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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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Open Records
5:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gov. Bentley Rejects Open Records Request

Governor Robert Bentley has deneid an open records request from a state newspaper.
http://governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama's open records law doesn't cover budget cut proposals he could have implemented if Alabama voters had rejected the transfer of $437 million to the state General Fund budget.

The Decatur Daily filed a public records request asking for correspondence between the governor and his staff or agency heads about possible cuts and about plans for early retirement incentives for public employees.

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Politics & Government
7:58 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Sharpton to Protest Closing of Cooper Green Mercy

Reverend Al Sharpton is expected to participate in a rally against the closure of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital on Friday.
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Opponents of a decision to close the in-patient care unit at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Jefferson County hope a visit by the Rev. Al Sharpton will bring national attention to the issue.


Sharpton's visit to Birmingham on Friday will include attendance at a forum and rally against the hospital's closure.


The county commission voted last month to close the inpatient unit and emergency room at the county owned hospital.

Arts & Life
7:55 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Several Alabama Cities Plan Veterans Day Events

Several Alabama cities are planning parades, memorial services and other events for Veterans Day weekend.


The state tourism agency says Birmingham will stage its 65th annual commemoration with a big parade downtown on Monday, Nov. 12. It is one of the largest Veterans Day observances in the country. Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville will also have parades that day. Mobile will have a patriotic concert that night at the USS Alabama Battleship Park.

Politics & Government
8:31 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Primaries Tuesday for 2 Vacant Alabama House Seats

Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned from his House District 34 seat to become director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.
openbama.org

Voters in four Alabama counties will begin the process Tuesday of filling two vacant seats in the Alabama House.

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Business & Education
8:24 am
Tue October 23, 2012

State Board Approves Bonds Sale for School Buses

A state board has approved the sale of $33 million in bonds to finance the purchase thousands of new buses for Alabama public schools.

The Alabama Public School and College Authority voted 2-0 Monday to approve the purchase of the bonds. Schools Superintendent Tommy Bice said state schools could buy as many as 5,743 buses with proceeds from sale of the bonds. But he said the number of new buses will likely be less because the money can also be used to pay off old transportation debt.

Politics & Government
8:18 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Some Coastal Ala. Towns Have Isaac-Delayed Votes

Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright faces off former council member Henry Barnes in a runoff election.
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Voters in some towns in Baldwin and Mobile counties are headed to the polls to wrap up municipal elections delayed by Hurricane Isaac.

The election was originally scheduled for Aug. 28 but got pushed back to Sept. 11 because of the bad weather. That delayed the runoffs from Oct. 9 to Tuesday.

UAB-Facebook
5:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Facebook Makes Donation To UAB's Cyber Program

Facebook makes donations to UAB's Cyber Program for help fighting a social media virus.
uab.edu Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Facebook is donating $250,000 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for helping stop international cyber criminals.

The school's cyber program played a key role in tracking down those behind the social-media virus Koobface.

It took three years to end the threat, according to Facebook, which credited then-student Brian Tanner and Gary Warner, UAB's head of research in computer forensics.

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Taxis-Fighting Crime
4:10 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime

Taxi drivers in Birmingham and Jefferson County will help police as part of Taxis on Patrol.
http://www.birminghamyellowcab.com/ Birmingham Yellow Cab

Birmingham and Jefferson County are getting some extra help fighting crime.

About 100 taxi drivers in Jefferson County have been trained to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

If they see something, they can call police and report it immediately.

Yellow Cab announced the new "TOP" or Taxis on Patrol program Monday in front of Birmingham City Hall.

Governor-Jobs
3:35 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money

Governor Bentley uses political firm to get ads out touting need to pass Amendment 2.
State of Alabama

The political consulting firm that helped Robert Bentley win the governor's office is now helping persuade voters to give him more money to lure jobs to Alabama.

Bentley is appearing in TV ads urging voters to vote yes on Amendment 2 in the election Nov. 6. The ads were done by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders. That's a San Francisco firm that helped get across Bentley's message in 2010 that he would not draw a salary as governor until he got Alabama's high unemployment rate down to normal levels.

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Politics & Government
3:25 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

November vote may save Alabama town

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The future of the few hundred people who live in historic Stockton depends on Alabama's 2.7 million voters. Amendment 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot would create a landmark district for the unincorporated Baldwin County community. That would prevent the Legislature from passing a bill that annexes Stockton into another town. Annexation could then be achieved only by a vote of Stockton residents. Proponents say no nearby town is trying to annex Stockton.

Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

AP: Alabama agencies not in compliance with Immigration Law

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Many state licensing boards have not yet complied with a requirement in Alabama's immigration law to verify the status of legal immigrants by using a federal database. A state official tracking compliance told The Anniston Star that few, if any, of the state's dozens of professional licensing board have been cleared to use the federal government's Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements. The law requires them to use the system to verify that legal status. John Norris of the Examiners of Public Accounts says the applications are filed with the U.S.

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