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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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Arts & Life
7:55 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Auburn Police Seek 2 After Toomer's Oaks Fire

Auburn University's landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner.
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Auburn police are trying to identify two people who were near the landmark trees at Toomer's Corner shortly before they burst into flames early Sunday.

Police say city webcams captured images of the two, who both appear to be wearing dark-colored pants and light-colored shirts.

Auburn police Capt. Tom Stofer says investigators want to talk to the two to either rule them in or out of the case.

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Business & Education
7:32 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Bice: Findings in Grade-Changing Probe 'Troubling'

Ala Superintendent Tommy Bice
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Alabama's schools superintendent says a state investigation into grade-changing allegations at Montgomery Public Schools has turned up "significant findings."

Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice tells The Montgomery Advertiser that he has been provided with a large number of documents related to the findings, which he called "troubling."

Bice said the findings uncovered in the investigation are serious enough that he planned to spend part of the upcoming holiday period reviewing the documents.

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Arts & Life
7:25 am
Wed November 21, 2012

US Senate: Birmingham is First Home of Vets Day

Birmingham has long claimed to have the nation's oldest celebration of Veterans Day.

Now, the U.S. Senate agrees.

The Senate has passed a resolution stating that Birmingham is home to the nation's first and longest-running observance of Veterans Day.

The resolution comes nine years after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Emporia, Kan., as the "founding city" of the holiday.

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Business & Education
8:16 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Ala Stores Target in Wal-Mart Black Friday Strike

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Alabama stores are among the locations being targeted in a Black Friday strike by Wal-Mart workers.


AL.com (http://bit.ly/SN6cW4 ) reports the planned strike includes 55 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in Alabama. A website set up by organizers includes stores in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and others.

Only the Wal-Mart in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham has a strike leader name and lists a time when the walk-out will begin.

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Arts & Life
8:12 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Ala. Humane Society Requests Emergency Funding

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Officials at an Alabama humane society say their agency needs emergency funding to continue operations.


The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/UQRQnW ) reports that the Montgomery Humane Society has roughly $2,000 in the bank.

Humane society representatives told the newspaper in a story published Monday the agency won't be able to pay employees after the next pay period without additional funding.

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Science & Health
7:47 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Lawmaker to Get Update on Birmingham Pollution

(Information in the following story is from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews )

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell will soon get an update on environmental contamination in a North Birmingham neighborhood.

Sewell plans a meeting Monday with officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is conducting testing in the area.

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Arts & Life
7:42 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Left With Tornado Damage, Ala. Town Blaming FEMA

Officials in the old Alabama mill town of Cordova say the money to demolish buildings damaged by tornadoes a year and a half ago remains mired in red tape.

Mayor Drew Gilbert says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is constantly seeking explanations and documentation, and holding up the process.

The town's main street looks about the same as it did the deadly tornadoes ripped across the southeast in April 2011, with battered red bricks and broken glass littering the pavement.

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Arts & Life
7:34 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Bentley Kicks Off Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will be joined by officials of the Salvation Army on the Alabama Capitol steps to launch the 2012 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Montgomery.

Bentley will launch the 2012 campaign during a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday on the Capitol steps.

Bentley's office said the campaign provides funds to the Salvation Army for emergency shelter, food, clothing and day-to-day assistance.

The Salvation Army also ministers to the spiritual needs of people in the area.

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Politics & Government
10:22 am
Sat November 17, 2012

No tax refund for Jefferson County residents and businesses

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A ruling from Alabama's Supreme Court means that Jefferson County will not have to reimburse workers and businesses for roughly $100 million in taxes. That ruling helps pave the way for the county's exit from bankruptcy. The case began in 2010 when Circuit Judge Charles Price ruled that Jefferson County's occupational tax was invalid because the law enabling it was unconstitutionally passed by state lawmakers. AL.com (http://bit.ly/TZceVs ) reports that Price ordered some refunds, but not $100 million requested by parties representing taxpayers.

Science & Health
7:54 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Infection Data from Alabama Hospitals Online

The public now has access to some of the information reported by Alabama hospitals about healthcare-associated infections.


The Legislature passed a law in 2009 requiring hospitals to report infection information to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Now, the department has started putting that information online at: http://www.adph.org/hai

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Politics & Government
7:45 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Aircraft to Stay at Maxwell Air Force Base

908th Airlift Wing C-130 over Maxwell AFB Alabama
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U.S. Air Force officials have told Alabama officials that it has altered an earlier proposal and no longer plans to relocate C-130 aircraft from the 908th Airlift Wing stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base.


Earlier this year, cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense budget prompted the U.S. Air Force to announce that it would retire older aircraft — which could include seven of Maxwell Air Force Base's eight C-130H cargo planes. That decision could affect hundreds of employees.

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