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Alabama-Canada Trade
5:11 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Canada Consul General Promotes Trade With Alabama

Canada's consul general in Atlanta, Stephen Brereton visited Montgomery to promote trade between Alabama and his country.
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Canada's consul general in Atlanta, Stephen Brereton, visited Alabama's capital to promote increased trade and garner support for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Brereton told Alabama legislators Tuesday that Canada has been Alabama's top trading partner for the last four years. That included nearly $3.9 billion in exports to Canada last year. More than half of that was in vehicles and vehicle parts. Brereton says Canadian companies with operations in Alabama provide nearly 10,000 jobs.

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Medicaid Announcement
4:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley announced his support for the Medicaid Advisory Commission's recommendations to change Alabama's Medicaid system.
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Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.


The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Under the proposal, private-sector contractors would develop care networks in eight newly-created regions across the state.


The new framework would aim to offer better service to patients through regional operations that are responsive to local needs, according to the governor.

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School Standards
4:47 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Alabama Superintendent Says Keep School Standards

Superintendent Tommy Bice says the State Board of Education didn't relinquish control of school standards when it adopted the Common Core standards for schools statewide.
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Alabama's school superintendent says the State Board of Education didn't relinquish control of school standards when it adopted the Common Core standards for schools statewide.


Superintendent Tommy Bice talked about the standards Tuesday because a state Senate committee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that would repeal the standards. Critics of the national standards say they take away local control and give too much control to Washington.

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Tuskegee University
6:34 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Louis Farrakhan to Visit Tuskegee University

Louis Farrakhan is scheduled to visit Tuskegee University Friday, March 15, 2013.
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The leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, is scheduled to visit Tuskegee University on Friday.


An announcement by the university says Farrakhan will address Macon County high school students at the campus at 9:30 a.m. and then speak to others at 6 p.m. He was invited by the Tuskegee University Muslim Student Association and the Black Belt Deliberative Dialogue. The university said Farrakhan's topics will include the need for historically black colleges and universities.

Senate District 35
6:28 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Voters Deciding Alabama Senate District 35 Runoff

State Rep. Jim Barton is facing off Bill Hightower for Senate District 35 in Mobile County.
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State Rep. Jim Barton of Mobile and Mobile businessman Bill Hightower are facing off in the Republican runoff for state Senate District 35 in southern Mobile County.


The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Hightower finished first in the Republican primary in January and Barton second. The third-place finisher, Nick Matranga, endorsed Barton in the runoff.

Private School Tax Credit
5:07 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Fast Passage Leads To Alabama Legislative Slowdown

Hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits has resulted in a slowdown in the Alabama Legislature.
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A legislative session that began with a rapid pace five weeks ago has been slowed by hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits.


Democratic opponents of the tax credits are slowing down action in the House and Senate. House Minority Leader Craig Ford says the slowdown will resume when the Legislature meets Tuesday and will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Legislative Transparency
4:45 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Alabama's Legislative Website Fails To Make The Grade

According to the Sunlight Foundation, Alabama's legislative website gets a failing grade when it comes to transparency.
Credit openstates.org / The Sunlight Foundation

An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the Alabama Legislature an `F' grade for how it makes legislative information available.


The Sunlight Foundation also gave a failing mark to five other states including Massachusetts, Colorado, and Kentucky.

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Arts & Life
6:40 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Alabama Artist Tapped to Create Veterans Memorial

Artist’s conception of the memorial
Athens State University

An Athens State University art professor is being tapped to create a bronze statue in a Tennessee park to honor veterans.

Al.com reports that the Giles County Chamber of Commerce leadership class in Pulaski, Tenn., has accepted a proposal for the memorial by artist Pamela Keller.


The memorial in Sharewood Park will feature a life-sized likeness of a man sitting on a park bench holding two dog tags close to his face in his left hand while in meditation. There will be a small American flag in his right hand.

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Alabama Barbecue Competition
6:31 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Competition on for Alabama's Best Barbecue

People can go to Facebook and start voting on Alabama's best barbecue restaurant.


The Alabama Tourism Department is sponsoring the competition as part of its Year of Alabama Food. State Tourism Director Lee Sentell says barbecue is part of Alabama's heritage, and there has always been a debate about which restaurant is best.


The competition is in brackets like the NCAA basketball tournament and 32 restaurants are starting. Voting starts Monday, and voting in each bracket lasts for three days. Voting for restaurants in the Final Four will be April 1-5.

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Alabama Barbecue Competition
6:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Competition on for Alabama's Best Barbecue

People can go to Facebook and start voting on Alabama's best barbecue restaurant.


The Alabama Tourism Department is sponsoring the competition as part of its Year of Alabama Food. State Tourism Director Lee Sentell says barbecue is part of Alabama's heritage, and there has always been a debate about which restaurant is best.


The competition is in brackets like the NCAA basketball tournament and 32 restaurants are starting. Voting starts Monday, and voting in each bracket lasts for three days. Voting for restaurants in the Final Four will be April 1-5.

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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport
6:27 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Birmingham Airport Opening Revamped Terminal

A layout of how the airport's new terminal may look like.
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Alabama's largest airport is ready to begin operating from its revamped terminal.


Birmingham-Shuttlesworth airport is opening the renovated terminal on Wednesday. Improvements include better parking, a centralized checkpoint between concourses, new concessions and a recreation area for young families.


The project is the first part of a more than $200 million expansion and upgrade to incorporate new security standards.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit

The AEA has until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit bill signed.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The Alabama Supreme Court has given the Alabama Education Association until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit legislation signed.


AEA got a Montgomery judge to issue a temporary restraining order barring the governor from signing the bill into law. Attorneys for Republican legislative leaders appealed to the Supreme Court and asked the court to lift the judge's order. The Supreme Court on Friday gave AEA's lawyers until Monday to respond.

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Voting Rights March
4:49 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

March Re-Enactment Ends In Rally At Ala. Capitol

The Selma to Montgomery march re-enactors arrive at the state capitol building in Montgomery on Friday.
Credit Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser

About 200 people carried signs and sang spiritual songs at a rally at the Alabama Capitol marking the end of a re-enactment of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.


The protesters chanted old civil rights slogans, but also protested current issues. Many of the demonstrators carried signs protesting an education accountability bill that Republican lawmakers recently pushed through the Legislature.

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Angela Davis Honored
4:31 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Alabama Legislature Honors Activist Angela Davis

Activist Angela Davis was a vice presidential nominee for the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984.
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Red state politics may have taken on a new meaning in Alabama.


Alabama's Republican-controlled Legislature passed a resolution honoring Angela Davis, who was a vice presidential nominee for the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984.


The resolution by Democratic Rep. Oliver Robinson of Birmingham won approval in the House Feb. 14 and in the Senate Feb. 19. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley declined to sign it, but it still became an official act of the Legislature.

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NCAA Division II Festival
6:41 am
Fri March 8, 2013

NCAA DII Athletes in Winter Competition in Ala

The NCSS Division II Festival will be held at Birmingham's Crossplex Saturday, March 9, 2013.
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Birmingham is the gathering spot for more than 1,100 collegiate athletes competing in a nationwide winter sports event.


The NCAA Division II Festival is being held through Saturday at Birmingham's Crossplex.


The 750,000-square-foot indoor venue includes facilities for swimming, diving, track and other sports.


The festival will decide national titles in men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and wrestling.

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