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11:30 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

More Than 20 Thousand Ala. Jobs Announced In 2013

While more than 20,000 jobs were announced for 2013 in Alabama there is still work to be done.
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Last year new and expanding industries announced plans to create more than 20,000 jobs with investments topping $5.4 billion in Alabama.

But those numbers did not include a single new job or investment in almost a dozen of Alabama's 67 counties.

Three-quarters of that investment and two-thirds of the jobs are slated for the state's 15 urban counties, defined as those with cities that have populations of 25,000 people or more, al.com reported. The rest of the new jobs was split among 41 rural counties and the 11 that ended up empty-handed are also all considered rural.

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Voting Rights-Bus Tour
11:20 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

2-Day Bus Tour Highlights Voting Rights Act

A recreation of the Greyhound Bus firebombed during the Freedom Rider Campaign at the National Civil Rights Museum.
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A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.

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Alabama-Education Fight
9:17 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

In Ala., GOP Dictates New Landscape For Education

AEA's new leader Henry Mabry now fight's an uphill battle on education since Republicans won a supermajority in the House and Senate in 2010.
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The Alabama Education Association was once the unquestioned power in the Alabama statehouse. But that's changed since Republicans won a supermajority in the House and Senate in 2010.

Lawmakers around the country have made significant changes to teacher tenure, expanded charter schools and introduced different versions of voucher programs. But in Alabama, these kinds of changes have been part of a political upheaval not seen in most states.

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Severe Weather
9:05 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Storms Bring Threat of Some Wind Damage to Alabama

Wind damage was reported after a severe weather system moved across Alabama Friday morning.

However, forecasters said the chances for tornadoes appeared to be diminishing.

A hazardous weather advisory said the storms could produce isolated damaging winds as the system moved from Alabama to Georgia Friday afternoon, and there was "a very small chance" for an isolated tornado.

Scottsboro Boys
8:57 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Alabama Governor Pardons Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys, with their attorney, under guard by the state militia.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a bill posthumously pardoning a group of black youths who were wrongfully convicted of raping two white women more than 80 years ago.

Bentley Friday signed House Joint Resolution 20, formally exonerating the Scottsboro Boys who ranged from 13 to 19-years-old. The ceremony was held at the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:06 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he will wait one week to push legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
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A sponsor of legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits says he won't push it for one week to allow more time for suggested changes.


The Senate Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but Marsh agreed to a request from the Alabama Association of School Boards to wait a week to consider more changes. The senator from Anniston says he's willing to talk to various groups.

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School Safety
4:56 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

GOP Ala. Lawmakers Suggest School Safety Bills

Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.
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Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.


The proposals made by Republican legislators at a State House news conference Tuesday includes giving schools permission and more money to hire trained resource officers to provide security. The proposals include one by Republican Rep. Allen Treadaway of Morris to issue up to $50 million in bonds for schools to buy necessary equipment and make renovations so public schools can secure all entrances.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Obama Taps Ala GOP Judge for Sentencing Commission

U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor. President Obama is nominating Pryor for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
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President Barack Obama is nominating a conservative Alabama Republican for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.


The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/119Nrj1 ) reports that the White House is supporting U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor for the position.


The 50-year-old Pryor serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with an office in Birmingham. He's a native of Mobile.

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Business & Education
8:15 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Unions Work to Organize Workers at Ala. Auto Plant

The Mercedes-Benz Plant in Vance, Alabama.
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A major union is trying to organize workers at Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant near Tuscaloosa.


The Tuscaloosa News reports that the United Auto Workers has created a website -- uawvance.com -- targeting workers at the plant in Vance.


Al.com reports that the UAW is trying to organize workers at the 3,000-employee plant in an effort supported by the German union IG Metall.

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50th Anniversary Civil Rights
7:44 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Marker to Honor King's Birmingham Jail Letter

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Alabama's governor plans to join Birmingham officials to unveil a marker commemorating where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at noon Tuesday next to the site of the old city jail.

April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of King writing the letter while jailed for his role in civil rights demonstrations. He wrote the letter after some white Alabama clergy suggested he find ways other than demonstrations to seek racial equality.

Private School Tax Credits
5:09 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits

Senator Del Marsh's latest bill looks to clarify some questions over Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
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An architect of Alabama's new law on private school tax credits is proposing some modifications to answer questions raised by educators and parents.


The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on the legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston.

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Parks Budget
5:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Budget Squeeze Still Threatening State Parks

Director of Alabama State Parks Greg Lein says without additional funding there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses.
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Alabama State Parks is considering a "state parks pass" for vehicles in response to a tight 2013 budget.


Without additional funding, Greg Lein, director of Alabama State Parks, says there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses. Lein says decisions on which operations could be affected will be made on a month-by-month basis.

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Governor's Tax Return
4:55 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Bentley Makes $234,000, But No Salary

Governor Robert Bentley released his 2012 tax returns.
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Gov. Robert Bentley has filed tax returns showing he made more than $234,000 in 2012, and none of that was from a salary.


Bentley promised in his 2010 campaign that he would not take a salary as governor until Alabama's unemployment dropped to 5.2 percent. He also promised to release his tax returns each year. Press secretary Jennifer Ardis says Bentley makes his tax returns public so people will know he's keeping his promise not to take a salary.

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Shelton State Community College
8:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

3 finalists Named for Shelton State President

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The three finalists for president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa come from Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas.

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