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7:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Meteor Expert to Discuss Ala Event in Huntsville

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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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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbents Win All 6 Contested House Races in Ala

U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby is one of 6 Representatives who held onto their House seats.
Credit roby.house.gov

All six of Alabama's U.S. House members facing re-election have defeated challengers by wide margins.


Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery won a second two-year term Tuesday, and GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Saks captured his sixth term. Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville won a ninth term, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville claimed his second term.


GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills won his 11th term in office. And the state's lone Democratic member, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, won a second term.

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Politics & Government
7:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Alabama's Last Democrat in Statewide Office Leaves

Lucy Baxley is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.
Credit psc.alabama.gov

Alabama's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.


Cavanaugh polled about 55 percent of the vote against Baxley. She will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Montgomery. The 74-year-old Baxley told fellow Democrats Tuesday night that this was her last race.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ala. Voters to Decide on 11 Statewide Amendments

Amendment 1 asks Ala. voters whether to continue a 20-year-old program that has allowed the state to buy 220,000 acres of public land to be used for hunting, fishing, birding and other activities.

Voters in Alabama will do more Tuesday than elect a president and several state officials, they will vote on 11 proposed constitutional amendments.


Arguably the most debated amendment is No. 4. It's the second time lawmakers have attempted to remove racist language from the 1901 Constitution that allowed separate schools and poll taxes. But black legislators have opposed the measure saying it leaves an amendment that says Alabama children have no right to an education.

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Alabama Turnout Tuesday Expected to Equal 2008

Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of four years ago.


Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. That compares to 73.8 percent four years ago and 72.5 percent in 2004.

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Arts & Life
5:54 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Bishop Attempts Appeal After Pleading Guilty in Alabama Campus Shooting that Killed 3

Former University of Alabama at Huntsville professor Amy Bishop admitted to opening fire during a meeting in 2010 that killed three colleagues.

A former Alabama university professor who pleaded guilty in a deadly campus shooting is trying to appeal even though she waived that right earlier.


Court documents filed Monday show Amy Bishop has submitted notice that she intends to challenge the guilty verdict and her life sentence.


Bishop waived her right to appeal in a plea deal that resulted in prosecutors dropping a possible death penalty. So it's unclear whether any challenge can move forward.

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Politics & Government
5:49 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Birmingham, Ala., FBI Gets New Leader

Richard D. Schwein Jr. will command the FBI's Birmingham Division.
Credit fbi.gov

The FBI is getting a new leader in Birmingham.


Richard D. Schwein Jr. has been named special agent in charge of the Birmingham Division. FBI Director Robert Mueller appointed him to the job.

Schwein began his career with the FBI in 1988 and has held a variety of jobs.


He recently served as deputy director for law enforcement at the CIA Counterterrorism Center. Schwein also was the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Mobile from 2009 to 2011.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Ala GOP Plans Election Night Party at Gun Range

Alabama Republicans are holding their election night party at a gun range, where participants will be able to shoot a few rounds as returns come in.


The state Republican Party is inviting supporters to the 52,000-square-foot Hoover Tactical Firearms for a "victory party" Tuesday night.

The suburban Birmingham business sells firearms, and it has ranges where people can shoot their own guns or firearms that are available for rent.

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Politics & Government
7:58 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Ala. Governor Plans Discussions of Amendment 2

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Birmingham and Mobile Monday to discuss an amendment on Tuesday's ballot to allow the state to refinance bonds.


Bentley says the savings will free up funds to provide incentives for companies considering moving their facilities to Alabama. The incentives can also be used to encourage companies to expand facilities already in Alabama. Bentley said he believes passage of the amendment will create new jobs in Alabama.

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Politics & Government
8:22 am
Thu November 1, 2012

EPA Grants 16 States Clean Gas Waivers After Sandy

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The Obama administration is temporarily waiving some Clean Air Act requirements in 16 states, including Alabama, to reduce fuel disruptions from Superstorm Sandy.


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says in a letter to governors that extreme circumstances related to Sandy will prevent enough gasoline from reaching consumers.

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