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Sessions Running Again
5:14 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Alabama Senator Will Seek Re-Election In 2014

Senator Jeff Sessions will seek a fourth term in office in 2014.
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Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he plans to run for a fourth term next year.


Sessions is beginning his 17th year of service in the Senate. The 66-year-old senator said Wednesday in Montgomery he's still enjoying serving in Washington and plans to run again in 2014.

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Alabama Immigration Law
5:07 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law

The state of Alabama is asking the nation's highest court to review part of it's law cracking down on illegal immigration.
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The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.


The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.


Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law. It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.

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Business & Education
9:11 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Defense Contractor Announces Anniston Layoffs

Mechanics at Anniston Army Depot line up an M1 Abrams turret with its hull.
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A defense contractor has notified 139 of its roughly 400 employees at its Anniston Army Depot site that they will be laid off in March and April.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/11zd3uu ) that General Dynamics Land Systems will employ fewer workers after April due to declining military orders for combat vehicles. The company builds and repairs combat vehicles.

Peter Keating, spokesman for General Dynamics Land Systems, said the layoffs were necessary due to a lack of work at the facility.

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Business & Education
8:13 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Auburn Faculty Concerned About Candidate Diversity

Faculty members at Auburn University are expressing concerns about what some consider a lack of diversity among candidates to fill two openings on the school's board of trustees.

One woman and 16 men will be interviewed to fill two openings as Auburn University trustees.


The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/WJ2PAx) that Auburn Senate Chairman Bill Sauser said he and other Senate members met this week with President Jay Gogue to express their concern about how there was only one woman on the list of nominees.

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Arts & Life
7:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Rains, Flooding Threat Continues in Alabama

A snapshot of today's forecast.
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Rivers are rising and flooding continues to be a threat as rain keeps falling in Alabama.


A flood warning is in effect for most of northern and western Alabama, and a flood watch covers the rest of the region.


The National Weather Service says as much as 1 inch of additional rain could fall Wednesday, increasing flooding problems since the ground already is saturated with water.

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Arts & Life
7:18 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Ala Tourism Posters Boast 4NAROW for Football

The BCS Coaches' Trophy was on display a Wal-Mart and Academy stores in the state.
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Tourism officials are offering new posters to mark the state of Alabama's run of four consecutive college football titles.

Small posters that say "4NAROW" will be available starting Thursday at state welcome centers and tourism offices.


The mini-posters resemble Alabama car tags and refer to the consecutive Bowl Championship Series crowns won by the University of Alabama and Auburn University.

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Teen Pregnancy
5:01 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Ala. Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops To Historic Low

The Alabama Department of Public Health says teen pregnancy has dropped to a historic low.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced the state's teen birth rate has reached a historic low.


Officials say the teen birth rate in 2011 fell to a low of 20.9 per 1,000 women ages 10 to 19. State health officials say the figure translates to about 6,700 births to teen mothers.


State health officials say babies born to teenage mothers account for about 11.3 percent of all births in the state. The 2011 rate is a 58 percent decline from the state's peak in teen births in 1973, and a 32 percent decrease since 2000.

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Governor-Education
4:52 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Forms Career Ready Task Force

Gov. Robert Bentley is forming a task force aimed at helping students become more career ready.
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Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a task force aimed at helping students better prepare for successful careers.


The governor signed an executive order Tuesday in Columbiana forming the College and Career Ready Task Force. He says it will bring together representatives of K-12 schools, two-year and four-year colleges and the business community to help the state offer a more coordinated approach to workforce development.

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School Safety
4:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Bill Would Let Some Ala. Schools Train Teachers

A new bill aims to prevent incidents like last month's Connecticut elementary school shooting.
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Legislation has been prepared that would allow schools in a rural northwest Alabama county to train teachers and other school workers as reserve sheriff's deputies.


Democratic state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay said he is having advertised a local bill that would allow workers in Franklin County and Russellville city schools to receive training as reserve deputies.

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Business & Education
7:46 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Ala Schools Opening Late Amid Icing, Flood Threats

School systems across northwest Alabama are opening late because of the threat of icy weather and flooding.

Schools in Colbert, Cullman, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion and Morgan counties delayed opening for at least two hours Tuesday as a safety precaution.


City school systems in Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Winfield were among those delaying opening.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Alabama Attorney General Seeking Re-election

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he'll seek a second term in office.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will run for a second term next year.

Strange defeated incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary in 2010 and then went on to win the general election.


Strange said Monday in Hoover that he's had a busy term, but there is more he wants to do in a second term. He recently underwent knee surgery. He said he's traveling around the state again and looking forward to running for re-election.


So far, he has no announced opposition.



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Politics & Government
5:45 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Obama Inaugural to Include Tuskegee Airmen Float

Tuskegee Airmen.
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President Barack Obama's second inaugural parade will include a tribute to the Alabama-based Tuskegee Airmen who broke the color barrier during World War II.

The presidential inaugural committee announced plans for the parade on Monday.


Black fliers trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee in the 1940s to become the nation's first minority pilots during the war. The field is now a historical site located off Interstate 85 east of Montgomery.

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Terror Charges - Alabama
4:51 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Ala. Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

The second of two men arrested last month on charges of plotting to join an overseas terrorist group has pleaded not guilty.

The second of two men arrested last month on charges of plotting to join an overseas terrorist group has pleaded not guilty.


AL.com reports Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair appeared in federal court Monday. Abukhdair in December was arrested at a Georgia bus station. Authorities say he met co-defendant Randy Wilson online and the two were planning to leave the country to join Islamic radicals fighting in North Africa.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines

Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.


Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.


Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. 5.

Oil Spill Lawyers
4:32 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

La. AG's Oil Spill Tab Nears $24M

Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.


The $15.4 million that Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has paid to outside lawyers accounts for about two-thirds of his total spending.

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