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Arts & Life
4:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Tuscaloosa researchers study Oklahoma tornado

Samaritan's Purse

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Researchers from the University of Alabama are part of a team studying the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., last month. Experts from six schools were part of a group that went to the city to assess damage from the twister, which killed two dozen people. The work is part of a National Science Foundation grant program. The researchers will look at ways to improve the construction of wood-frame homes in tornado-prone areas.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

GOP lawmaker Bradley Byrne to run for Mobile area Congressional seat

APR

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former Republican candidate for governor Bradley Byrne has entered the special election in the 1st Congressional District. Byrne announced his candidacy Tuesday at an event on the Mobile Causeway. He is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Jo Bonner of Mobile, who is taking a job with the University of Alabama System. The governor has not yet set a date for the special election. Byrne says Congress needs to balance the budget by not raising taxes and by holding the line on spending. He called for simplifying the tax code and lowering rates for everyone.

Arts & Life
7:17 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Remembering the 50th anniversary of the "stand in the schoolhouse door."

Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

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Politics & Government
10:47 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford... "I'm dying."

al.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford says he is dying in the federal prison where he's serving time for accepting bribes. Langford tells al.com in an email that he is terminally ill. Langford says he sought an early release from prison because of his medical condition but was refused. Federal prison records show the 65-year-old Langford is being held at a federal prison medical facility in Lexington, Ky. He's set for release in 2023.

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Politics & Government
10:45 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford... "I'm dying."

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford says he is dying in the federal prison where he's serving time for accepting bribes. Langford tells al.com in an email that he is terminally ill. Langford says he sought an early release from prison because of his medical condition but was refused. Federal prison records show the 65-year-old Langford is being held at a federal prison medical facility in Lexington, Ky. He's set for release in 2023.

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Arts & Life
8:41 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Korean auto parts company to add jobs in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Korean company that makes seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles says it plans to rapidly grow its workforce to go along with a new $50 million Montgomery plant. The Montgomery Advertiser reports executives of DAS North America want to expand their workforce from 100 Alabama employees to about 400 workers over the next four years. The company's workers have started production using a temporary facility in Hope Hull. Employees are scheduled to move into a new 300,000-square-foot factory at Montgomery Industrial Park next year.

Arts & Life
6:44 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Prosecutors seek restitution in Toomer's Oaks case

Auburn University

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Court officials are asking for the man who pleaded guilty to poisoning oak trees at Auburn University to pay about $1 million in restitution. AL.com reports a motion filed Wednesday by the Lee County District Attorney's office is based on costs Auburn University absorbed by trying to save the oaks and the estimated cost of their planned replacements. Defense attorney for Harvey Updyke, Andrew Stanley, says he'll file an appropriate response at a later date after researching case law, state restitution laws and the figures provided by the district attorney's office.

Politics & Government
1:56 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Governor Bentley picks interim Finance Director

State of Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Bill Newton to serve as acting finance director. Bentley said Friday that Newton, who previously served as assistant finance director, has more than 30 years of experience in state government finance operations. Newton oversaw two state budgets, purchasing, accounting, payroll, financial reporting and debt management functions in his previous role. Bentley says Newton's commitment to public service and legal background made him the ideal candidate for the position.

Arts & Life
10:56 am
Fri May 31, 2013

AP: Coastal residents hit by higher insurance costs

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — From Cape Cod to the southern tip of Texas, coastal homeowners are feeling the pinch with rising insurance rates. Rates have increased sharply since 2003, forcing homeowners to take greater risk by accepting higher deductibles. The cost of homeowners insurance rose 36 percent from 2003 to 2010. An AP analysis of national insurance figures shows 14 of the 15 states where rates increased by the largest percentages border the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

State can proceed with lawsuit against a Birmingham abortion clinic

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama can move ahead with its lawsuit to shut down a Birmingham abortion clinic. Lawyers for individuals and companies linked to the clinic withdrew their motions to dismiss the case during a brief hearing Friday. That means the state's lawsuit goes forward, with the two sides swapping evidence. Circuit Judge Joseph Boohaker set a hearing for Aug. 5 to consider the state health agency's claims that New Women All Women Health Care is operating as an illegal, unregulated abortion clinic.

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Alabama shrimpers may be hurt by foreign subsidies

South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

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Arts & Life
6:17 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Crimson Tide loses quarterback to Toledo

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Arts & Life
3:16 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Biloxi prepares to unveil new minor league ballpark

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Alabama Businessman to Run For Congress

Dean Young says he plans to run for the Alabama's 1st Congressional District seat. It's being vacated by six-term Republican Jo Bonner.
blog.al.com

Dean Young is announcing that he plans to run for the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.

   Alabama's 1st Congressional District is in southwestern Alabama and includes Mobile.

   Young, an entrepreneur and businessman, said he would work to create jobs, shrink the size of the federal government and return the nation to Christian principles. Young also noted the current scandals facing the Obama administration and said he would help put the nation "back on track."

Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Bill to remove State grocery tax may return next year

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