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10:03 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Tips From Texas on How To Put On a Gay Rodeo

Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice. "Ladies and Gentlemen! TGRA would like to welcome you to Fort Worth, Texas!" The Texas Gay Rodeo Association is putting on its 29th gay rodeo and more than 100 people are ready to watch or compete. Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Siegelman Backers Seek Pardon For Ex-Ala. Governor

Montgomery, AL – Some supporters of Don Siegelman want President Barack Obama to grant a pardon that would prevent the former Democratic Alabama governor from returning to prison for his 2006 bribery conviction.

Siegelman is currently out of prison on an appeal bond. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected his appeal, and he may soon face a new sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery.

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Alabama
6:02 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Trial Set For Man Accused In Auburn Tree Poisoning

Montgomery, AL – An Alabama fan is about to go on trial on charges of poisoning two oak trees that are fixtures for fans of archrival Auburn.

Attorneys will begin picking a jury in Lee County on Tuesday for the case against 63-year-old Harvey Updyke Jr. The courthouse is less than 10 miles from the Toomer's Corner oaks and Auburn's campus.

Updyke and wife Elva were in court Monday for the deposition of an expert witness who is unavailable later in the week.

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Alabama
5:59 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Mortgage Settlement Helps Balance Alabama Budget

Montgomery, AL – A $25 billion national settlement with five big mortgage companies is helping balance Alabama's operating budget during lean times.

The office of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange received $26 million from the settlement. Of that, $19.3 million will be used from 2013 through 2015 to pay for operations in the attorney general's office and in district attorneys' offices statewide.

Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said that's freeing up money to help other state programs in the $1.68 billion General Fund budget for fiscal 2013.

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Alabama
5:59 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Ala. Activists Praise Obama Move On Immigration

Montgomery, AL – Alabama immigration activists are praising the Obama administration's decision to quit deporting many younger illegal immigrants.

The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice says the change announced Friday is a step in the right direction.

Coalition member and recent high school graduate Victor Palafox says he is in the country illegally after being brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents as a child. Palafox says the administration's announcement is an ``enormous victory'' for young people across the country.

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Alabama
5:57 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

University Of Alabama System Raises Tuition

Tuscaloosa, AL – The board of the University of Alabama System approved tuition increases Friday for the three campuses, starting with the fall semester.

Tuition for the Tuscaloosa campus will go up 7 percent to $9,200 for two semesters. Birmingham will increase 8.5 percent to $8,400 for two semesters, and Huntsville will rise 8.6 percent to $8,794 for two semesters.

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Alabama
5:56 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Ala. Unemployment Rate Up To 7.4 Percent

Montgomery, AL – Alabama's unemployment rate has gone up for the first time since last summer.

State officials announced Friday that the rate rose from 7.2 percent in April to 7.4 percent in May.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the increase was expected because the national rate increased form 8.1 percent in April to 8.2 percent in May. He said Alabama's rate traditionally goes up in May when new high school and college graduates join the workforce.

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Alabama
6:33 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

2 Accused Of Hindering Search For Ala. Suspect

Montgomery, AL – Alabama authorities say two men are now charged with hindering the search for a man suspected of killing three people and wounding three more during a party near Auburn University.

Auburn police say 18-year-old Jeremy Thomas of Montgomery is charged with hindering prosecution after allegedly fleeing the scene of the shooting with the prime suspect, 22-year-old Desmonte Leonard.

Police are still looking for a third person who was with them.

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Alabama
6:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

NWS Says More Rain Headed To Waterlogged South Alabama

Montgomery, AL – Forecasters say more heavy rain is pelting south Alabama, where some roads remain closed after a weekend drenching.

The National Weather Service says areas north of the coast could receive as much as 2 inches of rain an hour on Monday, creating a threat for more flooding. The rain is expected to last through Tuesday.

The downpours come with some roads still closed after a weekend of heavy rains in Mobile County, where the airport has received more than 10 inches of rain since Friday.

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Alabama
6:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Fed Court Sends Ala. Art Case Back To Lower Court

Atlanta, GA – A federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that a lower court should take another look at a case involving an artist known for drawing iconic images of University of Alabama sporting events.

In a ruling released Monday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld parts of a lower court's ruling, reversed others and sent the case back to a district court.

The University of Alabama had claimed that Daniel Moore's artwork violates the school's trademark rights.

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Alabama
6:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Fed Court Sends Ala. Art Case Back To Lower Court

Atlanta, GA – A federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that a lower court should take another look at a case involving an artist known for drawing iconic images of University of Alabama sporting events.

In a ruling released Monday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld parts of a lower court's ruling, reversed others and sent the case back to a district court.

The University of Alabama had claimed that Daniel Moore's artwork violates the school's trademark rights.

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Alabama
5:59 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Feds Postpone Lease Auction In Talladega Forest

Anniston, AL – Next week's auction for drilling rights in the Talladega National Forest is off.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that they would delay the June 14 auction for oil and gas drilling rights to allow more public informational meetings. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the agency wants to ensure people have ample input into decisions involving the management of national forests. The service did not say how that would be done or when the auction

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Alabama
5:58 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Officials Probe E. coli Outbreak In 6 States

Atlanta, GA – Health officials are investigating a mysterious and scattered outbreak of the E. coli bacteria linked to 14 illnesses and one death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no form of contaminated food or other cause has been identified in the illnesses, which occurred in April and May. They are spread among six states that include Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama.

Three people were hospitalized. One - a child in the New Orleans area - died last week.

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Alabama
6:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Interior Dept. Affirms Poarch Land Federal Status

Brewton, AL – The U.S. Department of the Interior has affirmed the federal status of Alabama Indian land where highly successful casinos are located after Escambia County officials raised questions about the land.

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Alabama
5:59 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Study Says Job Growth If BP Fines Used For Coast

New Orleans, LA – A new study says thousands of jobs would be created along the Gulf Coast if money from BP oil spill penalties and other sources is dedicated to coastal restoration.

The report by the research firm Mather Economics comes as Gulf interests press Congress for passage of the Restore Act, which would take 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and dedicate it to coastal projects. The fines could run anywhere from $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion.

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