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New Gun Law
4:48 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Alabama's New Gun Law Takes Effect Thursday

Starting Aug. 1, Alabamians with permits to carry concealed pistols may keep them locked in their cars while at work even if their employer prohibited it in the past.
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Beginning Thursday, Alabamians with permits to carry concealed pistols may keep them locked in their cars while at work even if their employer prohibited it in the past.

That's part of Alabama's new gun law that takes effect Aug. 1. The law also provides that workers with hunting licenses can keep their unloaded rifles and shotguns locked away in their vehicles while at work during hunting season.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Ala. Governor Takes Recovery Tour to Monroe County

Governor Robert Bentley will take his economic tour to Monroeville in Monroe County.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley takes his Road to Economic Recovery Tour back on the road with a visit to Monroeville in Monroe County.

   A release from the governor's office says Bentley will begin the tour at about 11 a.m. Tuesday with a visit to the Monroeville town square on the West Claiborne Street side.

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Politics & Government
7:34 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Lawmaker Seeks to Shutter Education Foundation

State Senator Gerald Allen wants to disband the Foundation for Local Schools.
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An Alabama lawmaker says he aims to shut down a little-known education foundation that may have brought in less money than the state's school system spent running it.

   State Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, has pre-filed a bill that would disband the Foundation for Local Schools.

   The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/162tY7S) that the foundation is a nonprofit set up by the Legislature to accept donations from wealthy people and corporations interested in setting up trusts to help fund public education.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Coastal Alabama Braces for Flood Program Changes

Water rushes under the Baldwin County 44 bridge with Fairfield Place homes in the background Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Fairhope, Ala.
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Flood maps aren't due out for Alabama until next December, but the specter of rising flood insurance premiums is undeniable.

   Congress, seeking to undo the damage done to the National Flood Insurance Program after 2005, changed the policy to impose more stringent regulation on subsidies and second homes.

   The Press-Register reports (http://bit.ly/17b7Ve8) that those changes have painted a bull's eye on the state's two coastal counties.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Funding to Save Historic Alabama Home Falls Short

State Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, stands outside a house that served as headquarters for the voting rights movement that changed American history in 1965. Sanders is trying to save the crumbling house.
Alvin Benn/The Montgomery Advertiser

One of the most important structures linked to America's voting rights movement appears on the verge of collapse, and local leaders are calling it an embarrassment to Selma and Alabama.

   It's the former home of the late Sam Boynton and his wife, Amelia, a black couple who began voter registration efforts in Selma long before "Bloody Sunday" in 1965.

   What makes their house on Lapsley Street so important is a letter written there and sent to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. inviting him to come to Selma to lead a voting rights movement.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Lt. Gov. Ivey to Greet Veteran on Capitol Steps

Marine Corps veteran Mac McQuown will meet with Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey in Montgomery today. This is his 8th capital stop.
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Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is scheduled to meet a veteran who plans to walk across America to show his support for the troops.

   Marine Corps veteran Mac McQuown is gearing up to walk across the country and officials say Ivey will greet him Monday on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol building.

   Ivey is expected to give a brief speech at 1 p.m. and officials say McQuown plans to walk to all 50 state capitols.

Business & Education
3:56 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Advocates Concerned About Ala. Special Education

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Advocates for the disabled say they're concerned about the future of special education programs since state officials plan to inspect them less often.

The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/13QW7Qp ) reported Sunday that the state Department of Education will transition from inspecting the programs once every three years to once every four years beginning this school year.

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Business & Education
3:52 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

2 Ala. Teachers Allege Pressure to Change Grades

Two Montgomery Public Schools teachers have alleged that they felt pressured to make improper grade changes.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Sunday that (http://on.mgmadv.com/11ogYd0) Pamela West and Gardenia Wilson told the Montgomery County Board of Education they thought the decision to transfer them to other schools stemmed from their refusal to give students easier work to raise their grades.

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Politics & Government
3:49 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Tuscaloosa Offers $500K in Tornado Recovery Loans

Several Tuscaloosa neighborhoods were completely devastated by the April 27th tornadoes.
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Tuscaloosa city officials will soon be taking applications for loans of up to $20,000 aimed at helping businesses rebuild in the city's tornado recovery zone.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/15TZchw) the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs recently gave the city approval to use $500,000 for the loans. Businesses meeting certain terms will have their loans revert to grants, meaning the money won't have to be repaid.

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Business & Education
6:36 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Few Ala. Private Schools Participate in Tax Credits

With the start of the year just three weeks away for most districts, only seven private schools have signed up for Alabama's new program of tax credits to help students transfer from failing public schools.

The state Department of Revenue is developing regulations for the tax credits, and it reports that it hasn't seen much interest from private schools.

Robin Mears of the Alabama Christian Education Association says one reason is the lateness of the regulations. Schools start around Aug. 19, and the state's regulations won't be final until after that.

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Politics & Government
6:27 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Miss., Ala. Govs Call for Oil Sands Assessment

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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The governors of Mississippi and Alabama say the two states will partner to study oil sands resources.

Oil sands is a sandy mixture found below the surface containing bitumen. After extracting the sand, the bitumen can be transformed into crude oil that can be refined.

A news release says Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced the partnership Saturday while speaking to the Southern States Energy Board during a meeting in Mobile, Ala.

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Politics & Government
6:13 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Ala. Companies Raise $23K for Okla. Tornado Relief

Employees of Nucor Steel a€“ from left in orange, Kristy Riggs, James Swindle and Michael Kassay a€“ talk with one of the tornado victims from Moore, Okla., when they visited to distributed donations earlier this month.
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Two businesses in northern Alabama say they raised more than $23,000 to help residents of an Oklahoma city that was devastated by tornadoes two months ago.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/13cJq2R ) the money came from a joint fundraising effort by Florence-based Bank Independent and Nucor Steel of Decatur, which produces sheet steel.

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Business & Education
7:31 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Group Asks Cullman Schools to Stop Prayer Caravan

Officials with Cullman County Schools say they are going ahead with a prayer caravan in August, despite protests from a Wisconsin-based group.
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A group has sent a complaint to Cullman County Schools over a prayer caravan set for early August, claiming the district forcing religion on students.

The Cullman Times reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1aNHFe7 ) the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Superintendent Billy Coleman this week asking that he cancel the Aug. 10 event, which involves a short prayer at each school campus before the school year starts.

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Arts & Life
7:26 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Bicyclists Hit Tuscaloosa Streets for Hot Hundred

Cyclists make their way along University Boulevard for the Hot Hundred ride in 2012.
Dusty Compton/ The Tuscaloosa News

Some 600 bicyclists will be taking to the streets in Tuscaloosa for the 11th annual Hot Hundred on Saturday.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/13aHPdC ) the event is so named because it's rarely not hot in Alabama in late July and one of the routes includes a 103-mile trek in and around Tuscaloosa.

The race starts at 7 a.m. and includes five courses, which start at 29 or 36 miles and go up from there.

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Politics & Government
7:18 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Meeting of Southern Lawmakers Set for Mobile

The Southern Legislative Conference will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center.
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The annual meeting of theSouthern Legislative Conference kicks off Saturday in Mobile.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/13jEDsu ) the four-day conference includes state lawmakers from across the South and is expected to draw more than 1,000 people to the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Policy discussions on economic development, agriculture, energy and other issues are planned.

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