Pat Duggins

Politics & Government
11:56 am
Tue September 4, 2012

New UA President sets goals

University of Alabama

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Arts & Life
11:12 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Saving the "littlest victims" of Isaac

APR

The approach of Isaac put much of the northern Gulf coast on alert. Here in Alabama, the major concern was tropical storm force winds, the threat of spin up tornadoes, and flooding from storm surge. Homeowners in flood prone areas along Mobile Bay were placed under a voluntary evacuation order. But, not all residents with beach front property were able to move. Some were dug in…literally.

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Science & Health
9:36 am
Tue August 7, 2012

NASA Curiosity Rover sends back first color photo of Mars

NASA

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has beamed back its first color photo from the ancient crater where it landed. The view showed a pebbly landscape and the rim of Gale Crater off in the distance. Curiosity snapped the photo on the first day on the surface after touching down on Mars Sunday night. The rover took the shot with a camera at the end of its robotic arm, which remained stowed. The landscape looked fuzzy because the camera's removable cover was coated with dust that kicked up during the descent to the ground.

Science & Health
11:12 am
Mon August 6, 2012

NASA'S "Curiosity" Mars rover "phones home"

Artists' rendering of NASA's Mars rover "Curiosity" being lowered to the surface by its "skycrane"
NASA

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on late Sunday after the robotic explorer Curiosity signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere. The most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built touched down on the Martian surface inside of a giant crater after a tricky landing routine that included a series of braking tricks, a heat shield and a supersonic parachute.

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Arts & Life
12:25 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

BAMA champs fighting for Brielle

Alabama's 1992 championship winnng coach Gene Stallings with supporters of the "BAMA champs fighting for Brielle" event.
APR

Not every lesson on the football field involves passing or blocking.

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Arts & Life
3:17 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

"Mystery woman" crashes Olympic opener

Australia Network News

LONDON (AP) — The London Olympics opening ceremony had a cast of thousands — but it's a lone gatecrasher who is capturing media attention. Indian officials are mystified — and miffed — after an unknown woman managed to march with the country's delegation during the ceremony's athletes parade. Images from Friday's ceremony showed a young woman in blue trousers and a red jacket marching alongside Indian flag bearer Sushil Kumar at the head of the delegation of 40 athletes in bright yellow. Indian officials have complained to organizers about the intrusion.

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Science & Health
7:01 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Russian cargo ship docks with Space Station after failed attempt

NASA

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft (similar to the one pictured here) has redocked with the International Space Station after an aborted attempt five days earlier. The Progress cargo ship had separated from the station a week ago to perform engineering tests and try out a new docking system and had been due to reconnect with the station on Tuesday. But problems developed with the avionics in the docking system. The second attempt early Sunday was successful. Video streamed from Russian mission control reported no problems.

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Politics & Government
8:27 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Legal showdown over Birmingham schools postponed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Jefferson County Circuit judge postponed an injunction hearing on the lawsuits against Birmingham school officials by the city and state superintendents. The Birmingham News reports that the postponements made Friday will give the school board a chance to decide whether to keep fight the lawsuits or settle. Circuit Judge Houston Brown says the injunction hearing will be postponed until Aug. 1. Brown agreed to delay the hearing that had been set for Monday.

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Behind the Mike
12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The Best of The Best

The Alabama Public Radio news team traveled to the  National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last week to collect a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society for Professional Journalists. APR News Director Pat Duggins and reporters Maggie Martin, Ryan Vasquez, and Stan Ingold earned the honor for the Best Breaking News Coverage during the April 2011 tornadoes.    It is an honor well deserved!  

Award Entries
6:55 am
Sat July 21, 2012

VIDEO-- APR news team wins national award

APR News

The Alabama Public Radio news team collected a national Sigma Delta Chi award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for best breaking news coverage of the Tuscaloosa tornado. News Director Pat Duggins was joined at the podium by reporters Ryan Vasquez, Maggie Martin and Stan Ingold for the presentation of the bronze medallion.

APR Blog
3:34 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

APR News Team

In Tuscaloosa this morning we awoke to horrible news.  You've probably all heard by now that there was a shooting here that left 17 people injured.  Of course, we were all asking ourselves a lot of questions.  Your APR News team was busy asking those questions of other people.

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Opinion
8:51 am
Mon July 16, 2012

The Nation: A New Way To Get The Economy Moving

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake speaks during a press conference at the William McChesney Martin Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, DC, June 22, 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 7:21 am

William Greider is a national affairs correspondent for The Nation.

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Political Junkie
8:46 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Would Romney, Already Looked At Skeptically By The Right, Pick Rice?

Condoleezza Rice, shown here visiting a school in Moscow in 2011, is the latest rumored choice for Mitt Romney's running mate.
Korotayev Artyom ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 4:03 pm

Pretty soon we'll be obsessing full time over Mitt Romney's running mate selection, but until then I thought I'd weigh in one on Veepstakes story that's been making the rounds in recent days.

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Business & Education
3:59 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Dr. Guy Bailey named President of UA

Texaseducation.org

Alabama Public radio news director Pat Duggins reports on today's vote by the University of Alabama board of trustees to name Dr. Guy Bailey, of Texas Tech, as UA's new president. The appointment is a homecoming for Dr. Bailey, who earned a bachelors degree in Tuscaloosa, and then a masters in 1974.

Greetings from Greensburg
2:34 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Tuscaloosa's Tornado--Lessons from Greensburg

All week long on Alabama Public Radio, the news department is revisiting the people we heard from in the hours and days following the April 27th tornadoes that struck the state a year ago. Last night, the Tuscaloosa city council approved rezoning in the areas hit hard by the storm. Pending a final vote, this will set the city's rebuilding plan into full motion. APR's Pat Duggins takes us to the small town in Kansas which helped pioneer the "green" rebuilding ideas that may take root here.

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