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Borrowing Millions
7:19 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bond Issue Approved For Alabama Schools

Murphy High School is one of the many tornado-damaged schools that the bond issue will help.
Credit G.M. Andrews/AP Photo

The Alabama Legislature has approved selling bonds to borrow $30 million to repair tornado-damaged schools.

The Senate voted 26-6 Monday afternoon to give final passage to the bond legislation. The bill now goes to the governor for his review.

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Democrats-Medicaid
4:43 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama Democrats Fail In Expanding Medicaid

Vivian Davis Figures, leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus, says the failure to expand Medicaid and the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act made this the worst legislative session she can remember.
Credit AP Photo/Dave Martin

Democrats in the Alabama Legislature failed to achieve their top goal for the 2013 session.


When the session began in February, Democratic legislators said their No. 1 goal was expanding Alabama's Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. But they conceded on the session's last day Monday that their goal had failed. A bill to expand the program drew opposition from Gov. Robert Bentley and never went anywhere.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits

The Ala. House has rejected Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
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The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.


The House voted 57-10 Monday to reject the governor's proposal. Now the proposal goes to the Senate on the last meeting day of the legislative session.

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Arts & Life
8:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dothan Museum Hosts Exhibit of World War II Images

Major (Retired) Edward B. Ledford looks over photographs during the opening of an exhibition of WWII photos from Associated Press photographers at the Wiregrass Museum of Art.
Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle

A new exhibit at a southeast Alabama museum includes dozens of photographs from World War II.

   The exhibit, "Memories of World War II Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press," will be on display at the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan now through July 14.

   The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/14nBr1z) that the museum becomes one of more than 20 museums throughout the U.S. that have shown the exhibit since it originally opened to the public on May 24, 2004, at Washington's Union Station.

Business & Education
8:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Ala. Community Colleges Expanding Business Courses

Gadsden State Community College rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.
campusexplorer.com

Alabama community colleges are expanding their course offerings that prepare students to start and run their own businesses.

   Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/10MrpTO ) the Alabama Community College System plans to add classes in entrepreneurship and support programs. Gadsden State Community College this semester rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.

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Arts & Life
8:12 am
Mon May 20, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' Stars to Appear at Auburn Event

Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson is one of two stars from the popular reality TV show "Duck Dynasty" who'll attend an event in Auburn.
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Two stars from the popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" are planning to attend an event in Auburn.

   The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/11QbYRb) that Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson and Alan Robertson, both from the A&E cable show, are among celebrities set to appear at the Aug. 24 event at Auburn Arena.

   Tickets for the event are being sold through Youth First and Youth for Christ in Auburn, with proceeds from the event going toward Youth for Christ.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama Legislature Returns for Last Day

Monday, May 20 is the last meeting day of the 2013 legislative session.

Alabama legislators are getting ready for the final day of their 2013 session.

   The Legislature convenes at 9 a.m. Monday. Both chambers will have to decide whether to accept or reject the governor's proposal to delay tax credits for private school attendance for two years.

   Pending in the House is a bill that would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while on the job. The House could also consider a bill requiring drug testing for welfare applicants if they have had a drug conviction in the last five years.

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama to Practice Hurricane Traffic Reversal

Motorist traveling along Interstate 65 between Baldwin County and Montgomery on Wednesday afternoon will see plenty of state troopers, National Guard personnel and state Transportation Department workers.

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Arts & Life
8:50 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Eufaula Restaurant Wins Alabama BBQ Sauce Contest

Phil's BBQ in Eufaula has been named as best sauce by the state's tourism department.
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A restaurant from Eufaula has won Alabama's BBQ Sauce-Off Championship.

A panel of judges picked Phil's BBQ as the best sauce during a tasting Saturday in Birmingham. Phil's was one of four regional winners that ended up in the state contest organized by the Alabama Tourism Department.

Contest Coordinator Brian Jones said Alabama has a great barbecue culture and the Tourism Department is highlighting it during its Year of Alabama Food promotion.

Alabama Wind Farm
8:44 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Residents Opposing Lookout Mountain Wind Farm

Some residents near a proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain say they oppose the project.
www.independentaustralia.net

Some residents near a proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain are getting organized to oppose the project.

The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/189DqYI ) reports that about 35 residents met Saturday to share their opinions about the project planned by Pioneer Green Energy of Austin, Texas.

Resident Brandon Balenger said the project shouldn't be so close to people who live at the base of the mountain. Chris Lipscomb said his house is about 1,900 feet from the project, and he expects it to cut his home value in half.

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Business & Education
8:40 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Club Holds Annual Event in Alabama

The Mercedes-Benz Club of America chose Alabama for its StarTech 2013 event.
www.automotiveaddicts.com

Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and technical experts from across the U.S. are meeting in Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/18Thpic ) the Mercedes-Benz Club of America chose Alabama for its StarTech 2013 event, which brings together experts in Mercedes restoration, maintenance and performance for seminars and workshops. The four-day event began this weekend and runs through Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
7:02 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Ala. Governor Seeks Votes on Delaying Tax Credits

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Gov. Robert Bentley is spending the weekend trying to round up legislative support for his proposal to delay Alabama's new private school tax credits for two years.

Bentley spoke Saturday at the Alabama League of Municipalities convention in Montgomery and urged several hundred city officials to contact their legislators before the Legislature's last meeting day on Monday. Bentley said he's also contacting legislators by letter and in person.

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Arts & Life
9:28 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Outdoor Athletes Converge on Ala Park for Race

xterraplanet.com

Hundreds of athletes are converging on Alabama's largest state park for a major competition this weekend.

About 1,000 pro and amateur athletes will be at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham beginning Saturday for the XTERRA Southeast Championship.

The triathlon includes a one-mile swim, a 20-mile mountain bike ride and a 10k off-road run through woods just a few miles south of Birmingham.

This is the eighth straight year the regional competition has been held at Oak Mountain, which is considered one of the top mountain-biking destinations in the nation.

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Arts & Life
9:23 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Possible Tornado Surprises Athens

Athens fire Department checks roof damage from storm Friday afternoon at the Athens Walmart.
Bob Gathany | bgathany@al.com

An unconfirmed tornado has knocked down trees, flipped Dumpsters and damaged the roof of the nearby WalMart in Athens.

A forecaster at the National Weather Service in Huntsville said the suspected tornado started about a mile south-southeast of Athens and moved in a line toward southwest Ardmore Friday.

The unsettled weather system continued to concern forecasters as it moved north toward Tennessee.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson says he saw the backside of a wall cloud that had a tail. Police followed as it moved up Route 31 to Interstate 65.

Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Democrats Say Delay Won't Fix Alabama Tax Credits

Governor Robert Bentley isn't finding much love on either side of the aisle for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
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Alabama's Republican governor isn't getting support from key Republicans or Democrats for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.

The Republican architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, says a delay isn't needed.

The Senate Democratic Caucus and House Minority Leader Craig Ford say the tax credits should be repealed rather than delayed.

But Bentley is persisting. He sent a letter to legislators Friday and is contacting legislators urging them to support a delay when they wrap up the 2013 legislative session on Monday.

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