4:41 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Thompson Engineering to develop I-10 Bridge, National Hot Dog Day

A hometown company will design a massive bridge that's being planned across the Mobile River on Alabama's coast.

The state transportation agency says Thompson Engineering will develop plans for a new Interstate 10 bridge across the river. The existing bridge across Mobile Bay will also be widened.

Some work will begin almost immediately while details of the contract are being completed.

The project's goal is to ease traffic snarls that occur regularly in Mobile.

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9:35 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Lawmakers Try to Keep Settlement Local, Baldwin Task Force Talks School Funding

Robertsdale High School, Robertsdale, Ala.

State lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin Counties are drafting legislation to try and keep a large portion of the BP oil settlement money near Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

The proposed bill would request $500 million of the $1 billion currently destined for the state’s General Fund budget to instead be dedicated to the Gulf region. The projects that legislators would like to see funded in the area are primarily major road construction.

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9:46 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Abortion Clinic Sues Alabama, Harpersville Tomato Festival

West Alabama Women's Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

A Tuscaloosa abortion clinic is suing the state of Alabama over a regulation that could cause the facility to permanently close.

The West Alabama Women's Center filed the federal lawsuit against state health officials last week. The suit deals with a regulation requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, or a contract with a physician who does to handle patients with complications.

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4:39 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Senate to vote on Budget, Huntsville Desegreation Committee

The Alabama Senate is headed to a budget vote as they wrap up a session marred by frustrations and disagreements over a hole-filled general fund.

Senators are expected to vote this after  on a budget that includes significant cuts to state agencies. Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement this session on revenue.

Democratic Senator Bobby Singleton says Republican legislators should be ashamed of the budget.

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5:23 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

UAB to restore three athletics programs, Atlantic Hurricane Season

Football, Bowling and Rifle are coming back to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

President Doctor Ray Watts decided Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters went through the weekend. 

Doctor Watts announced six months ago the University could not support the football, bowling and rifle programs due to financial reasons.  UAB commissioned a report saying it would cost $49 million over five years to field a competitive program.

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9:08 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Prison reform bill hits Senate floor, Huntsville women's mentoring and Gulf Shores sea turtles

Julie Schumacher, acting Deputy to the Commander at SMDC/ARSTRAT, Redstone Arsenal

The Alabama Senate will start debating some sweeping changes to the state's prison system today.

Republican Senator Cam Ward is bringing the bill to the Senate floor, which would change sentencing and probation standards to try and reduce prison overcrowding.

The proposed legislation is based on a year of study by the state prison reform task force. One of the main changes is the creation of a new Class D felony level, which will keep low-level, non-violent offenders out of prison entirely.

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4:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

State Agency budget cuts?, Huntsville Fiber Optics and women mentoring

Alabama state agencies could see funding cuts of 11.5 percent or higher next fiscal year unless lawmakers find additional money.

Members of the legislative General Fund committees on Wednesday distributed copies of a rough draft of a budget without additional revenue.

House General Fund budget chairman Rep. Steve Clouse said the results were "bleak."

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9:42 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Senate passes multiple bills, Stutts recants opposition and Huntsville to expand fiber optics

Alabama Senator Larry Stutts

Yesterday was a busy day in the Alabama Senate. Two bills passed the Senate floor and are on their way to be heard in the House of Representatives.

The first is a bill that looks to change how Alabama recruits businesses and industry. The Alabama Jobs Act would create a pay-as-you-go model for incentives like tax breaks that the state uses to recruit companies.

Under the old model, the state would provide millions of dollars of funding up-front. This bill will allow Alabama to peg those incentives to the companies' performance.

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4:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Wintry Weather, Gadsden Tax Workshop, Gardendale City Schools

Credit Cal Tech

Freezing precipitation is causing more travel problems and delays in north Alabama.

Icy spots forced officials to close a number of roads in the Tennessee Valley early Monday. That includes Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.

Huntsville police removed barricades from the Parkway as temperatures warmed and conditions improved.

But more than two dozen school systems across the region delayed opening because of the threat of slippery roads, and at least two systems closed for the day.

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Book Review<
8:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Two Children's Books: Seeds of Freedom & The Cats Pajamas

Title: Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
Author: Hester Bass
Illustrator:  E. B. Lewis
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 28
Price: $16.99 (Hardcover)

Title:  The Cat's Pajamas
Author & Illustrator:  Daniel Wallace
Publisher: Inkshares: Crowdfunded Publishing
Pages: 28
Price: $18.00 (Hardcover)

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Schools-Online Investigator
9:22 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Huntsville Schools Paid To Monitor Students Online

Records show Huntsville city schools paid a former FBI agent to oversee security measures that included monitoring students' social media accounts.

  Records show Huntsville city schools paid a former FBI agent to oversee security measures that included monitoring students' social media accounts. reports documents it obtained from an open records request show 14 students were expelled in the last school as a result of security consultants watching their social media accounts. Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison said he's concerned that 12 of those expelled students were black.

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Politics & Government
9:50 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Probe Finds Army Biased Against Transgender Worker

Army software quality assurance specialist Tamara Lusardi (Contributed photo/Transgender Law Center)

A federal investigation found Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation.

The Office of Special Counsel says Tamara Lusardi of Huntsville suffered gender identity discrimination as she transitioned from male to female in 2010.

Lusardi was working as a civilian software quality assurance specialist at the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at the time.

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Politics & Government
6:48 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Wiccan Says He was Barred from Doing Invocation

Huntsville City Council

A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until he was asked about his faith, then told he was no longer invited to do so.

Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion said that when the agenda for Thursday's meeting was made public earlier this week, council members received community concerns about a Wiccan being invited to speak.

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Alabama-Development Announcement
4:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Verizon Expansion To Create 400 Jobs In Ala.

Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area.

Company officials joined the governor in Montgomery on Tuesday to announce that more than 300 customer service positions will be created in Verizon's state headquarters in Huntsville.

The other positions will be in retail, mostly in north Alabama and in Birmingham and Dothan.

The jobs will bring the company's total employment in the state to about 2,000 people.

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Business & Education
8:18 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Gun Maker Opening Plant in Huntsville

A plan by Remington Outdoor Co. to open a plant in Huntsville that could employ thousands of workers has won the support of Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions. In a statement Sunday, Sessions said his office warmly welcomes the firearms manufacturer, and looks forward to the company's long-term success in the area. The company also makes ammunition and accessories. Sessions says the company's decision to open a plant in Huntsville "is great news and a further testament to the world class workforce" in the city. Although Remington officials haven't officially announced the deal, Gov.