The Native American Festival at the Moundville Archeological Park is underway.

The event is in its 28th year and will run through Saturday. Previous years have attracted up to 15,000 visitors as well as dozens of Native American performers and vendors.

Dr. Alexander Benitez is the director at Moundville Archeological Park. He says this festival is the best way to experience and celebrate Native American culture.

Students at the University of Alabama renewed a list of demands related to diversity at the Tuscaloosa campus.

A rally was held outside of Gorgas Library where organizers repeated eleven requests including, a division of diversity, a safe space for students of color, and a diversity course for freshman.

Elliott Spillers is President of the Student Government association. He says a recent meeting with UA President Stuart Bell was encouraging, but there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done…

The fallout continues from Alabama’s new general fund budget. APR student reporter Taylor Swinney reports the fiscal year has just begun and the impact is now being felt…

Alabama’s Law Enforcement Agency says there will be fewer State troopers on the road to help out with major events like Mardi Gras and races at Talladega. The department is facing a budget cut of eleven million dollars.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the closure of 31 Alabama driver's license offices.

Sewell sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday saying the closures disproportionately impact rural, African-American and poor communities.

Sewell says the closures will severely limit access to a state issued driver's license, the most popular form of photo identification used in voting.

Stan Ingold

Say the words “tourist attraction,” and beaches and shops selling t-shirts might come to mind. However, there is a plan in the works to combine Alabama’s rich literary heritage with the visitor industry.            

Organizers are hoping to use books and stories to bring people to often overlooked parts of the state. Moundville Archaeological Park, south of Tuscaloosa is site is known to many in western Alabama, however, operators say it doesn’t draw much of a crowd from out-of-state. A new plan is underway to change that, one page at a time.