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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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Business & Education
8:05 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Alabama Trustees to Discuss Bailey Departure

Dr. Guy Bailey and his wife, Dr. Jan Tillery-Bailey
Credit president.ua.edu

University of Alabama trustees are gathering in Tuscaloosa to discuss a new president following Guy Bailey's resignation after less than two months in office.


Board pro tem Paul Bryant Jr. says members will discuss presidential succession at a meeting on Thursday.

Bailey announced his resignation on Wednesday, saying it was due to the health of wife Jan Tillery-Bailey.


A statement didn't reveal anything about her condition, but a university spokeswoman says Bailey's wife was critically ill over the summer.

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Arts & Life
7:58 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Construction Resumes of Creek Casino in Alabama

The Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Credit southerngaming.com

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is resuming work on its $246 million casino and hotel in Wetumpka.


Work on the 20-story project stopped two weeks ago after the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians in Oklahoma objected to the plans. The Oklahoma tribe has historic ties to the land once known as Hickory Town Ground, and it objected to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved.

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Science & Health
7:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

AU Prof to Study Wild Pig Problem in Morocco

Auburn University will study a growing pig problem in Morocco.
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Auburn University is going to help out with a pig problem in the north African nation of Morocco.


Auburn professor Steve Ditchkoff has received an $80,000 grant from the Moroccan government to help study and curb its growing population of wild pigs.

The swine can cause environmental damage and make life tougher for domestic livestock and wildlife.


Ditchkoff will conduct a pilot study of a pig trapping method developed by a graduate student. The goal is to see whether it can be adapted to help round up pigs in Morocco.

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Politics & Government
7:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Absentee Voting Open to Alabama Rescue Workers

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman
Credit sos.alabama.gov

The state's chief election official says Alabamians going to help storm victims in other states can vote an absentee ballot before they leave.


Secretary of State Beth Chapman says Thursday is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot. Chapman said utility workers, Red Cross volunteers and others headed out of state can visit or contact their local absentee election manager's office before they leave and vote an absentee ballot so they will not miss the election.

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Arts & Life
8:03 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Students Encouraged to Sit with Someone Different

School children in Alabama and across the country are encouraged to branch out from their normal group of friends and sit with somebody different at lunch.


The Southern Poverty Law Center's teaching tolerance project is sponsoring Mix It Up at Lunch Day Tuesday to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and sit with someone with whom they wouldn't normally socialize.

At least 90 schools in Alabama are participating in the program.

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Science & Health
7:58 am
Tue October 30, 2012

UAB Gets $3.1M Grant for Nursing

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will receive $3.1 million in federal grants that officials say will help put hundreds more nurses and teachers into Alabama's workforce.


A statement from the school says the grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will have an impact over the next four years and beyond.


The money will fund four programs designed for students pursuing a master's degree or higher in nursing. Graduate students comprise 70 percent of the nursing school's student body.

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Science & Health
7:55 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Health Officials Close Doors of Clanton Hospital

Alabama's Department of Health is suspending the license of the Chilton Medical Center.
Credit chiltonmedicalcenter.net

The Alabama Department of Health has issued an emergency order suspending the license of Clanton Hospital and closing its doors.


The hospital operates as the Chilton Medical Center. It was given notice earlier this month that its license could be revoked.


An attorney for the health department, Brian Hale, said Monday the hospital didn't have enough money for payroll checks for employees. Hale said there were two patients in the 60-bed hospital Monday and they were being transferred to hospitals in Alabaster and Birmingham.

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Science & Health
8:03 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Ala to Get Gusts up to 40 mph Linked to Sandy

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Forecasters say eastern Alabama is in for a windy day because of Hurricane Sandy.

The National Weather Service says northwest winds of at least 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are possible through sunset Monday.


Forecasters say the breezy northwest winds are due to the interaction of high pressure to the northwest and low pressure from Sandy to the northeast.


The strongest winds are expected east of Interstate 65, particularly in the higher elevations in the state's northeastern corner.

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