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Politics & Government
6:47 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Gulf Coast Restoration Council Meeting in Mobile

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is holding its first public meeting in Mobile today.
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A council that's supposed to develop a plan to restore the environment and economy after the BP oil spill is holding its first public meeting.


The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council meets Tuesday afternoon in Mobile. The council includes federal officials and state officials from the five Gulf Coast states. A spokesman for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he plans to attend the meeting.

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Elder Abuse
4:53 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Ala. Legislators Offer Bills To Curb Elder Abuse

Two bills proposed for upcoming legislative session aims to curb elder abuse.
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Two bills proposed for the legislative session starting Feb. 5 will provide additional criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older citizens.


Two Republican legislators, Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, announced the legislation Monday in Shelby County along with the state director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. The legislation is recommended by the Alabama Interagency Council for Prevention of Elder Abuse and is backed by the governor.


The bills would apply to victims who are 60 or older.

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Politics & Government
11:43 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Ala. Legislators Plan Bill to Curb Elder Abuse

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Two Republican legislators are planning to push legislation in the upcoming session to prevent elder abuse and increase the penalties for offenders.

Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood plan to announce the legislation Monday afternoon, along with the state's director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. . The event will be at the Heardmont Senior Center in Shelby County.

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Politics & Government
6:33 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Special Election Tuesday for Alabama Legislature

Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned from his House District 34 seat to become director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.
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Voters in most of Blount County and part of northern Jefferson County will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state representative.

Former Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge of Hayden faces Blount County Board of Education vice president Chris Latta in a Republican runoff in House District 34. The winner has no Democratic opposition.

The new representative will fill the vacancy created when Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.

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GOP Chairman Challenged
5:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

GOP Chairman Disappointed Bentley Not Supportive

GOP Party Chairman Bill Armistead is disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley isn't backing his re-election bid.
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Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says he's disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley has abandoned him, but he doesn't think it will affect the outcome of his re-election bid.


Bentley held a conference call with members of the Republican Executive Committee Thursday night, where he endorsed Birmingham attorney Matt Fridy for the party's top leadership job. Bentley backed Armistead when he was elected two years ago. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard are also backing Fridy.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

In Doha, Philippines Negotiator Delivers Emotional Plea For Climate Change Action

Residents carry a relative's coffin along a muddy road in the town of New Bataan, compostela province on Thursday. Nearly 200,000 people are homeless and more than 300 dead after the Philippines suffered its worst typhoon this year.
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This kind of thing rarely happens. But today during the United Nation's COP 18 climate change conference in Doha, the lead negotiator for the Philippines broke down.

He delivered an emotional plea for action on the issue of climate change that was made even more dramatic because his country is just now starting to pick up the pieces from a typhoon that has killed hundreds.

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Politics & Government
4:36 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Boehner Faces Conservative Backlash Over 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

House Speaker John Boehner appears at a news conference after a House Republican conference meeting Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
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Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 5:40 pm

The Internet has not been kind to House Speaker John Boehner in recent days. On Twitter, there are some new, not-so-subtle hashtags going around: #boehnermustgo, #fireboehner and #purgeboehner.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Social Security's COLA At Stake In 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks?

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:34 am

The Republican plan to avert the "fiscal cliff" that the White House rejected Monday includes at least one element that's likely to produce controversy: a proposal that would, among other things, affect the cost of living adjustment for Social Security.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Obama And Boehner Call It Negotiation; The Rest Of Us Are Permitted To Laugh

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner meet in the White House on July 23, 2011. At that time, they were discussing how to avert a debt default. The talks ultimately led to the deal that now brings us aspects of the so-called fiscal cliff.
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Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 12:29 pm

If you're tempted to throw back your head and guffaw when you hear the word "negotiation" linked with "Congress" and "fiscal cliff," please, don't hesitate.

Because what you're seeing play out publicly between congressional Republicans and Democrats and the White House bears little resemblance to negotiation.

"The game that's being played is the same game that's been played over the past few years — brinksmanship, and hard positional bargaining," says William Ury, who knows negotiation when he sees it.

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Politics & Government
1:04 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Giant Nails to be Used to Prevent Landslides

Alabama transportation officials hope they have the answer to preventing landslides on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne: Giant nails.

The state Department of Transportation has hired Soil Nail Launcher Inc. of Grand Junction, Colo., to shoot long, nail-like tubes into slumping soil inside the Fort Payne city limits.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the company repairs landslides around the country, including in Tennessee.

Officials say the work will cost a little less than $3 million.

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Politics & Government
12:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ala. Farmers Organization Elects New President

Outgoing Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby, left, passes the gavel to newly elected President Jimmy Parnell of Chilton County.
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A fifth-generation Chilton County farmer has been elected president of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Officials Monday announced Jimmy Parnell, of Stanton, will serve a two-year term as president.

Officials say 48-year-old Parnell served on the organization's board of directors between 1999 and 2008, and was chairman of the group's Young Farmers Committee in 1997.

Parnell raises cattle and runs a timber business with his father and two younger brothers. He was named logger of the year by the Alabama Forestry Association in 2006.

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Politics & Government
12:51 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Europeans Summon Israeli Diplomats On Settlement Plan

Construction workers are seen at the E1 construction site near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem in 2007.
Sebastian Scheiner AP

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 8:11 am

The U.S. has called the latest Israeli settlement plan "counterproductive," and now the Europeans have weighed in, with even more pointed criticism.

Israeli ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned Monday to hear opposition to the settlement plan.

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Politics & Government
10:41 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Time For A 'Black Agenda' In The White House?

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 11:33 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program we are going to head to Central Africa to find out what's happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an armed rebel group managed to take over one of the country's most important cities, despite the presence of a massive United Nations peacekeeping force. We'll talk about how that happened and why it matters with a reporter who is there on the ground. That's coming up later in the program.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Obama Starts His Second Term By Bringing Tougher Talk

President Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday. Since his re-election four weeks ago, Obama is showing signs of a new, more aggressive leadership style.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 11:37 am

Throughout his first term, some of President Obama's critics said he wasn't a tough enough negotiator. They felt he caved to Republicans too early, too often. Since his re-election, Obama has subtly changed his approach. He's bringing a more aggressive style — but some critics say it's not the best way to find common ground.

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Politics & Government
6:28 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Veterans Cemetery to be Dedicated in Spanish Fort

A new veteran's cemetery to be owned and operated by the state will be dedicated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in Spanish Fort.


Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner retired Rear Admiral W. Clyde Marsh said it was appropriate that the cemetery is being dedicated on Pearl Harbor Day.

It's the first veteran's cemetery owned and operated by the state of Alabama.


The cemetery's first phase covers 22.8 acres and will include an administration building, maintenance facility, committal shelter and memorial walk.

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