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School Safety
4:56 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

GOP Ala. Lawmakers Suggest School Safety Bills

Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.
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Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.


The proposals made by Republican legislators at a State House news conference Tuesday includes giving schools permission and more money to hire trained resource officers to provide security. The proposals include one by Republican Rep. Allen Treadaway of Morris to issue up to $50 million in bonds for schools to buy necessary equipment and make renovations so public schools can secure all entrances.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Obama Taps Ala GOP Judge for Sentencing Commission

U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor. President Obama is nominating Pryor for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
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President Barack Obama is nominating a conservative Alabama Republican for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.


The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/119Nrj1 ) reports that the White House is supporting U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor for the position.


The 50-year-old Pryor serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with an office in Birmingham. He's a native of Mobile.

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Business & Education
8:15 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Unions Work to Organize Workers at Ala. Auto Plant

The Mercedes-Benz Plant in Vance, Alabama.
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A major union is trying to organize workers at Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant near Tuscaloosa.


The Tuscaloosa News reports that the United Auto Workers has created a website -- uawvance.com -- targeting workers at the plant in Vance.


Al.com reports that the UAW is trying to organize workers at the 3,000-employee plant in an effort supported by the German union IG Metall.

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50th Anniversary Civil Rights
7:44 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Marker to Honor King's Birmingham Jail Letter

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Alabama's governor plans to join Birmingham officials to unveil a marker commemorating where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at noon Tuesday next to the site of the old city jail.

April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of King writing the letter while jailed for his role in civil rights demonstrations. He wrote the letter after some white Alabama clergy suggested he find ways other than demonstrations to seek racial equality.

Private School Tax Credits
5:09 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits

Senator Del Marsh's latest bill looks to clarify some questions over Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
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An architect of Alabama's new law on private school tax credits is proposing some modifications to answer questions raised by educators and parents.


The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on the legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston.

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Parks Budget
5:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Budget Squeeze Still Threatening State Parks

Director of Alabama State Parks Greg Lein says without additional funding there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses.
Credit outdooralabama.com

Alabama State Parks is considering a "state parks pass" for vehicles in response to a tight 2013 budget.


Without additional funding, Greg Lein, director of Alabama State Parks, says there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses. Lein says decisions on which operations could be affected will be made on a month-by-month basis.

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Governor's Tax Return
4:55 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Bentley Makes $234,000, But No Salary

Governor Robert Bentley released his 2012 tax returns.
Credit NPR

Gov. Robert Bentley has filed tax returns showing he made more than $234,000 in 2012, and none of that was from a salary.


Bentley promised in his 2010 campaign that he would not take a salary as governor until Alabama's unemployment dropped to 5.2 percent. He also promised to release his tax returns each year. Press secretary Jennifer Ardis says Bentley makes his tax returns public so people will know he's keeping his promise not to take a salary.

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Shelton State Community College
8:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

3 finalists Named for Shelton State President

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The three finalists for president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa come from Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas.

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Civil Rights Trail App
8:25 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Alabama Releases Civil Rights Tourism App

The Civil Rights Trail app includes sites in several cities, including Birmingham.
Alabama Tourism Department

The Alabama Tourism Department has introduced its first app for smart phones.


State Tourism Director Lee Sentell said the app is for the Alabama Civil Rights Trail. He said it provides a convenient way for visitors to explore the people, places and events surrounding the fight for equal rights. The app includes sites in several cities, including Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Tuskegee. It also includes an interactive timeline and a calendar of events happening in Alabama this year.

Montgomery Planetarium
8:17 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Montgomery May Move Planetarium Downtown

Montgomery's Planetarium is managed by Troy University and has been in Oak Park since 1968.
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Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says officials are considering moving the city's planetarium downtown to join a growing number of attractions.


The planetarium has been in Oak Park since 1968, and its equipment is outdated. The mayor said officials are considering having it join the City-County Public Library and the Children's Museum of Alabama in the $22 million Questplex building. The building is at the opposite end of Dexter Avenue from the state Capitol.

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Politics & Government
2:54 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Governor Bentley not unopposed for GOP nomination for another term

NPR

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley has drawn one largely unknown opponent for the Republican nomination in 2014, and some GOP leaders say he may not draw any well-known and well-funded opponents.

Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George has announced his candidacy. But Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsha and former Gov. Bob Riley say they don't plan to run.

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Arts & Life
6:34 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Meat recall involves Alabama retailers

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a recall of meat products because of possible bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been reported

The Manda Packing Company recall announced this past week now includes 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami.

The agriculture department said Friday the products were recalled because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Politics & Government
3:45 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Supporters of "payday loan" legislation fight to keep bills alive

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two bills that would further regulate and lower interest rates on payday loan and title pawn industries have been referred to subcommittee, a process that sometimes means death for legislation. But supporters say they remain hopeful that something will be done in the current session to make the loan transactions more consumer-friendly. The House Financial Services Committee voted after a public hearing Wednesday to send the bills to a subcommittee. Committee chairman Republican Rep.

Arts & Life
8:35 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Auburn University approves tuition hike

Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to approve a tuition hike. The board voted Friday to raise tuition by an average of about 4.5 percent and 8 percent at its sister school Auburn University Montgomery. Officials say record reductions in state funding and rising mandatory costs factored into the decision to increase tuition. University officials expect the tuition hike to translate to a $6 million increase in revenue and $2.4 million increase in revenue at Auburn University Montgomery next fiscal year.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame
8:34 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Alabama Music Hall of Fame Considers a Move

Alabama's Music Hall of Fame has been closed since December 2012 because of financial struggles.
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The Alabama Music Hall of Fame's board of directors has given its executive director the authority to consider offers to move the attraction to Birmingham or Huntsville.


The TimesDaily reports (http://bit.ly/Zj8kYS ) that the Tuscumbia facility remains closed with no plans to reopen.


Executive Director Wiley Barnard said he was approached by groups interested in moving the hall of fame and at least a portion of the museum to the other Alabama cities. He would not specifically identify who approached him.

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