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Auburn Toomer's Corner poisoning trial delayed

Jun 21, 2012
Toomer's Corner in Auburn Alabama
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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.

Siegelman to face resentencing hearing Aug. 3

Jun 21, 2012

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.

Current Program Headlines

Jun 21, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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...

Spanish Fort, AL – Construction is slated to begin on Alabama's first state veteran's cemetery this Friday. The groundbreaking ceremony comes just a little more than a month after the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved a $7 million grant for the project. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Colonel Bill Callendar. He's the Cemetery Committee Chairman with the South Alabama Veterans Council and says finding out about the grant approval was welcome news to council members.

Anniston – ANNISTON, Al. (APR-ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO) - The Calhoun County Commission has received $3.9 million from the federal government to prepare for chemical weapons accidents.

The commission adopted the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program budget at a regularly scheduled meeting.

The money falls short of the $5.2 million that was budgeted for the program last year and well behind the almost $70 million dollar annual budgets of years past.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Today is Election Day, and Alabama Public Radio will be with you tonight as the returns come in. We've been looking at the four constitutional amendments up for a vote, and we end with a look at Amendment Two. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked with Shannon Bridgmon, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville to break down Amendment Two. She explains it could make it easier to change local taxes to raise money for education.

Tuscaloosa AL – There are four constitutional amendments to be decided by voters on Tuesday (11-2). Amendment 3 calls for taking a billion dollars from the Alabama Trust Fund to pay for improvements to roads and bridges across the state. APR's Brett Tannehill reports the measure has stirred strong reactions about whether the plan is worth it ...

Tuscaloosa, AL – Election day is just around the corner, and Alabama Public Radio will be with you as the returns come in Tuesday night. Between non and then, we'll be looking at some of the items on the ballot. There are four constitutional amendments up for a vote, and today (10-29-10)-we'll look at Amendment One. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez sat down Gary Hoover, a professor of economics at the University of Alabama to decipher Amendment One and to talk about what it aims to change.

Tuscaloosa, AL – A panel of University of Alabama students watched last week's gubernatorial debate that took place on campus. These undecided voters also took part in a television special to share their views on the debate and the race for governor that will re-air this weekend. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to speak with two of the voters Wade Houston and Sydney Page about the reactions to the debate.

Orme TN – We've been taking an in-depth look at the water dispute between Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Our series concludes with a warning from the tiny town of Orme (Orm), Tennessee, just across from the North Eastern Alabama border. The town ran out of water two years ago. And as Georgia Public Broadcasting's John Sepulvado reports, the residents say it's a sign of bigger water problems for the Southeast ...

 

photo by Mike Gonzalez

Atlanta GA – The state of Georgia has three years to get congressional approval to use Lake Lanier as a drinking water source for metro Atlanta. Recently, some politicians and environmentalists have suggested metro Atlanta turn to sources other than the Chattahoochee River for water. But as Georgia Public Broadcasting's John Sepulvado reports, there are four reasons why Lake Lanier is the only answer for metro Atlanta's water woes ...

 

photo by Linda Raffield

Tallahassee FL – The 19-year court battle among Florida, Georgia and Alabama over the river system they share has flared up again. Last month, a federal judge gave Georgia three years to get Congressional approval or lose Atlanta's main water source. But Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue vows to fight the ruling, and for those at the other end of the river system, the judge's deadline may come too late. In the first of a four part series on this issue, Florida Public Radio's Margie Menzel reports ...

photo by Brett Tannehill

Eufaula AL – In part one of this series, we met a Florida oysterman who wants to protect the future of Apalachichola Bay. A little ways upstream, the state of Alabama is also looking to the future and hopes the middle section of the A-C-F basin can fulfill one of its original intended functions as a commercial shipping channel. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...

 

Tuscaloosa AL – A recent court ruling struck down Georgia's use of Lake Lanier as the drinking water supply for metro-Atlanta ... and that has triggered a number of spirited remarks from Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue regarding the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. The three states are heading back to the negotiating table with a three year deadline of putting this long running dispute to rest. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill sat down recently with Governor Bob Riley ...

Tuscaloosa AL – We've been investigating the capital murder case of Pickens County resident Bridget Lee - a troubled mother wrongly accused of killing her unborn baby based on what the court later ruled was a faulty autopsy. Our series concludes as we hear what's changed for Ms. Lee, and for the state of Alabama. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...

Tuscaloosa AL – In a 4-part series, we've been investigating the capital murder case of Pickens County resident Bridget Lee. In that case, a controversial autopsy accused Lee of smothering her newborn baby. In part 2, we focused on what went wrong with the case. Next, we'll hear what went right, and how the Lee case highlights a critical need for poor defendants. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...

Tuscaloosa AL – Pickens County resident Bridget Lee was facing a capital murder charge and spent nearly three years in confinement following a critical mistake made with the autopsy of her stillborn child. We're exploring her case in a four-part series. In part two, we'll take a closer look at what went wrong. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...

Tuscaloosa AL – The capital murder case of a Pickens County resident made a major impact on Alabama's legal landscape earlier this year. A controversial autopsy conducted on Bridget Lee's newborn baby landed her on the verge of a capital murder conviction. In this 4-part series, we'll take a closer look at what happened, why and how the case changed the way homicides are handled in Alabama. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill has the story ..

Tuscaloosa, AL – After eight hours of walking to and from yesterday's inaugural festivities there are plenty of hurting feet and worn backs around the nation's capital this morning. In our third conversation with Tuscaloosa resident Fran Viselli, we get some final impressions of the day now recorded in history.

Tuscaloosa AL – In a series of conversations, APR's Brandon Hollingsworth is speaking with Tuscaloosa resident Fran Viselli as he travels to D-C for the inauguration. This morning (Tuesday), Viselli is talking while walking down the Mall near the Washington Monument. We'll also hear from two other spectators waiting to see Barack Obama's inauguration and speech.

Tuscaloosa AL – For Bob Mants and many others, President Obama's inauguration was a special moment. Mants was on the front lines of the voting rights march and has worked for civil rights since his days with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. And while today was special, he says there's been a disconnect between the civil rights movement and some of the youth of today. He sat down with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill recently to talk about that ...

Tuscaloosa, AL – Close to two million people are headed to the nation's capital to witness Barack Obama being sworn in. Among them is a group from west Alabama traveling by bus. Early Monday morning, Brandon Hollingsworth spoke with one of the group's leaders, Fran Viselli, as the bus approached Atlanta.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Close to two million people are headed to the nation's capital to witness Barack Obama being sworn in. Among them is a group from west Alabama traveling by bus. Early Monday morning, Brandon Hollingsworth spoke with one of the group's leaders, Fran Viselli, as the bus approached Atlanta.

Marion AL – Perry County has declared a new government holiday to honor the election of Barack Obama. Perry County lies in the Black Belt region, which is known for its rich soil and some of the nation's worst poverty. It also holds deep roots to the voting rights movement. And that still complicates life ... and perhaps Barack Obama Day. Brett Tannehill reports.

Northport AL – The presidential election drew a large turnout to polling sites across Alabama. At the Northport Civic Center and City Hall, voters waited as long as an hour to cast their ballot. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...

Tuscaloosa, AL – Four years ago in Birmingham, Joellyn Beckham and Gina Williams decided they couldn't possibly be alone in their liberal leanings. So they designed a simple sticker to express their views: a bright blue dot in a red square.

Today, the logos decorate vehicles in at least 44 states and they've even turned up on former presidential candidates Howard Dean and Wesley Clark. Pretty high goals for a sticker with humble roots in the Heart of Dixie.

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