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7:58 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Construction Resumes of Creek Casino in Alabama

The Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
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The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is resuming work on its $246 million casino and hotel in Wetumpka.


Work on the 20-story project stopped two weeks ago after the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians in Oklahoma objected to the plans. The Oklahoma tribe has historic ties to the land once known as Hickory Town Ground, and it objected to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:09 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Feds OK With Delay In Gilley Going To Prison

Federal prosecutors say they have no objection to allowing Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley an extra two weeks to report to prison.

Federal prosecutors say they have no objection to allowing Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley an extra two weeks to report to prison.


Gilley is due to report Monday to begin a sentence of six years and eight months, but he is seeking a delay due to complications from surgery. The Justice Department filed court papers Wednesday that said allowing Gilley to report Nov. 19 would allow him to be treated by his own physician rather than at government expense.

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Arts & Life
12:45 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

International Film Conference Addresses Global Human Rights Issues

A scene from the documentary “Tahrir: Liberation Square.”
nytimes.com

Starting today, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is hosting an international film conference. The event will host more than 60 filmmakers and scholars from around the world to talk about how filmmaking plays into the international struggle for civil and human rights. I sat down to talk with Doctor Serge Bokobza, who chairs the foreign languages department at UAB and heads up the conference. He says his year’s event is homage to the 49th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.

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Arts & Life
9:03 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

The American Pastime Fades In Popularity

Wendell Franks iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 7:52 am

Jacques Barzun, the esteemed cultural historian, lived 104 years and wrote a multitude of words about the most important issues in society, but when he died last week, his one quote that was invariably cited was a pithy one that he wrote back in 1954: "Whoever wishes to know the heart and soul of America had better learn baseball."

Never mind that that is no longer even remotely true.

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Arts & Life
6:08 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Army Corps Sends 'National Unwatering SWAT Team' To Help With NYC Subway

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 7:37 pm

"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."

That's how Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, explained the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy to the venerable mass transit system on Tuesday.

The problem is so big that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had deployed an elite 12-member team to help out.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:27 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Ala. Casino Developer Seeks Another Prison Delay

Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley asks to push back his day to report to prison again.
Credit al.com

Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley is asking a federal judge not to make him report to prison next week.


Gilley is seeking another delay because of unspecified medical problems. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson gave Gilley permission on Monday to file his latest request in private. The judge did not immediately rule on the request.

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Huntsville Utilities
5:07 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Huntsville Utilities Crews Responding To Sandy

Huntsville Utilities is sending employees north to help with recovery efforts related to superstorm Sandy.
Credit Nathan Reed / Flickr

Huntsville Utilities is sending employees north to help with the superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.


The city-owned utility is talking with organizations that coordinate power restoration following major storms to determine where the local workers are needed most.


Utility spokesman Bill Yell says two three-person bucket crews and a three-person pole-setting crew will be heading out to help, most likely in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Arts & Life
4:31 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Some Bit Of Good News: Philadelphia 'Dodged A Bullet'

Philadelphia after Superstorm Sandy.
Kristina K. Dymond via Flickr

The center of Superstorm Sandy passed less than 25 miles from Philadelphia. In most cases that would mean that the city of brotherly love would have been whipped with the strongest of winds from the weather system.

But Philly, the country's fifth-largest city, emerged today fairly unscathed.

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Arts & Life
4:23 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But It's Unclear If It Hurts Obama Or Romney More

First responders rescue flood-stranded people in Little Ferry, N.J., on Tuesday.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 10:36 pm

With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.

But here's a question: Could the trail of devastation left by the storm in a part of the nation whose states are generally colored blue in presidential races depress turnout in those states, especially among Democrats?

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Arts & Life
4:19 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Insurance Companies Already Feeling Sandy's Effects

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Arts & Life
4:18 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

New Yorkers Woke Up To Strangely Quiet City

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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I'm Audie Cornish. And we begin this hour with Sandy by the numbers. At least 39 people on the East Coast have died, as a result of the massive storm.

SIEGEL: Sixty-nine are dead in the Caribbean.

CORNISH: Eight-point two million people, in the U.S., are without power.

SIEGEL: And while it's too early for an accurate tally, insured losses alone are estimated at 5- to $10 billion.

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Arts & Life
4:17 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Leaves A Mess In Lower Manhattan

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:47 pm

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In lower Manhattan, the New York Stock Exchange was closed yesterday. It's closed again today; slated to reopen tomorrow. More on that, coming up. But Wall Street is not the only industry in lower Manhattan facing trouble from the hurricane. Zoe Chace, of NPR's Planet Money team, has been getting a look around.

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Arts & Life
4:16 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Rising Waters Leave Some Trapped in Moonachie, N.J.

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Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey and left a path of destruction all the way up the state. Just across the river from New York in Bergen County, water flowed over the top of a levee along the Hackensack River, and then it poured into the town of Moonachie.

NPR's Jim Zarroli went there today.

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Arts & Life
4:16 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Losses From Sandy Could Reach $50 Billion

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Homeowners, businesses, and insurance companies are still assessing the damage from the storm in much of the eastern U.S. But some early estimates are in.

And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, Hurricane Sandy inflicted heavy economic damage.

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Arts & Life
4:07 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

As Sandy's Snow Buries W.Va. Town, 'Everybody Just Pitches In'

From left, Dale McKey, Karin McKey and George Secrist return home from an outing into the snow on Tuesday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:09 pm

It's not easy to get around the back roads of West Virginia right now. Our four-wheel drive couldn't make it up the hill to David Arnold's place near Fayetteville, so he came down to get us in his Chevy Tahoe.

We spin through the snow, through archways made of broken tree branches. The drive is worth the effort; Arnold runs a whitewater rafting business, and he lives right on the edge of the New River gorge.

From his back porch, we can look 900 feet down to the river or 3,000 feet straight across, through falling snow to the other side. It's just gorgeous.

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