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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.

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 ( 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.

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.

Constitutional Amendments
6:08 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

11 Constitutional Amendments On Alabama Ballot

Alabamians will get to decide on 11 constitutional amendments on November 6.

A description of the 11 proposed constitutional amendments appearing on Alabama ballots statewide on Nov. 6:

Amendment 1: Extends the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.

Amendment 2: Allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama.

Amendment 3: Makes the small Baldwin County community of Stockton a landmark district to protect it against annexation from a nearby town.

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Creek Casino
5:44 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Indian Tribe Halts Construction Of Casino Complex

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians have halted construction on a casino in Wetumpka.
PCI Gaming Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Leaders of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have agreed to stop construction of a planned 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka.

The Poarch Band and the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians said in statements that construction stopped on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Muscogee Nation had objected to the project. The tribe has historic ties to the land and is objecting to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved to make way for the expansion by the Poarch Creeks.

Cemetery Search
5:39 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Volunteers Find More Graves At Old Cemetery

More graves discoverd by volunteers at Lincoln Cemetery in Montgomery.
Maggie Martin/APR News

Volunteers say they've discovered more graves at a Montgomery cemetery.

The volunteers are using ground-penetrating radar in hopes of finding the true boundaries of Lincoln Cemetery and a total count of everyone buried there.

Lincoln Cemetery was originally designed to hold around 700 burials, but so far 7,000 bodies have been discovered and now a few more graves can be added to the list.

Members of the Lincoln Cemetery Authority say grant money for the project has been depleted.

5:30 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

2 Alabamians Who Got Injections Showing Symptoms

Two Alabamians who got injections show signs of meningitis symptoms.

Alabama health officials have contacted four of the six additional Alabamians who received injections of steroid medicine from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak.

The state's deputy director of medical affairs, Dr. Tom Miller, said Wednesday that two are fine. Two are showing symptoms and will be seen by their physician to see if the symptoms are ordinary or something more serious. The Department of Public Health is trying to reach the other two patients. The six live in Alabama, but were treated in Florida.

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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.

The attorney for Birmingham Board of Education President Edward Maddox says his client plans to resign from the board.

Lawyer Richard Jaffe tells ( 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.

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 ( 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

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.

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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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.

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.

Two of three historic covered bridges in Blount County are set to reopen to traffic next week.

Blount County Commission Chairman Chris Green tells ( ) 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 ( ) 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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