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School Security
8:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Survey: Ala. Teachers Support Having Armed Guards

A new survey of Alabama teachers finds that a majority of them support having armed security officers in their schools.

The same survey found that teachers who responded said they oppose allowing administrators and teachers having guns in school.


Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/14zGVZr) that the survey was conducted by the Capital Survey Research Center, the polling arm of the Alabama Education Association.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Budget a Priority for Legislature in 2nd Half

Alabama lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for the second half of the 2013 Legislative session.
The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature begins the second half of its 2013 session on Tuesday.


Gov. Robert Bentley says his priority for the second half is passing balanced budgets. The former House representative says that's the Legislature's only constitutional duty. A House committee is scheduled to begin work on the education budget Tuesday. The Senate has already approved the General Fund budget and sent it to a House committee.

Veterans PTSD
6:45 am
Mon April 1, 2013

VA Helping Ala Clergy Learn About PTSD

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is hosting a free seminar to educate Alabama clergy about veterans and PTSD.
va.gov US. Department of Veterans Affairs

The federal government is helping Alabama pastors learn how to assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is Tuscaloosa is offering a seminar this week to educate pastors, priests and other church leaders about PTSD and depression.


VA chaplain John Bailey says research shows that almost half of veterans will turn to a member of the clergy first before they seek out a mental health provider.

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Decatur Entertainment District
6:41 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arts District Proposed in Ala City

The city of Decatur is considering whether to become the home of a new arts and entertainment district.


Council members are set to vote on the proposal, which includes a provision to let people carry alcoholic beverages on some streets.


Tina Hall operates The Brick Deli and Tavern in Decatur, and she thinks an entertainment district is a good idea. She thinks it will help the area.


But others aren't so sure. Joshlyne Springer of Florence says allowing alcohol outside of businesses could create less of a family feel in Decatur.

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Arts & Life
3:47 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Former Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore dies

Former University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore
U of A

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The university of Alabama says that former athletic director Mal Moore has died. The school says the 73-year-old Moore died on Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems. He had been part of 10 football national championships as a Crimson Tide player, coach or administrator. Moore was athletic director since 1999 before stepping down March 20 because of the health problems.

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Army Helicopter Training
5:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Army Wants To Ground Heavy Training Pilots

Civilian helicopter instructors at Fort Rucker in Alabama face a new 250-pound weight limit from the Army starting Monday.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Army is trying to thin out the ranks of its civilian helicopter instructor pilots with a 250-pound weight limit.


New military rules set to take effect Monday at the Army's aviation training center in Alabama limit their weight.


The Army is defending the limit, saying heavier pilots increase costs because more fuel is required to keep them aloft.


A union representing civilian pilots at Fort Rucker has filed a federal lawsuit trying to block the new weight restriction, but a judge hasn't ruled.

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Open Meeting
5:02 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Court Won't Reconsider Ruling On Ala. Meeting Law

The Alabama Supreme Court won't reconsider a ruling that some say could make it easier for government organizations to meet behind closed doors.

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to reconsider a ruling that some say could make it easier for government organizations to meet behind closed doors.


The justices issued a ruling Friday saying they won't revisit the case of Clay Slagle, who sued after he wasn't given the job of Montgomery County's school superintendent in 2009.


Slagle claimed school board members held illegal, private meetings before refusing to hire him.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Alabama Unemployment Rises To 7.2 Percent

State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said the jobless rate went up even though the number of people working in the state increased by about 3,300.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent in February.


The rate announced by the state Department of Labor is up from 6.9 percent in January and is equal to the rate a year ago. The number of unemployed people looking for work grew by more than 6,000 from January.

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Barbecue Contest
5:56 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Alabama's Best Barbecue Contest Down to Final 8

The Shed in Mobile, Alabama is one of the final eight barbecue restaurants competing for the top spot in the state.
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The Alabama Tourism Department's contest for the best barbecue restaurant in the state is down to the final eight.

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Mineral Payments Cuts
5:28 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Ala. To Lose $217K In Federal Mineral Payments

The federal government is withholding $110 million in mineral payments to 35 states as a result of automatic spending cuts that took effect this month.
Credit Mead Gruver / Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting more than 217,000 dollars in federal mineral payments to Alabama over the next five months.


The reduction is part of the 110 million dollars in cuts to 35 states that receive the mineral payments as their share of revenue from energy and mineral production that occurred on federal land within the states and offshore.


The Interior Department is making the reduction as part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month.

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Alabama Walking Tours
6:01 am
Thu March 28, 2013

22 Alabama Cities to Hold April Walking Tours

Alabama's Tourism Department says 22 towns across the state will participate in this year's April Walking Tours.
alabama.travel/trails Alabama Tourism Department

The Alabama Tourism Department says 22 towns across the state will participate in the department's April Walking Tours.

The department's Brian Jones says more than 1,700 tours have been done since the program started 10 years ago. The free, hour-long tours of historic districts and courthouse squares will start at 10 a.m. on April 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Air Traffic Control Cuts
5:50 am
Thu March 28, 2013

FAA Cutting Funding to Control Towers May 5

Dothan's air traffic control tower is in danger of closing after the FAA announced it will cut funding May 5, 2013.
JAY HARE / DOTHAN EAGLE

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced dates it plans to cut funding to 149 contract air traffic control towers — including two in Alabama.


Federal officials Wednesday announced funding will be cut to regional airports in Tuscaloosa and Dothan on May 5. FAA officials say airport operators have the choice to continue operating as a non-towered airport or continue providing services as a non-federal control tower.

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Birmigham Airport Accident
5:06 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Ala. Airport Using Cabinet Like One That Killed Boy

Birmingham's airport is still using a large panel of video monitors similar to one that tipped over and killed a 10-year-old Kansas boy last week.
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Birmingham's airport is still using a large panel of video monitors similar to one that tipped over and killed a 10-year-old Kansas boy last week.


The approximately 9-foot-tall cabinet was flashing flight information on three screens near baggage claim Wednesday, five days after a similar display killed Luke Bresette one floor higher in the airport.


A small warning sign tells visitors not to touch the cabinet. A portable metal fence on wheels is in place to keep people away.

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Tornado Aid
4:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Getting More Tornado Recovery Aid

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from April 2011 tornadoes.

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from the deadly tornadoes in April 2011.


Gov. Robert Bentley announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide the state government with $49.2 million to distribute to recovery projects. Tuscaloosa will get $43.9 million, Birmingham $17.5 million, and Jefferson County $9.1 million.


Bentley says the new funding will help several areas of the state that are still suffering long-term effects from the storms.

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Home Brewing
4:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Last State To Prohibit Home Brewing

Alabama is now the only state that prohibits home brewing.
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With Mississippi legalizing home brewing, Alabama is now the only state that doesn't allow citizens to brew small amounts of beer or wine at home for personal use.


Home brewing enthusiasts have been trying since 2009 to get the Alabama Legislature to legalize what several thousand people are already doing illegally. But they have always met with strong opposition. Home brewing bills have won approval from legislative committees and could come up for a vote in the House or Senate soon.

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