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Politics & Government
8:14 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Trial Begins on Separating Alabama HIV Prisoners

Alabama prisons officials are headed to court to defend a long-standing policy that segregates inmates who have tested positive for HIV.


The American Civil Liberties Union says in a lawsuit filed by HIV-positive inmates the policy is unconstitutional and makes it difficult for some prisoners to participate in prison programs.

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Isaac Federal Assistance
5:02 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Most Of Ala's Isaac Request For Beach, Sand Work

Most of Gov. Bentley's federal assistance request following Hurricane Isaac is for beach repair and sand removal.
governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Most of Alabama's request for $9.4 million in federal assistance following Hurricane Isaac would pay for beach repair or sand removal.

The state released to The Associated Press a copy of an aid request that Gov. Robert Bentley wrote to President Barack Obama this week.

About $6.2 million is being sought to repair beaches in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach or to remove sand that covered roads on Dauphin Island.

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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Center Gives Free Admission on Bombing Anniversary

Four girls died in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Montgomery in 1963.
students.cis.uab.edu

The Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery will offer free admission Saturday in remembrance of the 49th anniversary of the deaths of four girls killed in a bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.


The church was a center for civil rights meetings and marches. It was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four school girls who were preparing for a church service. Killed were Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Three former Klansmen were later convicted of the bombing.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Council Meets to Discuss Recovery of Ala Coast

Workers remove oil from the beach at Gulf Shores on June 12, 2010. The Coast Guard and EPA are tightening oversight of waste disposal from the Gulf oil spill
Kate Mercer/Press-Register The Press-Register

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council is gathering in Mobile to discuss the region's future after the BP oil spill.


Gov. Robert Bentley's office says he will be on hand for the meeting Friday afternoon.


A statement from Bentley's office says the council is officially beginning its work of long-term restoration from the spill.


The panel will decide how to spend fine money paid by BP.

Two-Year Chancellor
5:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Tuscaloosa President Chosen Alabama Chancellor

Shelton State Pres. Mark Heinrich has been named the chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.
Shelton State Community College

The State Board of Education has chosen the president of Shelton State Community College to be the chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.


The board voted unanimously Thursday to select Mark Heinrich of Tuscaloosa over Blake Flanders, who is vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents. Board members said they were swayed by the way Heinrich got Shelton State back on sound ground after corruption problems in some of Alabama's two-year colleges.

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Sept. Budget Referendum
5:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Critics Urge 'No' Vote On Sept. 18 Ala. Referendum

Protestors are encouraging people to vote "no" on the Sept. 18 budget referendum.

About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to urge residents to vote "no" Tuesday on a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of $437.4 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to be used for Medicaid, prisons and other state services.

Holding signs urging voters to not "bust" the trust fund, the demonstrators Thursday listened to representatives of grassroots groups who said the principle from the fund, established by former Gov. Fob James, was never meant to be spent.

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Browns Ferry Jobs
4:58 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

TVA To Add About 100 Jobs To Browns Ferry

TVA plans to add around 100 jobs at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in the next year.
tva.com Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to add around 100 jobs at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in the next year.

The plan, announced Wednesday, is part of an effort to improve performance and safety.

TVA chief nuclear officer Preston Swafford says officials will probably start the hiring process in a couple of months.

Keith Polson, Browns Ferry site vice president, says the new jobs will involve various specialties such as engineering, maintenance, radiation protection, chemistry, work control and emergency planning.

Politics & Government
9:01 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Ala Historian to Address Hate Crimes Symposium

Alabama historian Wayne Flynt
ethicsdaily.com

The U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham is sponsoring a daylong meeting on civil rights and hate crimes.


The symposium being held Thursday will focus on legal protections that are available as the nation nears the 50th anniversary of events that made the city a national landmark for civil rights in 1963. Those include demonstrations led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a racist church bombing that killed four black girls.

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Politics & Government
8:57 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Bentley Seeks More Tornado Aid for Tuscaloosa

governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Alabama's governor went to Washington this week to try to secure more money for tornado recovery in Tuscaloosa.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he met with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, of Wednesday.

They talked about Bentley's concerns that HUD's formula caused hundreds of rental homes that were damaged or destroyed in Tuscaloosa to be excluded from the recovery assistance funding. Bentley said he's also wrote a letter to the president.

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Business & Education
8:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Alabama Chancellor Finalists Set for Interviews

www.alsde.edu

The State Board of Education is meeting to interview the two finalists for chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.


The board has interviews in Montgomery starting at 9 a.m. Thursday with Mark Heinrich, who is president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, and Blake Flanders, who is vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents.


The school board is looking for a replacement for Freida Hill, who stepped down in March under pressure from some board members.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Business & Education
8:14 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Alabama Tornado Volunteer Honored at White House

Dr. J. Suzanne Horsley is receiving recognition for her work with the American Red Cross.
uanews.ua.edu University of Alabama

An assistant professor at the University of Alabama, Suzanne Horsley, will be honored at the White House on Friday.


She's one of nine people being recognized as "Champions of Change" for the time and effort they have devoted to the American Red Cross.

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Politics & Government
6:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Census: Poverty down in Alabama

Microsoft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new U.S. Census report shows the poverty rate in Alabama is mostly unchanged but has gone down some over the last year, while the median income in the state has gone up. The report released Wednesday shows Alabama 42nd among the 50 states in median household income. The census report found Alabama's median household income to be $42,590 compared to the national median household income of $50,054. The U.S. Census Bureau also reported the state was making some progress in the fight on poverty, The Census report showed the poverty rate in Alabama was 15.49 percent.

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Politics & Government
8:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

President of School for Deaf and Blind to Retire

AIDB President Terry Graham is stepping down February 1, 2013.
aidb.org Alabama Institute For Deaf and Blind

The president of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind plans to retire next year.


Terry Graham says he will step down as head of the state-sponsored school in Talladega on Feb. 1.


Graham has been at the school for 35 years, and he served as president for the last decade. Before that he was as an administrator at the Helen Keller School and in Health, Evaluation and Outreach programs.


Board chairman Lynwood French says trustees will conduct a search for a successor.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. 

Politics & Government
7:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Searcy Hospital Plans to Close Doors on Oct. 31

mh.alabama.gov Alabama Department of Mental Health

Alabama Department of Mental Health officials say Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon is expected to close on Oct. 31 and admissions to the south Alabama facility will cease on Sept. 17.


Plans to close Searcy were announced in April. But Mental Health Commissioner Jim Reddoch told hospital employees the closing date Tuesday.


Department officials said the closing is part of a nationwide trend to provide community-based mental health treatment.

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Bishop Pleads Guilty
5:54 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Ex UAH Prof. Pleads Guilty To Killing Ala. Colleagues

Former UAH professor Amy Bishop pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and shooting three others.
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A former biology professor accused of pulling a gun from her purse and opening fire at a faculty meeting pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010.

Amy Bishop, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder involving two or more people and three counts of attempted murder during a hearing in Huntsville. She had earlier pleaded not guilty, and her lawyers said she planned to use an insanity defense.

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