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7:23 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Ala. School District Investigated for Harassment

Officials say a JROTC instructor at Grissom High School told students that homosexuality is sinful. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating those claims.
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The Huntsville City School District is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education over claims of harassment.


Officials say a JROTC instructor at Grissom High School told students that homosexuality is sinful.


GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, an Alabama nonprofit, filed a complaint with the Department of Education in October.


In their complaint, the organization says the school district failed to prevent and stop harassment.


The school district received a letter from the department of education this week.

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Business & Education
7:14 am
Fri November 30, 2012

ASU Attorney: Silver Sent E-mail Firing Officials

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday. He was hired in June.
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A lawyer for Alabama State University says suspended President Joseph Silver sent letters by email telling two top administrators they were being fired.

Attorney Kenneth Thomas said the emails were sent Monday to executive vice president John Knight and communications director Danielle Kennedy during a meeting where a committee of the board of trustees placed Silver on paid administrative leave.

Thomas said the emails were sent at 5:37 p.m. and 5:38 p.m. Monday. Silver has said he fired Knight and Kennedy.

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Arts & Life
7:01 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Mobile to Host National Barbecue conference

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The city of Mobile has been chosen to host the 2013 National Barbecue Conference and Trade Show.


Al.com reported Thursday the convention runs between Feb. 19 and 23 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.


Officials say a rich culture, paired with a community of barbecue professionals and enthusiasts, make Mobile an ideal city for the convention.


The event is run by the National Barbecue Association, which is based in Louisville, Ky.

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Science & Health
6:42 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NASA Demolishing Old Rocket Test Stand at Marshall

Credit NASA

The nation's space agency is tearing down a rocket test stand in Huntsville that was once used by engineers working to send astronauts to the moon.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says workers will use explosives to demolish the concrete towers of Test Stand 4696 at Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville on Friday.

The 239-foot-tall tower was built in 1962 to test F-1 engines, which helped power Saturn V rockets to the moon. Documents show it hasn't been used since 1969, the year astronauts first landed on the lunar surface.

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Politics & Government
6:38 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Democratic Ala. Senator Complains About Obama

Ala Senator Hank Sanders
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A state senator who supported Barack Obama in both presidential elections is expressing concerns about his leadership.


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Arts & Life
8:10 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Jeweler Refunds About $55,000 Over Football Pledge

Gardendale jeweler Jeff Dennis had promised to refund purchases at his Gardendale jewelry store if either team failed to score in the Iron Bowl. Alabama shut out Auburn in a 49-0 win.
Credit The Birmingham News/Stan Diel

An Alabama jeweler says he's refunded more than $50,000 -- and received many smiles -- since Alabama shut out archrival Auburn in their annual football game last weekend.


Jeff Dennis had promised to refund purchases at his Gardendale jewelry store if either team failed to score.

No. 2 Alabama's 49-0 victory over Auburn meant that Dennis owed thousands of dollars in refunds. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/U4ootq) that he's already refunded about $55,000.

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Business & Education
6:31 am
Thu November 29, 2012

3 Finalists Picked for Presidency of AIDB

AIDB President Terry Grahamis retiring Feb. 1. He has served as president of the school for the last decade.
Credit aidb.org

A screening committee has picked three finalists for the presidency of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.


Trustees will interview John Mascia, a vice president at the school; Larry Taub, an administrator at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf; and Tyrone Yarbrough, superintendent of the Department of Youth Services school at Mt. Meigs.


The institute says the interviews will be conducted Dec. 3 on the campus in Talladega.

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Politics & Government
6:21 am
Wed November 28, 2012

BP Arraigned in Oil Spill Case, Pleads Not Guilty

Workers remove oil from the beach at Gulf Shores on June 12, 2010. The Coast Guard and EPA are tightening oversight of waste disposal from the Gulf oil spill.
Credit Kate Mercer/Press-Register

A lawyer for BP PLC entered a not-guilty plea for the company as it was arraigned on charges stemming from a deadly 2010 rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


The plea Tuesday in federal court was a procedural move paving the way for a later guilty plea. It doesn't signal that BP is backing away from its plea agreement, company and government lawyers said.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Rick Santorum Returning to Alabama for Speech

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will address the Alabama Policy Institute's annual dinner Thursday, November 29 2012.
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The winner of Alabama's presidential primary in March, Rick Santorum, is headed back to the state.


The former Pennsylvania senator will address the Alabama Policy Institute's annual dinner Thursday night in Birmingham. Institute President Gary Palmer says Santorum will talk about where conservatives should look for hope in changing the direction of the country. Santorum participated in the institute's presidential candidate forum in Mobile in March.


Santorum recently said he's open to considering another presidential run in 2016.

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Business & Education
5:44 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Alabama Treasurer Announces Scholarship Program

Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer
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State Treasurer Young Boozer has announced a new state scholarship program that's aimed at Alabama students who are often overlooked for financial assistance.

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Arts & Life
8:35 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Auburn Says Fire Damage Weakening Toomer's Oaks

Auburn University's landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner.
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A new report from Auburn University says the fire that damaged the oak trees at Toomer's Corner will make the trees even weaker than they were beforehand.


A study released on Monday says the trees already were in what it calls a "severe state of decline" from being poisoned.

The report says flames that severely damaged the trees on Nov. 18 will only worsen their condition.

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Business & Education
8:16 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Alabama High School Graduation Rate is 72 percent

Federal education officials say Alabama has a high school graduation rate of 72 percent among all students, ranking it behind neighboring Tennessee and Mississippi, but ahead of Georgia and Florida.


The U.S. Department of Education released the data this week. It details four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 - the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure.

Federal officials say varying methods of graduation rates states used previously were unreliable for state-by-state comparisons.

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Arts & Life
7:48 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Ala Jeweler Refunding Purchases Over Shutout

An Alabama jeweler says he owes customers tens of thousands of dollars since Alabama shut out archrival Auburn in their annual football game last weekend.


Jeff Dennis had promised to refund purchases at his Gardendale jewelry store if either team failed to score.

WIAT-TV (http://bit.ly/Tq3icI ) reports that No. 2 Alabama's 49-0 victory over Auburn means Dennis is getting ready to pay up.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

New Book to Feature Alabama Dishes

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Alabama's tourism agency has a new book for people who love food.


The Alabama Tourism Department is offering a 128-page, hardcover book titled "Alabama Food" that goes on sale Dec. 3.


The book features more than 225 dishes from restaurants around the state. It's based on a tourism promotion that highlights Alabama's home-grown restaurants.


The book features food products from around the state. It has sections devoted to farmers markets, farms, food festivals, and wines and craft beers.

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Arts & Life
5:56 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Commodores Headline Mobile's Moon Pie Drop

The Commodores are headlining Mobile's Moon Pie Drop on New Year's Eve.
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Mobile's annual Moon Pie Drop on New Year's Eve will feature the Commodores and a laser and fireworks show.


City officials say the free outdoor celebration will start with Mardi Gras-style parade at 7:30 p.m. Then several bands, including Mobile's own Wet Willie Band, will perform before the Commodores hit the stage at 11 p.m.

For the fifth year, a 12-foot-tall electronic Moon Pie will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust building at midnight. A laser and fireworks show will welcome in 2013.

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