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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Etowah Co. Officials Hosting Elder Abuse Forum

Etoway County officials are hosting the 8th annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit.

Etowah County officials are preparing to host a conference focusing on elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors.

   The eighth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day summit is set for Wednesday morning at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden.

   Jon Costa, of the Council on Aging of Etowah County, tells the Gadsden Times ( more than 200 cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in Etowah County are reported to the Department of Human Resources each year.

Arts & Life
8:17 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Shoals Area Sees Bump in Annual Tourism

Colbert Tourism Director Susann Hamlin said her county's 2012 numbers have grown

State tourism officials say lodging revenue in Colbert and Lauderdale counties in 2012 was $1.1 million - up by about $30,000 from 2011.

   The TimesDaily of Florence reported Sunday ( ) that state tourism officials said the increase in lodging revenue was part of a nearly $303 million impact tourists had on the shoals area of northern Alabama last year.

   The total includes money spent on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, retail shopping, admissions to attractions and tourist events.

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Politics & Government
9:56 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Ala. Offering Food Safety Training

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering food safety training to producers who sell at farmers markets.

Officials say the goal is to prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness.

Auburn University professor Jean Weese studies food safety. She said even one outbreak traced back to a farmers market can undermine years of effort that goes into building a customer base.

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Arts & Life
5:29 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Montgomery to Dedicate Park to Wright Brothers

Orville and Wilbur Wright

Montgomery officials hope the heroics of American aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright will help boost the city's image.

The famous brothers spent less than a year in Montgomery in 1910 running the nation's first civilian flight school.

The Wright brothers weren't in Montgomery long, but they left a lasting legacy in Alabama's capital city. Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author of a book about the brothers' time there, said Maxwell Air Force Base can trace its beginnings to the Wrights' Montgomery stint.

Politics & Government
8:14 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Alabama Governor Headed to Paris Air Show

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is heading to the Paris Air Show.

Gov. Robert Bentley is headed to the Paris Air Show after he helps kick off peach season in Chilton County.

   Bentley will join state and local leaders at the Durbin Farms Market in Clanton at 11 a.m. Friday. Spokesman Jeremy King says the governor will leave later in the day for Paris on an industry-recruiting trip. King says the governor will be building relationships with companies and trying to get jobs for Alabama. One focus will be recruiting suppliers for the Airbus aircraft assembly plant scheduled for construction in Mobile.

Business & Education
9:02 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Ala. Company Issues Recall for Beef Jerky

Alabama-based Hickory Hollow Jerky issued a recall for about 1,800 pounds of beef jerky.

An Alabama-based company has issued a recall for about 1,800 pounds of beef jerky, saying the products are misbranded and don't include information about an allergen.

   United States Department of Agriculture officials said Wednesday that products manufactured by Eufaula-based Hickory Hollow Jerky, LLC contain Worcestershire sauce and anchovy paste. Officials say fish is a known allergen and should be listed on the product's labels.

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Business & Education
8:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Ala. Board Delays Release of Failing Schools List

Alabama schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled to announce the list of failing schools in the state. It's now been scheduled to be released next Tuesday.
The Montgomery Advertiser

The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act.

   School board officials said Wednesday that the announcement by schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled for Thursday, and was then rescheduled for next week. Officials said the release would likely be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the media briefing room at the Gordon Persons Building.

Business & Education
8:24 am
Thu June 13, 2013

University of Alabama Considers Tuition Increases

A snapshot of the University of Alabama's main campus in Tuscaloosa.

University of Alabama trustees are set to consider a proposal that could increase tuition by nearly 3 percent for the 2013-14 academic year.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) that the board of trustees will consider raising tuition for each of the system's three campuses at its meeting Friday.

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Politics & Government
6:25 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Alabama Treasurer Young Boozer Seeking 2nd Term

Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer says he's seeking a second term in the 2014 election.

Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer is officially seeking a second term.

   The Republican treasurer announced his plans Wednesday while in Tuscaloosa to address Girls State.

Politics & Government
6:23 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Ala. Officials Consider Jail Overcrowding Proposal

Officials are considering a proposal to move some female inmates into the Jefferson County jail in Bessemer. It's been closed since 2009 because of budget constraints.
Joe Songer-The Birmingham News

In response to concerns about jail overcrowding, state officials are considering a proposal to move some female inmates into a shuttered facility in Jefferson County.

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Arts & Life
5:59 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Severe Storms Expected to Strike Much of Alabama

The National Weather Service predicts the line of storms to be over northern Alabama around 3pm this afternoon.

Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Alabama, but the risk of tornadoes will be relatively low.

   The National Weather Service says the main threats from the Thursday afternoon and evening storms will be damaging straight-line winds and large hail.

   The storms are expected to fire up ahead of a cold front that will enter northern Alabama early Thursday afternoon and push south into most of the state through the evening hours.

Business & Education
5:43 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Shrimp Season Begins Off Ala. Coast

Press-Register file photo

Shrimp season is open along the Alabama coast, but some waters remain off limits because the cool, wet spring made shrimp grow slower than normal.

   Officials said Wednesday that additional areas would be opened to boats once studies show that shrimp have reached maturity.

   More than a dozen boats pulled nets Wednesday in the waters off Dauphin Island and in lower Mobile Bay. Brown shrimp season opened Tuesday in some areas that had been closed.

   Chris Blankenship of Alabama Marine Resources says additional shrimping areas will open later.

Politics & Government
7:33 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Ala. Governor to Receive Tornado Recovery Funds

Governor Robert Bentley will receive the federal recovery funds in Cordova, one of the Alabama communities hard hit by the April 27 storms.
Joe Songer/

Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will present Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley with a check for $49 million to be used to help Alabama communities rebuild from damage caused by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

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Arts & Life
7:24 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Heat Advisory Issued for Parts of Northern Alabama

A snapshot of the weather forecast for northern Alabama.

Forecasters are warning of dangerous heat in parts of northern Alabama.

   The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for nine counties, including the cities of Athens, Cullman, Decatur, Florence, Huntsville and surrounding areas.

   Forecasters project that temperatures will soar into the mid and upper 90s in the area on Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

   The heat advisory is set to run from 1 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Politics & Government
6:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Groups Challenge Alabama's New Abortion Clinic Law

A rally at the capitol today drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Julie Bennett /

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have filed suit in federal court challenging a new Alabama law placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics.

   The suit filed Tuesday in Montgomery says the regulations are medically unnecessary and would shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics.

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