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Alabama Governor
3:47 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Griffith, Bentley Prepare For Fall Campaign

The Democratic nominee for governor, Parker Griffith, calls Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid and irresponsible.
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The Democratic nominee for governor, Parker Griffith, calls Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid and irresponsible.

Griffith says he plans to focus his general election campaign on Bentley refusing to expand the state Medicaid program and not doing enough to increase jobs in the state.

Bentley said Wednesday he doesn't like negative campaigning, and he will focus his campaign on his records and his goals. He says politicians might not be very good candidates if they have to spend their time talking about how bad their opponents are.

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Ethics Retirement
3:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Sumner Retiring From Alabama Ethics Commission

Jim Sumner, longtime executive director of the Alabama Ethics Commission, is retiring.
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The longtime executive director of the Alabama Ethics Commission is retiring.

Jim Sumner told the commission Wednesday that he plans to step down Oct. 1. Sumner has spent 35 years in public service, including 17 years as the chief staff member for the Ethics Commission. He previously worked in the attorney general's office, in the lieutenant governor's office and for the University of Alabama System.

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Poll Problems-Alabama
4:45 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Officials Say Alabama's Photo ID Law Working Smoothly

Alabama officials say implementation is going smoothly with a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote.

Alabama officials say implementation is going smoothly with a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote.

Alabama's chief of election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says he's had no reports of problems. Bennett says his office spent about $900,000 to educate voters about the new law and to provide photo IDs to more than 2,300 people who didn't have one.

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Campaign Ads
4:31 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited Government Group Responds To Alabama AG

Alabama Foundation for Limited Government says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because its campaign ads were for educational purposes only.
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A group that ran TV ads critical of the Republican legislative leadership says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because the ads were for educational purposes only.

An attorney for the Alabama Foundation for Limited Government, J. Brandon Rice, told Attorney General Luther Strange in a letter that the ads were not designed to influence Tuesday's primary election.

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Global Warming-Alabama
4:25 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Feds Seek 27 Percent Drop In Ala. Carbon Emissions

New federal government targets for reducing carbon emissions in individual states could impact Alabama's coal-fired plants.
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The Obama administration wants Alabama to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by about 27 percent over the next 16 years.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced targets for reducing carbon emissions in individual states. It's a major part of the administration's effort to combat climate change.

In Alabama, the government says power plants produced 1,444 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour in 2012. The government wants to reduce that amount by about 27 percent by 2030.

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Alabama Election
4:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

More Than 700,000 Votes Expected In Alabama

More than 700,000 Alabama voters are expected at the polls Tuesday for the first election where voters will be required to show a photo ID.

More than 700,000 Alabama voters are expected at the polls Tuesday for the first election where voters will be required to show a photo ID.

Alabama's chief election official, Jim Bennett, is predicting that 25 percent to 27 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million registered voters will turn out for the primary election. That's down from 32 percent four years ago, when both parties had hotly contested races for governor.

This is the first election where voters have to show a photo ID. That can include a driver's license, non-driver ID, Alabama voter ID or passport.

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Politics & Government
12:05 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Alabama Primary election focus = President Obama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Barack Obama isn't on Alabama's primary election ballot Tuesday, but the campaigns in both political parties make it seem like he is. Republicans running for state offices have built their campaigns around who would fight Obama the hardest. Democratic candidates have talked about their support of Obama and have called for Alabama to expand its Medicaid program under the president's federal health care law.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Old Tuscaloosa jail on "endangered list"

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An old west Alabama jail dating to the mid-1800s is in danger of being lost to neglect. The Alabama Historical Commission has included the old Tuscaloosa County jail on its list of Alabama structures that are "places in peril." The two-story brick building was the county jail from 1856 until 1890. It later became a boarding house, a veteran's hall and a school. But The Tuscaloosa News reports the structure has been vacant since 2007, and it's near new residential and commercial construction.

Muscle Shoals Studio
4:19 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Sale Shouldn't Affect Muscle Shoals Studio Update

The chairman of the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation says the sale of Beats Electronics should not affect the renovation and upgrading of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
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The chairman of the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation says the sale of Beats Electronics should not affect the renovation and upgrading of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Chairman Rodney Hall tells the TimesDaily that behind-the-scenes work has been going on and design drawings should be available soon for the studio.

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Alabama Weather
4:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Flooding Threat Continues On Ala. Coast

A byproduct of the rain is a high risk of dangerous rip currents on beaches in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
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Forecasters say Alabama's coast remains under a flooding threat following heavy rains, and more precipitation is on the way.

Some areas already have received as much as 4 inches of rain in the last two days, and the weather service says another 4 inches could fall in spots by Saturday morning.

Rainfall totals of 1 inch to 3 inches are expected across a wide area of southwest Alabama.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Fri May 30, 2014

State agents bust three Moonshiners

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Agents with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board have found three illegal moonshine stills in less than a week. The ABC Board says its Moonshine Task Force found a nearly complete still at a home in Ashford in southeast Alabama on Saturday night. The homeowner was charged with possession of prohibited beverages and possession of marijuana. Agents found a still in a wood area near Titus in central Alabama on Monday. No arrest was made. Then another still was found Tuesday in a wooded area still the Still Crossroads community in central Alabama.

Private School Tax Credits
4:48 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Ala. Officials Seek Stay Of Judge's School Ruling

The judge who overturned the Alabama Accountability Act is being asked to put his ruling on hold while state officials appeal.
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The judge who overturned the Alabama Accountability Act is being asked to put his ruling on hold while state officials appeal.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the law is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing state officials and two families that use the law filed a request Thursday for the judge to stay his ruling while they appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. They say the ruling will cause irreparable injury if it is not put on hold.

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Dying Pines
4:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NW Alabama Pines Hit By Pine Sawfly Larvae

The Alabama Forestry Commission says the loblolly pine sawfly is responsible for dying pine trees in northwest Alabama.
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The Alabama Forestry Commission says it has received numerous reports about pine trees dying in northwest Alabama, and the culprit appears to be the larvae of the loblolly pine sawfly.

The commission says infestations have been reported in Colbert, Marion, Franklin, Lamar and Fayette counties. The commission is conducting aerial surveys and will notify landowners where problems are detected.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Judge Overturns Alabama Accountability Act

A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.
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A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. He said it violates the state Constitution's requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill.

The Legislature passed the law in 2013. It was challenged in court by members of the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association.

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Gulf oil Spill-Settlement
5:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Court Won't Stop BP Oil Spill Claims Payments

A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that it will not stop payments while BP appeals an earlier 5th Circuit decision that the settlement does not require businesses to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect payments.

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