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Business & Education
9:56 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Birmingham School Board President to Resign

Birmingham Board of Education President Edward Maddox is resigning following charges with using his public office for personal gain.
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The attorney for Birmingham Board of Education President Edward Maddox says his client plans to resign from the board.

Lawyer Richard Jaffe tells al.com (http://bit.ly/TaiTiM) that Maddox intends to step down from the board as part of an agreement with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Maddox has been charged with using his public office for personal gain.

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Science & Health
9:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

TVA: Too Soon to Know When Wind Farm Might Be OKd

Bangui Wind Farm in the Philippines.
en.wikipedia.org

A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman says it's too early to know when a proposed wind turbine farm atop Lookout Mountain could get the final go-ahead from TVA officials.

The Post reports (http://bit.ly/RBVL7u) that Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy hopes to build 8 to 10 of the turbines near Leesburg within the next 14 to 18 months.

TVA Renewable Energy Projects Manager Ed Stevens says that officials with the agency are reviewing data about the project.

Politics & Government
9:28 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Advocacy groups form coalition on youth issues

guidestar.org

A dozen advocacy groups across Alabama have joined together to form a coalition to address statewide issues that affect the future of young Alabama residents. The coalition will focus on issues ranging from school policies that alliance members believe push students out of the classroom into the juvenile justice system to the services offered to youth reentering the community from the custody of the Department of Youth Services.

The new coalition includes the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was announced at a news conference Tuesday.

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Business & Education
9:19 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Nominations Sought for 2 Auburn Trustees

Gov. Bentley is president of the Auburn University trustee selection committee.
http://governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley says people interested in serving in two open positions on the Auburn University board of trustees may submit their names to the trustee selection committee.

Bentley is president of the five-member committee. Bentley said the committee is looking for replacements for John Blackwell, who represents a seven-county area in the Tennessee Valley, and Sam Ginn, who has an at-large seat. The two men are not eligible to serve another term.

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Payday Loan Ban
6:55 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Birmingham Extends Ban On New Payday Loan Stores

Birmingham extends a ban on payday loan stores.
Jason Comely Flickr

New payday loan businesses won't be allowed to open in Birmingham until at least next June.

The city council on Tuesday extended a ban on the businesses until June 19, 2013.

Officials picked that date because it comes after the end of the Legislature's regular session. They want lawmakers to address the number of payday loan businesses in their city and across Alabama during the session.

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Transporting Firearms
6:45 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Legislators File Bills To Allow Firearms In Cars

Alabama legislators file bills to allow firearms in cars.

Legislation has been pre-filed in the Alabama House and Senate that would prevent employers and property owners from establishing policies that would prevent workers from transporting and storing firearms and ammunition in their vehicles.

The legislation by Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden and Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville would also reinstate and provide compensation to employees who have been fired for storing or transporting firearms on private or company property.

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Meningitis-Alabama
10:27 am
Tue October 16, 2012

13 Alabamians Exposed To Recalled Injections

13 Alabamians were injected with the steroid medicine from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak.
http://www.neccrx.com/

State Health Officer Don Williamson says 13 Alabamians were injected with the steroid medicine from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak.

Williamson says six were injected in Tennessee and seven in Florida. Alabama did not receive any of the original batch of recalled injections from New England Compounding Center, but Alabamians were exposed because they received treatment in neighboring states that did receive shipments.

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Arts & Life
9:21 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Restored Covered Bridges in Blount Co. to Reopen

The Easley Covered Bridge near Rosa, Alabama.
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Two of three historic covered bridges in Blount County are set to reopen to traffic next week.

Blount County Commission Chairman Chris Green tells al.com (http://bit.ly/RvV1kp ) restoration is complete except for some final details on the Swann and Easley covered bridges. The county is planning a ribbon cutting at the west end of the Swann Bridge at 11 a.m. Monday.

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Politics & Government
9:18 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Northport City Council: No Open Carrying of Guns

Under an ordinance passed by the city council, people won't be allowed to openly carry guns on city property in Northport.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/R2rS2Z ) the city council passed the ordinance Monday. Northport City Administrator Scott Collins says anyone who enters a city-owned building or part with a gun openly displayed will be asked to leave.

It is legal to openly carry a firearm in Alabama.

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Politics & Government
9:15 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Groundbreaking Set for Freedom Riders Park

1961 attack on Freedom Riders.
encyclopediaofalabama.org

Work is set to begin on a park in memory of a brutal attack on civil rights activists 51 years ago and the progress made since then.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/S1aUlq ) that the groundbreaking for Freedom Riders Park is set for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Science & Health
5:40 am
Tue October 16, 2012

NOAA Disaster Response Center Opens in Mobile

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has opened a disaster response center in Mobile.

Grand opening was Monday for the 15,200-square foot facility. The facility will serve as the central coordination point for state, federal and local officials during a disaster or preparation for one.

Officials said the new center was built to withstand severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. The facility includes an interior tornado shelter.

The opening Monday was attended by members of Congress and federal, state and local emergency responders.

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State Employees Retirement
5:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Gov. Bentley Reveals Retirement Incentive Plan Details

Governor Bentley Bentley will ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.
State of Alabama

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.

The governor announced details of the plan at a news conference Monday in Huntsville. He said it would either pay 100 percent of monthly premiums for health insurance for five years or offer $15,000 in cash payments.

He said the program would help retiring workers while at the same time saving taxpayers between $18 million and $26 million a year.

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Racist Language Amendment
5:10 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Voters Can Remove Language From Constitution

Alabama voters on Nov. 6 will get another chance to remove racist sections of the Alabama Constitution.
Khara Persad News 21

Alabama voters on Nov. 6 will get another chance to remove racist sections of the Alabama Constitution.

Amendment No. 4 on the ballot would remove language from the 1901 Alabama Constitution that includes providing for separate schools for black and white students and levying a poll tax.

Supporters say this amendment is different from one narrowly rejected by voters in 2004. That one removed the same sections, but also removed language that says there is no right to a public education at taxpayer's expense.

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Oil Spill Surveys
4:12 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Ala. Residents To Be Surveyed On Oil Spill Effects

Gulf Coast residents are being asked to participate in a survey designed to gauge long-term effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr

Residents along Alabama's Gulf Coast are being asked to participate in a survey designed to gauge long-term effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Representatives of the state Department of Public Health will go door-to-door this week to conduct the survey, which take about 15 minutes to complete.

Residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties were also surveyed in 2010 and 2011.

Participants also will be asked about how their community is prepared for an emergency and their access to health care.

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Business & Education
9:38 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Montgomery County to Sue Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

guardianexpressla.com

The Montgomery County Commission is planning a class-action lawsuit against two financial institutions over what the county says are several years of unpaid recording fees.

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