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7:56 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Blast at Ala Plant Injures 1

An explosion at an industrial plant rocked the Shoals area of northwest Alabama and injured one person.


Authorities say the blast occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday at Cherokee Nitrogen, which is located in Cherokee.


Plant officials say the explosion happened in a section of the factory where workers make ammonia. It rattled homes throughout Colbert County and into Lauderdale County.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Ala Town Shut Down Amid Dispute Moves Forward

An Alabama town shut down amid a political dispute is trying to move forward.


The sheriff unlocked town hall in the Cullman County city of Colony so four council members could take their oaths of office on Monday.


The Cullman Times (http://bit.ly/RA0NDo ) reports the council agreed on an operating framework for the city as the search for a new mayor continues.

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Arts & Life
8:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Services Set for Herbert Carter, Tuskegee Airman

Lt. Col. Herbert Carter was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He passed away last Thursday at the age of 95.
Credit blog.al.com

Funeral services are being planned at Tuskegee University for retired Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.


Carter was among the first troops to report to Tuskegee during World War II as the Pentagon began training the nation's first black military pilots.

The school says a funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the campus chapel for Carter, who died Nov. 8 at the age of 95.


Carter served in the Air Force and its Army predecessor for 25 years before retiring. He also taught at Tuskegee.

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Politics & Government
7:52 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Treasury Ending Paper Benefit Checks March 1

The U.S. Treasury Department says Alabamians are still receiving federal benefits though more than 112,000 paper checks each month. They have less than four months remaining to say whether they want to switch to direct deposit or Direct Express debit cards.


The department is moving to all-electronic payments for federal benefits starting March 1, and those who don't select will be switched to Direct Express debit cards so they don't miss a payment.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.


Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Arts & Life
7:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Airport Exhibits to Spotlight History, Tourism

Commemorative statue of Rev. Shuttlesworth located in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Travelers arriving at the renovated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport are going to get a taste of some of Alabama's history and tourist attractions.


Officials said an exhibit will honor the airport's namesake, civil rights pioneer Fred Shuttlesworth. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is designing the exhibit.

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Arts & Life
6:56 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Veterans Day Parades Set in Alabama Cities

Parades and other tributes honoring veterans are planned across Alabama on the national holiday for Veterans Day.


Gov. Robert Bentley will speak at Tuscaloosa's Veterans Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m. Monday.


Birmingham's World Peace Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, followed by a parade at 1:30 p.m.

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Arts & Life
10:25 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rhino romance in Birmingham?

Arts & Life
7:46 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Univ. of Alabama to Have Military Tailgate for A&M

Credit pubclub.com

The University of Alabama is holding a special event for veterans before Saturday's football game in Tuscaloosa against Texas A&M.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a free pre-game tailgate for veterans, troops and their dependents from both schools.


The tailgate starts at 11:30 a.m. CST on the northwest corner of the Quad, where thousands of fans gather before games.


The tailgate is part of a week of events on campus making Veterans Day, which is next Monday.

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Science & Health
7:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Meteor Expert to Discuss Ala Event in Huntsville

Credit blog.al.com

An expert on meteors is visiting Huntsville to discuss the recent meteorite shower in north Alabama.


Marc Fries will speak at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday morning.


Fries is a specialist in finding and recovering meteorites. He still focus on an Oct. 30 shower across the state's northern counties as he talks about using Doppler weather radar to find meteorites on the ground.


Two meteorite fragments have been recovered in Winston County, near Addison.

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Arts & Life
7:35 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Ala State Pier to Offer Beer Starting Next Year

Officials are planning something new next year for visitors to Gulf State Park: Beer at the fishing pier.


Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/PEuiW5 ) that Gulf State Park Superintendent Lisa Laraway told Gulf Shores city officials that the concession area is being upgraded at the pier.

The improvement includes a plan to begin serving beer, although city officials refused a liquor license that would have allowed the pier to also serve wine and frozen drinks.

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Politics & Government
7:33 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Alabama Governor Wants to Remove Racist Language

After two efforts to remove racist language concerning education from Alabama's 1901 Constitution, Gov. Robert Bentley says he's more determined than ever to see the racist language removed.


The amendment to remove the language concerning poll taxes and requiring black and white students to attend separate schools was defeated Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
8:29 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters OK Measure Designed to Bring Jobs to State

Alabama voters have approved a measure that Gov. Robert Bentley says will help bring jobs to the state.


Amendment 2 allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama. The constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds to offer as industrial incentives, and the state has issued $720 million.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala. Amendment to Extend Forever Wild Approved

Alabama voters decided Tuesday to extend the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.


The program, initially approved by voters in 1992, has secured more than 227,000 acres of land for public use through purchases or long-term leases. Land acquired ranges from more than 5,000 acres of fragile marshes on the Alabama coast to more than 16,000 acres at the Walls of Jericho, a dramatic gorge near the Tennessee border.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala Voters Defeat Measure to Racist Language

Alabama voters have defeated Amendment 4, a measure to remove racist language from Alabama's Constitution.


The amendment would have removed language mandating poll taxes and separate black and white schools. A similar amendment failed within the last decade.


Black legislators and the Alabama Education Association opposed the amendment because it left in a 1956 amendment that declared that Alabama children did not have a right to a public education.


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