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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.
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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

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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
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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.
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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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Municipal Runoffs
3:54 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Multiple Ala. Cities Hold Runoff Elections

Numerous Alabama cities are holding municipal runoff elections today.

Numerous Alabama cities are holding municipal runoff elections, and the lines to vote likely won't be very long.

Jacksonville State University political scientist and former congressman Glen Browder says such elections typically have a small turnout because few names are on the ballot.

Retired University of Alabama political scientist Bill Stewart says voter fatigue also plays a role in the slim turnouts.

Slain USA Student
5:13 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Witnesses Say Slain Ala. Student Appeared Intoxicated

A University of South Alabama student was fatally shot by campus police over the weekend.
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Witnesses say a University of South Alabama student was screaming obscenities and talking about being on a "spiritual quest" shortly before campus police fatally shot him.

Two students who knew 18-year-old Gil Collar described him Monday as appearing intoxicated shortly before his death early Saturday.

The university says Collar was nude, acting erratically and challenging a police officer when the officer opened fire. A school statement makes no mention of Collar being armed.

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Business & Education
8:26 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Education Officials to Study Pell Grant Changes

Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Gregory Fitch.
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Changes to federal eligibility rules for Pell Grants have some Alabama students returning to college looking for new ways to pay for classes.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/ONRj9R) that the Alabama Commission on Higher Education has commissioned the University of Alabama Education Policy Center to do a study on the topic this fall.


Ben Baker, director of student financial services at the University of North Alabama, said that students could get less Pell Grant money under the changes.

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Arts & Life
8:16 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Attendance Plummets for Talladega Race

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Attendance was way down for Sunday's NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway.


Track officials estimate that 88,000 people were on hand for the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. That's the smallest crowd for a Sprint Cup race at Talladega since figures have been provided.


The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/R6x320 ) reports the crowd was 20,000 less than the previous low of 108,000 announced for this year's spring race. It was 16 percent lower than last year's fall race.

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Science & Health
8:11 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Anniston Islamic Center to Open Health Clinic

The Anniston Islamic Center is opening up a free health clinic for the uninsured of Calhoun County.
Bill Wilson/Anniston Star

Muslims in east Alabama are planning to open a free health care clinic to serve people who lack medical insurance in Calhoun County.

The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/Q6A4xe ) reports that the Anniston Islamic Center plans to begin operating the Salam Free Clinic next month in Anniston.


Abdul Kazi is president of the center, and he is also an ophthalmologist who treats eye diseases. He says the clinic has been in the planning stages for two years.

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Politics & Government
8:01 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tuscaloosa Mulling Ban on Some Businesses

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The city of Tuscaloosa is considering a temporary ban on some kind of businesses as it rebuilds from last year's tornado.

The City Council on Tuesday will continue a discussion of a proposed moratorium that could affect businesses including pawn shops, check-cashing stores, tattoo shops and tobacco stores.


Councilman Kip Tyner is supporting the ban. He says he wants to rebuild tornado-ravaged parts of the city with better businesses than existed before the twister in 2011.

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Moore-Gay Marriage
12:08 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Moore Says Same-Sex Marriage Will Be Nation's Downfall

Alabama Chief Justice Candidate Roy Moore strongly opposes gay marriage.
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Alabama Supreme Court candidate Roy Moore says same-sex marriage will lead to the "ultimate destruction" of America.

The Republican nominee for chief justice made his comments during a Tea Party rally in Fort Payne on Saturday.

Moore says same-sex marriage will lead to the nation's demise because it attacks the nation's foundation. Moore says the Democratic national platform is divisive for supporting same-sex rights.

Moore's Democratic opponent for chief justice, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance, says same-sex marriage isn't an issue in Alabama.

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