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The push to expand legalized gambling in Alabama is gaining some prominent new supporters.

Former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye and former Alabama Power Company CEO Charles McCrary say they will lead a foundation to legalize a state lottery and allow casinos at the state's four dog tracks.

The two attended a news conference in Montgomery yesterday to announce the formation of the new Alabama Jobs Foundation.

The group says a gambling expansion could create as many as 11,000 jobs and add $400 million to the state’s coffers.

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The first female president of the University of Alabama is stepping down.

The university released a statement from President Judy Bonner on Wednesday saying she will leave office no later than September 30, 2015.

Bonner says she wants to return to the classroom. She plans to take a yearlong sabbatical and resume teaching in fall 2016.

Bonner says she's announcing her departure early to allow time for trustees to begin a search for her replacement next month.

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Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook is being honored by his home state.

Cook and seven others including University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban are being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor on Monday. A ceremony will be held at the state Capitol in Montgomery.

Cook is a native of Robertsdale, which is located near the coast in Baldwin County. The Auburn University graduate succeeded Apple founder Steve Jobs as CEO in 2011.

Univ. of Alabama, Lockheed to Partner on New Lab

Sep 9, 2014
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Lockheed Martin will work with the University of Alabama to develop an analytics research lab on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa. The Culverhouse College of Commerce will host the first facility of this kind in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the field of data science. The lab will work to discover meaningful patterns within data. The lab will also provide collaboration and research across government, industry, and academia to help companies anticipate and solve problems. The laboratory is currently being designed and will be located in Bidgood Hall.


A year after becoming the first female president of the University of Alabama, Judy Bonner has guided the institution through record-breaking growth, the death of Athletics Director Mal Moore, and the integration of traditionally white sororities.

The 66-year-old president reflected on that year Wednesday in a speech to the faculty and staff in Tuscaloosa.

Bonner said the university is stronger when everyone shows respect. She also said the university's continued growth depends on having a culture of success for everyone.

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Traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.

UA President Judy Bonner provided an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at Alabama in a video Friday.

Bonner says during the recently reopened continuous open bid process sororities have issued 72 bids this week.

Eleven African American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African American women and two by other minorities.

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The president of the University of Alabama says the school can't investigate voter fraud allegations until local and state agencies have done so.

University president Judy Bonner wrote a letter to students and faculty in response to allegations that some of the school's fraternities and sororities encouraged members to vote for municipal elections candidates by offering free drinks and other incentives.


Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, of Mobile, has announced his resignation from Congress to take a top job at the University of Alabama.

   Bonner, a congressman since 2003, is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and announced his resignation Thursday afternoon.

   A letter explaining Bonner's resignation was delivered to Alabama lawmakers' offices in Washington.

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The University of Alabama has named a replacement for provost Judy Bonner, who was recently tapped as the school's first female president.

Long-time administrator and faculty member Joe Benson will serve as interim provost, which is the school's chief academic official.

Benson has been vice president for research and vice provost since 2009. A statement released Monday says he will continue in the vice presidential slot and as provost until his planned retirement in summer 2013.

Bonner will appoint search committees to fill both positions on a permanent basis.