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Science & Health
2:44 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

World mourns loss of Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong

NASA

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

Politics & Government
2:32 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Governor Bentley cancels travel plans to the RNC convention

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.

Arts & Life
8:04 am
Sat August 25, 2012

SEC football fans head to the beach

Birmingham Public Library

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of football fans are converging on Gulf Shores, Ala., for a three-day beach festival. The event starts Friday and helps to kick off the college football season for Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Coaches from the three teams are scheduled to talk to fans on Saturday. More than 10,000 football fans are expected. A beach concert featuring the B-52s and other groups is planned for Saturday night.

Politics & Government
7:49 am
Sat August 25, 2012

T.S. Isaac brushes Haiti, Dominican Republic--Florida next?

Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The center of Tropical Storm Isaac has cleared Haiti but heavy rain is falling in the capital and elsewhere from the outer bands of the system. Rocks, mud and other debris litter the streets of Port-au-Prince this morning and the city is on high alert for potential flooding. But the worst of the storm has hit far from the capital. The center of Isaac passed over the southern peninsula near the small city of Les Cayes and headed toward southern Cuba. There were no immediate reports Saturday of any deaths or major damage in Haiti.

Politics & Government
8:22 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Former Al. Governor Appealing Prison Sentence

Dave Martin/Associated Press

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is appealing his prison sentence three weeks before he is scheduled to report to federal prison to complete a more than six-year sentence in a government corruption case. Siegelman's attorney filed the notice yesterday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery saying the former governor is appealing the sentencing to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Bentley Likes What's Left of Ala. Immigration Law

Sutherland Boswell Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's pleased with how much of Alabama's immigration law got left intact by a federal appeals court, and he's uncertain whether the state will appeal the ruling.


Bentley commented Tuesday after assessing the ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


He said the appeals court left intact key provisions designed to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs and state licenses.

Politics & Government
5:52 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Alabama's immigration law under the microscope

Florida Atlantic University

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Politics & Government
8:11 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mitt Romney Visits Birmingham Tonight for Fundraising Event

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Mitt Romney is coming to Alabama to raise money for his Republican presidential campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor will be in Birmingham for a reception being held tonight at an exclusive private club overlooking the city.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Politics & Government
8:28 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Once Dry, Al. City Adding More Beer at Oktoberfest

webMD

Cullman's Oktoberfest is adding more beer to a small-town celebration that was dry for years.

Organizers sold beer at the German-themed festival for the first time last year after city voters opted to legalize alcohol sales. But beer was only offered in one area of the Oktoberfest venue.

Alcohol sales proved popular, and this year organizers plan to sell beer at other locations in Cullman's Oktoberfest.

Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Tuscaloosa grand jury indicts "Copper Top" shooting suspect

APR

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of a shooting rampage in Tuscaloosa that injured 18 people has been indicted on charges of attempted murder and assault. A grand jury returned a 68-count indictment Thursday charging 44-year-old Nathan Wilkins with 19 counts of attempted murder and 19 counts of first-degree assault. He was also charged with 17 counts of second-degree assault and two counts of shooting into an occupied building. The suspect also faces arson charges for allegedly setting fires before and after last month's shooting.

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Arts & Life
12:08 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Civil Rights Memorial center remembers shooting victims at Sikh temple

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The victims slain by a gunman in a Wisconsin temple will be honored during a memorial in Alabama. The Civil Rights Memorial Center will join churches and other organizations Sunday to mark the attack the killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, took his own life after shooting at police responding to the scene. In Alabama, the event will be held in front of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, which honors those who died during the Civil Rights movement. The memorial is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Arts & Life
7:07 am
Sat August 11, 2012

LSU Football drops the "honey badger"

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules. The junior defensive back, who was nicknamed Honey Badger, was a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season. He was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test. Coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, citing an unidentified person close to the player, reported that Mathieu failed another drug test.

Politics & Government
8:46 am
Fri August 10, 2012

"On line" petition aims to free former Al. Governor Siegelman

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former Gov. Don Siegelman's daughter has created a petition on the Internet that asks President Barack Obama to grant him clemency. Dana Siegelman's petition says her father was wrongfully convicted on government corruption charges, and it asks the president to restore justice. She's already received more than 1,200 signatures. Siegelman's daughter created the petition after a federal judge resentenced him a week ago. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman to six and one-half years in prison, but he will get credit for nine months already served.

Politics & Government
3:56 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Hurricane season may get busier

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. forecasters are raising their estimate of potential storms in the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season, which enters its peak period this month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its updated forecast Thursday. Forecasters say wind patterns conducive to storm formation and warmer-than-normal sea temperatures mean chances are higher for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA forecasters say they expect a total of 12 to 17 tropical storms, with as many as five to eight hurricanes, for the season from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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