Alabama

Alabama
5:56 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Alabama Democrats Lose In Court, At Legislature

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Democrats failed in the Legislature and in court Friday to stop new legislative districts proposed by Republicans.

Two legislative committees turned down redistricting plans drawn by Democrats and approved Republican-backed plans Friday. Both committees have a majority of Republicans.

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Alabama
5:55 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Drops Again

Montgomery, AL – Alabama's unemployment rate has declined for the ninth straight month to 7.2 percent for April.

That's down from a revised March rate of 7.4 percent. Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate hasn't been this low since November 2008. Alabama's rate has been declining each month since hitting 10 percent in July. The state's rate was below the national rate of 8.1 percent.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said hiring in the automotive and tourism sectors have helped reduce the state's unemployment rate.

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Alabama
5:53 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

The "Right Stuff" for the "Wrong Price?"

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Last year's retirement of the NASA's Space Shuttle program doesn't mean the end of Congressional budget woes for the U.S. Space Program. The winged spacecraft are being sent to museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In their place, NASA hopes to create a brand new four hundred foot tall rocket called the Space Launch System, or SLS, to carry astronauts on missions far from Earth, perhaps to an asteroid, or maybe to the planet Mars.

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Alabama
3:30 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

The Battle Over History

Alabama
6:02 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Ala. Beer Lovers Wait For Action On Brew Bills

Montgomery, AL – Alabama craft beer loves got a victory with the passage of a bill to allow bigger brew bottles, but they're still waiting action on a measure to make the state the 49th to allow home brewing.

The Legislature approved the bill to allow bottles up to 25.4 ounces last week. A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he hasn't decided whether to sign it.

The bill to legalize home brewing has been passed by the House, but is still wai
ting on action by the Senate. Wednesday is the Legislature's last regular day.

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Alabama
5:59 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Movie About Baseball Legend Filming In Alabama

Birmingham, AL – A movie about baseball groundbreaker Jackie Robinson is filming in Birmingham this week.

Crews will be at the downtown Tutwiler Hotel on Monday to film scenes for the film ``42,'' and they will move to the city's Rickwood Field baseball park on Tuesday.

The film is about Robinson's rookie season as the first black major league player in 1947. It stars Chadwick Boseman of ``The Express'' as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford of ``Raiders of the Lost Ark'' as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who brought Robinson into the league.

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Alabama
2:53 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Changes to Alabama's Immigration Law: For Better or Worse?

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's strict new immigration law has been quite the hot button issue. Since passing House Bill 56 last session, immigrants have left the state in droves as expected, but with all the legal challenges to the law Dorthy McDade like many others thought the evacuation would be temporary...

"At the very beginning a lot of them left they were still keeping their jobs."

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Alabama
6:07 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Ala. Legislature To Consider Raising Court Fees

Montgomery, AL – Hanging in limbo as Alabama legislators head into the last day of the 2012 session is a bill aimed at keeping Alabama courts running in the midst of a financial crisis.

Court clerks from all over the state have been frequent visitors to the Statehouse in recent weeks to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would raise court costs and a fee paid by bail bondsmen.

The House sponsor, Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Columbiana, said the bill would raise about $40 million for courts, which have been hurt by several years of budget cuts.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

College All-Star Game Planned For 2013 In Alabama

Montgomery, AL – Organizers say they're planning for a nationally-televised college all-star game in Alabama's capital city early next year.

The game will be played at the Cramton Bowl in downtown Montgomery in January.

Organizers predict financial success, though a title sponsor has not signed up.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says the city got assurances that financial backers would foot half of the $750,000 bill. He says the city was also assured there would be a TV contract and that the NFL would support it in competition with the Senior Bowl.

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Alabama
5:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

New Marketing Campaign To Push Ala. Seafood

Mobile, AL – Gulf Coast promoters are launching a new marketing campaign to increase sales of Alabama seafood.

The Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission is kicking off a three-year, $5 million marketing drive to increase demand for Alabama seafood. The ads particularly target state consumers and restaurants across the region.

Commission members will gather in Mobile on Friday to unveil the campaign, which is funded with grant money from BP. The campaign will advertisements featured in television, print, online sites and billboards.

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Alabama
6:13 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Effort To Override School Start Bill Veto Stalls

Montgomery, AL – The fate of a bill designed to boost tourism spending by extending summer vacation for school children is in limbo as the Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on overriding a veto by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The House voted 71-21 Tuesday to override the governor's veto.

But the Senate on Wednesday delayed action on the bill so senators could debate a measure that would make changes in the state's immigration law.

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Alabama
6:11 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

MLB To Build 9 Homes In Tornado-Ravaged Cities

Kansas City, MO – Major League Baseball and a charitable foundation for players are working with Habitat for Humanity to build nine homes for the tornado-ravaged cities of Joplin and Tuscaloosa, Ala. About half the funding will come from State Farm, the insurance company.

Officials said Wednesday in Kansas City they want to use the effort to remind fans that the communities still need help. To spotlight the need, crews will build frames for two of the homes outside Kauffman Stadium during baseball's All-Star game on July 10.

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Alabama
6:10 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

House Panel Advances Alabama Education Budget

Montgomery, AL – An Alabama House panel has approved a version of the state's education budget that would save teacher jobs.

The House Ways and Means Education Committee tweaked the Senate's budget, which would have cut more than 600 teacher jobs. The House version reduces that to about 350.

The change was accomplished partly by removing $20 million that was in the Senate's budget for bus purchases. The House version would sell bonds to buy buses.

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Alabama
6:09 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Ala. Panel Reveals Proposed Legislative Districts

Montgomery, AL – A joint committee is proposing new districts for the Alabama House and Senate that could force four sitting Democratic representatives to face off against one another in primary elections.

The maps released Wednesday place the homes of Montgomery Democratic Reps. Joe Hubbard and John Knight in the same district. It also groups together Reps. Patricia Todd and Demetrius Newton of Birmingham.

Hubbard says Republicans purposefully pitted white Democrats against blacks in districts that contain a majority of black voters.

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Alabama
6:08 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Gov. Bentley Signs Unemployment Comp Fraud Law

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill to increases the penalties for people who are convicted of committing unemployment compensation fraud.

The new law was signed by the governor Thursday. The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood.

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations has estimated that more than $15 million in unemployment compensation benefits were fraudulently obtained in Alabama last year.

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