Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Public Radio News Director Pat Duggins covered the Crimson Tide's victory in the 25th SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Prior to kickoff, Duggins shot this video from the sidelines during warm-ups for the Tide,.

A Look at the Traditions of the University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band

Oct 19, 2016
Million Dollar Band
Pat Duggins

When it comes to Alabama’s Million Dollar Band, each week fans get a chance to see the music and marching come together at halftime. Here’s what you don’t see. Football fans take a break during the week after each game. Alabama’s marching band doesn’t. The band practices for an hour and a half every afternoon, but when I arrive an hour early, the field is already coming to life. Every week during football season, these student musicians play “Yea, Alabama” -- that’s the Crimson Tide fight...

“Saban: The Making of a Coach” Author: Monte Burke Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 324 Price: $27.00 (Hardcover) There is a good case to be made for not writing biographies until the subject is dead. Feelings are inevitably hurt. The subject’s family and friends may learn things they don’t need to know. J. D. Salinger fought his would-be biographers in court. Hemingway hated it when, in 1962, Philip Young suggested in a book of criticism that Hemingway’s war wound in Italy in 1917 had...

A new survey shows the majority of U.S. military veterans aren’t happy with the treatment they get after their service. The Disabled Veterans Pulse Survey found that only 1 in 5 veterans think the government treats them well. Less than half believe they receive the benefits and support they were promised. Dan Clare is the National Director of Communications for the group Disabled American Veterans. He says many veterans out repeat their service. “ I know some veterans in Alabama who have kind...

Unemployment in Alabama is down slightly and wages are higher than it’s been in seven years. A-P-R student reporter Nia Craig has more on the state's employment rates…



Employment has increased by 7,200 jobs. According to the governor’s office the state’s jobless rate for October was 5.9 percent. This is one-tenth of a point from 6 percent in September.



The government sector has gained more than half of these jobs. There were also increases...

Eric Parker
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A second trial for an Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force on an Indian man ended yesterday in a hung jury. U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala declared a second mistrial yesterday in the case involving former Madison police officer Eric Parker. Parker’s defense attorney asked the judge to acquit his client. Federal prosecutors are considering trying the case a third time. They and Parker's attorney Robert Tuten say they're ready to try again if necessary. Assistant U.S....

Remembering "The Snake"

Jul 10, 2015
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Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide are mourning the loss of former quarterback Kenny Stabler. The University of Alabama confirmed that the athlete and broadcaster died at the age of sixty nine from complications related to cancer. Stabler’s running ability earned him the nickname, “The Snake.” Ken Gaddy is the director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum on the Tuscaloosa campus. He says Kenny Stabler came along during the golden age of Alabama quarterbacks…

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services. Bentley rolled out his plans for a special legislative session focusing on the state budget. The governor says he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction. Bentley says he believes voters are adamantly opposed to the funding cuts in state...

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Alabama lawmakers just finished their first legislative session under a new pay structure that gives them a salary equal to the median household income in the state Voters approved the change in 2012 with the prediction that it would save the state money and would be a fairer way to set legislators’ pay. However, Alabama Senate numbers show that, so far, the new system costs about the same. The legislator who sponsored the idea said it is premature to judge. Legislators are now paid a $42,849...

It’s tax season and university students across the state are rolling up their sleeves to help taxpayers manage all the paperwork. The group Impact Alabama has opened help centers to assist families with children who earn fifty two thousand dollars a year or less. Families without children to make less than twenty thousand dollars also qualify for assistance. Sarah Louise Smith is the Executive Director of Impact Alabama. She says families get tax tips and the student volunteers gain...

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A state task force will weigh options this month for how to relieve severe overcrowding in Alabama prisons. Committee members say the ideas will likely include sentencing changes, building new facilities to house inmates and increased resources for probation and parole. Prison Reform Task Force Chairman Cam Ward says he hopes to have legislation ready in February. Alabama has the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the country. State prisons house about 25,000 inmates, nearly twice the...

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Law officers in northwest Alabama say they are seeing a surge of heroin abuse and crime related to the drug. They say the resurgence of heroin in Alabama in recent years mirrors national patterns. The Times-Daily reports that authorities in several northwest Alabama counties say they didn't see heroin in their areas before 2013. But in the past two years, they've made arrests for drug crimes related to its sale. In Lauderdale County, officials reported five overdose-related deaths this year....

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Attorney General Luther Strange says a phone scam involving jury duty is spreading to more Alabama counties and it often targets the elderly. The scam involves someone pretending to be with law enforcement or with the local court system. They will call a person and threaten to arrest them for missing jury duty. Then the caller says the matter can be settled without an arrest if the person agrees to purchase a pre-paid credit card and pay an amount over the phone. The attorney general says the...

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Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is the new minority leader in the Alabama Senate. The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that it picked Ross to replace Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, who did not seek another term. The caucus said Figures will become the group's treasurer. Ross is taking over the leadership of a smaller minority. Going into the Nov. 4 election, Democrats held 12 of the 35 seats in the Senate. They now have eight. Residents of a small community near Mobile will get...

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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. The back of the poster promotes trips to the Paul Bryant Museum and the Auburn University Arena,...

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Football fans attending the national championship game Monday night between Alabama and Notre Dame will get to see a public service announcement filmed by University of Alabama students to combat binge drinking. Students in Alabama's advertising and public relations department created the 60-second PSA directed by Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal agreed to participate after students generated a Twitter campaign to get him involved. The university announced the PSA will air in Miami Sun Life Stadium...