BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute says its president and CEO plans to retire at the end of the year.
The institute said in a news release Tuesday that Lawrence Pijeaux Jr. will stay on in an interim role while the organization searches for his successor. Al.com reports Pijeaux has led the institute since 1995.
The release said the institute received full accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 2005 and won national awards in 2007 and 2008. Pijeaux also presided over a $2.5-million renovation of the museum in 2009.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A University of Alabama study is looking at whether butterfly wings might hold a key for improving flight for aircraft. The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of about $280,000 to study the tiny scales that butterflies have on their wings. The scales help the insects stay aloft despite flying so slowly. An associate professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at Alabama, Amy Lang, says the arrangement of the scales leads to an aerodynamic benefit for butterflies.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama A&M University will soon prohibit smoking on campus. AL.com reports the school's board of trustees has approved a campus-wide smoke-free policy that will go into effect on Jan. 1. The policy cites an interesting in "promoting the health, well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors." University President Andrew Hugine says the policy is consistent with others in place across the country and is designed to encourage people to be healthy.
Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.
The Anniston Star reported Sunday that state finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since June — when candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns.
The newspaper says Republican candidates have picked up $6.8 million of that cash, while Democrats garnered only $861,000. Political action committees pulled in $6.3 million over the same time period.
The Alabama Obesity Task Force has launched a yearlong campaign to try to get people to make healthy choices when deciding what to drink.
Health officials say the "ReThink Your Drink" campaign is aimed at reducing the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages that Alabamians have in their diets. They say a 20-ounce soda or sweetened tea can have 240 calories from sugar.
Task force member Miriam Gaines says the campaign will promote drinking plenty of water, watching calories and replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with skim milk or 1 percent low-fat milk.
Alabama's 200th birthday is coming up, and the state is looking for someone to be in charge of the party.
Directors of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission are now accepting resumes for the position of executive director.
The vice chairman of the commission, state Tourism Director Lee Sentell, said Saturday the celebration will culminate in 2019. That's the 200th anniversary of Alabama's establishment as a state in 1819.
Alabama's first legal distillery since Prohibition has opened in a county famous for producing illegal whiskey.
High Ridge Sprits operates in a former horse barn in rural Bullock County. Its shiny metal tanks and spotless concrete floor look like any food processing facility. Employees' relaxed pace indicate there are no worries about a raid by state liquor agents.
A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. representative offered a proposal to a state Medicaid reform panel that would make the chain Alabama's main provider of drugs through Medicaid.
Members of the Alabama Medicaid Pharmacy Study Commission heard the proposal Thursday. Panel members were appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to look for ways to save money on drugs dispensed through Medicaid, the state and federal medical insurance program.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The French-based company Airbus is pitching its value to the U.S. economy as it takes its struggle for dominance in the global airplane market onto rival Boeing's home turf. This week Airbus is holding its annual meeting with its suppliers from around the world in Washington instead of at home in Toulouse. It's the company's way of underscoring that 42 percent of its procurement spending - about $13 billion in 2012 - goes to U.S. companies. Earlier this year, Airbus broke ground on a $600 million assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., its first such U.S. facility.
Credit Alabama Policy I?nstituteThe co-founder and former president of the Alabama Policy Institute, Gary Palmer of Birmingham, has decided to go from advising politicians to being a politician.Edit | Remove
The co-founder and former president of the Alabama Policy Institute, Gary Palmer of Birmingham, has decided to go from advising politicians to being a politician.
Abortion opponents are asking the state to impose tighter restrictions on doctors performing the medical procedure in Alabama.
The state health agency held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed rule that would drastically reduce the number of abortions a physician's office can perform without being considered an abortion clinic. Such a designation increases state oversight.