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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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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.
Credit musicworcester.org

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.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

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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