Politics & Government

Sessions Running Again
5:14 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Alabama Senator Will Seek Re-Election In 2014

Senator Jeff Sessions will seek a fourth term in office in 2014.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Senator Jeff Sessions

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he plans to run for a fourth term next year.


Sessions is beginning his 17th year of service in the Senate. The 66-year-old senator said Wednesday in Montgomery he's still enjoying serving in Washington and plans to run again in 2014.

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Alabama Immigration Law
5:07 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law

The state of Alabama is asking the nation's highest court to review part of it's law cracking down on illegal immigration.
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The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.


The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.


Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law. It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.

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Governor-Education
4:52 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Forms Career Ready Task Force

Gov. Robert Bentley is forming a task force aimed at helping students become more career ready.
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Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a task force aimed at helping students better prepare for successful careers.


The governor signed an executive order Tuesday in Columbiana forming the College and Career Ready Task Force. He says it will bring together representatives of K-12 schools, two-year and four-year colleges and the business community to help the state offer a more coordinated approach to workforce development.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

France To Send More Troops To Mali To Combat Islamist Militants

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:22 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The French defense minister says France is preparing for a possible land assault in Mali, so it plans to increase its troop levels to 2,500. Back home in France, authorities are girding for possible terrorist attacks in response to their intervention. Eleanor Beardsley has that story from Paris.

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School Safety
4:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Bill Would Let Some Ala. Schools Train Teachers

A new bill aims to prevent incidents like last month's Connecticut elementary school shooting.
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Legislation has been prepared that would allow schools in a rural northwest Alabama county to train teachers and other school workers as reserve sheriff's deputies.


Democratic state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay said he is having advertised a local bill that would allow workers in Franklin County and Russellville city schools to receive training as reserve deputies.

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Politics & Government
4:28 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Another George Bush Plans To Try His Hand At Politics

George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:54 pm

Another member of the Bush family is throwing his hat into the political ring: George Prescott Bush, 36, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has announced he is running for office in Texas.

The Bush name is still strong in the Lone Star State: George P. has already raised nearly $1.4 million, though he still hasn't said which statewide office he will run for.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Has Obama Leveled The Economic Playing Field?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we get an update on developments in Mali in West Africa. That's a country known to many for its cultural heritage. French soldiers have started an assault to repel Islamist militants who have already taken northern territory. NPR's Ofeibea Quist Arcton is going to bring us up to date in just a few minutes.

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Politics & Government
11:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

House Set For 'Marathon Debate' On Sandy Aid; Final Vote Likely Tonight

Shattered homes lined the beach front in Mantoloking, N.J., after Sandy tore through. The superstorm caused billions of dollars in damage to New Jersey, New York and surrounding states.
Tom Mihalek Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:39 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. House Passes Measure

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve $50.7 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The vote was 241-80; the measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take it up next week.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.

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Politics & Government
9:59 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Pakistan's Latest Political Crisis: Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
Waqar Hussein EPA /LANDOV

"The news that the [country's] Supreme Court had called for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ran through Pakistan like an electric current Tuesday afternoon," The Christian Science Monitor writes from Islamabad.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Alabama Attorney General Seeking Re-election

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he'll seek a second term in office.
lutherstrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will run for a second term next year.

Strange defeated incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary in 2010 and then went on to win the general election.


Strange said Monday in Hoover that he's had a busy term, but there is more he wants to do in a second term. He recently underwent knee surgery. He said he's traveling around the state again and looking forward to running for re-election.


So far, he has no announced opposition.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Politics & Government
5:45 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Obama Inaugural to Include Tuskegee Airmen Float

Tuskegee Airmen.
tuskegee.edu

President Barack Obama's second inaugural parade will include a tribute to the Alabama-based Tuskegee Airmen who broke the color barrier during World War II.

The presidential inaugural committee announced plans for the parade on Monday.


Black fliers trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee in the 1940s to become the nation's first minority pilots during the war. The field is now a historical site located off Interstate 85 east of Montgomery.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines

Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.


Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.


Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. 5.

Politics & Government
7:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Remembering George Wallace...50 years later

University of Alabama

Today marks fifty years since the inauguration of Alabama Governor George Wallace. His speech featuring the phrase “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” is considered one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights movement in 1963. That year also saw the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham and the “stand at the schoolhouse door” in Tuscaloosa. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins looks back at Wallace’s 1963 inaugural to produce this sound portrait. Observers note that Wallace had a change of heart later in his life and renounced racism.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Uncertainty Looms For Pentagon In Obama's Second Term

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 6:25 pm

America's military future is decidedly undecided.

Looming sequestration cuts of massive proportions, coupled with a U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan are adding to the boiling partisanship over nominating Chuck Hegel as defense secretary. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that some of the biggest challenges for the Department of Defense come from inside U.S. borders.

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

France Claims Gains In Airstrikes Against Mali Islamists

A map shown Sunday during a news conference held by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris shows the movement of French troops and aircraft n Mali.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 5:56 am

France says its military operations in the African nation of Mali have stopped the advance of Islamist militants.

"Stopping the terrorists, that's done," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told RTL radio on Sunday.

Without France's intervention, the Islamists would have advanced to Bamako, the Malian capital, he said.

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