Politics & Government

8:54 am
Mon July 2, 2012

The Nation: Threats In The Health Care Ruling

Chief Justice John Roberts poses with Supreme Court justices during the official photo on September 29, 2009 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Roberts joined with the court's liberals Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
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Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 7:41 am

Aziz Huq is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and previously litigated national security cases at the Brennan Center for Justice

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6:04 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Some Alabama boards not following immigration law

Some state regulatory boards aren't abiding by a requirement in Alabama's new immigration law that they check the legal residency of people getting licenses to do business in the state.

The state Examiners of Public Accounts issued reports saying the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board and the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission have ``not taken action to comply with state law that requires its licensees to be either United States citizens or lawfully present in the United States.''

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Affordable Health Care Act
5:57 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Governor Bentley disappointed with health care ruling

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is ``deeply disappointed'' with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding much of the federal health care legislation.

Bentley issued a statement shortly after the Supreme Court's health care ruling was announced saying that the health care act created more regulation and bureaucracy.

Bentley calls the health care act the worst legislation to come out of Congress. He says the legislation must be repealed.

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Judging The Health Care Law
11:28 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Interactive: Inside The Health Care Ruling


Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:12 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act. Use this interactive to see key portions of the ruling.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Tri-State Water Woes
5:08 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has the power to give Ga. water

A federal agency says it has the legal authority to give Georgia more water from a disputed reservoir, though it has not made a final decision on how much to release.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in documents released Tuesday that it has the legal ability to give metro Atlanta communities access to 705 million gallons of water per day from Lake Lanier on the Chattahoochee River to meet needs through 2030.

That reservoir is the focus of a long-running legal dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

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Mental Health
5:03 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Gov. Robert Bentley picks new mental health leader

The governor has picked Jim Reddoch to take over as mental health commissioner when Zelia Baugh steps down at the end of the week.

Baugh joined Gov. Robert Bentley's Cabinet in January 2011. She said Tuesday she is leaving because her family needs most of her attention now.

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Electronic Bingo
4:58 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Sheriff dropped from $64 million Ala. casino case

Attorneys say a $64 million court judgment against VictoryLand casino in Macon County and its owner, Milton McGregor, won't be affected by the Macon County sheriff being dropped from the litigation.

Lucky Palace and 15 charities sued VictoryLand, McGregor and Sheriff David Warren, alleging they worked together to keep a second casino from being built in the central Alabama county to compete with VictoryLand. A jury in May returned a $64 million verdict against McGregor and VictoryLand. It ruled the sheriff misinterpreted the county's rules for electronic bingo.

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Election 2012
3:54 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Romney Outraises Obama In May

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:17 am



And with no primary opponent to worry about, President Obama's campaign had nearly a full year's head start for fundraising over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But as NPR's S.V. Date reports, the president's advantage is rapidly disappearing.

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Tree Poisoning Trial
5:03 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Auburn Toomer's Corner poisoning trial delayed

Toomer's Corner 2010
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A judge is delaying the trial of an Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's cherished Toomer's Corner oak trees.

Defense attorneys for Harvey Updyke have asked the judge to move the trial to a different location. Judge Jacob Walker said Thursday that he would set a hearing date to consider the request.

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Siegelman Retrial
4:58 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Siegelman to face resentencing hearing Aug. 3

Authorities have set a date for the resentencing of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Siegelman is scheduled to appear in federal court for the resentencing on Aug. 3 in Montgomery. He is out of prison on an appeal bond after his 2006 bribery conviction.

The U.S. Supreme Court this month rejected Siegelman's latest appeal.

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European Politics & News
4:42 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

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APR News Reports
10:05 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Ready...Get Set...Vote!

Talladega, AL – The starter's flag has already dropped to signal the beginning of this year's race for the White House. We used the imagery of a starters flag since the world of politics and NASCAR will meet here in Alabama on Saturday. A conservative political organization will be at Talladega this weekend to persuade fans to vote. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Ned Ryun, the founder and President of American Majority, to talk about the effort.

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Elections - 2012
5:55 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Alabama's Role In The GOP Presidential Primaries

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talks with APR reporter Stan Ingold about last night's Republican rally in Birmingham ahead of Alabama's primary election. Stan spent the day at the event, attended by candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Ryan and Stan discuss all four of the GOP presidential candidates and what Alabama's primary could mean for the parties eventual nominee.

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Elections - 2012
8:53 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Pre-Primary GOP Rally in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama – Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin talks with APR reporter Stan Ingold about last night's Republican rally in Birmingham ahead of Alabama's primary election. Stan spent the day at the event, which featured comments by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

Elections - 2012
9:16 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Votes and Ribs

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Republican Presidential contender Rick Santorum stopped by Tuscaloosa ahead of Tuesday's primary election in Alabama, and Mississippi. The former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator pressed the flesh at Dreamland Bar-B-que, as voters prepared to head the polls. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins reports...