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5:10 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Huntsville Police Chief retiring, Mobile Bay Commemorative Day

Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris says he's retiring on September first.

Morris made the announcement during a news conference this morning. Huntsville city officials say west precinct commander Capt. Mark McMurray will serve as interim police chief.

Morris has served as police chief since April 2012. The announcement comes a day after 48-year-old officer Brett Russell was convicted of federal excessive force and obstruction of justice charges for assaulting a suspect and filing a false report.

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Newscast
9:14 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Auburn & NASA Research Agreement, Call for Lethal Injection Transparency

John Mason (L), Auburn Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Patrick Scheuermann (R), director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
Credit Auburn University

Auburn University has entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing.

The act was signed yesterday by Dr. John Mason, Auburn's vice president for research and economic development, along with Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

The agreement will allow Auburn students to engage in NASA's missions and opportunities, investigate and develop technologies and share NASA facilities and technical expertise.

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Newscast
9:01 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Oil Spill Settlement Concerns, NASA Pluto Stamp

NASA's New Horizons craft with 1991 stamp

Gulf Coast officials are worried that their communities won't get their fair share of Alabama's $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft says members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have some unanswered questions about the settlement.

The plan would give the council control over $599 million, but about half of that spending would still require federal approval.

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Newscast
9:30 am
Wed July 8, 2015

VictoryLand Moving to Reopen, NASA Spacecraft Back On Track

VictoryLand Casino

VictoryLand Casino is asking the state of Alabama to return seized gambling machines and cash as the Macon County casino looks to reopen.

Lawyers for VictoryLand filed the motion yesterday after a judge ruled against the state's 2013 effort to close the casino.

Circuit Judge William Shashy ruled last month the state’s seizure violated the principle of equal protection since other electronic bingo operations remained in business in Alabama. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep 1,615 machines and more than $260,000 seized in the raid.

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Newscast
5:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Alabama Accountability Act, Cancer Specialists Call for Medicaid Expansion and Orion

Nasa Logo
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The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school.

A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said Wednesday that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.

However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools.

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Science & Health
5:32 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Former Astronaut Ochoa Visiting NASA Center in Alabama

Ellen Ochoa
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The nation's first Hispanic female astronaut is visiting NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to observe Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ellen Ochoa will speak at the facility in Huntsville on Tuesday morning. The theme is "Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success."

Ochoa became an astronaut in July 1991 and first flew aboard the space shuttle in 1993. The California native logged nearly 1,000 hours in space on that and three subsequent flights.

Ochoa is currently director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Science & Health
2:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NASA's Marshall Space Center Considers its Past, Present, and Future

This artist rendering shows a wide-angle view of the liftoff of the 70-metric-ton (77-ton) crew vehicle configuration SLS from the launchpad. The first flight test of NASA's new rocket is scheduled for 2017.
NASA/MSFC

Thursday marks an annual event AT NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.  It’s the so-called “Marshall 2014 Update.”  Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann will speak about the future of the center and its strong relationship with Alabama.  He’ll also talk about the progression from the early Apollo rockets to the Space Shuttle to where we are now.

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Southern Meteor
4:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Southern States

NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia were a meteor that streaked across the South.
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NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia were a meteor that streaked across the South.

Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville said a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18 p.m. Central Time on Monday.

NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say that just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the Alabama town of Woodstock, producing a flash of light. Woodstock is about 30 miles southwest of Woodstock.

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NASA
7:28 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Head of NASA Program to Discuss Rocket in Mobile

Todd May directs NASA's space launch system. He's visiting Mobile to talk with coastal residents about the program.
Emmett Given/Marshall Space Flight Center

The head of NASA's next-generation rocket will be in Mobile to discuss the program with coastal residents.

   Todd May, who directs NASA's space launch system at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, will speak about the program at Battleship Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon.

   The event is open to the public, and NASA astronaut and former space shuttle pilot Tony Antonelli will also be on hand.

   The space launch system will be the most powerful rocket ever built, and the first test flight is set for 2017.

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Marshall Space Flight Center
6:31 am
Fri February 22, 2013

NASA Administrator Bolden Visits North Ala Center

NASA administrator Charles Bolden will visit Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center on Friday, February 22, 2013.
NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled for a stop in north Alabama.

The space agency says Bolden will visit the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville on Friday afternoon.

Marshall is NASA's main center dedicated to developing space propulsion systems. Engineers there are now working on the Space Launch System, which are heavy-lift rockets being designed to take U.S. astronauts back into space.

Science & Health
7:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Meteor Expert to Discuss Ala Event in Huntsville

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An expert on meteors is visiting Huntsville to discuss the recent meteorite shower in north Alabama.

Marc Fries will speak at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday morning.

Fries is a specialist in finding and recovering meteorites. He still focus on an Oct. 30 shower across the state's northern counties as he talks about using Doppler weather radar to find meteorites on the ground.

Two meteorite fragments have been recovered in Winston County, near Addison.

Fries is a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tuscon, Ariz.

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