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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Alabama lawmaker proposes pro-gun amendment

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama legislator has proposed a measure that would make the right to bear arms a fundamental right in the Alabama Constitution. That right is already in the U.S. Constitution as the Second Amendment. Republican Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia told the Web site al.com his proposal would allow state voters to make it part of the state constitution. He said this would make it more difficult for state courts to restrict the right to gun ownership.

Politics & Government
3:13 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Temporary deal averts strikes at ports, including Mobile

Arts & Life
5:47 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Ala. Governor to Survey Troy Area Tornado Damage

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to visit locations in the Troy area in Pike County that were affected by Christmas Day tornadoes.


The governor plans to visit Brantley Mobile Home Park in Troy at 1:45 p.m. Friday. At 2:45 p.m. Friday he will visit a home on Pike County Road 2214 to survey damage from the storms.


Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner will join the governor to survey the damage. The governor made a similar trip Thursday to survey storm damage in Mobile.

Politics & Government
2:48 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State confirms 1st Xmas tornado fatality

Arts & Life
10:37 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Ala Governor Says State Compiling Storm Losses

Al Whitaker WHNT News 19

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says officials aren't sure whether the state will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the Christmas Day tornado outbreak.

Bentley's comments came Thursday in Prichard, where he is touring damage left by the storm. A twister left millions in damage at a trucking company the governor visited.

Bentley says the state is still compiling damage assessments from the storms, which hit multiple counties across the state. He says officials are trying to determine what sort of aid the state and local governments could receive.

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Arts & Life
8:13 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Hospital CEO Vows to Fight Employment Decision

Dr. Sandral Hullett, CEO and medical director of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
blog.al.com

The chief executive officer of a Birmingham hospital vows to fight a decision to place her on administrative leave.

Cooper Green Mercy Hospital CEO Sandral Hullet was placed on administrative leave as the county hospital ends in-patient care for the poor and uninsured.


The hospital, operated by Jefferson County, announced the layoffs of 200 workers earlier this month.

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Politics & Government
7:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

DA Switches from Democratic to Republican Party

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A west Alabama district attorney has switched from the Democratic to the Republican party.

A statement from the Alabama GOP says Chris McCool is making the jump. He is the chief state prosecutor for Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties.


McCool says he has been considering making the switch for some time. He says he is conservative, and it's clear to him there is no longer a place for him in the Democratic Party.

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Science & Health
6:40 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Group Lists Environmental Gains for Alabama

Green Resource Center
birmingham365.org

A group that promotes environmental awareness says Alabama made some big gains in 2012.


The Green Resource Center for Alabama has released its 5th annual Green Progress Report. It says the extension of the Forever Wild land trust program was one of the state's top environmental achievements.


Voters approved continuing the program in November. The 20-year-old program has let the state buy 220,000 acres of land to be used for hunting, fishing, bird watching and other activities.

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Arts & Life
5:55 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Volunteers, Relief Groups Help Ala Storm Victims

Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore is seen drinking a hot beverage from the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama's mobile canteen in midtown Mobile on Dec. 26, 2012. Cantore was covering the tornado damage that occurred on Christmas Day.
Katie Emer/Salvation Army

Relief agencies and volunteers are helping out victims of the tornadoes that hit Alabama on Christmas Day.


The American Red Cross says volunteers have distributed bottled water, shovels, rakes and clean-up kits to people in Mobile and Prichard, where dozens of homes were damaged. They've also provided tarps to people whose roofs were damaged.


The Salvation Army says it has fed more than 1,000 people in Mobile, and it's also providing food in Troy. A tornado caused widespread damage in the southeast Alabama county.

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Arts & Life
5:48 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Gov. Bentley to Survey Storm Damage in Mobile Area

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to tour the Mobile area to visit neighborhoods that were impacted by the storm system that recently tore through the area.

Officials in Bentley's office have announced the governor plans to join Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner Thursday to ensure communities that were impacted by the storm are connected to the resources they need.

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Arts & Life
9:36 am
Wed December 26, 2012

High Winds Force Shutdown of Mobile Bay Ferry

The Mobile Bay Ferry service.
Mobile Press-Register

High winds have forced the shutdown of the ferry linking Dauphin Island with Alabama's main tourist beaches.

Mobile Bay Ferry operators said they had to suspend service on Wednesday because of gale-force winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for the coast. Winds blowing to about 35 mph can churn up Mobile and make ferry operations hazardous.

The service should reopen on Thursday.

The ferry links the eastern end of Dauphin Island with the tip of Fort Morgan in Baldwin County.

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Arts & Life
8:14 am
Wed December 26, 2012

State Troopers Issue 59 Texting Citations in 2012

Alabama state police say they've issued 59 citations for texting-while-driving since a ban went into effect Aug. 1.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported the year-to-date numbers (http://on.mgmadv.com/RS0lnK ).


Alabama State Patrol officials say they issued the 59 citations, and they've only heard of seven citations being written by other law enforcement agencies in the state.

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Arts & Life
7:32 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Crews Restore Power to Thousands After Storms

Alabama Power officials say they've been able to restore most of the power to customers in the Mobile area in the wake of Christmas Day storms.


Authorities early Wednesday were hoping to get a clearer picture of the damage done by storms in Alabama as daylight revealed the extent of the destruction.


Alabama Power officials said Wednesday morning that its crews have restored power to most of the 25,800 customers in the Mobile area who lost power. About 5,700 were still without power as of 7 a.m. Wednesday in the Mobile area.

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Politics & Government
6:34 am
Wed December 26, 2012

New Alabama Law Targets Drivers Without Insurance

A new state law that takes effect Jan. 1 is designed to crack down on motorists who don't abide by Alabama's mandatory auto insurance law.


State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says a new online system will check insurance companies' records within a few seconds to see if a motorist has insurance. County license plate officials will do it when issuing or renewing a tag. Police will do it during traffic stops. And the state Revenue Department will do random checks.

Business & Education
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

PE Class Changes in Alabama Stress Student Health

Alabama's public school students are taking part in a new physical fitness assessment this year, replacing a series of tests that had not been updated since their parents were in school.


Citing a need to refocus on the fitness of the state's children, the new Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment rolled out this fall in public schools. The tests are required for all students in grades 2 through 12 and replace the old President's Challenge Fitness Test, which was adopted in 1984.

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