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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.
blog.al.com

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

istockphoto

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.

Politics & Government
11:33 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Fewer People than Expected Apply for Tornado Aid

A scene of devastation on Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove, Ala., just west of downtown Birmingham Wednesday afternoon.
Butch Dill / AP

Officials in northern Alabama say they're surprised by the low number of applications for state assistance for residents who were displaced by the 2011 tornado outbreak.

Individuals and families who are qualified can receive up to $25,000 to help them find new homes.

Jack Green, chief outcomes officer at Community Partnership of North Alabama, tells The TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/R8sO3A) that the number of applicants is about half of what he expected.

Green said nearly 200 people have applied, but he thought the number would be closer to 600.

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Arts & Life
11:27 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ground is Broken for Freedom Riders Park

Cobb Elementary students unveil a sign during the groundbreaking of the future Freedom Riders Park.
Stephen Gross/Anniston Star

Crews broke ground on a park aimed at illustrating the violence as well as the hope embodied following a 1961 attack on civil rights workers.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/RMX0Eh) that the groundbreaking was held Thursday at Freedom Riders Park in the Anniston area.

The park commemorates a brutal attack on civil rights activists 51 years ago and the progress made since then.

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Business & Education
11:24 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ala. Mayor: 'Shut Up' About Grade-Changing Probe

The mayor of Montgomery said everyone should "just shut up" about the investigation into whether grades were altered in Montgomery County's public school system.

Mayor Todd Strange said whatever the facts are, the board of education will do the right thing. He said his advice is for everyone to quit discussing the investigation until the results are seen.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/R87Xjc) that the mayor made the comments as he closed his media briefing Thursday.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Alabama Unemployment Drops After 4-month Climb

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5 percent in August to 8.3 percent in September. That's below last year's rate of 8.8 percent.

The September figure represents nearly 178,000 Alabamians looking for work. That's down from 183,000 the prior month.

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UA Fraternities-Hazing
6:51 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

UA Stops Fraternity Pledging Due To Hazing Reports

The university of Alabama has stopped fraternity pledging due to hazing reports.
ua.edu University of Alabama

The University of Alabama has ended all pledging activities by fraternities amid allegations of hazing at some fraternities.

UA Vice President for Student Affairs Mark Nelson said pledging activities were ended as of 1 p.m. Thursday because of reports that have been received on a hazing hotline.

Nelson said in a statement that UA has issued interim suspensions to one former member and two active members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for engaging in hazing at an off-campus location.

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Absentee Ballots
6:32 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Overseas Voters Get Extra Time To Vote In Ala.

Overseas voters will get more time to fill out their ballots for the November 6th election.
Expert Infantry Flickr

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says absentee ballots for military and overseas voters went out late from 22 counties and an extra 10 days is being provided for the return of the ballots.

Chapman said federal law gives military and overseas voters 45 days to receive and return their absentee ballots. But not all ballots requested by the Sept. 22 deadline were sent out on time. She is extending the deadline for election officials to receive the ballots by 10 days to Nov. 16. But the ballots must be postmarked or given to a commercial carrier by Nov. 5.

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Union Organizing
6:16 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Alabama Voters To Decide Union Organizing Issue

Alabamians to decide on union organizing issue on November 6 ballot.
Maryland GovPics Flickr

Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. In reality, it injects voters into a battle between labor and management.

The ballot measure provides that Alabama citizens have a fundamental right to vote for public office and employee representation by secret ballot.

If passed, it would prohibit unions from organizing by card check, where they get more than half of the employees at a company to check a box on a card saying they want union representation.

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Business & Education
9:43 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Workers Say They Saw Rules Broken at Ala. Schools

Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson.
mps.k12.al.us

Employees who entered computer data at two Montgomery high schools say they witnessed school administrators violating school policy to help students achieve higher grades with little or no work.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported the allegations Thursday (http://on.mgmadv.com/Tfjakq) as state officials continue to investigate allegations of widespread cheating in the Montgomery County public school system.

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Cooper Green
6:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open

Birmingham loses fight to keep Cooper Green Hospital for the poor open.
nelsonglass.com

The City of Birmingham has lost the court fight to keep the Cooper Green Mercy hospital open for the poor.

The city was unable to force Jefferson County in the latest round in court Wednesday to keep hospital open and operating as usual.

Lawsuits against the county are effectively frozen in place until the county emerges from bankruptcy under Chapter 9. The city asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to lift a stay so the city could sue the county in state court.

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