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.
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.
The Freedom Rides Museum in the old Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery has been selected for a national historic preservation award.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is presenting the award Friday in Spokane, Wash. It recognizes the groups behind the museum: the U.S. General Services Administration, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Greyhound Bus Station Advisory Committee and the U.S. Middle District Court of Alabama.
Alabama is still waiting on more than $70 million in payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency linked to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.
Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.
The state is eligible for and expecting $185 million in all. But Faulkner says the payment process can take a while on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed by twisters.
The Birmingham Civil Rights institute has received a $100,000 donation to help it mark next year's 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, marches and boycotts that brought national attention to segregation in 1963.
Credit Birmingham News/Emma TannenbaumA visitor looks at an exhibit honoring Rosa Parks at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.Edit | Remove
The Alabama Supreme Court has pared down a lawsuit filed by five correctional officers against Alabama prison officials.
The officers claimed in the lawsuit filed in 2010 that the Department of Corrections had violated its own regulations concerning overtime pay, how officers were allowed to use earned leave and in the way officers were paid a daily subsistence allowance.