Politics & Government

Supreme Court Race
5:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

10 Former And Current Justices Endorse Bob Vance

Chief Justice nominee Democrat Bob Vance gets support from 10 former and current justices.
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Four of the justices who served on the Alabama Supreme Court with former Chief Justice Roy Moore are among 10 bipartisan former and current justices who have signed a letter endorsing Moore's opponent in the Nov. 6 chief justice election.


Moore's opponent in the chief justice race, Democrat Bob Vance, held a news conference Tuesday in front of the Alabama Judicial Building to release the letter.

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Town's Financial Crisis
4:36 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Alabama Town Facing Financial Crisis

The city of Leighton is facing a major financial crisis.
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Alabama town is facing a financial crisis as its revenues are nearly depleted.


Leighton City Clerk Destin Berryman told council members of the situation during a special meeting on Monday.


Councilman Andre McGahee said the town has about $1,500 in two accounts. Acting Mayor C.S. Elkins says the problem is simple: The town is not bringing in enough revenue to pay its obligations.


John Landers says he will be tackling the problem once he takes office as mayor, and pledged to find out how the town's money has been spent in recent years.

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Politics & Government
4:07 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Re-Election Campaign Reveals A President Looking For The Right Balance

President Obama's performance in the first presidential debate cost him a lot.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 4:26 pm

As this long election comes to end, Superstorm Sandy is offering a chance for President Obama to showcase his leadership skills one last time.

For Obama, this campaign has truly been a fight against the elements: a painfully slow economic recovery and a political landscape in which the Republicans swept the table just two years ago. The Obama campaign, with its trademark discipline and meticulous organization, set out to overcome these obstacles.

But the long campaign has also put the spotlight on features of Obama's own personality and performance.

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Politics & Government
10:14 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Sexual Abuse Trial Set for Former Ala. Legislator

Former Alabama lawmaker James Thomas
Credit The Associated Press

A former state legislator and high school principal is scheduled to go on trial this week on charges that he sexually abused a 17-year-old student.

Former state Rep. James Thomas is accused on a felony charge of sexual abuse and of a misdemeanor charge of having sexual relations with a student.

The student attended Wilcox-Central High School, where the 69-year-old Thomas was principal. He was placed on administrative leave after the charges were filed.

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Politics & Government
9:24 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Ala. Supreme Court Pares Down Prison Officers Suit

The Alabama Supreme Court has pared down a lawsuit filed by five correctional officers against Alabama prison officials.

The officers claimed in the lawsuit filed in 2010 that the Department of Corrections had violated its own regulations concerning overtime pay, how officers were allowed to use earned leave and in the way officers were paid a daily subsistence allowance.

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Corps-Water Releases
3:18 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Corps To Release More Water Amid Drought

The Army Corps of Engineers will release more water out Lake Lanier to help alleviate drought conditions.
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The Army Corps of Engineers says it will release more water from Lake Lanier and West Point Lake because of drought conditions in Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.


Weather forecasts aren't predicting rain in the region over the next two weeks, and more water is needed at Lake Seminole and Walter F. George. So the corps will release additional water from the northern reservoirs to make up the water flow lost due to the lack of rain.

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Politics & Government
7:56 am
Fri October 26, 2012

VP Candidate Ryan to Visit Alabama for Fundraiser

GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is attending a private fundraiser in Huntsville October 26, 2012.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is coming to Alabama for a private fundraiser.

Ryan is scheduled to be in Huntsville for the event on Friday morning.


The event is closed to the public, and an announcement from the Alabama GOP says it costs thousands of dollars just to get in.


People who give $1,000 can attend a general reception, and anyone donating $5,000 to the Republican campaign gets a photo made with Ryan.

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Alabamians Can Bend Straight Ticket Voting

Alabama voters can bend the straight ticket on Nov. 6.


Alabama's deputy secretary of state, Emily Thompson, said state law allows a voter to mark a straight-ticket ballot for one party and then go down the ballot and vote for candidates of the other party. Thompson says there is no limit on how many candidates can be marked in the other party, and the ballot will still be counted.

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Politics & Government
7:42 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has formed a commission to find ways to improve the Alabama Medicaid Agency's financial stability and to improve patient care provided by the agency.


Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.


The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper, were named to the commission.

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Racist Language Amendment
5:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

AEA Fighting Amendment 4 On Racist Language

The AEA is pushing for voters to vote no on Amendment 4.
Credit Khara Persad / News 21

Alabama Education Association is urging citizens to vote no on Amendment 4, which would remove language from Alabama's constitution providing for separate schools by race and for poll taxes.


AEA is fighting the proposed constitutional amendment because it restates language added to the constitution in 1956 to inhibit school integration. That language says there is no right to a public education in Alabama.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

In A Shift From 2008 Race, Obama's Hush On Climate

A boat skims through the melting ice in the Ilulissat fiord, on the western coast of Greenland, in 2008. The glacier is the most active in the Northern Hemisphere, producing 10 percent of Greenland's icebergs, or some 20 million tons of ice per day. But experts say the glacier is in bad shape because of climate change.
Steen Ulrik Johannessen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:57 pm

This story is part of a two-part series about the presidential candidates' climate policies. Click Here For The Story About Mitt Romney

Both presidential candidates have all but ignored climate change during this election season. Mitt Romney would not make it a priority if he were president.

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Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Assisted Suicide Goes To Vote In Massachusetts

John Kelly and Dr. Marcia Angell are advocates on opposite sides of the issue of physician-assisted suicide.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:09 pm

Two states, Oregon and Washington, have legalized physician-assisted suicide through voter-approved ballot initiatives. Massachusetts will become the third if voters approve the so-called Death With Dignity ballot question. The measure would let terminally ill patients with six months or less to live get a lethal prescription. The outcome of that vote could change the landscape for legalized suicide nationwide.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Medicare And Medicaid Face Uncertain Budget Futures

Two new studies and a proposed class action lawsuit settlement all have the potential to change dollar signs as lawmakers address the impending fiscal cliff.
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Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:02 pm

No matter who wins the election on Nov. 6, official Washington will have to deal with something called the "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year.

What's coming is a perfect storm of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts, and various other spending changes scheduled to take place Jan. 1 unless Congress and President Obama (who no matter what will still be president until next Jan. 20) agree on a way to avert them.

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Politics & Government
4:33 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Tax-Exempt Crossroads GPS Airs First Direct 'Vote Mitt Romney' Ad

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:02 pm

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Politics & Government
3:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

On Climate Policy, Romney Walks A Tightrope

A general view of the Aletsch Glacier on April 21, 2007, near Brig, Switzerland, the largest glacier in the Alps. Unseasonably warm weather with temperatures up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit across Switzerland let snow melt, even at Alpine altitudes.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:51 pm

This story is part of a two-part series about the presidential candidates' climate policies. Click Here For The Story About President Obama

Neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change during their three debates — in fact, the issue is nearly absent from the entire campaign. That's because the issue poses challenges for each candidate.

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