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8:37 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Alabama Farmers See Record Yields in 2012

State agriculture officials say Alabama's record yields in cotton, soybean and peanut crops in 2012 helped to offset lower than average corn yields.


The Gadsden Times reports (http://bit.ly/W2ALK8 ) that soybean and cotton yields in northeast Alabama also likely set records this year.

David Derrick, regional extension agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, says this year has been one of the best ever for row crop farmers.

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Alabama Storms
5:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tornado Damages Homes In Birmingham Neighborhood

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in a Birmingham neighborhood Monday morning.
Credit Slawek Puklo / Flickr

The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.


The National Weather Service says the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue near the Birmingham farmer's market. Birmingham Mayor William Bell says there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows. He says the city provided tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.

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Arts & Life
11:41 am
Mon December 10, 2012

City With Alabama's 1st YMCA May Lose It

Credit ymcaofselma.org

A city that was a pioneer in developing YMCAs in Alabama is in danger of having to close its facility.

Selma opened its first YMCA in 1858. Now it is trying to raise $1 million by Dec. 31 to pay off some of the debt on its existing YMCA.

The YMCA's Bill Porter says money is coming in, but there is a real possibility the YMCA could close if it can't raise the money by the deadline. Porter is a former Selma City Council president and banker who is trying to get the Y on sound financial footing.

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Arts & Life
8:14 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Storms Lead to Possible Damage in Birmingham

UPDATE: Birmingham Mayor William Bell said there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows in one part of the city.

The severe weather struck about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue. Residents reported seeing a funnel cloud, but the mayor said officials have not yet confirmed if it was a tornado. He said the city is providing tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.

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Arts & Life
6:56 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Alabama Participating in Wreaths Across America

Credit thepattersonfoundation.org

Alabama is participating with other states in the Wreaths Across America program to honor veterans and their families.

Gov. Robert Bentley will join other state officials along with veterans and their families for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the state Capitol auditorium.

Officials in other states and in Washington will hold ceremonies at the same time Monday. The state Department of Veterans Affairs says the ceremonies promote a week-long celebration of veterans and their families.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Hanukkah Safety for Pets

Happy Hanukkah
Credit Shoshanah



Pet owners love to share the holidays with their animal companions, but we have to be careful.  Some of our holiday traditions may not be pet-friendly!


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Alabama Gambling Trial
4:43 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lawyers Say Ex-Lobbyist Attacked In Alabama Prison

Lawyers for ex-lobbyist Jarrod Massey say he's been attacked in prison.
Credit blog.al.com

Lawyers for a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case say he was attacked at a federal prison in Montgomery and moved to a different prison.


Attorneys for former Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey filed court documents requesting to see their client and check on his wellbeing. The date of the attack and Massey's condition are not disclosed in court records.


The U.S. Bureau of Prisons reports Massey was moved from the federal prison in Montgomery to the one in Talladega.

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Arts & Life
2:03 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Superheroes in Mobile

Credit History Museum of Mobile

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S THE NEW EXHIBIT AT THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE!...

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Arts & Life
6:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Gov. Bentley Lighting State's Christmas Tree

Credit blog.al.com

The official state Christmas tree is scheduled for lighting in front of the state Capitol in Montgomery.


Gov. Robert Bentley, first lady Dianne Bentley and members of the Garden Club of Alabama are supposed to turn on the lights in a ceremony that begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday.


The state's official Christmas tree this year is a 35-foot eastern red cedar grown in Bullock County. It was donated by Elisabeth Thompson, who owns Feathers Plantation in Fitzpatrick.

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Arts & Life
6:36 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Birmingham-Area Project Gets AIDS Grant

AIDS United is awarding $750,000 to a joint program in Birmingham to fight HIV/AIDS.
Credit atlantaharmreduction.org

An AIDS-fighting charity is providing almost $750,000 to help combat the disease in central Alabama.


AIDS United awarded the grant to a new joint effort between the University of Alabama at Birmingham's 1917 Clinic and Birmingham AIDS Outreach.


The money will fund Birmingham Access to Care, a three-year program that's the first of its kind in Alabama.


The program will identify people living with HIV or AIDS who are no longer receiving the care they need and try to get them back into the system.

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Arts & Life
5:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mich. Approves 'Right To Work' Bill As Dems Walk Out

Michigan's state house has voted to approve a "right-to-work" bill that would weaken the power of labor unions. Democrats walked out in protest. Audie Cornish talks to Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio.

Arts & Life
5:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

U.S. Olive Oil Makers Say Imports Aren't Always So 'Extra Virgin'

Freshly picked Arbosana olives from the Texas Olive Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Karen Lee Henry

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 7:40 am

Italians may still be light-years ahead when it comes to gelato, but when it comes to extra-virgin olive oil? Watch out: U.S. producers are on it.

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Arts & Life
5:14 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mormon Church Launches Website On 'Same-Sex Attraction'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 11:46 pm

The Mormon Church has a new website to clarify its position on "same-sex attraction" and to reach out to all of its members, including gays and lesbians, "with love and understanding."

The launching of mormonsandgays.org follows persistent criticism of Mormon involvement in California's ballot measure banning gay marriage, NPR's Howard Berkes reports. Berkes tells our Newscast Desk that scrutiny continued through Mitt Romney's campaign for president.

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Arts & Life
5:05 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

In A Family's Lost Cookie, Lots Of Love, And Molasses

NPR's Lost Recipe project helped Pavlos re-create her great-grandmother's jumble cookies.
Courtesy of Nancy Baggett

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:09 pm

Frederick Rickmeyer, our hats are off to you and your note-taking ways.

Shortly after the turn of the last century, Frederick started documenting his wife's recipes on the blank memoranda pages of a cookbook. He included titles like My Wife's Own Original Spanish Bun and comments like "as good as ever," along with the ingredients and dates.

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Arts & Life
5:05 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Crime-Ridden Camden To Dump City Police Force

Camden City Police Chief Scott Thomson says he has shooting investigations "backlogging like burglary cases." Half of his force was laid off last year, and the city says expensive benefits in the police union contract are preventing them from hiring more cops.
Alisa Chang NPR

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 6:54 pm

As the New Jersey city of Camden blasts through its all-time-high homicide record — exceeding 60 murders so far this year — city officials have an unusual solution to rising crime: laying off the entire police department.

Year after year, Camden ranks as one of the most dangerous cities in America based on several categories: murders, rapes, assaults and robberies. But the city says it's too poor to hire more police officers. So it's dissolving its municipal police force and letting the county set up a bigger, cheaper force to replace it.

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