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Politics & Government
7:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Alabama Governor to Visit Geneva in Economic Tour

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is taking his road to economic recovery tour to Geneva in southeast Alabama.
The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will take his road to economic recovery tour back on the highway to visit Geneva in southeast Alabama.

Politics & Government
7:26 am
Tue July 16, 2013

IRS Plans Clothing Auction in Opelika

The IRS clothing auction in Opelika will be held July 25, 2013.

The Internal Revenue Service is planning a big clothing auction July 25 in Opelika.

   The IRS says the auction will involve more than 100 containers of new specialty clothing designed to transfer moisture. The clothing was seized for nonpayment of federal taxes due from THY Enterprises. It includes men's and women's pants, boxers, T-shirts, shorts, medical socks, sock liners and more.

Lt. Governor-Ninesling
4:39 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Democrat Scott Ninesling Seeks Ala. Lt. Governor

Scott Ninesling has announced he will run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Kay Ivey for Alabama's Lieutenant Governor.
Credit linkedin.com

An Autauga County resident plans to run as a Democrat against Republican Kay Ivey.

Scott Ninesling (nihn-SLING') says he's making his first race for public office because he doesn't like how Ivey administered the state's prepaid college tuition program as state treasurer and how she's presided over the state Senate as lieutenant governor.

Ninesling is out of the country every other month because of his job as a fire chief at a liquefied natural gas plant in Africa, but he says he plans to run a well-planned campaign while he's home.

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Neighborhood Watch-Alabama Rally
4:28 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Hundreds Protest Zimmerman Acquittal In Birmingham

George Zimmerman's acquittal has prompted protests across the country including one that drew hundreds to Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham Monday.
Credit Associated Press

Hundreds of demonstrators are rallying at a park in downtown Birmingham to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Marlon Wright was among the demonstrators who gathered at Kelly Ingram Park Monday and said he has to be wary around police as a young black man. He says he fears that Zimmerman's acquittal will only make matters worse.

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Business & Education
7:33 am
Mon July 15, 2013

9 Ala. School Districts Report Book Ban Requests

Some of Alabama's public schools are reporting parents petitioned school officials to ban certain books from classrooms and libraries.

Nine out of Alabama's 132 public school districts have reported parents petitioned school officials to ban certain books from classrooms and libraries.

   The Anniston Star and journalism students from the University of Alabama (http://bit.ly/15cHZj5 ) collected book challenge forms from the past five years from each of the state's public school district's to determine how many books were being banned.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Alabama EMA to Simulate Hurricane for Exercise

Alabama EMA officials are holding an exercise to practice how the state would respond to a Category 3 hurricane.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov

Alabama's Emergency Management Agency plans to conduct an exercise to practice how the state would respond if a Category 3 hurricane were to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

   EMA officials said they would work with other state agencies and private groups to simulate the state's response to a hurricane.

   For the purpose of the exercise, the simulated storm will be called Hurricane Juliet. EMA officials said more than 170 people would participate in the exercise, which will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the EMA headquarters in Clanton.

Politics & Government
7:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ala. Last State to Segregate HIV-Positive Inmates

Inmates in the HIV Ward at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala.
AP Photo/Jamie Martin

South Carolina's recent decision to end the segregation of HIV-positive prison inmates leaves Alabama as the last state to continue the practice.

   A federal judge in 2012 ordered the Alabama Department of Corrections to end segregating HIV-positive inmates from the general prison population after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

   WTVM-TV (http://bit.ly/14RHbkB) reports corrections officials say the case is still in mediation and they're working with the ACLU to resolve the matter.

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Organizing Democrats
5:07 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Meetings Aimed At Invigorating Alabama Democrats

The Alabama Democratic Majority is one of many organizations planning training sessions in Alabama to try to reinvigorate a party that has fallen to minority status in state government.
Credit Alabama Democratic Majority

Democrats are organizing multiple training sessions in Alabama to try to reinvigorate a party that has fallen to minority status in state government.


A new organization, the Alabama Democratic Majority, has announced a "grassroots convention" Aug. 3 in Birmingham. Executive Director Bradley Davidson says it will cover everything from registering voters to helping voters comply with Alabama's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.

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Trade Mission-Canada
4:54 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Ala. Officials Plan Trade Mission To Canada

A trade mission led by the state with representatives from 10 companies will be heading to Canada next week.
Credit canflag.com

A trade mission led by the state with representatives from 10 companies will be heading to Canada next week.


The group will be heading to the Southeast U.S. Canada Province Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Alabama's Commerce Department Secretary Greg Canfield says Canada is already a top destination for Alabama products and the trip is designed to capitalize on those existing ties.


Canada was Alabama's top export destination last year with shipments valued at nearly $4 billion.

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Politics & Government
8:56 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Interstate 85 S. Near Montgomery to Have Closures

The Montgomery Outer Loop project. The state Transportation Department will implement lane closures and stoppages for the next two weeks as road crews set steel ramp girders for the project.
wsfa.com

Motorists traveling on Interstate 85 South near Montgomery could experience delays during the next two weeks.

   The state Transportation Department said weather permitting, lane closures and stoppages will happen between Sunday and Thursday for the next two weeks at mile marker 14.5. The closures and stoppages will occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. They are to allow crews to set steel ramp girders for the Montgomery Outer Loop project.

Business & Education
8:52 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Royal Cup Expanding in Birmingham, Adding 40 Jobs

Birmingham-based Royal Cup is expanding its operations and adding 40 jobs.
Royal Cup Coffee Facebook page

Birmingham-based Royal Cup is investing $30 million to expand its operations and add 40 jobs.

   The coffee and tea company announced it has acquired 16 acres and a building adjacent to its current operations in Birmingham. The building was formerly the home of RockTenn. Royal Cup vice president William Smith III told al.com (http://bit.ly/11IBS9b ) that the company will renovate the property and add more production lines.

Arts & Life
8:48 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dozens of Drivers Rescued in Ala. Flood

Fairhope police say more than a dozen drivers had to be rescued from flooded roads.
Marc D. Anderson

Police in Fairhope say more than a dozen drivers had to be rescued from flooded roads in the south Alabama city.

   Police Lt. Stephanie Hollinghead tells AL.com (http://bit.ly/177iG30 ) cars were pushed to safety Thursday after nearly four inches of rain fell within an hour.

   The National Weather Service in Mobile issued a flash flood warning for southwest Baldwin County and Emergency Management Agency Director Reggie Chitwood says the water is reced

Rural Crime
5:18 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Bentley Lauds Efforts Of Crime Fighting Unit

Gov. Robert Bentley joined officials with the Agriculture Rural Crime Unit Thursday at a cattle farm near Montgomery to laud the efforts of the unit.
Credit governor.alabama.gov / Office of Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says a newly-formed task force is having success in combating rural crime, such as the theft of farm animals and equipment.

Bentley joined officials with the Agriculture Rural Crime Unit Thursday at a news conference at a cattle farm near Montgomery. Since June, agents with the newly-formed unit have made 14 felony arrests and have recovered more than a half million dollars in stolen property.

Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier says the new unit is part of an initiative to consolidate state law enforcement efforts.

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Nuclear Safety
5:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

NRC Says TVA N. Alabama Nuclear Plant Still Needs Improvement

An in-depth government inspection shows the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama is safe to operate but still requires improvement.
Credit tva.com / Tennessee Valley Authority

An in-depth government inspection shows the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama is safe to operate but still requires improvement.

Officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are presenting their initial findings Thursday from a review triggered by a serious violation issued in 2011.

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State Auditor Race
5:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Birmingham Democrat Running Again For Ala. Auditor

Democrat Miranda Joseph will make another run for state auditor in 2014.
Credit blog.al.com

Democrat Miranda Joseph of Birmingham is making another run for state auditor.


Joseph ran against Republican incumbent Samantha Shaw in 2010 and lost. She has filed papers with the state to run again in 2014, when Shaw won't be on the ballot.


Joseph has created a campaign website and says she plans a formal kickoff soon. She is stressing her work as a certified internal auditor. Joseph filed a report with the state last week saying she had not yet raised or spent $25,000 on her campaign. That's the threshold for filing periodic reports of donations.

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