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Politics & Government
8:57 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Bentley Seeks More Tornado Aid for Tuscaloosa

governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Alabama's governor went to Washington this week to try to secure more money for tornado recovery in Tuscaloosa.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he met with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, of Wednesday.

They talked about Bentley's concerns that HUD's formula caused hundreds of rental homes that were damaged or destroyed in Tuscaloosa to be excluded from the recovery assistance funding. Bentley said he's also wrote a letter to the president.

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Business & Education
8:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Alabama Chancellor Finalists Set for Interviews

www.alsde.edu

The State Board of Education is meeting to interview the two finalists for chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.


The board has interviews in Montgomery starting at 9 a.m. Thursday with Mark Heinrich, who is president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, and Blake Flanders, who is vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents.


The school board is looking for a replacement for Freida Hill, who stepped down in March under pressure from some board members.


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Business & Education
8:14 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Alabama Tornado Volunteer Honored at White House

Dr. J. Suzanne Horsley is receiving recognition for her work with the American Red Cross.
uanews.ua.edu University of Alabama

An assistant professor at the University of Alabama, Suzanne Horsley, will be honored at the White House on Friday.


She's one of nine people being recognized as "Champions of Change" for the time and effort they have devoted to the American Red Cross.

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Politics & Government
6:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Census: Poverty down in Alabama

Microsoft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new U.S. Census report shows the poverty rate in Alabama is mostly unchanged but has gone down some over the last year, while the median income in the state has gone up. The report released Wednesday shows Alabama 42nd among the 50 states in median household income. The census report found Alabama's median household income to be $42,590 compared to the national median household income of $50,054. The U.S. Census Bureau also reported the state was making some progress in the fight on poverty, The Census report showed the poverty rate in Alabama was 15.49 percent.

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Politics & Government
8:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

President of School for Deaf and Blind to Retire

AIDB President Terry Graham is stepping down February 1, 2013.
aidb.org Alabama Institute For Deaf and Blind

The president of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind plans to retire next year.


Terry Graham says he will step down as head of the state-sponsored school in Talladega on Feb. 1.


Graham has been at the school for 35 years, and he served as president for the last decade. Before that he was as an administrator at the Helen Keller School and in Health, Evaluation and Outreach programs.


Board chairman Lynwood French says trustees will conduct a search for a successor.


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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Searcy Hospital Plans to Close Doors on Oct. 31

mh.alabama.gov Alabama Department of Mental Health

Alabama Department of Mental Health officials say Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon is expected to close on Oct. 31 and admissions to the south Alabama facility will cease on Sept. 17.


Plans to close Searcy were announced in April. But Mental Health Commissioner Jim Reddoch told hospital employees the closing date Tuesday.


Department officials said the closing is part of a nationwide trend to provide community-based mental health treatment.

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Bishop Pleads Guilty
5:54 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Ex UAH Prof. Pleads Guilty To Killing Ala. Colleagues

Former UAH professor Amy Bishop pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and shooting three others.
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A former biology professor accused of pulling a gun from her purse and opening fire at a faculty meeting pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010.

Amy Bishop, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder involving two or more people and three counts of attempted murder during a hearing in Huntsville. She had earlier pleaded not guilty, and her lawyers said she planned to use an insanity defense.

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Siegelman Reports To Prison
4:49 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Former Alabama Governor Reports To Federal Prison

Former Governor Don Siegelman reported to a federal prison in Louisiana today to finish his 78-month sentence.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has reported to a minimum security federal prison in southwest Louisiana.


U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the 66-year-old Siegelman turned himself in at the federal prison at Oakdale, La. shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday.


Siegelman previously served nine months at Oakdale before being released while his conviction on bribery and other charges was being appealed.

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Arts & Life
4:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Pulitzer Winner Lecturing at Alabama for 2 Days

Biologist E.O. Wilson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._O._Wilson Wikipedia

A renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner is lecturing the next two days at the University of Alabama.


Alabama graduate and Mobile native E.O. Wilson will be serving as a scholar-in-residence at the university in Tuscaloosa.


Wilson is best known for his study of small life forms including ants. He will speak on "The Social Conquest of Earth" on Tuesday night, and then address students during a convocation on Wednesday.


On Monday, Wilson was the keynote speaker at an awards luncheon for the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Alabama Beaches
4:05 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tests Confirm Link Between BP Oil, Post-Isaac Tar

Tar balls collected from Alabama's beaches after Hurricane Isaac have been linked to the 2011 BP oil spill.
Ben Raines/Press-Register The Press-Register

Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac.

Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010.

Auburn researchers collected about 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm, and officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach picked up still more.

Remembering 9/11
3:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Alabamians Pause To Remember Victims Of 9/11

People all around Alabama are remembering victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks 11 years after they occurred.
The National Guard Flickr

Flags are flying at half-staff at Alabama's Capitol, and people are pausing statewide to remember victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks 11 years after they occurred.

Birmingham fire stations displayed their fire engines with the lights on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Police in Decatur took time to salute people killed in the attacks.

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Concussion Funding
3:48 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

NFL Awarding $1.5 Million In Medical Grants

NFL Charities has given money to 15 organizations including UAB for sports-related medical research.
nfl.com

NFL Charities is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants for sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to study concussion prevention and treatment.

This year's grants include research on stem cells and nervous system injuries; MRI methods after concussions; and the effect of temperature on the severity of potential brain injuries.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ala. PSC Considers Extending Special Electric Rate

http://www.psc.state.al.us/ Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission is meeting to consider extending special electric rates it approved last year to help stimulate Alabama's economy.


The meeting is Tuesday in Montgomery to consider the rates offered through Alabama Power Co.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

State Asks Full Court to Hear Immigration Appeal

The state of Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider parts of two opinions that struck down some provisions of Alabama's immigration law.


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday the state was challenging a three-judge panel's decision to strike down parts of Alabama's law concerning harboring illegal immigrants, contracts and collecting school data on immigrants. Bentley said the court was placing an illegal restraint on state government.


The state is asking the full appeals court to review the three-judge panel's decision.

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Siegelman To Prison
5:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Siegelman On Way To La. To Complete Prison Term

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman reports to prison in La. to complete prison term.
Dave Martin Associated Press

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said he was in "good spirits" as he prepared to enter prison to complete a 78-month sentence for his federal government corruption conviction.

Siegelman has been ordered to report to federal prison in Oakdale, La., by 2 p.m. Tuesday. The man who has served in four of Alabama's top elected offices, said he is optimistic he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama.

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