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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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Politics & Government
9:25 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Daphne Voters Elect City's First Black Mayor

Bailey Yelding Jr.
blog.al.com

A Daphne man has become the first black person to win election as mayor of the Alabama city.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/ReoyyT) that Bailey Yelding Jr. had previously taken office as mayor by way of appointment.

In an election Tuesday night, complete but unofficial results showed that he won Yelding won by a 121-vote margin over one-term City Councilman Derek Boulware.

Business & Education
9:22 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Grant Expected to Boost Nursing Program at UNA

Authorities say a new federal grant will open doors for disadvantaged students to become part of the nursing program at the University of North Alabama.

Officials say the $2.1 million grant goes to UNA's College of Nursing and Allied Health.

The Florence TimesDaily reports (http://bit.ly/R7PL64) that the grant will provide access to the university's Opportunities for Entry into Nursing program for what officials describe as "under-represented minorities."

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Business & Education
9:19 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Montgomery County School Board Hires Investigator

Montgomery County Superintendent Barbara Thompson
blog.al.com

The Montgomery County Board of Education is hiring a private investigator to look in allegations of grade changing.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue the investigation after the Montgomery Advertiser reported last week that teachers at the three high schools admitted to participating in or observing hundreds of improper grade changes. County Superintendent Barbara Thompson said the school system does not condone grade changing without documentation.

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Immigration Lawsuit
4:27 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

SPLC Sues Ala. Education Officials For School Data

The SPLC has sued Alabama's Dept. of Education for school data showing the impact of Alabama's law cracking down on illegal immigrants.
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A lawsuit has been filed accusing the Alabama Department of Education of refusing to release school data showing the impact of Alabama's law cracking down on illegal immigrants has had on Hispanic students.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery filed the lawsuit, which contends education officials have declined to release data on student enrollment before and after the immigration law was enacted.

The lawsuit says the SPLC has requested a copy of information that education officials have sent to the U.S. Justice Department.

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Chief Justice Race
4:15 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Moore Says Churches Silenced By Political Correctness

Chief Justice candidate Roy Moore stands by his remarks on gay marriage at rally in Montgomery.
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Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore says the church has been silenced by political correctness. Moore spoke Tuesday at a rally on the state Capitol steps.


It was organized by several ministers concerned about President Obama's views on same-sex marriage and abortion.


Moore said America is in a time of moral decay and is seeing an attack on the institution of marriage. He said he's tired of hearing politicians say let's get down to the real issues because marriage and abortion are real issues.

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Auburn Med School
4:05 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Doctors' Group Opposes Auburn Medical School

An Alabama osteopathic doctor's group opposes the creation of a new medical college in Auburn.
William J. Samford Hall Wikimedia Commons

A professional organization representing Alabama's osteopathic doctors said it can't support the creation of a new medical college in Auburn.

Members of the Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association (ALOMA) said construction of a new medical college in 2015 could dilute the quality of medical school applicants in the state. The Auburn school would open after another one slated to admit students in Dothan beginning next year.

Members of the group say the situation could create a glut of students looking to complete medical school requirements at locations throughout Alabama.

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