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VictoryLand Casino
8:18 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Old Gambling Case Leads to Alabama Casino Raid

montgomeryadvertiser.com

The state attorney general's office used a century-old gambling case to get a rare, but not unprecedented, search warrant to raid VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant. Attorney General Luther Strange appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. He cited an 1899 case where a justice of the peace denied an arrest warrant based on an incorrect interpretation of the law, and the Supreme Court ordered it issued.

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Amy Bishop Trial
8:11 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Suits Against Former UAH Prof Set for 2014

Former UAH professor Amy Bishop faces two lawsuits stemming from the 2010 shooting spree at UAH.
usnews.nbcnews.com

A judge in Huntsville has scheduled a trial for March 2014 in two lawsuits against former university professor Amy Bishop.

The two suits were filed by victims of a 2010 shooting spree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Bishop pleaded guilty to capital murder and got a life sentence in her criminal case.


She wanted fact finding in the civil case to stop while she appeals her capital murder case. Madison County Circuit Judge Billy Bell ruled Friday that he wouldn't delay discovery in the civil case, and he scheduled it for trial on March 10, 2014.

Birmingham Bomber
7:39 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Convicted Bomber Publishes Book From Prison

Convicted bomber Eric Rudolph has published his autobiography from prison. He admitted to bombing an abortion clinic in Birmingham in 1998.
Dave Dieter, Huntsville Times file photo

Convicted bomber Eric Rudolph has published his autobiography from prison, with his brother's help.

Rudolph's work is available online from a website that lets writers publish their own books for a price.

Daniel K. Rudolph is listed as publisher. He's best known for cutting off his hand and videotaping it in what he called a message to the media and FBI while police searched for his brother.

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Alabama Medicaid Program
7:29 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Bill to Prevent Medicaid Abuse Passes Ala. House

Alabama Representative Jim McClendon
legislature.state.al.us

The Alabama House has approved a bill aimed at cutting down on fraud and abuse in the state's Medicaid program.

The sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville, says the bill is aimed at stopping abuse of a program that exists to provide essential health care to the neediest citizens.

The bill was approved by the House on Thursday by a unanimous 99-0 vote. However, debate lasted for about three hours as some members, mostly Democrats, worked to make sure the measure could not be used to deny Medicaid services to legitimate applicants.

Civil Rights rally
6:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court

Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group will rally in Washington D.C. before traveling to Alabama on March 1.
David Kohl/ajc.com

Civil rights advocates plan to rally in Washington, D.C. while the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group of about 150 will leave Washington D.C. Feb. 27 after a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Section 5 of the act bars states from altering voting qualifications and procedures without federal approval.

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Marshall Space Flight Center
6:31 am
Fri February 22, 2013

NASA Administrator Bolden Visits North Ala Center

NASA administrator Charles Bolden will visit Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center on Friday, February 22, 2013.
NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled for a stop in north Alabama.

The space agency says Bolden will visit the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville on Friday afternoon.


Marshall is NASA's main center dedicated to developing space propulsion systems. Engineers there are now working on the Space Launch System, which are heavy-lift rockets being designed to take U.S. astronauts back into space.

Scottsboro Boys
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Alabama Senate Votes For Scottsboro Boys Pardon

The Alabama Senate votes to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.


The Senate voted 29-0 Thursday for the legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. The bill now goes to the House for what Orr predicts will be a similar vote.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:39 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Ala. Senate Democrats Blocked On Medicaid Effort

Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures has offered a resolution urging Governor Bentley to reconsider his decision not to expand Medicaid.
Credit AP Photo/Dave Martin

Democrats in the Alabama Senate are having trouble pressing their top issue.


Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile offered a resolution Thursday urging the Republican governor to reconsider his decision not to expand Medicaid. The Senate's Republican leader, President Pro Tem Del Marsh, cut off debate on the resolution by getting it sent to the Senate Rules Committee.

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Alabama University Shooting
4:32 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Ex-Professor Seeks Delay In Ala. Shooting Lawsuits

Former University of Alabama in Huntsville professor Amy Bishop is asking a Huntsville to delay action in lawsuits against her.
Credit usnews.nbcnews.com

Former university professor Amy Bishop is asking a judge in Huntsville to delay action in lawsuits against her.


The two suits were filed by victims of a 2010 shooting spree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Bishop pleaded guilty to the crime.


Bishop maintains that information in the lawsuits could jeopardize her appeal in her criminal case.


A court had stopped action in the lawsuits while Bishop was awaiting trial. Attorneys were allowed to resume gathering evidence when she pleaded guilty to murder.

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Hagel Nomination
4:26 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

GOP Senator From Ala. Signals Support For Hagel Nomination

Republican Senator Richard Shelby says he will vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.
Credit United States Senate / Wikimedia Commons

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby says he will vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, a major boost for President Barack Obama's nominee.


The Alabama lawmaker tells the Decatur Daily he has concerns about his fellow Republican but plans to support him. Shelby spokesman Jonathan Graffeo said Thursday that, barring unforeseen surprises, the senator will vote for confirmation.

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Government Spending Cuts
9:03 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Ala. Governor: 24,000 Jobs at Stake on Budget Cuts

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says automatic government spending cuts could cost the state 24,000 jobs.
dyn.politico.com

Alabama's governor said the state stands to lose 24,000 jobs if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the impact was calculated by the National Governors Association. It forecast the biggest impact in Alabama would be on defense-related jobs. Bentley said the Huntsville area would be the hardest hit.

Sales Tax Holiday
8:59 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Ala. Bad Weather Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

news.consumerreports.org

Alabama residents buying supplies they need to make it through times of severe weather will not have to pay sales tax for certain items this weekend.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday people need to take advantage of the break from Alabama's sales tax to stock up on supplies such as battery-powered radios, weather radios, first aid kits, portable generators and plywood.

The holiday from sales tax will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will run through the end of the day on Sunday.

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Alabama Probate Judges Association
8:56 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Alabama Probate Judges Elect New President

Jefferson County Judge Alan King ahs been elected as president of the Alabama Probate Judges Association.
judgealanking.com

The Alabama Probate Judges Association has a new president.

Members of the organization elected Judge Alan King of Jefferson County to the position.

King previously served as treasurer, secretary and vice president of the group.

King won a third term as Jefferson County probate judge in November.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Medicaid Funding
7:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Williamson Says Money Runs Out For Medicaid After 2014

State health officer Don Williamson says he doesn't know where funding for Alabama's Medicaid Program will come from after 2014.
Credit al.com

State Health Officer Don Williamson told Alabama lawmakers that money will be available to fund Alabama's Medicaid program at a minimal level through 2014.

But Williamson told a joint meeting of the House and Senate General Fund budget committees Wednesday he did not know where the money would come from after 2014 to run the health insurance program for the economically disadvantaged.

Williamson is also the interim director of the Alabama Medicaid Program.

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Trust Fund Payback
7:29 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Ala. Governor Signs Law To Repay Trust Fund

Gov. Bentley signed a bill today that mandates repaying the Alabama Trust Fund by 2026.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Gov. Robert Bentley and legislative leaders kept a promise Wednesday to enact legislation requiring the repayment of $437 million taken from a state trust fund to bolster state budgets.

Bentley signed a bill passed by the Legislature that mandates the repayment to the trust fund through annual appropriations concluding in 2026. The bill was the first passed by the Legislature in the current session.

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