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6:29 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Alabama involved in 13 State drug recall

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health is working with other health agencies to investigate an injectable anti-inflammatory drug prepared by a compounding manufacturer in Tennessee. Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn. shipped the tainted medicine to clinics in 13 states, including to one clinic in Alabama. The investigation began after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was notified of seven people who developed infections or adverse reactions after receiving injections of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA).

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Candidates lining up to replace Mobile Congressman Jo Bonner

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Politics & Government
2:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Governor Bentley removes limits on corporate political dollars

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Governor Robert Bentley has signed two bond issues into law, along with a bill changing Alabama's campaign finance law. One new law signed by the governor removes the limit on how much corporations can give to political candidates in Alabama. Corporate contributions are now unlimited like individual contributions. Bentley spokesman Jeremy King said Friday the governor also signed a $30 million bond issue to repair six schools damaged by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. He also approved a $50 million bond issue to purchase equipment for technology training programs in public schools.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Extra Troopers, Less Road in Ala. During Weekend

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Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road.

   Alabama officials announced the extra troopers are the result of the state participating in the nationwide Click It Or Ticket campaign to increase the use of safety belts. Many of the state's city and county law enforcement agencies are also participating.

Politics & Government
6:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Huntsville Approves Entertainment Districts

Visitors will soon be able to walk around downtown Huntsville with an adult beverage in hand.

   WAFF-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1aeMVoU ) the Huntsville city council on Thursday approved two separate entertainment districts. People will be allowed to walk around with an alcoholic beverage in the districts on Thursdays and Fridays starting June 20.

   Mayor Tommy Battle says he hopes the council can find a way to add Saturdays. But for now the mayor says there aren't enough police officers to allow for that.

Science & Health
6:47 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the total number of respiratory illnesses has increased to 10, but the health department is closing the investigation.
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Alabama health officials investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses say the total has increased to 10, but they are closing the investigation.

   State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday the cases are unrelated and all have reasonable explanations. He said health officials took extraordinary caution because of two new viruses - one in China and another in the Middle East. But they found no evidence of new or unexpected viruses or bacteria in the cluster of cases in southeast Alabama.

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Politics & Government
6:43 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Jo Bonner Announces Resignation from Congress

U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner of Mobile says his resignation is effective in August to take a job at the University of Alabama.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, of Mobile, has announced his resignation from Congress to take a top job at the University of Alabama.

   Bonner, a congressman since 2003, is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and announced his resignation Thursday afternoon.

   A letter explaining Bonner's resignation was delivered to Alabama lawmakers' offices in Washington.

Business & Education
7:37 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Auburn Among Fastest-Growing US Cities

A look at the Auburn University campus. New information from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Auburn was among the top 15 fastest-growing cities with populations fo at least 50,000 people.
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A new estimate shows Auburn is among the fastest growing in the country.

   The estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Auburn was among the top 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of at least 50,000 people.

   AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/11cP9j0 ) the city had an estimated population growth rate of 3.71 percent during the one-year period starting July 1, 2011.

   Eight Texas cities made the ranking of 15 with San Marcos, located between San Antonio and Austin, topping the list with a 4.91 percent increase.

Politics & Government
7:16 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Alabama Governor Signs Bill on Carrying Guns

House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the governor's signature makes Second Amendment rights more secure in the state.

Alabama's governor has signed legislation that expands where people can carry guns in Alabama.
   The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale passed the Legislature Monday, and Bentley's office announced he signed it into law Wednesday.

   House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the governor's signature makes Second Amendment rights more secure.

   The new law says employees can have firearms in their cars at work, and businesses can't be sued for any harm resulting from the use of those weapons.

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Politics & Government
6:47 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Obama to Sign Bill for Birmingham Bombing Victims

President Obama will sign a bill Friday, May 24 that awards the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four girls killed in the '63 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
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President Barrack Obama plans to sign a bill Friday that awards the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church.

   Alabama Reps. Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus sponsored the bill, which received final approval May 9. Sewell told al.com (http://bit.ly/Z0FxeP ) that some members of Alabama's congressional delegation will attend the signing ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Friday.

   Also planning to attend are some family members of the four girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.

Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Animal Protection Groups Praise Alabama Bill

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Animal protection groups are urging Alabama's governor to sign legislation toughening the penalties for animal cruelty.

   The Legislature passed a bill on the last night of its session to increase the penalty for animal cruelty from a maximum of six months in jail to a maximum of one year. The bill also adds a definition for torture that can cause the punishment to increase to a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison.

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Auburn Pool Party Shootings
7:29 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Judge Sets Hearing Date in Pool Party Shootings

23-year-old Desmonte Leonard is accused of killing three people at a pool party at an Auburn apartment complex last year. His hearing has been set for October 15.
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A Lee County judge has scheduled a hearing for a man accused of killing three people at a pool party at an Auburn apartment complex last year.

   Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker set the date for the hearing for 23-year-old Desmonte Leonard for Oct. 15 in Lee County Court.

   The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/119hRkJ ) that one aspect of the hearing would be Walker saying that both sides have indicated that the case is not yet ready for trial.

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Science & Health
6:27 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Mysterious Illness Kills 2 in Southeast Alabama

State health officials say the CDC is analyzing lab tests from all seven infected by the mysterious illness.
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State health officials say a mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in southeast Alabama.

   In a statement, Alabama Department of Public Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre says seven people have been admitted to hospitals with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Two of the seven have died and McIntyre says the department and the Centers for Disease Control Respiratory Laboratory are analyzing lab tests from all seven.

Voting Rights Center
7:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center

A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail.
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The board of the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation has authorized $1.2 million in bond money for a landmark voting rights center in the capitol city.

A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail, officials said Tuesday.

Finance Director Marquita Davis told Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard the center had been funded in 2001, but the project didn't get off the ground.

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State Boards
7:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

More Than 70 Confirmations Die At Session's End

Governor Robert Bentley is exploring his options after 70 nominations to state boards died without a vote.
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When the Legislature adjourned Monday just before midnight, more than 70 nominations to state boards died without a vote.

The affected bodies range from university governing boards to the state environmental management board and the Real Estate Commission.

Of the pending nominations, 56 were from Gov. Robert Bentley, while another 14 came from legislative leaders or self-perpetuating boards.

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