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Cuban-American Play
12:04 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Cuban-American Troupe To Perform In NY, Havana

Director Seth Panitch, left, with cast members in “Alcestis Ascending.”
Credit UA News

It's difficult enough for actors to perform a play in two languages and make sure the audience understands. An Alabama-based partnership of Cubans and Americans is tackling that and more with an unusual engagement in New York.

The cast and crew of "Alcestis Ascending" are preparing for one of just a handful of joint Cuban-American plays to hit the Big Apple since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.

They'll perform in Tuscaloosa starting Monday, then move the show to New York on July 9. Finally, the production will head to Havana.

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Baseball Game-Gun Giveaway
5:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Huntsville Stars Holding Gun Giveaway At Ballgame

A minor league baseball team in Huntsville is holding a gun giveaway at a game and offering free admission to members of the National Rifle Association.
Credit Huntsville Stars / http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t559

A minor league baseball team in Alabama is holding a gun giveaway at a game and offering free admission to members of the National Rifle Association.


The Huntsville Stars are planning a promotion called "Second Amendment Night" on July 3.


A Huntsville-area gun shop is sponsoring the promotion for the Stars, a Class-AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. NRA members will get into the game for free with their membership card, and the team will hold a drawing for two free rifles and a handgun during the game.

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Abortion Suit
4:57 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Blocks Part Of New Ala. Abortion Law

A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect. The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
Credit Julie Bennett / al.com

A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday, siding with clinic operators that sued over the law.

Thompson says he needs time to review evidence, and temporarily prohibiting the law from taking effect protects the public from harm.

The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.

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Voter ID Plan
4:42 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification now that the state's voter ID law can go into effect.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification.


She said voters will be able to get the identification even if they can't afford to pay. Chapman said voters can fill out a form to receive a free photo ID. She said her office wants to develop a system where voters can receive the photo identification at the county courthouse.

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Business & Education
7:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Birmingham School Intervention Could Go Into 2014

Former State Superintendent Ed Richardson
blog.al.com

State officials say an intervention in the Birmingham school district could extend into September 2014.

   Former State Superintendent Ed Richardson, who leads the intervention team, said the state board of education should not end the intervention prematurely. Al.com (http://bit.ly/14ec8z3 ) reports the effort marks the state's fourth intervention in the local school system in 12 years.

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Politics & Government
6:42 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling

State Senator Hank Sanders is urging Alabamians to participate in a recreation of the March on Washington in August.
Birmingham News/Michelle Williams

Alabama civil rights leaders say they'll be creative as they plan ways to protest the Supreme Court decision to throw out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

   Speaking at a news conference on the Capitol steps in Montgomery on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma urged Alabama residents to participate in an Aug. 24 recreation of the March on Washington.

   He also encouraged local protests of the ruling, which black leaders say pushes back gains made since the 1960s.

Politics & Government
6:28 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge to Rule on Alabama Abortion Clinic Law

A rally at the capitol earlier this month drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Julie Bennett / al.com

A federal judge says he will decide Friday whether to temporarily block a new Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.

   U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson heard arguments from attorneys on both sides Thursday. He said he will decide Friday whether to issue a temporary restraining order because the law is supposed to go into effect Monday.

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Jefferson County Bankruptcy
5:18 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Jefferson Co. Commission Approves Bankruptcy Plan

Jefferson County commissioners have approved a plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Credit jeffconline.jccal.org / Jefferson County Commission

Jefferson County commissioners have approved a plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The panel approved the plan on a 4-1 vote Thursday. It's due to be filed with a federal judge Sunday.

Most of the $4.2 billion debt stems from bonds that funded sewer system repairs, and the plan includes sewer fee hikes of 7.4 percent for four years and 3.4 percent for 40 years.

Commissioner George Bowman opposed the plan, which he says puts too much of a burden on people in his district.

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Military
4:46 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Governor Bentley Promotes Bills To Help Military

Governor Robert Bentley celebrated the enactment of three state laws designed to make Alabama more military friendly in a cerominal signing at the Capitol Thursday.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley has joined with legislators and military leaders to celebrate the enactment of three state laws designed to make Alabama more military friendly.

Bentley conducted ceremonial signings for the laws Thursday at the Capitol.

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Lieutenant Governor-Ivey
4:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey Seeking Re-Election

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey has kicked off her campaign for a second term.
Credit ltgov.state.al.us

Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey has kicked off her campaign for a second term.


Ivey said that since she became presiding officer of the state Senate the Legislature has downsized government, passed balanced budgets, and sustained essential state services.


Ivey made the announcement Thursday in Montgomery, surrounded by Republican members of the Senate and other GOP officeholders.


So far, she has no announced opposition.

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Politics & Government
7:29 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Prattville Police Selling Weapons for Equipment

Prattville Police Capt. Diane Hamm looks over guns to be sold. The money raised will help the department buy uniforms and equipment.
Marty Roney/Progress

Prattville police will sell confiscated guns to raise money so they can buy uniforms and equipment.

   Police Capt. Diane Hamm said the weapons will be sold to a law enforcement supply company in Montgomery. The weapons have been turned in or seized by police since 1994.

   Hamm told The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/1aQ1eDw ) that the cheaper guns will be cut up and sold for scrap metal. The remaining weapons are worth about $25,000. They include a World War I-era British rifle, a World War II-era German pistol and modern handguns.

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Business & Education
7:24 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Tuscaloosa Reviews Student Housing Market

The entrance to the Woodlands of Tuscaloosa, an apartment complex that is home to many UA students. A task force will study student rental housing in the city of Tuscaloosa.
Chris Pow / al.com

A task force will study student rental housing in the city of Tuscaloosa.

Politics & Government
6:42 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Ala. Officials Say Voter ID Law Can Take Effect

Alabama officials say voters apparently will have to present identification at the polls in the next election.

   Officials including Gov. Robert Bentley, Secretary of State Beth Chapman and Attorney General Luther Strange said the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday throwing out part of the federal Voting Rights Act means the state does not have to submit for preclearance a new law requiring voters to have photo identification.

   Strange said the voter identification law will be implemented immediately.

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Politics & Government
6:34 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Alabama Senator Again Leads Immigration Opposition

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Mobile says a sweeping immigration bill in Washington would cost the nation jobs and depress wages.
The Associated Press

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is playing the same role in opposition to a sweeping immigration bill that he was in during the presidency of George W. Bush.

   Republican leadership argues the bill is critical to any chance for a national comeback for the party out of power in Washington.

   The Republican lawmaker says the legislation headed for passage in the Senate would cost the nation jobs and depress wages. He says it's not paid for and it would not guarantee better border enforcement.

Drug Case Backlog
5:03 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Ala. Drug Cases Halted By Investigation Backlog

The Drug Chemistry Laboratory at the Mongtomery lab.
Credit Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

State officials say funding cuts and the closure of several drug investigation labs has led to a backlog delaying more than 30,000 criminal cases from going to court.

Montgomery Regional Laboratory Director Katherine Richert says that nearly 30,400 are unresolved because of understaffing and a spike in cases after the closure of several regional laboratories.

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