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Naked Student Shot
4:48 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Ala. Judge Dismisses Shooting Suit Against College

A judge has dismissed a family's lawsuit against the University of South Alabama over a campus police officer's fatal shooting of a naked student.
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A judge has dismissed a family's lawsuit against the University of South


Alabama over a campus police officer's fatal shooting of a naked student.


A Mobile County judge ruled Friday that state law makes the school exempt from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 18-year-old freshman Gil Collar.


The judge says the lawsuit can go forward against the university's police chief, however.


A university police officer shot and killed the Wetumpka teenager outside the police station in October.

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Science & Health
6:34 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Southern Diet, Fried Foods, May Raise Stroke Risk

Festival goers wait on an order of funnel cakes at the Athens Grease Festival in Athens, Alabama.
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Deep-fried foods may be causing trouble in the Deep South. A study finds that people who consume a lot of fried foods and drinks like sweet tea and soda were 41 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who ate that way about once a month.


Researchers say the study might help explain why blacks in the Southeast suffer more strokes. Blacks were five times more likely than whites to have the Southern dietary pattern.

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Alabama Bicentennial Commission bill
6:27 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Senate Getting Ready for Alabama's Bicentennial

Alabama Senator Arthur Orr wants the state to set up the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
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Some Alabama legislators are trying to start planning now for the state's bicentennial in 2019.


Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur got the Senate to pass a resolution Thursday setting up the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The commission would plan and develop activities to celebrate Alabama becoming a state in 1819. Orr said the commission will have members representing state government, tourism and historic preservation. The members will only receive reimbursement for travel.

Immigration Suit
4:54 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

New Suit Filed Against Alabama Immigration Law

Alabamas immigration law is coming under fire again.
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A coalition of civil rights organizations is suing to stop part of Alabama's immigration law requiring officials to post lists of illegal immigrants in the state's court system online.


The federal court suit was filed Thursday on behalf of four Latinos in Montgomery County who were accused of fishing without a state fishing license.


Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Kristi Graunke says the law is designed to humiliate and make life difficult for immigrants regardless of their status.

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Legislature-Consolidation
4:46 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Ala. Senate Delays Government Consolidation Bills

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has delayed a vote on a package of bills addressing government consolidation and efficiency.
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The Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on a package of bills addressing government consolidation and efficiency.


Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh had planned to get the bills up for a vote Thursday. Marsh says he decided to delay a vote until next week because the bills are complicated and senators want time to study them.

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Legislature-Payback Bill
4:36 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Ala. House Oks Bill To Repay Money To ATF

The Alabama House has passed a bill that require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account.
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The Alabama House has voted to require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account by 2026.


The House voted 80-19 Thursday for the bill by Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery. It was the first bill passed by the House during the 2013 regular session.

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Arts & Life
9:59 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Replicas of Columbus Ships on Alabama's Gulf Coast

The Columbus Foundation's replicas of the Nina and Pinta will be open for tours through Sunday on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
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Replicas of two of the ships used by Christopher Columbus to explore the new world in the late 15th century are on Alabama's Gulf Coast.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/XnIy5B) that the replicas of the Nina and Pinta are open for tours through Sunday.

The ships had their beginnings in 1986, when the Columbus Foundation formed in the British Virgin Islands in an effort to build the vessels that Columbus used on his first voyage, the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta.

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Science & Health
9:09 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mobile Science Center Struggles to Stay Afloat

Officials say Mobile's Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is struggling to stay open because of finances.
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The president of the board that oversees a science center in Mobile says the facility is struggling just to keep its doors open.

Exploreum Board of Trustees President David Trent said donations are down.

WALA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/X6wCHe) that the science center brought in a little more than $3 million in 2009 -- but the cost to keep it running was more than $4 million.

The nonprofit's tax filings show that the trend continued in 2010. Revenue was reported at $3.3 million while expenses rose to $4.7 million. That amounted to a $1.4 million loss.

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2013 Legislative Session
7:42 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Bill to Stiffen Abortion Clinic Rules Passes Panel

Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin is sponsoring legislation that would stiffen requirements for abortion clinics in Alabama.
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An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would stiffen the requirements for abortion clinics in the state.


The bill would place requirements on the facilities like requiring them to have wider hallways and would require clinics to have a doctor available when an abortion is performed.


The sponsor, Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin of Pelham, says the new rules would require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as most facilities that perform surgical procedures.

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2013 Legislative Session
7:31 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ala. House Democrats: Put Officer in Each School

Alabama House Democrats want police officers at every public school in the state. The bill is meant to prevent incidents like the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Alabama House Democrats want to put an armed police officer in each of the approximately 1,500 public schools in Alabama.


Representative Merika Coleman-Evans of Birmingham says the measure is aimed at preventing incidents like the recent school shootings in Connecticut.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:52 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Alabama Senate Poised for Government Consolidation

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh
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Government consolidation and efficiency in on the agenda for the Alabama Senate.


Senate leaders said the Senate's work agenda Thursday will include a bill to consolidate and reorganize the more than 20 law enforcement programs in state government. The Senate also plans to take up bills cutting the number of legislative service agencies and reorganizing the state's information technology services, including creating a Cabinet-level secretary for information technology.

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School Flexibility
5:03 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Panel Oks Bill To Give Ala. Schools Flexibility

An Alabama House panel has approved a bill to give local school systems the ability to waive certain regulations or requirements.

The Alabama House Education Policy Committee has approved a bill to give local school systems the ability to waive certain regulations or requirements.


The committee voted Wednesday afternoon in favor of the measure by Rep. Chad Fincher, R- Semmes.


Supporters, including state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice, told lawmakers that research has shown reducing rules and regulations can increase creativity in the classroom. Bice called the bill a vote of confidence in teachers and school leaders.

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana
4:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Ala. House Panel Votes 'No' On Medical Marijuana

A House Panel has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.
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An Alabama House committee has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.


The committee voted 12-2 against the bill by Democratic Rep, Patricia Todd of Birmingham.

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Governor - Education
4:46 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Gov. Bentley Ups School Funding, Level Funds Others

Governor Robert Bentley proposed budgets gives more to education and keep funding for other state agencies flat
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor is proposing an education budget that gives small increases to all levels of education from kindergarten through college.


Gov. Robert Bentley unveiled his recommended budgets Wednesday. His education budget includes a 2.5 percent pay raise for public school employees and a substantial expansion of Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

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Alabama Pre-K Program
5:52 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Alabama Legislator Back Governor's Pre-K Expansion

Senator Vivian Davis Figures supports an expansion of Alabama's Pre-K program.
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Republican and Democratic legislators say Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to expand Alabama's pre-kindergarten program has broad support and will be approved by the Legislature.


Bentley called for the expansion in his State of the State address Tuesday night. Senate Democratic leader Vivian Davis Figures said an expansion will provide a solid foundation for Alabama children.

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