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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
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(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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Arts & Life
8:54 am
Sun January 27, 2013

SW Ala. May See Deer Season Pushed into February

White-tailed deer
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A state official says he wants to push back the deer hunting season in southwest Alabama so that it goes into February.

WKRG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Wam6OM ) Alabama Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy says ending the deer season on Feb. 10 as opposed to Jan. 31 would take advantage of a late-season rut when deer are more active and easier to hunt.

There would be a trade-off for hunters. The conservation commission wouldn't open the deer season until 10 days later in December.

Arts & Life
8:51 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Players Remember Bear Bryant 30 Years After Death

Paul "Bear" Bryant with his signature houndstooth hat.
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(Information in the following story is from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com)


Former players and assistant coaches are remembering Paul "Bear" Bryant on the 30th anniversary of his death.


Bryant led the University of Alabama's football program to 323 wins and six national championships before his death on Jan. 26, 1983. The legendary coach's name has been invoked often as the Crimson Tide again won a national title this month under coach Nick Saban.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Ala. Governor Says Raises Unlikely this Year

Governor Robert Bentley
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Gov. Robert Bentley says it's unlikely teachers and state employees will get pay raises in this year's budgets.

The governor says his staff is studying the issue but that the money is just not there for a state employees' pay raise, which would mostly have to come out of the cash-strapped General Fund budget. He said it also looks uncertain whether the funds will be available for a pay increase for education employees.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Ala. Governor Says Raises Unlikely this Year

Governor Robert Bentley
latimesblogs.latimes.com

Gov. Robert Bentley says it's unlikely teachers and state employees will get pay raises in this year's budgets.

The governor says his staff is studying the issue but that the money is just not there for a state employees' pay raise, which would mostly have to come out of the cash-strapped General Fund budget. He said it also looks uncertain whether the funds will be available for a pay increase for education employees.

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Science & Health
8:48 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Heroin-Related Deaths Rising in Jefferson County

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(Information in the following story is from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews)

The Jefferson County Coroner says 57 people died because of heroin overdoses in 2012 and the figure is nearly double the number of people who died after overdosing on the drug in 2011.

AL.com reports heroin was also listed as a contributing factor in five other deaths in 2012.

Authorities say 30 people died in Jefferson County from overdoses on the drug in 2011, which was nearly double the number of people who died from overdosing on the drug in 2010.

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Politics & Government
8:42 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Over 1,000 Gather in Ala. to Remember Former Mayor

Former Daphne Mayor Bailey Yelding passed away at his home on Tuesday.
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(Information in the following story is from: WALA-TV, http://www.fox10tv.com/)

Over 1,000 people gathered in Daphne to remember 72-year-old Bailey Yelding, former mayor of Daphne who died at his home Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

WALA-TV reports well-wishers gathered at the Daphne Civic Center Friday for Yelding's funeral.

Yelding — who was the first black mayor of Daphne — has also served as an assistant school principal and city councilman. He was a member of Macedonia Missionary Church and was buried at Macedonia Memorial Gardens.

Alabama Prison Abuse
4:47 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Fed Study Criticizes Ala. Women's Prison

A new report from the Justice Department is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.
Credit Rivers A. Langley / Wikimedia Commons

A Justice Department report is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.

A study by the National Institute of Corrections says there have been reports of sexual abuse of female prisoners, and officials haven't always treated those complaints in the proper manner.

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