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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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AEA-Dues Lawsuit
4:50 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Systems To Stop Collecting AEA Dues Under Order

Under a new court order, systems can't collect money for the Alabama Education Association after June 30 without special certification.
Credit Alabama Education Association

Alabama school systems will have to stop collecting dues for the state's largest teachers' group under a new court order.

Shelby County Circuit Judge Bill Bostick approved an agreement Thursday that means systems can't collect money for the Alabama Education Association after June 30 without special certification.

The order came in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by a Hoover woman who claimed officials were moving too slowly to implement a Republican-backed law that forbids payroll deduction to political groups.

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Birmingham-Mobile Population
4:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains

Birmingham is one of a few of Alabama's largest cities to show a modest gain in population.

City officials in Birmingham and Mobile say new population estimates showing modest gains are important because they show growth in each case.

Al.com reports that Birmingham's net gain was barely a blip - 672 people between July 2012 and July 2013. Mobile's gain was even more modest: The city added 11 people, for a .01 percent growth rate.

The estimates were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years, and both cities remain below their 2010 census populations.

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Hurricane Preparedness
4:09 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Bentley, Faulkner Discuss Storm Preparedness

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.
Credit http://www.ema.alabama.gov/

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.

Bentley and Faulkner said at a news conference in Montgomery Wednesday that the state conducts similar exercises every year, but one purpose this year is to make sure workers have not become complacent because there has not been a major hurricane in the last year or so.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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Prescription Drug Collection
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Drug Take-Back Nets 9,800 Pounds Of Unwanted Pills

State officials say more than 9,800 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs were collected during a recent take-back event.
Credit The Javorac / Flickr

State officials say more than 9,800 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs were collected during a recent take-back event.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Wednesday that he's pleased with the public's response to prescription drug take-back day, which featured more than 100 collection sites throughout the state.

Officials say Alabama's first prescription drug take-back event was held in September of 2010. Since then, more than 34,400 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs have been collected.

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Civil Rights-Interpretive Center
3:55 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civil Rights Center To Stay At Alabama State Univ.

A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.
Credit meetmycollege.com

A civil rights interpretive center will remain on the Alabama State University campus for now, following a vote by the Montgomery City Council.

WAKA-TV reports that after some debate, the council voted not to reconsider the location. The station reports that the National Park Service selected ASU as the site of the center in 2011.

Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin has proposed a resolution to reconsider the current location at Alabama State, favoring a site along the Selma to Montgomery March route.

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Alabama Legislator-Arrest
5:18 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Alabama Legislator

A defense lawyer is urging a judge to dismiss perjury charges against Republican state Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise.
Credit legislature.state.al.us

A defense lawyer is urging a judge to dismiss perjury charges against Republican state Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise.

At a court hearing Tuesday in Opelika, attorney Bill Baxley said the indictment was vague and improperly constructed. Baxley also questioned if Acting Attorney General Van Davis was legally appointed after Attorney General Luther Strange stepped aside from the case.

Moore's lawyers are seeking to dismiss the charges and to subpoena records about Strange's recusal.

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