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Arts & Life
7:51 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Freedom Rides Museum to Receive National Award

Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery is receiving a national award.
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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.

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Arts & Life
7:43 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Ala Shelters Not Offering Black Cats for Adoption

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Some animal shelters in Alabama say they're not offering black cats for adoption this week because of fears they'll be abused during Halloween.


Colbert County animal control director Tommy Morson tells the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/VwW84A) his agency won't adopt black cats the week of Halloween. He calls it an unwritten policy.

Florence animal control officer Delbert Rhodes says workers at the city shelter sometimes keep black cats in the back of the facility, away from public view, during this season.

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Arts & Life
7:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Cuban Orchestra to Perform in Alabama During Tour

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday.
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The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform in Alabama this week.


The Cuban group will play at the 1,100-seat Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday during its first tour of the United States and Canada.


The 75-member orchestra has been traveling the United States by bus since Oct. 16. It's playing in other cities including Chicago, New York and Kansas City, Mo.

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Arts & Life
6:36 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Deer Hunts Getting Under Way at Huge Ala Park

Bowhunters can begin killing deer in Alabama's largest state park this week in a program designed to reduce the number of the animals living on the suburban acreage.

The hunt begins Thursday at Oak Mountain State Park, located in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham.

Limited numbers of hunters will be allowed in parts of the park through Jan. 31, but only on weekdays with the exception of three weekends in January.

Golfers, bikers, hikers and others will still be allowed to use the 10,000-square-foot park during the hunt.

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Arts & Life
6:32 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ala Waiting on Millions in FEMA Twister Payments

Homes in this Hillcrest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, AL are among the thousands lost in the April 2011 outbreak in Alabama.
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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.

Faulkner says more payments are coming.

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Science & Health
6:27 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Dry Weather, Gusty Winds Raise Fire Threat in Ala

Forecasters say the dry, windy weather is increasing the risk of wildfires in southeast Alabama.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for the area south and east of a line extending from Autaugaville to Alexander City.

Winds blowing 15 mph will gust up to 30 mph, and the relative humidity is expected to drop as low as 27 percent.

Forecasters say the combination will make it easier for fires to start and spread, so they're recommending against any outdoor burning.

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Politics & Government
10:14 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Sexual Abuse Trial Set for Former Ala. Legislator

Former Alabama lawmaker James Thomas
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A former state legislator and high school principal is scheduled to go on trial this week on charges that he sexually abused a 17-year-old student.

Former state Rep. James Thomas is accused on a felony charge of sexual abuse and of a misdemeanor charge of having sexual relations with a student.

The student attended Wilcox-Central High School, where the 69-year-old Thomas was principal. He was placed on administrative leave after the charges were filed.

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Arts & Life
10:09 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Selma Sued Over Work at Confederate Monument

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest
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(Information in the following story is from: Times Journal, http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/ )

A Virginia company is suing the city of Selma and its police chief over the stoppage of work on a Confederate memorial in a Selma cemetery.

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Arts & Life
1:05 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Ala. Civil Rights Institute Gets $100,000 Donation

A visitor looks at an exibit honoring Rosa Parks at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Birmingham News/Emma Tannebaum

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

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Politics & Government
9:24 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Ala. Supreme Court Pares Down Prison Officers Suit

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.

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Arts & Life
9:20 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Detection Dogs Converge on Ala for Trials

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Dogs with a knack for sniffing out items are gathered in Alabama this weekend for an unusual event.

Dog handlers and their animals will be in Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday for the first K9 Nose Work trials held in the Southeast.

Such events were started by the National Association of Canine Scent Work as a way to highlight dogs' detection abilities.

Dozens of teams will participate in a competition where the animals find certain odors hidden in cars, containers and outdoor spaces.

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Politics & Government
7:56 am
Fri October 26, 2012

VP Candidate Ryan to Visit Alabama for Fundraiser

GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is attending a private fundraiser in Huntsville October 26, 2012.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is coming to Alabama for a private fundraiser.

Ryan is scheduled to be in Huntsville for the event on Friday morning.


The event is closed to the public, and an announcement from the Alabama GOP says it costs thousands of dollars just to get in.


People who give $1,000 can attend a general reception, and anyone donating $5,000 to the Republican campaign gets a photo made with Ryan.

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Alabamians Can Bend Straight Ticket Voting

Alabama voters can bend the straight ticket on Nov. 6.


Alabama's deputy secretary of state, Emily Thompson, said state law allows a voter to mark a straight-ticket ballot for one party and then go down the ballot and vote for candidates of the other party. Thompson says there is no limit on how many candidates can be marked in the other party, and the ballot will still be counted.

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Politics & Government
7:42 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has formed a commission to find ways to improve the Alabama Medicaid Agency's financial stability and to improve patient care provided by the agency.


Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.


The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper, were named to the commission.

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Education Budget
5:10 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Alabama GOP Budget Writers Avoid Midyear Cuts

The writers of the first proration-free education budget in some years are confident the next budget will avoid cutbacks.
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Two Republican legislators who designed Alabama's first proration-free education budget in several years say they are optimistic the state's new education budget will also avoid midyear cutbacks.

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