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Business & Education
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Ala. governor, others advocate pre-K expansion

The governor is adding his voice to business and education leaders calling for an expansion of Alabama's small pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants to expand pre-K education and considers it more important than the Alabama Reading Initiative.

Bentley's comments to a Birmingham business group came less than a week after the State Board of Education called for an extra $5 million next year. A coalition of business leaders, educators and children's advocates is pushing for an even bigger increase.

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Science & Health
12:55 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

UAB Medical Agencies to Stop Hiring Tobacco Users

UAB Medicine says it's going to quit hiring anyone who uses tobacco starting next year.

The system announced Wednesday that its hospitals, clinics and other divisions will no longer hire anyone who smokes or uses smokeless tobacco products after July 1, 2013.

The policy doesn't apply to the broader college community of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

UAB Health System chief executive Will Ferniany says tobacco is a major cause of illness and death in Alabama, and the medical system wants to encourage people to stop using tobacco.

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Arts & Life
12:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Letters of Convicted Ala Church Bomber Now Open

Letter from Robert
Credit blog.al.com

Birmingham's public library has a new resource about the city's civil rights history: Letters written from prison by one of three Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a deadly church bombing that killed four black girls.

The library obtained the letters written to and by Robert Chambliss and opened them for public use on Wednesday, the 35th anniversary of his trial.

Archives director Jim Baggett says Chambliss never admits any wrongdoing in the letters.

A retired agent says the FBI obtained the letters from a niece of Chambliss and gave them to the library.

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Politics & Government
8:22 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Ala. Governor Prepares Workforce Development Group

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks at the Birmingham Business Alliance 2012 Governor's Luncheon.
Credit The Birmingham News, Tamika Moore

Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to appoint a task force to help provide seamless workforce development training from the middle school through college.

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Arts & Life
8:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Ala. Governor to Again Pardon Clyde the Turkey

The Bates Family Farm in Greenville donates Clyde the Turkey.
Credit Bates House of Turkey

Clyde the Turkey will live to see another day.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will continue a decades-old Alabama tradition Wednesday when he pardons Clyde the turkey.

First Lady Dianne Bentley will join the governor at noon for the pardoning ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery. The governor and first lady will reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving during the ceremony,

The turkey comes from the Bates Family Farm, which provides turkeys for the Bates House of Turkey restaurant in Greenville.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Business & Education
7:56 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Blast at Ala Plant Injures 1

An explosion at an industrial plant rocked the Shoals area of northwest Alabama and injured one person.


Authorities say the blast occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday at Cherokee Nitrogen, which is located in Cherokee.


Plant officials say the explosion happened in a section of the factory where workers make ammonia. It rattled homes throughout Colbert County and into Lauderdale County.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Ala Town Shut Down Amid Dispute Moves Forward

An Alabama town shut down amid a political dispute is trying to move forward.


The sheriff unlocked town hall in the Cullman County city of Colony so four council members could take their oaths of office on Monday.


The Cullman Times (http://bit.ly/RA0NDo ) reports the council agreed on an operating framework for the city as the search for a new mayor continues.

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Arts & Life
8:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Services Set for Herbert Carter, Tuskegee Airman

Lt. Col. Herbert Carter was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He passed away last Thursday at the age of 95.
Credit blog.al.com

Funeral services are being planned at Tuskegee University for retired Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.


Carter was among the first troops to report to Tuskegee during World War II as the Pentagon began training the nation's first black military pilots.

The school says a funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the campus chapel for Carter, who died Nov. 8 at the age of 95.


Carter served in the Air Force and its Army predecessor for 25 years before retiring. He also taught at Tuskegee.

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Politics & Government
7:52 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Treasury Ending Paper Benefit Checks March 1

The U.S. Treasury Department says Alabamians are still receiving federal benefits though more than 112,000 paper checks each month. They have less than four months remaining to say whether they want to switch to direct deposit or Direct Express debit cards.


The department is moving to all-electronic payments for federal benefits starting March 1, and those who don't select will be switched to Direct Express debit cards so they don't miss a payment.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.


Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Arts & Life
7:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Airport Exhibits to Spotlight History, Tourism

Commemorative statue of Rev. Shuttlesworth located in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Travelers arriving at the renovated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport are going to get a taste of some of Alabama's history and tourist attractions.


Officials said an exhibit will honor the airport's namesake, civil rights pioneer Fred Shuttlesworth. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is designing the exhibit.

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Arts & Life
6:56 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Veterans Day Parades Set in Alabama Cities

Parades and other tributes honoring veterans are planned across Alabama on the national holiday for Veterans Day.


Gov. Robert Bentley will speak at Tuscaloosa's Veterans Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m. Monday.


Birmingham's World Peace Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, followed by a parade at 1:30 p.m.

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Arts & Life
10:25 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rhino romance in Birmingham?

Arts & Life
7:46 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Univ. of Alabama to Have Military Tailgate for A&M

Credit pubclub.com

The University of Alabama is holding a special event for veterans before Saturday's football game in Tuscaloosa against Texas A&M.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a free pre-game tailgate for veterans, troops and their dependents from both schools.


The tailgate starts at 11:30 a.m. CST on the northwest corner of the Quad, where thousands of fans gather before games.


The tailgate is part of a week of events on campus making Veterans Day, which is next Monday.

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Science & Health
7:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Meteor Expert to Discuss Ala Event in Huntsville

Credit blog.al.com

An expert on meteors is visiting Huntsville to discuss the recent meteorite shower in north Alabama.


Marc Fries will speak at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday morning.


Fries is a specialist in finding and recovering meteorites. He still focus on an Oct. 30 shower across the state's northern counties as he talks about using Doppler weather radar to find meteorites on the ground.


Two meteorite fragments have been recovered in Winston County, near Addison.

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