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6:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Young Republicans Set National Meeting in Mobile

The National Federation of Young Republicans is holding their annual convention in Mobile.
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The National Federation of Young Republicans will hold their annual convention in Mobile July 10-14.

   A vice chairman of the Young Republicans in Alabama, Daniel Dyas, says speakers will include Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

   The group covers ages 18 to 40. Dyas says about 500 members are expected for the convention in downtown Mobile.

Arts & Life
9:03 am
Mon June 10, 2013

2 People Drown in Ocean Off Alabama Coast

Baldwin County officials say two people drowned off the Alabama coast on Sunday.
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Authorities say two people drowned in rough surf in the Gulf of Mexico off the Alabama coast.

   Deputy Baldwin County Coroner Brian Pierce said the deaths happened Sunday afternoon on the Fort Morgan peninsula. The coroner's office could not provide additional information.

   Baldwin County sheriff's Maj. Anthony Lowery tells Al.com (http://bit.ly/19eQ1Nu) that one of the drowning victims was a Louisiana man, who was pronounced dead at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley.

   Few other details were available early Monday.

Arts & Life
6:24 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Man who poisoned Toomer's oaks to be released

Auburn University

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama fan who poisoned the oaks at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn University campus is scheduled to be released on Monday.

AL.com reported Friday evening that Harvey Updyke Jr. is scheduled to be released from the Lee County jail after serving the remainder of his 6-month sentence.

Updyke pleaded guilty in March to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and credited with 104 days for time already served.

Arts & Life
6:20 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Dothan doctor head of Alabama Medical Association

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Dothan doctor is the new president of the state's largest medical association. Dr. Michael T. Flanagan is now heading the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Flanagan is an anesthesiologist and director of the Southeast Pain Management Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Flanagan also has served on the two state boards that regulate doctors, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama. The state medical association is the largest and oldest organization representing doctors in Alabama.

Politics & Government
7:57 am
Fri June 7, 2013

JFK's nephew weighs in on Alabama's water war

Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Governor Bentley to review medicaid prescriptions

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor says prescriptions are the next part of the state Medicaid program he wants to address now that he's signed legislation to change how doctors and hospitals are paid. Gov. Robert Bentley signed an executive order Thursday creating a commission to review the Medicaid pharmacy program and make recommendations by Dec. 1. The state Medicaid program spends about $600 million annually on prescriptions. Bentley used the same approach a year ago to address hospital and physician costs.

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Arts & Life
4:37 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Soldier's remains returned to Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The body of a soldier who was considered missing In action 60 years ago is set to be returned to his relatives in Alabama. WBMA-TV reports Master Sgt. Olen Berry Williams died during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea and his remains were set to be sent back to Alabama Thursday. He was declared missing in action Dec. 12, 1960 and was positively identified in March. Relatives used biographical information and DNA to identify Williams, who had been buried at the National Military Cemetery in Hawaii.

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Arts & Life
7:50 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea prompts beach rescues along Alabama coast

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Gulf Coast and Orange Beach authorities say Tropical Storm Andrea has forced them to rescue more than a dozen swimmers. Gulf Shores City Spokesman Grant Brown tells AL.com 10 people had to be rescued at the city's beaches Wednesday afternoon as the storm gained strength. Most didn't require hospitalization, but a 17-year-old boy was taken to the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile. Brown says he regained consciousness after CPR was administered.

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

Tuscaloosa researchers study Oklahoma tornado

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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

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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."

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

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

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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.

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