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Politics & Government
6:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Severe Weather Possible in Ala on Labor Day

Forecasters say remnants of Hurricane Isaac could pose threat of severe weather for Central Alabama.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov National Weather Service

It might be a good Labor Day to be inside in parts of Alabama.


Forecasters say there's a chance of severe weather across the state on Monday as remnants of Hurricane Isaac move across the region.


The National Weather Service says central Alabama is at greatest risk, particularly in the afternoon. Damaging winds are the main threat.


Storms are predicted to continue drifting southeastward across the state through Tuesday.

Arts & Life
6:32 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Producers Need Extras For Movie Being Shot in Ala

A Los Angeles film company needs extras for a movie that's being shot in metro Birmingham.


The movie is called "Grace Unplugged." It's about an 18-year-old girl who runs away from home to become a pop star in Hollywood.


On Tuesday at 5 p.m., the filmmakers need about 2,000 extras for a scene that's being shot at the Alabama Theater in downtown Birmingham featuring a Christian artist, Chris Tomlin.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Huntsville Gets First Brew Pub Under New Law

waaytv.com WAYY TV

The city of Huntsville is getting a taste of a new kind of beer, courtesy of a change in state law.


A new brewhouse called "Below the Radar" is now open in downtown Huntsville. It's the city's first such operation since legislators changed a state law that prohibited selling alcohol at the same location where it was made.


A group called "Free the Hops" lobbied lawmakers to amend the state law. Member Rich Vartain tells WAAY-TV (http://bit.ly/RAPs2J ) about a dozen breweries are now open statewide because of the change.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Roy Moore Has 2nd Best Fundraising Month

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Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore had his second best fundraising month so far in August.

Moore filed a campaign finance report Friday showing he raised more than $82,000 in August. That was topped only by his $102,000 in June.

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Politics & Government
8:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Inmates Evacuated From Isaac Returned to Mobile

The 257 Alabama prison inmates transferred out of a state facility in Mobile County as Hurricane Isaac was approaching the coast have been returned to Mobile.


Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas ordered the inmates returned Thursday to Mobile Community Based Facility as the remnants of Isaac had mostly left Alabama.

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Arts & Life
8:16 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Cruise Ship Cancels Plan to Dock in Alabama

Carnival Cruise lines cancel plans to dock Elation in Mobile.
http://www.carnival.com/

Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled plans to dock its ship Elation in Mobile and is sending the ship to its regular port in New Orleans.


Carnival had originally announced plans to temporarily dock the ship in Mobile due to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. But Carnival now says an assessment of the port facilities in New Orleans shows the ship can dock normally.


Mobile used to be a cruise port, but Carnival pulled out because profits weren't sufficient. The city is trying to find another company to dock ships at its $20 million cruise terminal.

Politics & Government
8:53 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Schools Resuming on Ala Coast After Isaac

Life is returning to normal on Alabama's coast after a brush with Hurricane Isaac, but not completely.

Schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties resume class Thursday after a three-day break for the storm, and seas are expected to continue falling as remnants of Isaac slowly move off the coast.

But forecasters say southwest Alabama could receive several more inches of rain before the tropical precipitation bands end. And storms could continue inland like the cells that prompted tornado warnings on Wednesday.

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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mobile slowly drying out from Hurricane Isaac

Mobile County's Emergency operations center
APR

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Arts & Life
8:22 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Alabama Beach Structures Look OK After Isaac

Waves crash into the public fishing pier at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., shortly before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Crews removed flooring panels from the pier to prevent damage.
AP Photo/Jay Reeves Associated Press

The gulf is churning large waves and white foam on Alabama's coast and the wind from Isaac is still whistling around buildings. But beachfront walkways and other structures along the shore appear intact.


Lights are still on Wednesday morning in Orange Beach and a few cars are traveling the beach road. Louisiana took the brunt of Isaac after the hurricane shifted west and gave Alabama only a glancing blow.

Politics & Government
6:41 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Alabama Coast Under Evacuation Order For Isaac

Recent model of Isaac shows storm will hit parts of Alabama.
National Weather Service

Coastal Alabama is under a mandatory evacuation order as Isaac churns through the Gulf of Mexico.


Gov. Robert Bentley ordered residents of southern Baldwin and Mobile counties to begin evacuating starting 8 a.m. Monday, and both counties are under a hurricane warning.


A state of emergency covers the entire state of Alabama, and the governor has told the National Guard to be on standby.


Beach hotels in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are making plans to close, and public schools in the two coastal counties are closed at least through Wednesday.

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Science & Health
3:09 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Alabama vote on Medicaid considered critical

Politics & Government
3:04 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

FEMA on alert as Isaac zeroes in on the Alabama, Mississippi coasts

FEMA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate closely with officials in states and localities in the path of tropical storm Isaac. Obama also has told the governor of Florida that federal officials are prepared to help ensure the safety of visitors to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Obama was briefed Sunday by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (FYOO'-gayt) and Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center.

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Science & Health
7:34 am
Sun August 26, 2012

NOAA: Current forecast path for Isaac includes Mississippi

NHC--NOAA

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters say a strengthened Tropical Storm Isaac is bearing down on the Florida Keys. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac was centered about 135 miles (220 kms) east-southeast of Key West at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. The storm has top sustained winds of about 65 mph (100 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at 20 mph (31 kph). Hours earlier, Isaac's winds were clocked at about 60 mph (95 kph).

Politics & Government
6:06 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

GOP delays start of the RNC Convention

RNC

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican Party will delay the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather forecast from Isaac. That's according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed. He says in a statement that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials.

Politics & Government
2:53 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Governor Bentley cancels trip to RNC convention due to Isaac

State of Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has cancelled a trip to the Republican National Convention so he can monitor preparations as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the United States. Bentley said Saturday that he wants to make sure preparations and resources are in place. The storm had pushed into Cuba on Saturday and was headed northwest, possibly threatening Alabama's coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The governor urged Alabama residents to monitor weather forecasts. He said the storm could bring damaging winds and heavy rain to the state. He urged residents to prepare.

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