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10:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

2 Years After Giffords Shooting, Much Changed?

It's been two years since the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. To learn what has and hasn't changed since then, host Michel Martin talks with Daniel Hernandez Jr., Giffords' former intern who was credited with saving her life, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Arts & Life
9:22 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Young And Doubly Insured: A Modern Health Dilemma

Who's driving? And whose health insurer is calling the shots?
iStockphoto.com

There may be worse problems to have, but overlapping health coverage can be a problem for young people nonetheless.

Many young adults have more health insurance options now that they can stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26 under the administration's health law.

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Arts & Life
9:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Gays Separated From Military Since Late '04 To Get Full Discharge Pay

Dec. 21, 2011: Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va. Gaeta's ship had returned from 80 days at sea. Their "first kiss" that day was a first of its kind for the Navy.
Brian J. Clark The Virginian-Pilot/AP

Gays who were forced to leave the U.S. military before 2011's repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy were often given honorable discharges — but were only granted about half of the discharge pay that otherwise would have been due to them.

After the settlement Monday of a class action lawsuit brought in New Mexico, about 181 such men and women will be getting the money that was withheld.

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Arts & Life
7:54 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alabama defeats Notre Dame to win BCS title

Alabama Coach Nick Saban, and players Eddy Lacy and C.J. Mosely talk with the press about the Tide's victory over Notre Dame in the BCS title game in Miami
apr

“Obviously, we wish the night could have ended in a different way” said Notre Dame star player Manti T’eo. “But, the season, the year, my career here, I’m been truly blessed by being at Notre Dame” “What the players accomplished, what the coaches accomplished, I think it’s really special,” said Alabama Coach Nick Saban. “I think when I’m sitting on the side of the hill watching the stream go by, I might even figure it out even more.” These are two very different perspectives of the same game in Miami.

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Arts & Life
7:40 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alabama Preps for Severe Weather Preparedness

Alabama's second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be the weekend of Feb. 22-24.


The state Revenue Department says the state will waive its 4 percent sales tax on items used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricanes and tornadoes. Some cities and counties will do the same.

Arts & Life
9:29 am
Mon January 7, 2013

'Why We Are Here': Capturing The Spirit Of Mobile, Ala.

Roy Hyde, Fairhope.
Courtesy of Alex Harris

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:05 am

In 1991, photographer Alex Harris was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for his book River of Traps, written with William deBuys. It told the story, in words and pictures, of an old-time New Mexican villager. Harris didn't win.

Instead, the prize went to evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson for The Ants.

"It took me 20 years to get over that defeat," said Harris.

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Arts & Life
9:28 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Not mainstream enough to mark? A portrait of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau taken circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:25 am

  • In its annual December feature called "The Music They Made" commemorating artists who have died in the preceding year, the New York Times Magazine once again neglected to include a single classical musician.
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Arts & Life
7:33 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Wednesday Hearing in Auburn Tree Poisoning Case

Harvey Updyke is set to appear in court on Wednesday on charges stemming from an incident in Louisiana.
usatoday.com

A Lee County judge handling the Toomer's Oaks poisoning case will consider a request from prosecutors Wednesday to revoke the bond for 64-year-old Harvey Updyke.

The Opelika-Auburn News(http://bit.ly/UPLpoC ) reports that the district attorney's office based its request on Updyke being arrested in Hammond, La., where he was accused of threatening an employee at a home improvement store.

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Book Review
12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory

“Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory”

Author: Lewis Bowling

Publisher: The History Press

Pages: 128

Price: $16.99 (paper)

Since the University of Alabama had the most revered football coach ever in Paul “Bear” Bryant, often has the best football team in the country and is supported by millions of devoted fans and alums, it is no surprise that there is a huge demand for books about the Crimson Tide. Sports writers are well aware of this demand and do their best to meet it.

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Arts & Life
2:51 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

BCS crowd to see UA PSA combating binge drinking

Shaquille O’Neal with University of Alabama students and faculty
University of Alabama

Football fans attending the national championship game Monday night between Alabama and Notre Dame will get to see a public service announcement filmed by University of Alabama students to combat binge drinking.

Students in Alabama's advertising and public relations department created the 60-second PSA directed by Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal agreed to participate after students generated a Twitter campaign to get him involved. The university announced the PSA will air in Miami Sun Life Stadium during the first quarter of the game.

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Arts & Life
9:09 am
Sun January 6, 2013

BCS Championship--dealing with the nerves

Alabama Coach Nick Saban takes questions from the press at the final news conference before the BCS Championship game in Miami
APR

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre square off for the BCS College Football Championship Monday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Both teams have stories programs, with Knute Rockne and Ara Parseghian for the Fighting Irish, and Alabama with Bear Bryant and Nick Saban. However, both Saban and Notre Dame’s current coach Brian Kelly, point out that it will be a group of college-aged young people who will put on the pads and play before an international spotlight.

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Arts & Life
6:22 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Carnival Season Kicks Off Along the Gulf Coast

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Christmas wreaths and holiday parties are giving way to king cakes and street parades as the Carnival season kicks off this weekend along the Gulf Coast.

In New Orleans, the noisy and colorful streetcar ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows troupe will mark the first street appearance of the Carnival season. The costumed revelers will board a St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Sunday. That day is Twelfth Night, the traditional start of the Carnival season. For many Christians, it also marks the end of the Christmas season.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 5, 2013

New Year's Resolution - Spay/Neuter

Credit Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation


Parade, pets - who could resist?  The Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation is hoping everyone takes notice and gets the message to adopt a homeless pet, and to have all pets spayed or neutered!


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Alabama Storms
5:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Ala. Red Cross Moving Tornado Service Center

The American Red Cross is moving its service center in Mobile to a new location to aid victims of the Christmas day tornadoes.
Credit Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

The American Red Cross has announced it plans to close its casework service center at the Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, but plans to continue helping residents affected by the Christmas tornado in a new location.


Red Cross officials Friday said the service center on Dauphin Way would close at 4 p.m. and caseworkers will meet clients daily at the Red Cross office on North Sage Avenue near Ishee Street in Mobile from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday.

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Arts & Life
8:35 am
Fri January 4, 2013

FAA: Plane in north Ala. crash not registered

Rescue crews rush to the scene of the plane crash.
WBRC video

Federal Aviation Administration records show that a plane that crashed in Jasper killing three people wasn't currently registered to fly.

FAA records show HiFlight Aviation of Jasper bought the plane in May 2010. The company applied for registration, but the application was returned to HiFlight in June 2010 for correction. The FAA received no response and canceled the registration.


State business records show that HiFlight was organized in Jasper in 2010. A phone number given by the company at the time of registration is no longer active.

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