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Arts & Life
2:40 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Memorial Day turns deadly in Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State Troopers investigated two deadly crashes in the state during the Memorial Day holiday period. The holiday period is considered the 78 hours between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday. The figure only reflects trooper-investigated traffic fatalities. A final statewide tally will be computed as other law enforcement agencies report their weekend statistics. Authorities say both of this weekend's trooper-investigated fatal crashes occurred on Saturday. Authorities said both involved motorcycles, and helmets were used by the people involved.

Politics & Government
7:32 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Ala. Officials Consider Natural Gas Pipeline Plan

Lee County officials are considering a natural gas pipeline that would cross parts of Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
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County officials in eastern Alabama are set to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross through parts of Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

   Lee County commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday night to discuss the proposed project by Sabal Trail Transmission, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Corp.

   The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/10xiIAD) that Logan Gray, a partner at Southern Strategy Group in Montgomery, is scheduled to give a presentation at Tuesday's meeting.

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Politics & Government
2:35 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Alabama Democrats pledge to make GOP school tax credit plan a campaign issue

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Democrats cried foul when Republicans pushed through a sweeping education law that will create new income tax credits to help some parents pay private school tuition. Because they're an overwhelming minority in the Legislature, there wasn't much the Democrats could do. Now, with the session over, leading party figures tell The Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/17hnl6u ) they'll use the Republicans' act as a primary issue in the 2014 legislative elections. Sen.

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Arts & Life
2:33 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Home sales and prices appear up in Central Alabama

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Arts & Life
6:37 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Taylor Hicks Set to Sing in Washington for Holiday

Alabama native Taylor Hicks will perform in Washington, D.C. for Memorial Day.
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Alabama native and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will be among those entertaining crowds in Washington, D.C. on Monday for Memorial Day.

   AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/13WqH7z ) that Hicks is scheduled to sing two songs, "Nineteen," from his 2009 album The Distance, and "Do I Make You Proud," which he sang in 2006 coronation on Idol.

Arts & Life
3:50 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Tornado relief supplies on the way from Alabama to Oklahoma

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) — About $30,000 worth of donations and supplies are headed to Oklahoma to help tornado victims. WAAY-TV reports that a group of Franklin County, Ala., residents decided to do something to help just hours after seeing tornadoes destroy parts of Oklahoma on Monday. Many people in Franklin County witnessed the destructive power of tornadoes first hand during the April 27, 2011 outbreak that hit Alabama. Community members in Franklin County took donations Tuesday through Saturday. Organizers say people from across the Tennessee Valley contributed to the effort.

Politics & Government
3:46 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Alabama Marine Police on the lookout for drunken boaters over Memorial Day

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With the unofficial start of boating season kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, Alabama Marine Police are encouraging boaters and swimmers to obey the laws and avoid drinking while boating. Lieutenant Jon Archer of the Alabama Marine Police tells The Montgomery Advertiser there were a total of 75 boating accidents across the state in 2012. Of those accidents, 13 involved alcohol, 45 people were injured and 17 people died. Two of those deaths involved drunken boat operators.

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Arts & Life
8:38 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Alabama BCS foe Notre Dame loses key quarterback

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A Notre Dame spokesman says quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the school. Spokesman Dennis Brown says Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season and the national championship game in his first season as a starter during his sophomore season, was no longer enrolled in the school as of Friday. Brown says he couldn't comment on why because of federal privacy laws.

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Arts & Life
6:29 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Alabama involved in 13 State drug recall

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health is working with other health agencies to investigate an injectable anti-inflammatory drug prepared by a compounding manufacturer in Tennessee. Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn. shipped the tainted medicine to clinics in 13 states, including to one clinic in Alabama. The investigation began after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was notified of seven people who developed infections or adverse reactions after receiving injections of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA).

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Candidates lining up to replace Mobile Congressman Jo Bonner

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Politics & Government
2:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Governor Bentley removes limits on corporate political dollars

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Governor Robert Bentley has signed two bond issues into law, along with a bill changing Alabama's campaign finance law. One new law signed by the governor removes the limit on how much corporations can give to political candidates in Alabama. Corporate contributions are now unlimited like individual contributions. Bentley spokesman Jeremy King said Friday the governor also signed a $30 million bond issue to repair six schools damaged by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. He also approved a $50 million bond issue to purchase equipment for technology training programs in public schools.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Extra Troopers, Less Road in Ala. During Weekend

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Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road.

   Alabama officials announced the extra troopers are the result of the state participating in the nationwide Click It Or Ticket campaign to increase the use of safety belts. Many of the state's city and county law enforcement agencies are also participating.

Politics & Government
6:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Huntsville Approves Entertainment Districts

Visitors will soon be able to walk around downtown Huntsville with an adult beverage in hand.

   WAFF-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1aeMVoU ) the Huntsville city council on Thursday approved two separate entertainment districts. People will be allowed to walk around with an alcoholic beverage in the districts on Thursdays and Fridays starting June 20.

   Mayor Tommy Battle says he hopes the council can find a way to add Saturdays. But for now the mayor says there aren't enough police officers to allow for that.

Science & Health
6:47 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the total number of respiratory illnesses has increased to 10, but the health department is closing the investigation.
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Alabama health officials investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses say the total has increased to 10, but they are closing the investigation.

   State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday the cases are unrelated and all have reasonable explanations. He said health officials took extraordinary caution because of two new viruses - one in China and another in the Middle East. But they found no evidence of new or unexpected viruses or bacteria in the cluster of cases in southeast Alabama.

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Politics & Government
6:43 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Jo Bonner Announces Resignation from Congress

U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner of Mobile says his resignation is effective in August to take a job at the University of Alabama.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, of Mobile, has announced his resignation from Congress to take a top job at the University of Alabama.

   Bonner, a congressman since 2003, is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and announced his resignation Thursday afternoon.

   A letter explaining Bonner's resignation was delivered to Alabama lawmakers' offices in Washington.

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