VictoryLand Moving to Reopen, NASA Spacecraft Back On Track

Jul 8, 2015

VictoryLand Casino

VictoryLand Casino is asking the state of Alabama to return seized gambling machines and cash as the Macon County casino looks to reopen.

Lawyers for VictoryLand filed the motion yesterday after a judge ruled against the state's 2013 effort to close the casino.

Circuit Judge William Shashy ruled last month the state’s seizure violated the principle of equal protection since other electronic bingo operations remained in business in Alabama. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep 1,615 machines and more than $260,000 seized in the raid.

VictoryLand lawyers asked Shashy to amend his findings to note that VictoryLand was operating legally.

Attorney General Luther Strange is appealing Shashy’s decision to the Alabama Supreme Court, which has previously ruled electronic bingo illegal.

A NASA spacecraft managed here in Alabama is back in working order. APR’s Pat Duggins reports the probe is in its final approach to Pluto.

NASA says the seven hundred million dollar New Horizons spacecraft just got overworked.

The grand piano sized robot was trying to compress science data and gearing up for new tasks at the same time. That used up all its memory space, so the machine just shut down by going into safe mode.

The glitch occurred at a scary time for NASA, since New Horizons is barely six days from its closest pass to Pluto.

The mission is managed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program.

Pluto is the last major destination for the space agency’s study of the solar system. Scientists are hoping for their best ever views of Pluto and its system of moons.

The University of South Alabama says it's exploring the possibility of building a football stadium on its campus in Mobile.

The school announced the exploratory process earlier this week.

The review includes consideration of the finances and infrastructure needed to build a stadium on campus. The university says a small group of trustees, administrators and staff members will be reviewing the feasibility of building a new stadium.

USA’s football team currently plays at the city-owned Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, but the stadium is miles from campus.

South Alabama’s team went 6-7 last year and played in their first-ever bowl game in school history.

Camp Shakespeare Extreme runs all week at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

The camp teaches junior high and high school students a more in-depth look at things like character, stage movement and voice.

Greta Lambert is the director of education and outreach at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She says it’s kind of like a college conservatory acting class where they study scenes and monologues.

“All of these activities give kids such a great understanding of what goes on with the theatre. It helps them in later life and it gives them confidence in the ability to express themselves artistically and to kind of think outside the box creatively.”

Lambert says all of their tasks are in a fun atmosphere of theater games and activities. The camp welcomed students from across the state as well as from Maine, Boston and Florida.