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Newscast
5:57 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bentley's New Business Strategy, Tax Help and Obama to Visit Selma

President Obama visits Selma in 2007
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Bringing new industry into your state is often an expensive undertaking, full of tax breaks and other financial incentives. But as APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports, Alabama may start looking for results before handing over any cash...

     Governor Bentley is looking at changing how the state of Alabama tries to lure new business and industry to the area.That’s what he told an audience today at the Economic Development Association convention in Montgomery.

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Newscast
5:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Obama Recruits Montgomery Based Group Leader, State Unemployment Down

Equal Justice Initiative Director Bryan Stevenson
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Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 6 percent.   The preliminary jobless rate announced Friday represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

 Governor Robert Bentley's office says the November jobless rate is an improvement from October, when the rate was 6.3 percent. It's also better than the numbers a year ago.

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Alabama AG-Obama
3:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.
Credit LutherStrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.

Al.com reports that Strange made the comment in a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville. He told the group Tuesday that part of his oath of office compelled him in that pursuit. He described it as a full-time job that's the best job in Alabama politics. Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.

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Politics & Government
1:54 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Roy Moore Issues Dissent in Obama Citizenship Case

Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore says the Ala. Secretary of State should have determined if President Obama was qualified to be on a state ballot. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Chief Justice Roy Moore says Alabama's secretary of state should have been required to determine whether President Obama was born in the United States and qualified to be on the state ballot in 2012. The all-Republican Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a case that sought to require the secretary of state to demand a birth certificate from presidential candidates. Moore and Justice Tom Parker dissented. Moore writes the secretary of state is a gatekeeper and has a duty to determine if candidates are natural-born U.S. citizens.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:11 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Blue Cross Won't Reinstate Non-Compliant Policies

Alabama's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, says it won't reinstate health plans that don't comply with the federal health care law.
Credit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Alabama's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, says it won't reinstate health plans that don't comply with the federal health care law.

Blue Cross made the announcement Wednesday in response to the president's remarks last week that consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans slated to end under the federal law.

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Health Overhaul Problems-Alabama
4:44 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Alabama Insurers Have More Questions Than Answers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama says the company is reviewing the president's statement and evaluating its impact on the requirements for implementing the federal law.
Credit Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Alabama's largest health insurance company and the state Insurance Department had more questions than answers after the president said consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans slated to end under the federal health care law.

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, spokeswoman Koko Mackin said the company is reviewing the president's statement and evaluating its impact on the requirements for implementing the federal law.

Blue Cross had 97,000 individual customers whose policies didn't meet the requirement of the new law and were being moved to new policies.

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Gun Bill
5:14 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Discussion Begins In Alabama House On Gun Bill

The Alabama House has begun debate over a bill that would allow gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.

The Alabama House has begun debate on a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.


Hartselle Republican Ed Henry says the bill's purpose is to protect the rights of citizens to carry arms.


Some of the supporters expressed concern that President Obama is using recent shootings at schools and other public shootings as a reason to pass legislation reducing the rights of Americans to bear arms.

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Ledbetter Movie
5:29 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Ala.'s Lilly Ledbetter Signs Pact To Make Movie

Lilly Ledbetter with President Barack Obama.
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An Alabama woman has struck a deal with a Hollywood filmmaker to make a movie about her long battle for women to receive equal pay as men.


Lilly Ledbetter's long struggle to receive equal pay for the time she worked as a supervisor at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden led to the first bill Barack Obama signed into law as president.


Ledbetter's attorney Jon Goldfarb of Birmingham says she has signed an agreement with Hollywood filmmaker Rachel Feldman.He says details about the cast or where the movie will be made have not been finalized.

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House Republican Agenda
5:17 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Republican Alabama House Members Propose Agenda

Alabama House Republicans have announced an agenda for the upcoming legislative session that could put the state at odds with the Obama Administration.
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Alabama House Republicans have announced an agenda for the upcoming legislative session of items that could put the state at odds with the Obama administration.


The agenda includes a measure aimed at slowing down Obama administration efforts to stiffen gun control regulations through federal laws or executive orders.


House Speaker Mike Hubbard proposed an amendment that would put the right to gun ownership in the Alabama Constitution. He says the amendment would give Alabama the "strongest gun protection" law in the country.

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Obama - Alabama Football
5:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Obama Congratulates Coach Saban On Championship

President Barack Obama has congratulated Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban on another BCS Championship.
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President Barack Obama is congratulating University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban on another BCS championship, joking that "he and the Crimson Tide are beginning to make this a habit."


Alabama won its third championship during Obama's presidency on Monday night, defeating Notre Dame 42-14 in Miami.


Obama called Saban on Thursday afternoon and noted that it was the third time he'd made the congratulatory call to the coach.

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No Insurance Exchange
4:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley stands by his decision to not operate a health insurance exchange despite deadline extension.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor isn't changing his mind about not operating a health insurance exchange even though President Barack Obama's administration has given states an extra month to decide.


Friday was supposed to the deadline for states to decide if they would run an exchange under the Affordable Care Act or let the federal government do it. The Obama administration announced Thursday night it was extending the deadline to Dec. 14. The extension came at the request of some Republican governors.

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Siegelman Reports To Prison
4:49 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Former Alabama Governor Reports To Federal Prison

Former Governor Don Siegelman reported to a federal prison in Louisiana today to finish his 78-month sentence.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has reported to a minimum security federal prison in southwest Louisiana.


U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the 66-year-old Siegelman turned himself in at the federal prison at Oakdale, La. shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday.


Siegelman previously served nine months at Oakdale before being released while his conviction on bribery and other charges was being appealed.

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Siegelman To Prison
5:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Siegelman On Way To La. To Complete Prison Term

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman reports to prison in La. to complete prison term.
Dave Martin Associated Press

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said he was in "good spirits" as he prepared to enter prison to complete a 78-month sentence for his federal government corruption conviction.

Siegelman has been ordered to report to federal prison in Oakdale, La., by 2 p.m. Tuesday. The man who has served in four of Alabama's top elected offices, said he is optimistic he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama.

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Siegelman To DNC
5:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Siegelman Gets Permission To Go Democratic CVN

Siegelman gets permission to go to the DNC where he will lobby President Obama to grant his request for clemency.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has given former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman permission to travel to Charlotte, N.C., next week to attend the Democratic National Convention.

The convention is a week before Siegelman is to report to a federal prison in Louisiana to finish his 78-month sentence.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Siegelman can travel to Charlotte Sept. 3-6. Fuller ordered Siegelman to advise his probation officer of his flight plans and hotel plans.

Siegelman plans to lobby at the convention for President Obama to grant his request for clemency.

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Siegelman Seeks Pardon
1:23 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Siegelman Has Long Odds On Obama Commutation

Former Gov. Don Siegelman is seeking a pardon from President Obama.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

Several thousand people have signed a petition asking President Barack Obama to keep former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from spending the next few years in prison. But Siegelman realizes the odds of getting a presidential commutation are about the same as winning a state lottery.

More than 5,700 people convicted of federal crimes have asked Obama for a commutation of their sentences. Siegelman says only one has been approved.

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