Alabama

Alabama
11:10 am
Thu September 11, 2003

Former Soviet president to speak at Auburn Oct. 6

Auburn, AL – Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet president who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for seeking reforms in the secretive communist government, will speak at Auburn University on October sixth.

The University Programs Council announced that Gorbachev will speak at 7 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Ticket prices are eight-dollars for students, 12-dollars for faculty and 15-dollars for general admission.

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Alabama
10:55 am
Thu September 11, 2003

Alabama Marks Two Year Anniversary

Alabama – American flag displays, memorials and prayerful tributes across Alabama will mark today's second anniversary of the September 11th attacks - - a day for remembering fallen heroes and the innocents who died that terrible day.

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Alabama
1:09 pm
Wed September 10, 2003

Mobile Government Makes Cuts

Mobile, AL – The Mobile City Council has approved a budget that cuts 2-point-8-6 (M) million dollars -- including from travel and public transit departments, and eliminates dozens of positions.

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Alabama
12:28 pm
Wed September 10, 2003

Programs to be eliminated as part of education cuts

Montgomery, AL – Many Alabama middle and junior high schools will have to eliminate their sports programs -- as Alabama's public schools are now facing deep budget cuts.

Dan Washburn, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, predicts the first option for many local superintendents will be to reduce or eliminate sporting programs at middle schools, in an effort to save high school varsity programs.

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Alabama
11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2003

New Ten Commandments Display at Capitol

Mongtomery, AL – A Ten Commandments display put together by Governor Bob Riley opened in an exhibit room at the Capitol. The plaque was praised by some church leaders who support displays of the commandments in government buildings.

Riley had the display built after supporters of a Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the state judicial building presented him with a plaque bearing the commandments last week.

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Alabama
3:20 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Alabama Voters Reject Riley's Tax Plan

Montgomery, AL – Governor Bob Riley's 1-point-2 billion dollar tax plan has been rejected overwhelmingly tonight.

Voters agreed with opponents who say Alabama needs spending controls rather than the largest tax increase in state history.

The Republican governor promoted the tax package -- the largest percentage tax boost proposed in any state -- as the way to get Alabama off the bottom of many national education rankings.

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Alabama
2:46 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Alabamians Heading to the Polls

Alabama – Alabamians are turning out in large numbers today to vote on the biggest tax increase in state history, with the most recent polls showing the measure could be headed for defeat.

Governor Bob Riley made a last-minute pitch for votes this morning with media appearances as polls opened at 7 a.m. He predicts "horrendous" budget cuts if his plan fails.

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Alabama
2:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Alabama Voters Must Show ID

Montgomery, AL – Voters going to the polls for today's tax and accountability referendum will be asked for more than just their names when they line up to cast ballots.

Voters will also be asked for proof of their identity as Alabama's new voter identification law, approved by the Legislature in June, is implemented for the first time.

Voters will be asked to provide one of more than a dozen forms of acceptable identification, including a driver's license, a birth certificate, a hunting or fishing license and a utility bill.

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Alabama
12:33 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Soldiers Will Remain in Middle East

Washington, DC – Thousands of National Guard and Army Reserve forces, including citizen soldiers from Alabama, are in for a longer stay in Iraq.

The Army is reportedly extending their tours of duty in Iraq and surrounding countries to a year, months longer than many troops had anticipated.

The Washington Post reports the new policy was issued Friday without a formal announcement. It means many Guard and Army Reserve troops could have their original year-long mobilizations extended by up to six months.

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Alabama
11:47 am
Tue September 9, 2003

Early returns show voters against record tax hike

Montgomery, AL – Governor Riley's tax plan is trailing in early returns. Opponents are leading in every county reporting early returns.

Secretary of State Nancy Worley -- the state's chief election official -- says voter turnout was strong for a special election. She predicts the turnout will be 45 percent to 50 percent. The turnout for the lottery referendum four years ago was 45 percent.

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Alabama
4:06 pm
Tue September 2, 2003

Shula Wins Debut Game

Coach Shula is interviewed on national television after his first win

Tuscaloosa, AL – "It felt like just coming out of the tunnel on the west end, just seeing all those fans reminded me of when I was a player and when I got under the tunnel here, I was kidding Coach Radar that was where I used to warm up with him."

That tunnel at Legion Field in Birmingham has seen generations of Alabama football players pass through. This time, the tunnel saw Mike Shula to his head coaching debut, and a come-from-behind victory.

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Alabama
9:28 am
Mon September 1, 2003

The Debate Over Church and State

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's highest judicial official, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, says he has an obligation to uphold God's law above the laws of man. Chief Justice Moore is a Christian, and he believes the Biblical Ten Commandments are the cornerstone of America's legal heritage.

"The acknowledgement of Almighty God is the basis for our justice system. It is the source of our law. It is the foundation of our country."

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Alabama
4:32 pm
Wed August 27, 2003

Reaction to Monument's Removal is Mixed

Tuscaloosa, AL – Opinions were mixed today about the removal of the ten commandments monument from public view. Barry Lind, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State says he is pleased with today's events.

"I think today marks a tremendous victory for the rule of law and respect for religious diversity in Alabama and around the country."

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Alabama
11:24 am
Wed August 27, 2003

Ten Commandments Monument Moved

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Alabama
9:19 am
Fri August 22, 2003

Alabama's Associate Justices Intervene

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's eight associate Supreme Court justices overruled Chief Justice Roy Moore and said the state will comply with a federal court order to move the Ten Commandments monument. The decision received praise from Attorney General Bill Pryor.

"The associate justices of Alabama have done their duty. As attorney general, I applaud them, I congratulate them and I thank them."

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