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School Enrollment-Immigration
4:39 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Ala. School Chief Says No Social Security Card Needed

in a memo, Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice, reminded city and county school officials that social security card is not needed to enroll children in school.
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

With schools preparing to begin classes next month, Alabama's school superintendent is reminding city and county school officials that students don't need a Social Security number to enroll, and their parents don't need an Alabama driver's license or state-issued ID to enroll them.

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Politics & Government
7:38 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Ala-Based Army Office Says Fatal Accidents Down

Fort Rucker, Alabama.
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An Alabama-based military agency says fatal accidents are declining in the Army.

   The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker says accidental death rates of almost all types have stayed the same or fallen since this time last year.

   The overall accidental death rate in the Army is down 20 percent from the same time in 2012.

   That includes a 19 percent decline in private motor vehicle deaths. On-duty Army combat vehicle deaths declined 75 percent, and aviation deaths are comparable to the year before.

Gadsen State President
4:43 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Change In President Made At Gadsden State

After a vote of no confidence the president of Gadsden State Community College is out on paid administrative leave and an interim president is taking over.
Credit blog.al.com

The president of Gadsden State Community College is out on paid administrative leave and an interim president is taking over.

The chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, Mark Heinrich, announced Monday that President Ray Staats was placed on paid administrative leave. Heinrich named William Blow acting president.

Blow is a retired executive from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. He served as interim president at Gadsden State before Staats was hired in 2011. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

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Alabama Power Dams
4:32 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Groups Seek Reconsideration Of Alabama Power Dams

Two groups are asking a federal agency to reconsider the license renewal for Alabama Power's seven dams on the Coosa River.
Credit Alabama Power / Wikipedia

Two groups have asked a federal agency to reconsider the license renewal for Alabama Power's seven dams on the Coosa River.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Alabama Power's new license last month. The Alabama Rivers Alliance and American Rivers say more study is needed. Alabama Rivers Alliance program director Mitch Reid says the renewal was a bad decision based on bad data. The two groups are being represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Politics & Government
8:21 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bentley to Have Ceremonial Signing of Voting Bill

Gov. Bentley will hold a signing ceremony for a bill that makes it easier for emergency workers to cast their ballots.
governor.alabama.gov

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will hold a ceremonial signing ceremony for a bill that allows qualified emergency workers to vote by absentee ballot if they are called away from their homes to respond to an emergency immediately before an election.

   Bentley has scheduled the ceremony for 10 a.m. Monday at the Circler of Flags at the Alabama Capitol. The bill passed the Legislature during the past session that ended in May.

Arts & Life
8:14 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Heavy Rains Lead to Flash Flooding in Birmingham

Authorities say heavy rains have led to flash flooding in several neighborhoods across the Birmingham metro area.

   Birmingham police reported that parts of Bessemer Road and Third Avenue North were among areas in the city to experience flooding after heavy rains fell Sunday afternoon.

   National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Westland tells Al.com that Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport received 3.17 inches of rain as of 8:30 p.m.

Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Alabama sets first execution date since 2011

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's first execution in almost two years is scheduled for Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore.

Court records show that 30-year-old Andrew Lackey asked the state to set his execution date, and he has not taken action to stop it.

Lackey is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore for the beating and shooting death of 80-year-old Charles Newman during a 2005 Halloween night robbery in Limestone County. Lackey is to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
4:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments

A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.
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A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.

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Abortion Suit
4:41 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Alabama Abortion Law Enforcement To Get Delayed

Enforcement of Alabama's law setting stricter requirements on abortions won't go into effect this year.
Credit Julie Bennett / al.com

Alabama's new law setting stricter requirements for abortion doctors likely won't be enforced this year.

ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys challenging the law and state attorneys defending the law told a federal judge Friday that they want the law kept on hold until March 24, 2014, while they develop their cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson indicated he would go along with the timeline proposed by both sides.

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Business & Education
8:37 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Alabama Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 2-4

Alabama retailers are getting ready for the annual tax free weekend for back-to-school merchandise.

   The state will waive its 4 percent sales tax from Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4. The Alabama Retail Association reports that a record 274 Alabama cities and counties are waiving their local sales taxes during that weekend.

   Items covered by the tax holiday include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies costing $50 or less, books that cost $30 or less, and computers and computer equipment selling for $750 or less.

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Politics & Government
8:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Ala Promoting Ministry to Veterans

A conference scheduled for August 1, 2013 in Auburn aims to help faith leaders reach out to military veterans.

The state of Alabama is promoting the idea of using faith-based ministries to help military veterans.

   The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service is joining other groups in sponsoring a seminar to help pastors, clergy and other faith leaders reach out to veterans.

   Alabama has more than 400,000 veterans, and at least 4,000 of them are affected by post-traumatic stress syndrome. As many as 5 percent of them are believed to be contemplating suicide.

Politics & Government
8:17 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hearing to Determine Restitution for Auburn Trees

Alabama fan Harvey Updyke could have to pay about $1 million in restitution for poisoning the oak trees at Auburn University.
usatoday.com

A judge will hold a hearing to determine whether University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke should pay Auburn University about $1 million for poisoning its landmark oak trees.

   The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/12RVcdW ) reports that Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled the hearing for Sept. 18.

   The hearing is to determine whether Updyke must pay restitution for killing the trees at Toomer's Corner. Auburn fans traditionally rolled the trees with toilet paper after a big win.

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Alabama Unemployment
5:18 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Alabama Unemployment Drops To 6.5 percent

Alabama's jobless rate fell to its lowest rate in four years for the month of June.
Credit www.aim.org

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in June, which is lowest rate in more than four years.


The state Department of Labor said the June rate was down from 6.8 percent in May, and it was the lowest rate recorded since Alabama hit the same figure in November 2008. It was also below the national figure of 7.6 percent.


The rate was supposed to be announced Friday, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics inadvertently released it early. State officials then provided details of the new rate.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
5:10 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Judge Urged To Let BP Settlement Payments Continue

Lawyer's are urging a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.
Credit Associated Press

A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.


In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the company hasn't provided any evidence that court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau has wrongfully paid any claims.

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Governor Bentley
4:56 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Governor Bentley Gets 1st Major Endorsement

Governor Robert Bentley scores the first endorsement for his 2014 re-election campaign.
Credit wikipedia.org

The Alabama Forestry Association has thrown its support to Gov. Robert Bentley's re-election campaign.


Bentley said Thursday the forestry group was the first major organization to endorse him in 2010 and now it's the first for the 2014 election. But there's a big difference. It didn't endorse him in 2010 until after he won the Republican primary.

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