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Private School Tax Credits
4:48 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Ala. Officials Seek Stay Of Judge's School Ruling

The judge who overturned the Alabama Accountability Act is being asked to put his ruling on hold while state officials appeal.
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The judge who overturned the Alabama Accountability Act is being asked to put his ruling on hold while state officials appeal.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the law is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing state officials and two families that use the law filed a request Thursday for the judge to stay his ruling while they appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. They say the ruling will cause irreparable injury if it is not put on hold.

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Dying Pines
4:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NW Alabama Pines Hit By Pine Sawfly Larvae

The Alabama Forestry Commission says the loblolly pine sawfly is responsible for dying pine trees in northwest Alabama.
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The Alabama Forestry Commission says it has received numerous reports about pine trees dying in northwest Alabama, and the culprit appears to be the larvae of the loblolly pine sawfly.

The commission says infestations have been reported in Colbert, Marion, Franklin, Lamar and Fayette counties. The commission is conducting aerial surveys and will notify landowners where problems are detected.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Judge Overturns Alabama Accountability Act

A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.
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A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. He said it violates the state Constitution's requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill.

The Legislature passed the law in 2013. It was challenged in court by members of the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association.

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Gulf oil Spill-Settlement
5:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Court Won't Stop BP Oil Spill Claims Payments

A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Credit Associated Press

A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that it will not stop payments while BP appeals an earlier 5th Circuit decision that the settlement does not require businesses to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect payments.

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Science & Health
5:52 am
Wed May 28, 2014

UAB hospital bacterial infections turn deadly

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama Hospital officials say two of eight patients who recently tested positive for an infectious bacterial disease have died. Officials said Tuesday that the patient who tested positive for the infection were in the hematology-oncology unit in the Women and Infant building. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, legionella is a form of pneumonia and bacteria that cause the illness typically travel by water. Hospital officials say the official causes of the patients' deaths haven't been determined.

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Anti-Speaker Ad
4:15 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Auburn Sports Contract Focus Of Hubbard Race

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.
Credit mikehubbard.com

A decade-old old broadcasting contract at Auburn University is taking center stage in a new campaign ad.

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.

Lobbyist Buddy Mitchell says he gave Hubbard copies of the proposals to broadcast Auburn sporting events. Mitchell says that enabled Hubbard to undercut his competitors and win the 2002 contract.

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Weekend Traffic Fatalities
4:05 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

State Troopers Investigate 3 Fatal Weekend Crashes

Alabama State Troopers say none of the three people who died in Memorial Day weekend crashes were wearing seatbelts.
Credit Press-Register/Mike Kittrell

Alabama State Troopers say none of the three people who died in Memorial Day weekend crashes were wearing seatbelts.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett said in a statement Tuesday that state troopers investigated three fatal wrecks between Friday evening and early Monday morning. Jarrett says traffic fatalities were reported in Jackson, Shelby and Wilcox counties.

Jarrett says during last year's Memorial Day weekend travel period, troopers investigated two traffic fatalities involving motorcyclists.

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Arts & Life
9:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Hurricane Prep and the big "RINO" hunt

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Business & Education
9:56 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Tuskegee University introduces new President

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Tuskegee University's new president is expected to begin his position soon. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Brian Johnson will be officially introduced to the campus on June 13 in the auditorium of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. Johnson was unanimously selected to serve as president beginning June 15. He replaces the outgoing Gilbert Rochon. Johnson worked in academic affairs at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

Alabama National Cemetery-Memorial Day
4:11 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Ceremony Marks Memorial Day At Ala. Cemetery

A ceremony marked Memorial Day at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A ceremony marked Memorial Day at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.

U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus was among the leaders at the event Monday morning in Shelby County.

The Republican congressman worked for years to obtain funding for the cemetery, which was authorized nine years ago.

Located beside a Colonial-style attraction called American Village, the cemetery will eventually include about 480 acres. The first phase will have room for the remains of more than 11,000 veterans.

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GOP Primary
4:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

GOP Supermajority Plays Defense In Primaries

A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.
Credit RNC

A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.

Republicans won a majority in the Alabama Legislature in 2010, but in 2014 many incumbents are facing primary party challenges.

Republican Senate leader Del Marsh called many of the challengers RINOs, or Republicans in name only. He said many were funded by the Alabama Education Association, which has often been at odds with current legislators.

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Arts & Life
6:12 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Alabama remembers its veterans

MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) - A ceremony will mark Memorial Day at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevalllo. U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus will be among the leaders at the event, planned for Monday morning in Shelby County. The Republican congressman worked for years to obtain funding for the cemetery, which was authorized nine years ago. Located beside a Colonial-style attraction called American Village, the cemetery will eventually include about 480 acres. The first phase will have room for the remains of more than 11,000 veterans.

Arts & Life
3:58 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Fresh Alabama oysters could soon be back on the menu

eatalabamaseafood.com

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health is reopening several areas for oyster harvesting. Officials said in a statement that Portersville Bay, Grand Bay and Heron Bay will reopen to oyster harvesting at 6 a.m. Monday. The department closed several areas in early April because of potential bacteriological contamination in several oyster beds after heavy rainfall. Department officials say they'll continue conducting safety checks in bay waters and on shellfish.

Politics & Government
6:35 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Alabama Indian casino may be liable for traffic injury

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has denied the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' request to dismiss a lawsuit involving a former patron at one of the tribe's casinos. At issue is a lawsuit filed by Adrianne Kelly and Edward Gilbert last year. They maintain in the lawsuit that they were injured by a man who they say was intoxicated when he left the Creek Casino Montgomery in the summer of 2011. Al.com reports that the tribe claims sovereign immunity from such lawsuits. The state's highest court disagreed.

Truck Collision-Insterstate Closed
4:41 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

I-65 Northbound Closure Could Last Until Sunday

The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near Mobile could remain closed until Sunday following a fiery truck crash.
Credit Alabama Department of Transportation

The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near Mobile could remain closed until Sunday following a fiery truck crash.

A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation says engineers are conducting inspections and will make some temporary repairs to the bridge. Officials hope to open at least one northbound lane by mid-afternoon Sunday at the latest.

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