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Alabama Unemployment
4:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Alabama's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, but it was higher than the same month a year ago.

Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.

The seasonally adjusted statistics show there were slightly more than 147,000 Alabamians looking for work in May. That's down about 160 people from the previous months, but it's about 8,600 more than a year ago.

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Court-Sex Ban
4:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ala. AG Seeks Court Rehearing On Sex Law Ruling

Attorney General Luther Strange wants an appeals court to reconsider its ruling striking down Alabama's sexual misconduct law.
Credit lutherstrange.com

Attorney General Luther Strange wants an appeals court to reconsider its ruling striking down Alabama's sexual misconduct law.

The law criminalized all acts of anal and oral sex. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously Friday that the law is unconstitutional because of a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a Texas law against consensual homosexual conduct.

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Plane Fire-Alabama
4:17 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Authorities ID 3 People Killed In Plane Crash

The fiery crash plane crash at Huntsville International Airport killed three people Wednesday.
Credit WHNT News 19

Authorities have identified three people killed in a Huntsville plane crash.

Madison County Deputy Coroner David Young tells WHNT-TV that 57-year-old William Christopher II of Center Point, Alabama; 67-year-old Kenneth Lynn Rousseau of Harpersville, Alabama; and 60-year-old Robin Gary Smith of Yukon, Oklahoma, were killed in the crash.

Officials say the plane veered from a runway and caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Huntsville International Airport. Airport spokeswoman Karen Yarbrough said the 10-seat plane crashed just to the right of the runway.

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Huntsville-Plane Fire
4:42 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Authorities Responding To Plane Fire In Huntsville

The National Transportation Safety Board along with the FAA are investigating today's deadly crash in Huntsville.
Credit NTSB

Local and federal authorities are investigating a plane fire near the Huntsville International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a Westwind II aircraft veered off the right side of a runway while trying to depart from the airport Wednesday afternoon. Bergen says the plane caught fire and three people were on board at the time.

Multiple sources have confirmed the three passengers were killed in the fiery crash

Bergen says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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Casino Raid
4:31 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alabama AG Gets New Expert For Casino Trial

Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Alabama's attorney general has selected a new gambling expert to replace one who died.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter. Holmes spent 20 years with the FBI, mostly working on gambling cases.

The attorney general's office had used New Jersey gambling expert Bob Sertell as an expert witness for more than a decade, but he died May 6.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception Suit
4:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Judge Opposes Ala. Broadcaster On Health Mandate

Alabama-based Catholic broadcaster, Eternal Word Television Network sued to block the federal government's rules on contraception for employees.
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A federal judge in Mobile is dismissing key legal claims made by an Alabama-based Catholic broadcaster that sued to block the federal government's rules on contraception for employees.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued the order Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by the Eternal Word Television Network, which is based in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale.

The broadcasting group says it will appeal. The state of Alabama is siding with the media organization.

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Alabama Prison Suit
4:29 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Groups Sue Over Alabama Prison Conditions

Two advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Alabama prison system, claiming the state is failing to provide basic medical and mental health care to inmates.
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Two advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Alabama prison system, claiming the state is failing to provide basic medical and mental health care to inmates.

Attorney Maria Morris of the Southern Poverty Law Center says a lack of adequate medical care is causing inmate suffering and even deaths.

The SPLC and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Center filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery on behalf of about 40 inmates.

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Human Rights-Birmingham
4:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

UAB To Launch New Human Rights Institute

University of Alabama Birmingham officials say the school has been approved to move forward with creating a new human rights institute.

University of Alabama Birmingham officials say the school has been approved to move forward with creating a new human rights institute.

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the proposal late last week. UAB provost Linda Lucas tells AL.com university officials believe the site will become an internationally recognized institute that will explore history, justice, public health, the environment and education.

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Jefferson County Superintendent
4:14 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

State Ed Leader Moves To Jefferson Superintendent

The chief of staff at Alabama's Department of Education, Craig Pouncey, is leaving to become superintendent of the Jefferson County school system.
Credit Alabama State Department of Education

The chief of staff at Alabama's Department of Education, Craig Pouncey, is leaving to become superintendent of the Jefferson County school system.

The Jefferson County school board voted 4-1 Tuesday to hire Pouncey.

Pouncey has been with the Department of Education for more than a decade. His duties include handling legislative and financial matters for public schools. He served as Crenshaw County school superintendent prior to moving to the state department.

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Politics & Government
4:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Alabama Appeals Court strikes down state homosexuality ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has ruled that a law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Alabama's sexual misconduct law in a unanimous decision. The judges said it was the first time the constitutionality of the law had been addressed since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Texas law in 2003. The chairman of Equality Alabama, Ben Cooper, calls it a step in the right direction.

Alabama Legislator-Arrest
4:13 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Judge Won't Dismiss Charges On Ala. Legislator

A judge in Opelika has refused to dismiss charges against Republican Rep. Barry Moore and he has released a document related to a public corruption investigation that includes the name of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
Credit legislature.state.al.us

A judge in Opelika has refused to dismiss charges against Republican Rep. Barry Moore and he has released a document related to a public corruption investigation that includes the name of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker denied a request Friday from Moore's defense lawyer to dismiss perjury and false statements charges brought against him in the corruption investigation in Lee County.

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Supreme Court-HealthSouth
4:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Court Rules Against HealthSouth In Auditor Dispute

HealthSouth filed a complaint blaming Ernst & Young for failing to detect the $2.6 billion accounting scam that occurred under former CEO Richard Scrushy.
Credit HealthSouth Corporation

The Alabama Supreme Court is ruling against Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp. in a legal dispute linked to the accounting fraud that rocked the rehabilitation company.

The justices on Friday rejected an appeal filed by HealthSouth in a legal fight involving its one-time auditing company Ernst & Young.

HealthSouth filed a complaint blaming Ernst & Young for failing to detect the $2.6 billion accounting scam that occurred under former CEO Richard Scrushy.

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Health Care-Alabama
4:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

AP Interview: VA Leader Talks About Patient Delays

The director of the Veterans Administration health services in central Alabama says he's eliminated paper waiting lists, added staff and worked to bring stability to an operation that has some of the longest patient waiting lists in the country.

The director of the Veterans Administration health services in central Alabama says he's eliminated paper waiting lists, added staff and worked to bring stability to an operation that has some of the longest patient waiting lists in the country.

James Talton talked about the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System after a VA report Monday showed it had an average wait time for new patients of 75 days. Talton says that's too high.

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Hospital-Legionella Cases
3:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ala. Hospital Patient Tests Positive For Legionella

UAB Hospital officials said Thursday that a ninth patient tested positive for legionella bacteria.

University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital officials say another patient has tested positive for a bacteria that can lead to a type of pneumonia.

UAB Hospital officials said Thursday that a ninth patient tested positive for legionella bacteria. The Jefferson County Department of Health has also said a hospital visitor tested positive for the bacteria.

Two of the eight patients who initially tested positive for legionella later died. Their causes of death are unclear.

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Alabama Prison Review
3:51 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Corrections Leader Refutes Claims In SPLC Report

Department Commissioner Kim Thomas says the state is proud of the health care it offers inmates and that care provided in state institutions is better than what's available to most uninsured Alabamians.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Alabama Department of Corrections officials are refuting a report by a human rights organization that criticizes health care in state prisons.

Department Commissioner Kim Thomas said in a statement Wednesday the state is proud of the health care it offers inmates and that care provided in state institutions is better than what's available to most uninsured Alabamians.

A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said the state fails to give inmates a humane level of medical care and disabled prisoners face discrimination.

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