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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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Amendment 2
11:58 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Governor Bentley Touts Amendment 2 As Job Creator

Governor Bentley touts Amendment 2 on Nov. 6th ballot as a job creator
State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that could determine how successful he is in keeping his campaign promise to create jobs.

Bentley is urging voters to approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 6. He says it will give the state a new avenue for providing incentives for industries to locate in Alabama.

Forever Wild
11:48 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Ala. Voters Will Decide On Extending Forever Wild

Alabama voters will decide Nov. 6th if land conservation trust fund Forever Wild will continue.
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Alabama voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to continue a 20-year-old program that has allowed the state to buy 220,000 acres of public land to be used for hunting, fishing, birding and other activities.

It's the second time Alabama residents have been asked to vote on Forever Wild. The first was in 1992, when voters authorized the state to buy wilderness lands.

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New Districts
5:13 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts

The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections.
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The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez notified state Attorney General Luther Strange of the decision Friday. The Justice Department has to review new political boundaries in Alabama to make sure they don't violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising black voters.

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Agriculture Consulting
5:07 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

State officials To Rework Consulting Contract

Alabama's Agriculture Department is reworking a consulting contract.
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Alabama's agriculture department is reworking a proposed $288,000 consulting contract.

Agriculture officials on Thursday pulled the item from the agenda of the Legislative Contract Review Committee.

Commissioner John McMillan said he wanted to rework the contract's terms and expand its description.

The committee's agenda had included a two-year, $288,000 deal with lobbyist and former state Rep. Noopie Cosby Jr.

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Altered Student Grades
4:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Ala. Education Department To Probe Grade Changing

The Alabama Department of Education will look into allegations of widespread grade changing in the Montgomery County public school system.

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says his department will investigate allegations of widespread grade changing in the Montgomery County public school system.

Bice said on Friday that Montgomery Superintendent Barbara Thompson sought the department's help, and the investigation is beginning immediately.

Teachers who worked in Robert E. Lee, Jeff Davis and Sidney Lanier high schools in Montgomery said they witnessed or participated in the improper changing of hundreds of grades.

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Arts & Life
8:11 am
Fri October 5, 2012

2 Mortars Found at Old WWII Site in Alabama

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Workers have found two mortar shells in rural northeast Alabama at a site that was a chemical weapons training camp during World War II.

The Army Corps of Engineers says contractors unearthed the munitions in an area that was part of Camp Sibert during the 1940s.


Workers have been scouring the land for unexploded munitions for years as part of a federal cleanup program.

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Politics & Government
6:58 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Groups Try to Increase Hispanic Voting in Ala

There's a new push to increase Hispanic voter registration in Alabama.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will host a voter registration drive aimed at Hispanic citizens on Saturday.


The event is being co-sponsored by Rivera Communications, which operates a Spanish-language radio station that broadcasts in central Alabama. The station is promoting the drive on the air.

Hurricane Aid
4:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

5 More Counties Eligible For Aid After Hurricane

Governor Bentley says five more counties damaged by Hurricane Isaac are eligible for federal aid.
FEMA

Alabama's governor says five more counties will be eligible for federal aid aimed at helping communities recover from damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.

Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the request.

Bentley had sent a letter to FEMA saying the five counties -- Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry -- suffered $2.5 million in damage.

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