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Airbus Mobile
8:15 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Airbus Breaking Ground on South Alabama Plant

Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama.
Airbus

Airbus is breaking ground on its new aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.


Top executives will be in the port city Monday for a ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Airbus plant at Brookley Aeroplex.


The $600 million factory is expected to employ 1,000 people once production of the Airbus A320 jet begins around 2015.


The state's first major Airbus supplier, Safran Engineering Services, is opening its new office in Mobile on Monday. The company plans to employ as many as 50 people at an engineering support facility.

Severe Weather
8:04 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Strong Weather System Could Spawn Severe Storms

Forecasters say severe storms will be possible in coming days over Alabama, bringing the threat of damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.


The National Weather Service in Birmingham says powerful storms will be possible during the overnight hours of Wednesday night and into Thursday.


Forecasters say a strong low pressure system will approach the region from the west on Wednesday, touching off the storms Wednesday night and Thursday.

Elder Abuse
6:05 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Ala. Bills Make It Easier To Prosecute Elder Abuse

Ala. Senator Cam Ward is the senate sponsor of a bill bills that would make it easier to criminally charge people who abuse, neglect or financially exploit the elderly.
Credit Campaign to Elect Cam Ward

Alabama lawmakers have passed bills that would make it easier to criminally charge people who abuse, neglect or financially exploit the elderly.

The sponsors say they expect the governor to sign one of the bills into law once the two slightly different versions are reconciled.

The Senate sponsor, Republican Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster, says only one word in the measure that passed the Senate is different from the House-passed version sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood.

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Alabama-Medicaid
12:32 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Legislators Start Talking About Changing Medicaid

Lawmakers are considering a bill that will help streamline Medicaid in the state.
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Lawmakers are trying to ease the financial burden Medicaid places on Alabama by passing a bill designed to streamline the $5.63 billion program's operational system.

The bill under consideration could change the present "fee-for-service" basis of Medicaid payments to a for-profit, managed care plan or a combination of nonprofit and for-profit companies.

The Medicaid Advisory Committee commissioned by Gov. Robert Bentley does not want to use for-profit managed care companies.

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Metal Coils
12:27 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Feds Strike Down Ala. Law On Hauling Metal Coils

A federal agency has struck down an Alabama law aimed at preventing heavy metal coils from falling off trucks and causing wrecks.
Credit www.fmcsa.dot.gov / U.S. Department of Transportation

A federal agency has struck down an Alabama law aimed at preventing heavy metal coils from falling off trucks and causing wrecks.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found the Alabama law placed "an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce." Passed by state lawmakers in 2009, the law required trucker drivers hauling metal coils on routes that either began or ended in Alabama to be certified in load securement techniques.

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Governor's Cabinet
5:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Collier To Lead New Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Spencer Collier will head the newly created Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency.
Credit Office of the Governor

Alabama's governor has promoted his homeland security director, Spencer Collier, to secretary of law enforcement.


Collier will lead the creation of the new Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is the result of a new state law combining many of Alabama's law enforcement programs, including the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Unemployment Benefits Cut
5:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Benefits Cut For Long-Term Unemployed Alabamians

Many long-termed unemployed Alabamians will see their benefits cut later this month.
Credit Alabama Department of Labor

Many long-term unemployed Alabamians will see their benefits drop 12.8 percent on April 28.


State Labor Department spokeswoman Tara Hutchison said the reductions are the result of mandatory federal spending cuts that all states must make. The cuts will affect people who have been receiving unemployment benefits for more than six months. Currently, about 16,500 Alabamians receive the extended benefits.

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Arts & Life
6:28 am
Fri April 5, 2013

AP: More details on Birmingham Airport Accident

Gun Control
5:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Ala. Senate Considers Bill Relaxing Gun Control

The Alabama Senate has started a debate on easing some of the state's gun restrictions.
Credit Mike Saechang / Flickr

The Alabama Senate has started a debate on easing some of the state's gun restrictions.


The Senate voted 26-7 Thursday to consider the bill, which was an indication of its support. The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while at their jobs, and would allow people to get a lifetime permit to keep guns in their vehicles all the time.


The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by some sheriffs and the Business Council of Alabama.

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State Computers Hacked
5:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Hackers Got Personal Info From State Computers

Some state employees and vendors are being notified that hackers accessed their personal information.
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Some state employees and vendors who do business with the state are being notified that their personal information was accessed when hackers infiltrated a state computer system.


The state Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it was making the notifications, but wouldn't say how many state employees or vendors were affected. The department says the hackers accessed personal information such as names, Social Security numbers and taxpayer identification numbers, but they didn't access taxpayer records or tax returns.

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Aviation Jobs
4:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Alabama Legislature Limits Aircraft Lawsuits

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill designed to attract Airbus suppliers to the state.
Credit Airbus

The Alabama Legislature has passed legislation designed to attract Airbus suppliers to the state.


The Senate gave final approval to the bill 27-0 Thursday and sent it to the governor, who endorsed it. The bill limits lawsuits against a plane's manufacturer and suppliers to causes of action arising within 12 years after a plane is delivered. It applies only to commercial planes with at least 100 seats.

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Bidding Public Buildings
4:23 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill To Allow No-Bid Construction Projects Stopped

A bill that would have allowed the construction of public buildings without going through the traditional competition with sealed bids has been stopped in the Ala. Senate.
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An Alabama Senate committee has stopped a bill that would have allowed the construction of public buildings without going through the traditional competition with sealed bids.


The chairman of the Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee got his committee to vote Thursday to carry over indefinitely the bill that would create a new option for constructing public buildings. Chairman Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa said the construction industry was too divided over the bill, and the committee decided not to get involved.

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Alabama Medicaid
8:10 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Joint Session Hears Public on Medicaid Overhaul

A joint session of the Alabama legislature heard a recap of bills intended to provide major changes to the way Medicaid is administered in the state.


Dr. Don Williamson, state health officer, says if the bill passes, eight or so regional care organizations would assume financial risk in exchange for set payments for patient care.


"We are creating a community based care system that moves from a `fee for service/state bears risk' model to a capitated model that puts a third party at risk," he told the group.

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Gun Control Legislation
7:17 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Ala. Senate to Consider Bill Relaxing Gun Control

Leaders of the Alabama Senate say they expect to consider a bill easing some of Alabama's gun restrictions.


The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale is on the Senate's proposed work agenda for Thursday. The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by some sheriffs and the Business Council of Alabama.


It would allow people to carry a pistol in their car without getting a pistol permit, and it would allow people to keep guns locked in their vehicles at work.

Scottsboro Boys Pardon
6:55 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Ala. House Plans Vote on Scottsboro Boys Pardon

Attorney Samuel Leibowitz sitting with Haywood Patterson with his good luck horseshoe. Patterson was one of the nine young black men convicted of raping two white women.
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The Alabama House is to vote on final passage of a bill to clear the names of the Scottsboro Boys.


The action comes more than 80 years after the nine young black men were convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women. Legislation allowing the state parole board to issue the pardons posthumously is scheduled to be first up in the House Thursday.


The bill passed the Senate by a 29-0 vote.

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