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Politics & Government
8:21 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Officials Set Ala. News Conference on Drug Program

Top state and federal criminal justice officials plan to hold a news conference to announce a program that will allow people to turn in prescription drugs with no questions asked.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Attorney George Beck and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday at the U.S Attorney's office in Montgomery.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Alabama Casino Lobbyist Gets Probation

A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to Alabama legislators to support pro-gambling legislation has received probation.
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A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has received probation.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins gave Jennifer Pouncy three years on probation, 100 hours of community service, and $4,100 in fines and fees at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Montgomery.

Pouncy was the first person to plead guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case.

The former lobbyist for Country Crossing Casino admitted offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Police Search Delays School in Guntersville

Authorities say a report of gunshots and the search for a suspect has led to classes being delayed for students in Guntersville.

Administers delayed Wednesday morning's school start in Guntersville City Schools for two hours.


Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson tells WAFF-TV (http://bit.ly/SQTtR9) that someone knocked on the door of an apartment on Richardson Street around 2:30 a.m. Authorities say the homeowner chased the man off and called police. The suspect ran into a wooded area and police heard two shots.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:08 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Prosecutors: No More Prison Delay For Casino Boss

The Justice Department wants no more delays and for Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley to report to jail.

A federal prosecutor is opposed to Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley getting a third delay on when he must report to prison.

Justice Department prosecutor Kendall Day filed court papers Tuesday saying the department opposes another delay for medical reasons. Day said the federal prison system can provide Gilley with the post-operative care he might require.

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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Marchers Plan to Protest Forrest Monument in Selma

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is believed to have been the first Grand Wizard of the original KKK.
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Opponents of efforts to build a new monument to Civil War Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest plan to ask the Selma City Council to refuse to allow the new statue to be built.


Selma resident Malika Fortier said she will lead a march from the Edmund Pettus Bridge about three blocks to Selma City Hall at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. She said her group is upset that supporters of the monument plan to replace a statue that has been in a city cemetery for about 10 years. That statue disappeared from Live Oak Cemetery earlier this year.

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Politics & Government
8:26 am
Tue September 25, 2012

2 Alabama Departments Merging to Save Money

Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees will lead the new Department of Labor.
governor.alabama.gov

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations and the Alabama Department of Labor will merge Oct. 1, with the new department known as the Department of Labor.

Labor Commissioner Jim Bennett is retiring after nine years in the post, and Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees will lead the combined department.


The Legislature approved the merger with the support of the governor, and it's supposed to save $100,000 to $200,000 per year. Surtees said that will come from eliminating rent and other operating expenses and consolidating functions.

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Foreclosure Settlement
5:08 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Foreclosed Ala. Mortgages Getting Claims Info

Attorney General Luther Strange says claims forms are being mailed to Alabama borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2011.
LutherStrange.com

State Attorney General Luther Strange says claims forms are being mailed to more than 29,000 Alabama borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2011 and may be eligible for payments.

The payments are from a $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Borrowers eligible for the settlement had mortgages serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. Strange said the national settlement administrator mailed postcards to eligible borrowers nationwide last week.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Huntsville Attorney Nominated for TVA Board

Joe Ritch, a Huntsville lawyer, has been nominated to serve on the TVA board. (Huntsville Times)
The Huntsville Times

Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the second Alabamian to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority board during its 79-year history.


Ritch told The Huntsville Times that it's an honor to be nominated. His nomination is subject to Senate approval. Ritch has been active in economic development work and is the longtime chairman of the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee.

Business & Education
8:11 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Alabama Seeing Growth in Advanced Placement Exams

Alabama education officials say the state is No. 1 in the nation for the growth in high school students making qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams for the last five years and for the growth in minority students taking AP courses.


Gov. Robert Bentley, state school Superintendent Tommy Bice and supporters of the A Plus College Ready program announced Monday in Millbrook that qualifying scores have gone up 102 percent and minority participation 318 percent over the last five years.

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Politics & Government
6:20 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Driving without insurance maybe tougher soon in Alabama

Microsoft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A driver's chances of being hit by an uninsured motorist in Alabama may go down after Jan. 1. That is when a new system will start verifying within a few seconds whether a motorist is abiding by Alabama's law requiring liability insurance. County license plate offices will verify insurance information when issuing or renewing car tags. Police will do it when they stop cars for traffic offenses. And the state Revenue Department will do random computer checks.

Politics & Government
6:41 am
Sun September 23, 2012

State Department criticizes CNN over report on late U.S. ambassador to Libya

Accuracy in Media

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. State Department spokesman says CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family. The news channel posted in a story online Saturday that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. State Department spokesman Philippe Reines says CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador's family that it wouldn't report on the diary. Reines is a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Alabamians to file more State taxes on-line?

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Revenue is trying to streamline the process for state residents to file taxes and apply for licenses. Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee said Friday making more services available online will speed up the process, cut costs and make the filing and application process easier. . Magee said the new effort includes moving the majority of the remaining business taxes to online. The department sent out notices in June advising residents of plans to move to more electronic filing.

Unemployment Rate
5:13 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Alabama Unemployment Rate Rises To 8.5 Percent

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations says the state's unemployment rate is up again.
http://dir.alabama.gov Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate has risen for the fourth consecutive month to 8.5 percent for August.

The figure announced Friday by the state Department of Industrial Relations represents more than 183,000 unemployed people.

Alabama's unemployment rate has been going up since measuring 7.2 percent in April. It was 7.4 percent in May, 7.8 percent in June and 8.3 percent in July.

Alabama's unemployment rate a year ago was 9.1 percent.

Politics & Government
7:17 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Alabama remembers POW/MIA's

Microsoft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A ceremony will be held in Montgomery to commemorate national POW/MIA Recognition Day. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday on the south lawn of the Alabama Capitol. It will include remarks by World War II prisoner of war Seymour "Sy" Lichtenfeld of Mobile. Lichtenfeld was captured in 1944 by the Germans while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was sent to Stalag IV-B in Brandenburg. Suffering from frostbite, he and 5,000 other American POWS were forced to march 110 miles to another camp.

Alabama Immigration
5:11 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Mexican Government Reviewing Complaint On Ala. Law

The NAFTA Initialing Ceremony from October 1992 with then President George H.W. Bush.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Wikimedia Commons

The Mexican government is reviewing a labor union's complaint that Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants violates an international trade agreement.


An official with Mexico's labor department confirms the review in a letter released Thursday by the group that filed the complaint, the Service Employees International Union.


The labor organization and a Mexican attorneys group filed a complaint in April.

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