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Midland City Standoff
4:37 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Alabama Governor Calls Mother Of Kidnapped Boy

Governor Robert Bentley has reached out to the mother of the boy being held hostage in a bunker in southeast Alabama.
Credit Al Whitaker / WHNT News 19

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he has called the mother of the 5-year-old Dale County boy kidnapped from his school bus on Tuesday. The boy is being held in a handmade bunker in Dale County in southeast Alabama.


Bentley said he has talked to the mother on the telephone. He described her as being "very distraught as I would be." The governor has four grown sons.


The governor said he and other state officials are "hoping for a peaceful" resolution of the situation.

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Politics & Government
7:17 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Ala. Lieutenant Governor to Meet Senate Leaders

Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey
ltgov.state.al.us

Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is to meet with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and with Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures of Mobile in preparation for the 2013 session of the Legislature.


The meeting with Ivey will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the lieutenant governor's office at the Capitol. The session begins Tuesday.


Ivey said each of the Senate leaders will answer questions from the news media and deliver brief remarks,

Legalizing Medical Marijuana
5:11 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ala. House To Consider Bill To Legalize Marijuana

The Alabama House will consider a bill to legalize marijuana when the legislative session begins Feb. 5.
Credit Laurie Avocado / Wikimedia Commons

A bill has been pre-filed in the Alabama House that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.


The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham, says legalizing the drug for medical purposes would help cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and others suffering from severe pain. The bill has failed several times, but Todd says her spirits are buoyed because similar bills have recently passed In other states.

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Midland City Standoff
5:02 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Man Linked To Ala. Standoff Was Facing Court

Law enforcement officials outside of the area where Tuesday's school bus shooting suspect is barricaded in a bunker.
Credit Jay Hare / Dothan Eagle

The pastor of a nearby church helped comfort children who were on a rural Alabama school bus when a gunman killed the driver and took a 6-year-old boy.


Pastor Michael Senn said Wednesday, a day after the shooting, that the kids were "pretty shocked, traumatized."


He says "they saw everything that happened. They saw the man shoot the driver."


Authorities now believe the man is holed up in an underground shelter in a standoff.


Multiple neighbors have said suspect was paranoid and combative.

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Arts & Life
7:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Power Out, Trees Down From Ala Storms

Strong storms moving through Alabama left thousands of people without power and forced schools to delay opening as a precaution.


Alabama Power Co. said about 7,000 homes and businesses were in the dark early Tuesday, mostly in the western part of the state.


Officials say numerous trees are down near Fayette and in heavily wooded Winston County, but no injuries are reported.


Numerous school systems delayed opening because of what forecasters say is a high risk of damaging winds. The University of Alabama also opened late.

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Business & Education
5:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Ala Schools Opening Late Amid Weather Threat

Dozens of Alabama schools are opening late because of the threat of damaging winds and other severe weather, which struck western parts of the state during the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.


The National Weather Service said the storms would post a threat through mid-day Wednesday.


A county emergency manager reported that numerous trees were down just northwest of Fayette in western Alabama early Wednesday morning.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State investigates alledged hacking attack to Alabama computer system

Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

BP pleads guilty--agrees to $4B settlement

Politics & Government
5:59 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Rep. John Merrill Running for Secretary of State

State Representative John Merrill plans to announce his run for Alabama Secretary of State.
legislature.state.al.us

State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa plans a series of news conferences over the next two days to announce that he is running for the Republican Party nomination for Alabama Secretary of State in 2014.

Incumbent Secretary of State Beth Chapman is serving her second term and by law can't run in 2014,


The 49-year-old Merrill plans news conferences Tuesday in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville and in Montgomery and Mobile Wednesday.

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Arts & Life
5:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Forecasters Say Ala at Risk for Severe Weather

National Weather Service forecast for Central Alabama.
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Forecasters say clashing weather systems are creating a chance for severe weather in Alabama.


The National Weather Service says severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday.


The problem is an advancing cold front that's moving toward Alabama from the west. Forecasters say strong storms could develop as the cooler air meets with warm, moist flowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Homeless Count
5:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Ala. Organization To Count Montgomery's Homeless

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is getting ready to count the number of homeless people in Montgomery.
Credit http://mach-homeless.org/

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is gearing up to count the number of homeless people in Montgomery and conduct interviews to determine their needs.


Homeless population counts are required for community agencies to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Volunteers will target areas of the city where homeless people are known to gather and will distribute food, hygiene items, blankets and coats.

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Arts & Life
6:51 am
Mon January 28, 2013

City to Spend $100K on 'Foot Soldiers' Monument

Birmingham officials say the "foot soldiers" monument will be placed near the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, shown here.
discoverblackheritage.com

The city of Birmingham expects to spend about $100,000 on a monument honoring "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement.


The mayor's office says the city will award $10,000 to the designer who comes up with a memorial to the ordinary people who participated in the movement.


Another $90,000 will be spent on the monument itself based on a statement from the city.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Movement Possible in Jefferson Co. Bankruptcy

Jefferson County's Comission approved sewer rate increases last year, but lenders argue the hikes should have been higher.
The Birmingham News

This could be an important week in Jefferson County's attempt to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.


Al.com (http://bit.ly/Vzd38I ) reports that the county commission president and another commissioner will be in New York for meetings with hedge fund managers as they try to negotiate a deal.


On Wednesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Birmingham will begin a hearing on a request by creditors who want to go to state court seeking rate increases for sewer service in Jefferson County.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Advocate says Tutwiler Report 'Wakes People Up'

EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson.
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An attorney for inmates says a federal report detailing problems at Alabama's prison for women is revealing.


Bryan Stevenson of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative says the study "wakes people up" by showing what's going on at Tutwiler prison, located in Wetumpka.


Stevenson tells the Montgomery Advertiser a long-term solution is needed to fix the state's prisons.


Stevenson's organization last year alleged widespread abuse of inmates and sexual misconduct at Tutwiler involving corrections officers.

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Politics & Government
8:59 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Rep. Brooks: NY Wants to Dictate Gun Laws for Ala.

U.S. Representative Mo Brooks
whnt.com

(Information in the following story is from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/huntsville)


A congressman from Huntsville says he believes New York wants to dictate gun control policy for Alabama and the rest of the nation.


Republican U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is joining other Alabama elected officials in speaking out against tightening the nation's gun laws. President Barack Obama is pushing several proposals including bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines for ammunition.

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