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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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Alabama
5:58 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Governor Bentley Signs Bill To Get Schools To Buy Locally

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill that's designed to make it easier for local farmers to sell their produce to Alabama public schools.

The Farm to School Procurement Act, signed by the governor Wednesday, requires the state Agriculture Department and the state Department of Education to investigate the potential for schools to purchase local farm products. The House sponsor of the bill, Democratic state Rep. Elaine Beech of Chatom said the law calls for schools to provide training to lunchroom staff on how prepare the fresh food.

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Alabama
6:13 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Ala. Legislative Panel To Discuss Prison Violence

Birmingham, AL – A legislative panel has scheduled a meeting to discuss reports of rising inmate-on-inmate violence in Alabama prisons.

The Legislature's Joint Prison Oversight Committee will also discuss allegations of prison employees sexually abusing women inmates at Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.

Committee chairman Cam Ward, a Republican from Alabaster says that at the June 20 meeting legislators hope to hear from prison employees as well as prisons commissioner Kim Thomas.

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Alabama
6:10 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Ala. Law Could Reduce Prison Overcrowding

Anniston, AL – State lawmakers are hoping a bill passed last month will alleviate overcrowding in a state that has the highest prison population growth in the country.

Senate Bill 386 gives the Alabama Sentencing Commission power to shorten prison sentences for various crimes starting in October 2013 unless the Legislature specifically rejects the change. Bill sponsor Sen. Cam Ward, a Republican from Alabaster, said over time the prison population will decline.

Alabama's prisons hold 27,000 inmates but they were built for half that.

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Alabama
6:09 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Siegelman Says 'Heart Is Broken' Over Lost Appeal

Birmingham, AL – Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman says his ``heart is broken'' over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to refuse an appeal of his federal bribery conviction.

In a statement, Siegelman says law professors plus current and former attorneys general from both political parties backed his appeal. He says he hopes something positive comes out of the case in the future.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to review Siegelman's conviction on charges of accepting a bribe from former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy, who also lost his appeal.

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Alabama
6:08 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Ban On Public Smoking Takes Effect In Birmingham

Birmingham, AL – Birmingham's new smoking ban is now in effect.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in virtually all public places, including bars. But it goes a step further and also restricts smoking outside of businesses.

While the sight of smokers standing around outside doors of downtown buildings is common, it may be a thing of the past. That's because smokers must now be at least seven feet from any public entrance, and businesses are required to post ``No Smoking'' signs.

Violators can be fined $50, and businesses face a $100 fine.

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