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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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Business & Education
5:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Panel Votes to Place New ASU President on Leave

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver is on paid administrative leave.
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The Alabama State University Board of Trustees voted Monday to place the school's new president on paid administrative leave.



The Montgomery Advertiser reports the panel recommended that Joseph Silver be placed on leave immediately. The circumstances that led to their decision were not immediately clear.


The full board will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. to consider the recommendation while Silver is on leave.

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Arts & Life
5:47 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Auburn Fires Gene Chizik After 3-9 season

Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins.
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Auburn has fired coach Gene Chizik.


Auburn announced Sunday that Chizik was dismissed two years after leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957. The Tigers closed with a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama that was the second-most lopsided Iron Bowl game ever and worst since 1948.


The move came after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins. It was the most losses by an Auburn team since an 0-10 season in 1950.

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Arts & Life
5:43 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NWS: 2012 Below Average Year for Twisters in Ala

Forecasters say 2012 is a below-average year for tornadoes in Alabama, at least so far.


While Alabama has 40 tornadoes in an average year, the National Weather Service says only 32 tornadoes occurred in the state through Thanksgiving.

If no more twisters occur this year, 2012 will end with the state's lowest tornado total since 1999, when 23 occurred. But November and December are considered a secondary tornado season for the state.

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Politics & Government
5:40 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall

Dr. Don Williamson is director of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
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Alabama's top health officer says state Medicaid is facing a major funding shortfall.


The director of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Don Williamson, says federal changes will add $30 million to the state's Medicaid funding needs for 2014.


The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/TdPa3M ) reports that state officials didn't know about the additional cost when voters approved using $437 million from a state fund to plug the Medicaid budget in September.

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Arts & Life
9:31 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Book Program to Benefit Black Belt Schools

A University of Alabama program plans to give more than $5,000 worth of books to at least five schools in Alabama's Black Belt region in December.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that schools in 18 counties can apply for the "Book Bonanza" program conducted by the university's School of Library and Information Studies.

The program began in 2009. Each school typically gets between $1,000 and $1,500 in new fiction and non-fiction books. University officials will make the awards in December based on need.

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Sun November 25, 2012

SEC Championship Tickets Spiking for Ala. vs. Ga.

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Tickets to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta next weekend continued to climb as Georgia and Alabama each demolished their archrivals.

By early Saturday evening, after Georgia's 41-10 win over Georgia Tech and with Alabama leading Auburn 42-0, the cheapest ticket on StubHub.com was $324. That doesn't include shipping and handling. Those add-ons would push the price closer to $400.

And don't think that would get you nice seats, either. That's just for seats just a few rows from the top of the Georgia Dome in the corner of the end zone.

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Arts & Life
8:50 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Mayors of Auburn, Tuscaloosa Place Bets on Game

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox
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The mayors of Auburn and Tuscaloosa have something riding on the outcome of this year's Iron Bowl.

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox made a friendly wager on Saturday's game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

Ham will make a contribution to the city of Tuscaloosa's tornado recovery fund if the No. 2 Crimson Tide beats unranked Auburn.

Maddox will make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County if the Tigers pull off an upset and defeat Alabama.

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Business & Education
8:43 am
Sat November 24, 2012

State, Local Leaders from Ala Head to Germany

Airbus announced plans for a new factory in Mobile, Ala in July 2012.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders are heading to Europe to promote Alabama at an aviation gathering.

The officials will attend the Aviation Forum 2012 for a special panel presentation about Airbus' decision to build aircraft in Mobile.

WKRG-TV (http://bit.ly/UyzeL2) reports the two-day gathering will be held in Hamburg, Germany, starting Tuesday.

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Arts & Life
8:35 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Distance No Problem for Ala. Black Friday Shoppers

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Distance was no object for Alabama shoppers looking for the best Black Friday deals.

The Sprinkle family traveled almost 200 miles from the Mobile County town of Coden to Montgomery on a trip that combined three favorite family activities — football, hunting and shopping.

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Business & Education
8:25 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ala. Becomes 10th State to Partner with Microsoft

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More than 140 high schools in Alabama are partnering with Microsoft to add business software programs to their curriculum.

The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/Tb0HkP ) reports that Alabama will become the 10th state to use Office software in a partnership with the company.

Gov. Robert Bentley made the announcement Tuesday at the Autauga County Technology Center in Prattville.

Bentley says technology partnerships with 143 schools in the state are essential as industries become increasingly tech-driven.

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Politics & Government
8:05 am
Wed November 21, 2012

New Director Hired at Anniston Housing Authority

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The Anniston Housing Authority is hiring a new executive director to fill a position that's been vacant since June of 2011.

The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/TfopzA ) reports that Willie "Sonny" McMahand will begin heading the agency on Dec. 3.

McMahand is a 56-year-old native of Greenville, S.C. He has experience working in the public housing system there, in Durham, N.C. and in Charlotte, N.C.

McMahand also worked in Durham until he was laid off in December 2011 because of budget cuts.

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