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

Alabama's immigration law under the microscope

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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.

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

Once Dry, Al. City Adding More Beer at Oktoberfest

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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

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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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Politics & Government
3:25 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Alabama reports progress on "no child left behind"

Alabama’s Department of Education is out with a new report on how the state is doing in the federal program called no child left behind. Alabama says seventy five percent of Alabama schools made adequate yearly progress. That’s up from seventy three percent year. However, the state got federal permission to use last year’s standards for this year to judge if Alabama students are passing or not. The results come out as state officials announced which schools and which school systems made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Law.

Science & Health
9:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

NASA Curiosity rover sends flood of Mars pictures

NASA's Curiosity rover sends back a shot of the horizon of the planet Mars.
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA has received a flood of new black-and-white pictures from the Curiosity rover on Mars that it will stitch together to make a panorama. The photos began pouring in Wednesday morning after the nuclear-powered rover raised its mast that's equipped with the cameras. The raw images reveal portions of the rover's instrument deck, its shadow on the ground and the Martian horizon. Since touching down inside Gale Crater Sunday night, Curiosity has beamed home a steady stream of images, including the first color view from the landing site.

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

Laptops Replacing Textbooks in Huntsville Schools

Laptop computers are replacing textbooks for public school students in Huntsville. The city school system is passing out laptop computers to students in grades four through 12 as it converts from paper texts to digital curriculum.

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Science & Health
8:12 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Fairhope Officials Meet to Discuss Geese Problem

The coastal town of Fairhope has problem with geese. Officials will hold a public meeting today to discuss how to deal with the large number of birds that gather on the city's public beaches along Mobile Bay. Scientists say water is contaminated near the beaches, and goose waste may be part of the problem.

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Arts & Life
12:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Grenada declares holiday for olympic gold medal for Alabama track star

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ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) — The island of Grenada has erupted in celebration over the small Caribbean nation's first-ever Olympic medal. People danced, cheered and waved flags in the streets Monday after Kirani James won the gold medal in the 400-meter run with a time of 43.94 seconds. Hundreds had gathered at outdoor viewing sites to watch the race. The 19-year-old is the first non-U.S. runner to break the 44-second barrier in the race. His time is the fastest ever by a Caribbean athlete in the 400-meter.

Science & Health
11:48 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Alabama company wins NASA contract

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama company has won a contract worth as much $51.6 million for work at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The space agency says Analytical Services Inc. will provide strategic research and analysis at Marshall. It will also provide support services for communications at the NASA center. The one-year contract can be lengthened through extensions. ASI is based in Huntsville and has offices in Montgomery, Troy, Mich., and the Washington, D.C., region.

Science & Health
9:36 am
Tue August 7, 2012

NASA Curiosity Rover sends back first color photo of Mars

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has beamed back its first color photo from the ancient crater where it landed. The view showed a pebbly landscape and the rim of Gale Crater off in the distance. Curiosity snapped the photo on the first day on the surface after touching down on Mars Sunday night. The rover took the shot with a camera at the end of its robotic arm, which remained stowed. The landscape looked fuzzy because the camera's removable cover was coated with dust that kicked up during the descent to the ground.

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