paying ex-President Guy Bailey $535,000 a year even though he resigned after just two months on the job.

Bailey cited his wife's health in unexpectedly quitting in late October. But university system spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart told The Associated Press on Friday that Bailey remains on the university payroll.

Bailey is officially on leave through August. He could return to campus as an English professor after that.

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Business & Education
11:26 am
Fri November 30, 2012

ASU Trustees Delay Action on Suspended President

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver was placed on administrative leave on Monday.
Credit wtvy.com

Alabama State University trustees say they won't decide the fate of the school's suspended president because his mother died.

Joseph Silver's mother died Thursday night. Trustees had planned to discuss Silver at their Friday morning meeting.

Silver contends he was suspended after raising questions about financial matters at the Montgomery school, including concerns about undisclosed contracts. Silver tried to fire two top university officials.

ASU officials have denied any financial wrongdoing at the school.

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Arts & Life
8:27 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Mental Evaluation Done, Updyke Free from Custody

Harvey Updyke
Credit AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt, Pool

The Alabama football fan charged with poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees is free from custody following the completion of a mental evaluation.


A Lee County judge has released Harvey Updyke into the supervision of his daughter in Louisiana now that the psychiatric testing is done.


The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/QtiQwJ ) reported Friday that the judge scheduled a competency hearing for Updyke for Dec. 10 in Opelika. Prosecutors requested the hearing.

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