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Arts & Life
8:25 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Church's 'Strip for me' Billboard Draws Attention

A Birmingham church billboard with its "Strip for me" quote from the Bible is causing a stir.
Sherea Harris/WBRC-TV

A Birmingham church and its billboard with its "Strip for me" quote from the Bible in large red letters is drawing attention.

WBRC-TV reports ( that the billboard can be seen just behind The Palace Gentlemen's Club in downtown Birmingham.

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Dothan Regional Airport
8:21 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Officials Consider Options to Keep Air Tower Open

Officials are trying to keep the control tower at the Dothan Regional Airport open.

City and county officials are working to determine what they can do to try keeping the control tower at the Dothan Regional Airport open.

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz told the Dothan Eagle an aircraft maintenance repair company was looking to open a plant in Dothan and bring as many as 500 new jobs. Officials say the company is hesitant to relocate to an airport without a functional control tower.

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Politics & Government
8:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Alabama House Special Election in 3 Counties

Randall Shedd, the former director of the Cullman County Commission, is facing off Danny Alldredge in the GOP runoff for House District 11.

The former director of the Cullman County Commission on Aging, Randall Shedd, and former Cullman County school board member Danny Alldredge are facing off in the Republican runoff for Alabama House District 11.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday in parts of Cullman, Blount and Morgan counties.

Shedd led the primary election Feb. 13, and Alldredge finished second in the field of four candidates.

The runoff winner will meet Democrat Kelly Evans in the general election May 7.

Highway Accidents
8:31 am
Mon March 25, 2013

590 Killed in 2 Alabama Counties

One person was killed when a truck loaded with lumber crossed the median and collided with another vehicle, January 18, 2008. The accident occured near Interstate 20/59 at Arkadelphia Road.
Joe Songer/Birmingham News

Accident data shows that speed and traffic volume raise the risk of fatal accidents, leading to identifiable pockets of higher crash rates when those elements combine. reports ( that 537 fatal crashes in Jefferson and Shelby counties killed 590 people between 2007 and 2011.

Statistics show the number of fatal crashes trending upward toward the end of that period, though stronger laws intended to improve driver behavior could reverse the trend, analysts say.

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Drug Court Houston County
8:14 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Houston County Launches New Drug Court

Authorities say they hope a new drug court in Houston County will help defendants stay clear of narcotics -- and crime.

District Court Judge Lori Ingram says the recently launched drug court is designed to treat addicted individuals and give them the tools they need to change their lives. The drug court's purpose is to keep people clean so they won't commit crimes.

The Dothan Eagle reports ( that 80 percent of criminal offenders abuse alcohol or other drugs. Half of all jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted.

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Toomer's Corner Oak Trees
7:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Auburn Plans Commemorative Items from Oaks

Auburn University plans to turn portions of poisoned oak trees into commemorative items. Auburn fans can roll the iconic oak trees for a final time at an A-Day ceremony on April 20.
Auburn University

Auburn University plans to turn portions of the poisoned oaks at Toomer's Corner into commemorative items.

The vice president of Auburn Alumni Affairs, Debbie Shaw, told the items will be at numerous price points.

Fans can roll the trees for the final time at an A-Day ceremony on April 20. Shaw said the trees will be removed April 23. After that, Auburn will install three concrete poles with wires 3 to 4 inches apart for fans to roll while plans are made to renovate the corner.

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Tax Season
7:41 am
Mon March 25, 2013

IRS: 440,000 Alabamians Will Wait to File in April

The Internal Revenue Service estimates 440,000 Alabamians will wait until April to file their tax returns.

IRS spokesman Dan Boone says people waiting until close to the April 15 deadline should not miss out on earned income tax credits. He said many lower-income workers can qualify. Some workers who couldn't qualify in previous years may now qualify because of a change in marital status or addition of a child. A person who worked some part of 2012 and had a household income below $50,270 may qualify.

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Politics & Government
2:55 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Alabama lawmakers to take up medicaid reform

Politics & Government
7:29 am
Sun March 24, 2013

DOJ opposes Alabama appeal over Immigration law

Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Alabama Supreme Court: No cash for man in drug bust

Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat March 23, 2013

State Lawmakers may cut taxes at toxic site


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill that has passed the Alabama House and is pending in the Senate poses an old dilemma for lawmakers — jobs versus the environment. The bill would drastically lower taxes for businesses that use the hazardous waste disposal facility at Emelle, in Sumter County near the Alabama-Mississippi line. The fees for disposing waste were raised in the early 1990s to help spur activity in the economically depressed county in Alabama's Black Belt. But bill sponsor Rep. A.J.

Alabama Common Core standards
6:48 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Panel Defeats Bill to Stop Ala. Common Core Goals

Alabama's common core standards for public schools have survived another challenge.

It appears a bill to abolish the standards is unlikely to pass the Legislature. The Common Core standards for learning in math and English were recommended by the National Governors Association.

Bills were introduced in the House and Senate to prevent adoption of the standards. The Senate bill has been indefinitely postponed. A subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee voted Wednesday to kill the bill.

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Toomer's Oaks
6:40 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Auburn Council Sets Date for Toomer's Oaks Removal

The removal of the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University has been set for April 23.

The Auburn City Council has set April 23 as the date when the iconic Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University will be removed.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports removal of the trees will require closing city streets in the area.

City Manager Charlie Duggan said the removal has tentatively been set for 7 a.m. to noon on April 23, but the time is subject to change depending on weather and how long the removal takes.

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Healthiest Alabama County
6:34 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Study Ranks Shelby as Alabama's Healthiest County

A new study finds Shelby County is number one when it comes to the health and quality of life in Alabama.

Shelby County is ranked number one in a new study of the health and quality of life in each of Alabama's the 67 counties.

The analysis was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

It examined 25 factors that influence health, including childhood poverty, numbers of smokers, obesity levels, teen birth rates and access to physicians and dentists.