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Siegelman Reports To Prison
4:49 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Former Alabama Governor Reports To Federal Prison

Former Governor Don Siegelman reported to a federal prison in Louisiana today to finish his 78-month sentence.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has reported to a minimum security federal prison in southwest Louisiana.


U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the 66-year-old Siegelman turned himself in at the federal prison at Oakdale, La. shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday.


Siegelman previously served nine months at Oakdale before being released while his conviction on bribery and other charges was being appealed.

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Arts & Life
4:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Pulitzer Winner Lecturing at Alabama for 2 Days

Biologist E.O. Wilson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._O._Wilson Wikipedia

A renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner is lecturing the next two days at the University of Alabama.


Alabama graduate and Mobile native E.O. Wilson will be serving as a scholar-in-residence at the university in Tuscaloosa.


Wilson is best known for his study of small life forms including ants. He will speak on "The Social Conquest of Earth" on Tuesday night, and then address students during a convocation on Wednesday.


On Monday, Wilson was the keynote speaker at an awards luncheon for the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Alabama Beaches
4:05 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tests Confirm Link Between BP Oil, Post-Isaac Tar

Tar balls collected from Alabama's beaches after Hurricane Isaac have been linked to the 2011 BP oil spill.
Ben Raines/Press-Register The Press-Register

Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac.

Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010.

Auburn researchers collected about 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm, and officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach picked up still more.

Remembering 9/11
3:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Alabamians Pause To Remember Victims Of 9/11

People all around Alabama are remembering victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks 11 years after they occurred.
The National Guard Flickr

Flags are flying at half-staff at Alabama's Capitol, and people are pausing statewide to remember victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks 11 years after they occurred.

Birmingham fire stations displayed their fire engines with the lights on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Police in Decatur took time to salute people killed in the attacks.

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Concussion Funding
3:48 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

NFL Awarding $1.5 Million In Medical Grants

NFL Charities has given money to 15 organizations including UAB for sports-related medical research.
nfl.com

NFL Charities is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants for sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to study concussion prevention and treatment.

This year's grants include research on stem cells and nervous system injuries; MRI methods after concussions; and the effect of temperature on the severity of potential brain injuries.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ala. PSC Considers Extending Special Electric Rate

http://www.psc.state.al.us/ Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission is meeting to consider extending special electric rates it approved last year to help stimulate Alabama's economy.


The meeting is Tuesday in Montgomery to consider the rates offered through Alabama Power Co.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

State Asks Full Court to Hear Immigration Appeal

The state of Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider parts of two opinions that struck down some provisions of Alabama's immigration law.


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday the state was challenging a three-judge panel's decision to strike down parts of Alabama's law concerning harboring illegal immigrants, contracts and collecting school data on immigrants. Bentley said the court was placing an illegal restraint on state government.


The state is asking the full appeals court to review the three-judge panel's decision.

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Siegelman To Prison
5:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Siegelman On Way To La. To Complete Prison Term

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman reports to prison in La. to complete prison term.
Dave Martin Associated Press

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said he was in "good spirits" as he prepared to enter prison to complete a 78-month sentence for his federal government corruption conviction.

Siegelman has been ordered to report to federal prison in Oakdale, La., by 2 p.m. Tuesday. The man who has served in four of Alabama's top elected offices, said he is optimistic he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama.

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September Referendum
5:24 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Tuscaloosa Real Estate Developer Plans No Vote Campaign For Sept. 18

Tuscaloosa real estate developer Stan Pate says he's planning a no vote campaign for Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.
blog.al.com

Politically active real estate developer Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa says he's planning a media campaign in the next few days to encourage no votes on Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.

Pate says Alabama residents elected a Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010 because they wanted less government. He said GOP leaders are doing the opposite by pushing a constitutional amendment that would take $437 million out of a state trust fund to prop up the state General Fund budget for the next three years.

Campaign Finances
5:14 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Aderholt Pays $13K Fine For Finance Reports

U.S. Rep. Aderholt's re-election campaign was fined $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports.
aderholt.house.gov Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt's re-election campaign has paid $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports.

The documents released recently by the Federal Election Commission show Aderholt's campaign account misrepresented how much money it raised; spent; and had on hand for several years.

Records show more than $58,000 in campaign receipts were misstated from 2006 through 2010. And there were inaccurate records about how $129,600 was spent. Another $273,000 wasn't deposited into the campaign account within the required 10-day period.

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Mon September 10, 2012

TVA Closing Wilson Dam Road for Maintenance

The Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River in Alabama.
tva.com Tennesee Valley Authority

Motorists in northwest Alabama might have to find a new way to get around Florence for a few days.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's closing the Alabama 133 bridge across Wilson Dam for maintenance work starting Monday morning.

The bridge will be closed until Friday afternoon, or whenever the work is completed.

TVA says closing the bridge allows for a crane to be set up for work on the spillway gate at Wilson Dam.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Troopers Issue 14 Tickets for Texting, Driving

State officials say Alabama state troopers have issued 14 citations under the new state law banning texting and driving.

The law went into effect on Aug. 1.

Alabama Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robyn Bradley Litchfield tells The Birmingham News (http://bit.ly/PaDY64) that she knows of at least two more citations issued by local law enforcement agencies. That number may increase as other agencies report their totals.

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UA President Salary
3:40 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Pay Package For New UA President Worth Up To $652K

The new president of the University of Alabama has a pay package that could be worth up to $652K.
University of Alabama

The new president of the University of Alabama is receiving a salary and benefits package worth as much as $652,000 annually. Guy Bailey began work last week as president of the campus in Tuscaloosa. Responding to an open records request by The Associated Press, the university says Bailey's annual salary will be $535,000. Alabama native will be eligible to receive a performance incentive of $105,000 a year based on meeting certain goals. But those benchmarks have yet to be established.

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Alabama Football
12:36 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Changes In Tuscaloosa For First 'Bama Home Game

Fans headed to Tuscaloosa for the Univ. of Alabama's first home game shouled expect to see some changes.
acnatta Flickr

Changes are in store for tens of thousands of football fans who will pour into Tuscaloosa for the University of Alabama's first home football game of the season. Officials are now banning parking along a road where thousands of people used to park for free, Jack Warner Parkway. The change could force more people to pay for parking or shuttle rides to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The university also has installed more cell phone antennas around the stadium in a joint venture with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Politics & Government
8:25 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Alabama Gets Money to Help Tornado Victims

http://www.adeca.alabama.gov Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Alabama has up to $8 million to help families repair or replace homes that were destroyed by tornadoes that hit central and north Alabama in April 2011.

The director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jim Byard, said Thursday the money is from a federal grand. Owners of single-family homes can receive up to $25,000 each.

Three organizations that serve the damaged regions — the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, the Community Services Program of West Alabama, and the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama — will take applications.

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