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Auburn Football
8:12 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Auburn Switching to New Ticket System on Saturday

Auburn University is using a new football ticketing system this season. Officials hope scanners will speed up entry for fans and reduce the problem of counterfeiting.
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Auburn is switching to a new type of football ticketing system that officials hope will speed up entry for fans and reduce the problem of counterfeiting.

   Workers at Jordan-Hare Stadium will now have scanners to check the bar codes on tickets.

   It's the first time the system has been used for home football games at Auburn, but it's been used previously for baseball and basketball games.

Business & Education
8:17 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Auburn University Unveils New Recreation Center

Auburn University's new recreation center includes an outdoor pool and a 45-person hot tub shaped like a tiger paw.
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Auburn University has unveiled its new, $72 million recreation and wellness center.

   The 240,000 square-foot facility opened after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

   The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/1cX5p3U ) the facility is home to modern health and wellness equipment, an indoor running track, rock climbing walls and more.

   Recreation and Wellness Director Jennifer Jarvis says the recreation center is likely to help students stay on campus longer, working to develop strong bodies and spirits.

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Business & Education
7:35 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Crews to Install Wires to Temporarily Replace Oaks

The poisoned oak trees at Toomer's Corner were removed earlier this year.
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Auburn University officials say crews will begin installing wires that will temporarily replace poisoned oak trees that were cut down and removed from campus.

   The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/15ICdXR ) reports that Auburn city crews will begin installing the wires at Toomer's Corner on Tuesday. School officials say the wires will be strung along three poles and will form a "V" over the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College Street.

Auburn-Smoking Ban
4:32 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Smoking Banned At Auburn University

A new policy has banned smoking on the campus of Auburn University. The ban will go into effect on Aug. 21.
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A new policy has banned smoking on the campus of Auburn University.

Four campus groups passed resolutions to ban smoking on campus and officials say the ban will go into effect on Aug. 21.

Auburn University student Liz Howerton told the newspaper that most students she's talked to are supportive of the idea and that it "can only do good for the campus."

Lee Bradberry, who owns a nearby cigar shop, says he applauds the school's concerns for public health but has misgivings about the policy because he thinks it infringes on individual rights.

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Alabama Agriculture
5:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Agriculture Has $70.4 Billion Impact On Alabama

New agriculture statistics prepared for Alabama counties reveal that agriculture, forestry and related industries have an annual economic impact in Alabama of $70.4 billion.
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New agriculture statistics prepared for Alabama counties reveal that agriculture, forestry and related industries have an annual economic impact in Alabama of $70.4 billion.

The study was conducted by Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. It shows that the Alabama counties that receive the greatest economic impact from agriculture are Mobile, Cullman and DeKalb.

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Landscape Olympics
7:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Auburn Hosts 60 Colleges In Landscape Competition

Auburn University will host the "Landscape Olympics" this weekend.
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  More than 800 students from 60 colleges will be at Auburn University this weekend for a national event known as the "Landscape Olympics."

Auburn's team of 40 students will show off their skills in 28 events, including tree climbing.

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition attracts recruiters from 50 companies, including Caterpillar and John Deere. They will be at Auburn scouting for the nation's top prospects during the event.

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Governor-Agriculutre
5:43 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Study: Ag, Forestry Have $70 B Impact On Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley helped release a study showing Alabama's agricultural and forestry industries economic impact.
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A new study of Alabama's agricultural and forestry industries says they contribute more than $70 billion annually to Alabama's economy and account for 22 percent of the state's workforce.

The Alabama Agribusiness Council and other groups joined Gov. Robert Bentley in releasing the study Tuesday.

Bentley said the last similar study was done in 1989, and the new study by Auburn University shows how important agriculture and forestry are to Alabama's economy.

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Business & Education
8:26 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Auburn Trustees Select 2 to Board Positions

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees has approved two men for positions on the board.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/WCL75N) that the board made the decision during a meeting in Montgomery Thursday afternoon.

Mike DeMaioribus was approved as the District 8 trustee; and Wayne Smith was approved as an at-large trustee.

The 58-year-old DeMaioribus is the senior vice president at Dynetics Inc., a Huntsville-based company that specializes in intelligence, missiles, aviation and space.

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Business & Education
10:45 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Auburn Considers Graduate-Level Program in Brewing

Auburn University officials are considering offering a graduate-level degree in brewing sciences.

The degree is among issues expected to be discussed at the school's board of trustees meeting Feb. 1.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/10IX8Fe) that the program would provide graduate-level coursework for students and professionals interested in learning about brewing, including malting, mashing, brewing and fermentation.

The trustees are also expected to discuss a possible graduate-degree program in turf grass management.

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Auburn Trees Poisoned
4:49 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Tentative Trial Date Set In Auburn Tree Poisoning

A tentative trial has been set for the man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University.
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A tentative trial date has been set for Harvey Updyke Jr., the man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University with a powerful herbicide during Auburn's national championship run in the 2010 football season.

Updyke is scheduled to appear in court April 8. A hearing will also be held Feb. 13 to discuss pending motions — which include a request by the Lee County District Attorney's Office to revoke Updyke's bond.

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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Auburn Seeks Input on Future of Toomer's Corner

Toomer's Corner after Auburn won the BCS Championship. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is awaiting trial after being accused of poisoning the oak trees in 2010.
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Auburn University is seeking input from students, faculty and residents on what Toomer's Corner should look like if the iconic oak trees have to be destroyed after they were poisoned.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/11bFHSk) that feedback is being sought in the form of an online survey from now until Jan. 18.

Dan King, assistant vice president for Auburn's facilities department, says officials at the university are being proactive in developing a future plan in the event that the trees must be taken down.

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Auburn-Trees Poisoned
5:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Attorney Says 'Bama' Fan Competent To Stand Trial

Attorneys say Harvey Updyke is competent to stand trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.
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Attorneys for Harvey Updyke say the University of Alabama fan is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.

But the lawyers said Thursday that Updyke still plans to use an insanity defense to fight the charges.

Attorney Margaret Brown told a judge in Opelika that Updyke's mental condition at the time of the offense is an entirely different question than his competency now, about two years after the incident.

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Arts & Life
5:47 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Auburn Fires Gene Chizik After 3-9 season

Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins.
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Auburn has fired coach Gene Chizik.

Auburn announced Sunday that Chizik was dismissed two years after leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957. The Tigers closed with a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama that was the second-most lopsided Iron Bowl game ever and worst since 1948.

The move came after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins. It was the most losses by an Auburn team since an 0-10 season in 1950.

Chizik had three years left on a contract worth $3.5 million annually. The announcement came after a team meeting.

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