4:39 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Legislators work on General Fund Budget, Farmers apply for grants

Time is running out for the Alabama Legislature to work out a general fund budget. 

State agency heads told members of the Senate budget committee yesterday that proposed cuts will close circuit clerk offices, slash Medicaid services and send state prisons into a danger zone of crowding and violence.

Chairman Arthur Orr says there are close to $150 million in revenue generating bills under discussion that could reduce the cuts if they win legislative approval.

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4:40 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

House delays votes on tax bills, UAB Alzheimer's study

The Alabama House is expected to delay votes on a series of tax bills aimed at solving the state's general fund shortfall.

The House rules committee today proposed a new agenda instead of a number of GOP-backed bills that had divided some members of the party.

The package would raise less than a third of the $541 million requested by Gov. Robert Bentley in a separate tax package.  The largest plank of the revenue plan is a 25-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.

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4:38 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Michelle Obama comments, Alabama Launchpad competition

Forecasters say scattered strong thunderstorms are possible across northern Alabama, with the potential that some could become severe.

The National Weather Service says the main threats from Monday's storms will be damaging winds of up to 60 mph, large hail and frequent lightning.

Forecasters expect the storms to develop Monday afternoon and evening ahead of a slow-moving cold front.

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4:38 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

State sues over water quality, Legislature kills tax reform bill, ACE Mentor Program

The state of Alabama is suing over a plan it says will harm water quality by holding water in a Georgia lake for recreational use.

Gov. Robert Bentley's administration says the suit asks a judge to block the U.S. Corps of Engineers from implementing a new water control plan for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basin.

The lawsuit claims the plan will keep water in Lake Allatoona northwest of Atlanta to help boaters and other recreational users in the fall.

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4:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Red Snapper Season, Alabama High School Cycling League

Charter fishermen in Alabama are gearing up for a longer than usual red snapper season.

Thanks to a recent decision from NOAA’s Fisheries Division, recreational fishermen and commercial charter fishermen have separate seasons this year. Private anglers will only be allowed to fish in federal waters for ten days starting June 1. Charter captains' season will run 44 days, from June 1 to mid-July. Last year, both groups were lumped together for a nine day season.

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12:06 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

Athens "Spring Fling" nets suspected drug dealers

Authorities say 17 suspects are facing a total of 26 charges following a drug bust in Athens.

The Athens News Courier reports the arrests were made Friday as part of the Athens Police Department's "Spring Fling 2015" operation.

Athens police Chief Floyd Johnson said the operation was carried out with investigators from the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. They say officers worked in two different waves to conduct the operation, which netted marijuana, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $2,000 in cash.

1:04 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Bentley meets with Cullman County Chamber of Commerce

CULLMAN—Governor Robert Bentley on Monday met with members of the Cullman County Chamber of Commerce to discuss the current budget crisis in the General Fund and the impact to Cullman County if the Legislature’s severe cuts are enacted.

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11:06 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Discussion with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox on four-year anniversary of tornado outbreak

The State of Alabama is remembering the Tornado outbreak that happened on this day four years ago.  APR’s MacKenzie Bates sat down with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox who describes the experience in just two words…

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1:17 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Avery Johnson: "I'm Your Guy"

The University of Alabama’s new basketball coach is into his first full week on the job.  UA Athletics Director Bill Battle named Avery Johnson their new head coach last Wednesday at the Mal Moore Athletic Facility.  He replaces Anthony Grant, who was fired after six seasons on the job.  Johnson was the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year with the Dallas Mavericks and also coached the Brooklyn Nets.  Johnson's biggest challenge is working at a school where football is king.

While the University of Alabama Athletic programs are known for championships.

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4:47 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Avery Johnson verbally agrees to coach Alabama men's basketball program

Multiple outlets are reporting the University of Alabama has found its new men’s basketball coach.

ESPN and CBS Sports report that  Avery Johnson has agreed in principle to be the next head coach of the Crimson Tide program.

Johnson, who spent the past several years as an analyst for ESPN, previously coached in the NBA with Dallas, New Jersey/Brooklyn.

The University of Alabama has yet to confirm the hire of Johnson.  He is set to replace Anthony Grant, who was fired after six seasons as the head coach of the men’s basketball program.

5:15 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Severe weather impacts Northern Alabama

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms may have also produced tornadoes in parts of northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Madison and Jackson counties in Alabama, and south Lincoln County, Tennessee on Friday night.

Madison County Emergency Management Agency operations coordinator Jim Pockrus says authorities were told of downed trees shortly after the tornado warning had expired.

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4:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

State Agency budget cuts?, Huntsville Fiber Optics and women mentoring

Alabama state agencies could see funding cuts of 11.5 percent or higher next fiscal year unless lawmakers find additional money.

Members of the legislative General Fund committees on Wednesday distributed copies of a rough draft of a budget without additional revenue.

House General Fund budget chairman Rep. Steve Clouse said the results were "bleak."

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3:49 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Alabama renews push to keep execution drug suppliers secret


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are trying to shield the identities of companies that provide the state with execution drugs, but even without it, the Alabama Department of Corrections releases little information about the process of putting a person the death.

The prison system declined to release the suppliers and other information about the process of execution. The Associated Press requested information about drug purchases, as well as the execution protocol, including the procedures to make sure an inmate is unconscious.

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4:38 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

State of the State preview, Wintry Weather, Alabama City income gap


The 2015 legislative session starts tomorrow. All eyes are on Governor Robert Bentley and what’s expected to be a politically unpopular tax increase proposal. 

The big issue is likely a half billion dollar tax hike. Bentley announced his plan on Friday and his annual speech is likely his first big opportunity to sell it to what may be a skeptical Republican majority in the state house and senate.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Panel on prescription drug abuse meets in Montgomery


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new program of the National Governors Association aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse is meeting in Montgomery. Gov. Robert Bentley is co-chairman of the NGA's Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy, and he will address its opening session Monday in Montgomery. The academy is spending a year looking at how to reduce prescription drug abuse in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia.