9:24 am
Tue June 30, 2015

State Prison Overcrowding, Marriage License Confusion

Bullock Correctional Facility

Alabama’s state prisons were built to hold 13,000 inmates. They currently house over 25,000.

That makes Alabama prisons among the most crowded in the nation, and state politicians fear the crowding may soon bring federal intervention to the troubled prison system.

In an effort to relieve some of the overcrowding, lawmakers approved changes to sentencing and probation standards this spring as well as a bond issue for additional prison beds. The changes include the creation of a lower level felony class and the planned hiring of 100 additional probation officers.

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9:27 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Senior Benefit Enrollment in Foley, Free Health Screenings

Foley City Hall, Foley, Ala.

Many of Alabama’s senior citizens that qualify for food and medical assistance don’t receive those benefits because they haven’t signed up for the program.

The city of Foley is partnering with the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission Area Agency to help those seniors find out if they’re eligible for assistance and to enroll in benefit programs.

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5:09 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Attorney General to visit Birmingham, Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame

The City of Birmingham will be playing host to a prominent legal official tomorrow. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on the Attorney General’s national tour stop.

Recently appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be visiting Birmingham tomorrow as part of a nationwide Community Policing Tour.

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9:54 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Boy Finds Rare Fossil, Gulf Coast Zoo Camp

Elasmosaurus vertebra discovered by 12yo Aiden Taylor

A 12-year-old boy from Bay Minette, Alabama, recently discovered a rare fossil in Greene County.

The University of Alabama says Aiden Taylor was on a week-long trip with the university's Museum Expedition when he found a fossil of a reptile that roamed the planet millions of years ago.

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6:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Birmingham Mayor Bell on US Conference of Mayors

Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell

Over 250 mayors from across the country attended the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco.

The gathering was held June 19-22 and allowed mayors the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas on how to deal with issues within their cities. They also debated and adopted dozens of resolutions that will be submitted to the United States Congress.

Among the delegates was Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell. I asked Bell about his involvement with the conference, some of the policy suggestions he supported, and other issues in Birmingham.

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5:37 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Mayor Bell in San Francisco, World's oldest woman from Alabama

Mayors from Alabama and across the country are wrapping up a big conference today in San Francisco. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more about the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The 83rd annual Conference of Mayors is wrapping up today. It’s an opportunity for mayors to collaborate and share ideas for dealing with issues in their cities. They also develop policies that are voted on and eventually submitted to the U.S. Congress.

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4:38 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Hangout Music Fest, Nepal Fundraiser in Birmingham

The sixth annual Hangout Music Fest kicks off this afternoon on the beaches of Gulf Shores.

The three-day music festival features more than 80 performances by some of the biggest music names in the world, like Beck, the Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and plenty more.

Forty thousand people are expected to head to Gulf Shores for the event, which means a big economic boom for the community. Grant Brown is the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director for the City of Gulf Shores.

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4:40 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Selma Audit, Alabama officers honored in Washington D.C.

Selma city officials are asking for a state audit.  A-P-R’s Stan Ingold reports the investigation may determine why the city's tax revenue during the Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary was lower than anticipated.

Mayor George Evans told the Selma Times-Journal the city's tax revenue for the month of March was roughly sixteen thousand dollars more than it was in March 2014. That's despite thousands of extra visitors coming to town for the anniversary weekend.

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Escapee in car crash
9:29 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Escapee identified as driver in fatal crash

Martin Jay Creasman
Credit Alabama Department of Corrections

A 51 year old escapee from a Morgan County prison has been arrested on accusations that he stole a pickup truck and crashed it into two women, killing them both.

Birmingham police allege Martin Jay Creasman stole a pickup truck from a Birmingham auto shop, then crashed into a car containing 92 year old Margie Lovell and 69 year old Linda Jones. The two women were on their way to a church meeting. The Avondale United Methodist Church released a statement on Twitter saying Lovell and Jones were "well-loved" and "pillars of [their] congregation".

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9:22 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Obama's remarks at Lawson State, Alabama entrepreneur event and Homewood tuberculosis testing

Pamela J. Hill, University of Alabama instructor

President Obama brought his Middle Class Economics plan to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham.

The Commander-in-Chief covered everything from Washington policy to a fairly new government agency called the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. The CFPB was created as part of Wall Street reform after the 2008 financial crisis. It's an independent consumer watchdog, and President Obama says they've already made a big impact.

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4:39 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Obama visits Birmingham, Medicaid expansion, tuberculosis testing at Homewood High School

President Obama visited Alabama to talk about economics. The Commander-in-chief arrived in Birmingham aboard Air Force One for a speech at Lawson State Community College.

The President told the crowd what’s good for the middle class is good for America. The White House is criticizing a budget plan in congress which includes tax breaks for the wealthy.

Mr. Obama also targeted Pay Day Loan operations which charge high interest rates…

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9:07 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Obama to speak in Birmingham, Medicaid expansion opposition and Alabama bike summit

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama will be in Birmingham this afternoon to talk about the economy.

The President will be speaking at Lawson State Community College on consumer protection issues and the contrast between his vision for the American middle class and Republican efforts to undermine that vision.

According to a White House press release, Congressional Republicans are continuing to roll back progress toward a safer financial system and stronger economy, encouraging the types of abuses that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

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4:38 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Obama to visit Birmingham, Charter Schools bill passed, Aerofest

President Barack Obama will travel to Alabama next week to give a speech about the economy. It's his second visit to the state this month.

Obama will be in Birmingham on Thursday afternoon. The White House hasn't released any other details about the trip.

Earlier in March, Obama traveled to Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." Obama led a symbolic march across the bridge where throngs who protested their lack of voting rights were beaten by police.

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7:13 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Staged fight for social media turns deadly

One Birmingham teenager is dead and two others are injured after shots were fired Friday during a fight the teens had staged for social media.

The Birmingham Police Department says a group of girls had been arguing and decided to fight to settle their differences. They also decided to film the fight to post on Facebook later.

After the fight started, two teenage males started shooting, and three people were hit.

One 14-year-old girl, Kierra'onna Rice, later died at an area hospital, and two more were injured.

Police have taken the two suspects into custody.

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4:46 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Mental Health, IBM Grant and Aerofest

Officials with Alabama Psychiatric Services say they are ending their service next week.  The company released a statement on their website saying services will stop on February 13. 

Officials say the company is shutting down because of a decline in funding and a change in how it provides behavioral health services.  They also say the company will work to help patients transition to other service providers. 

The change will affect clinics in Birmingham, Cullman, Decatur, Dothan, Fairhope, Florence, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa.

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