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8:25 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Alabama Gets Money to Help Tornado Victims

http://www.adeca.alabama.gov Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Alabama has up to $8 million to help families repair or replace homes that were destroyed by tornadoes that hit central and north Alabama in April 2011.

The director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jim Byard, said Thursday the money is from a federal grand. Owners of single-family homes can receive up to $25,000 each.

Three organizations that serve the damaged regions — the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, the Community Services Program of West Alabama, and the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama — will take applications.

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Arts & Life
8:19 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Mobile Catholics Hold Mass for First Responders

Roman Catholics in Mobile are hosting a special "Blue Mass" for police, firefighters and other first responders in southwest Alabama.


The annual service will held at lunchtime Friday at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Mobile.


The event is held each year around the anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It's meant to express appreciation for people who service in public safety positions.

Politics & Government
6:38 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Alleged Aurora, Colorado shooter applied to UAB

Aurora, Colorado PD

DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes' behavior during interviews raised concerns at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which rejected him from its neuroscience program despite describing him as an excellent candidate. The school on Thursday released Holmes' application, which included interview review forms filled out by those who met with Holmes when he visited the school in February 2011. Professors noted Holmes was a "top notch" student but shy.

Politics & Government
7:55 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Suit Over HIV Inmate Segregation Going to Trial

A lawsuit challenging Alabama's segregation of inmates with HIV is going to trial.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Wednesday rejecting the state prison system's request to dismiss the suit on Wednesday. That means the trial will begin Sept. 17 in Montgomery.

Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas said the state won a similar case in 1999 and is prepared for trial on this one.

Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Tar Washing in on Alabama Beaches Post-Isaac

May 2011 Press-Register file photo of tarballs on Dauphin Island.
Ben Raines/Press-Register The Press-Register

Officials say they're finding tar balls on Alabama's beaches in the wake of Hurricane Isaac's landfall last week.

Representatives from the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said Wednesday workers are seeing significantly more tar deposits on the sand than before Isaac struck. The tar is weathered and old, and it's not considered dangerous.

The cities believe tar is breaking off from large, submerged mats that were left from the BP oil spill in 2010. But tests have yet to confirm whether the tar is linked to the BP well or something else.

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Politics & Government
8:49 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Friday Deadline to Register to Vote in Alabama

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in Alabama's constitutional amendment referendum on Sept. 18.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says citizens can register at their local board of registrars or they can fill out forms at state and county offices that provide public assistance, such as the state Department of Human Resources. She says forms are also available when obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

Chapman is also reminding voters that Thursday, Sept. 13 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the referendum.

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Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Leonard in Auburn Shootings

http://www.wsfa.com WSFA-TV

A man accused of opening fire at an Auburn pool party has been indicted on a charge of capital murder.


Desmonte Leonard, 22, faces trial in the killing of two former Auburn University football players and another man.


Court filings posted Tuesday showed that a grand jury indicted Leonard for capital murder, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of second-degree assault. No trial date has been set.

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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Rains From Isaac Remnants Cause Problems in Ala

http://www.srh.noaa.gov The National Weather Service

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac are still causing problems in Alabama.


The National Weather Service says storms caused as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of west Alabama early Tuesday, and another 1 or 2 inches of rain was possible.


Forecasters issued flash flood warnings because runoff from the downpours could cause flooding in areas including Brent, Centreville and parts of Tuscaloosa. Areas of Dallas and Lowndes counties were under flash flood warnings in central Alabama.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Tue September 4, 2012

ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits

The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing a new policy that requires Alabama prison visitors to have their fingerprints scanned.


David Fathi of the ACLU's National Prison Project tells the Montgomery Advertiser (http://bit.ly/TbxlpG ) the new rule is "extreme."


Fathi says no other state has such a requirement. He says it's a barrier to people visiting state prisoners.


Prison spokesman Brian Corbett says the policy began last month as the department upgraded its computer systems.

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Politics & Government
6:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Severe Weather Possible in Ala on Labor Day

Forecasters say remnants of Hurricane Isaac could pose threat of severe weather for Central Alabama.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov National Weather Service

It might be a good Labor Day to be inside in parts of Alabama.


Forecasters say there's a chance of severe weather across the state on Monday as remnants of Hurricane Isaac move across the region.


The National Weather Service says central Alabama is at greatest risk, particularly in the afternoon. Damaging winds are the main threat.


Storms are predicted to continue drifting southeastward across the state through Tuesday.

Arts & Life
6:32 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Producers Need Extras For Movie Being Shot in Ala

A Los Angeles film company needs extras for a movie that's being shot in metro Birmingham.


The movie is called "Grace Unplugged." It's about an 18-year-old girl who runs away from home to become a pop star in Hollywood.


On Tuesday at 5 p.m., the filmmakers need about 2,000 extras for a scene that's being shot at the Alabama Theater in downtown Birmingham featuring a Christian artist, Chris Tomlin.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Huntsville Gets First Brew Pub Under New Law

waaytv.com WAYY TV

The city of Huntsville is getting a taste of a new kind of beer, courtesy of a change in state law.


A new brewhouse called "Below the Radar" is now open in downtown Huntsville. It's the city's first such operation since legislators changed a state law that prohibited selling alcohol at the same location where it was made.


A group called "Free the Hops" lobbied lawmakers to amend the state law. Member Rich Vartain tells WAAY-TV (http://bit.ly/RAPs2J ) about a dozen breweries are now open statewide because of the change.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Roy Moore Has 2nd Best Fundraising Month

http://www.facebook.com/JudgeRoyMoore

Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore had his second best fundraising month so far in August.

Moore filed a campaign finance report Friday showing he raised more than $82,000 in August. That was topped only by his $102,000 in June.

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Politics & Government
8:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Inmates Evacuated From Isaac Returned to Mobile

The 257 Alabama prison inmates transferred out of a state facility in Mobile County as Hurricane Isaac was approaching the coast have been returned to Mobile.


Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas ordered the inmates returned Thursday to Mobile Community Based Facility as the remnants of Isaac had mostly left Alabama.

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Arts & Life
8:16 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Cruise Ship Cancels Plan to Dock in Alabama

Carnival Cruise lines cancel plans to dock Elation in Mobile.
http://www.carnival.com/

Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled plans to dock its ship Elation in Mobile and is sending the ship to its regular port in New Orleans.


Carnival had originally announced plans to temporarily dock the ship in Mobile due to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. But Carnival now says an assessment of the port facilities in New Orleans shows the ship can dock normally.


Mobile used to be a cruise port, but Carnival pulled out because profits weren't sufficient. The city is trying to find another company to dock ships at its $20 million cruise terminal.

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