Selma

News
4:38 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Selma to Montgomery Anniversary, Holocaust Exhibit, Jefferson County Tuberculosis case

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  The daughters of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and Governor George Wallace will meet with Governor Robert Bentley today. It’s all part of a ceremony to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.    It was on this date in 1965 that Dr. King led the procession to Alabama’s State Capitol. APR spoke with Bernice** King during the remembrance of “bloody Sunday” in Selma.

She says voting rights are being challenged in the U.S. and the fight has to go on.

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4:40 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Selma March, State appeal court uphold murder conviction, death sentence, St. Patrick's Day

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A group retracing the steps of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March made it to the Alabama state Capitol.

Martin Luther King III on stood near the place his father addressed marchers 50 years ago and called for fewer restrictions in voting.

Governor Bentley addressed the crowd, but was met with some boos and chants of "Medicaid now," calling for expansion of the health care program. Bentley was also booed by some in the crowd at the 50th anniversary commemoration event in Selma last Saturday.

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News
4:37 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

50th Anniversary of Dr. King's March, Bennie Lee Tucker on Dr. King, Birmingham airport traffic

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Even though it is Monday today marks the 50th anniversary of Turnaround Tuesday. On this day fifty years ago Martin Luther King Junior led marchers halfway across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.           

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Newscast
8:56 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Turnaround Tuesday anniversary, Obama in Selma and same-sex marriage update

Selma City Councilman Benny Lee Tucker

The City of Selma remembered the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” over the weekend. But today marks another milestone in the civil rights movement.

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in 1965. Today marks 50 years since the second march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge called Turnaround Tuesday. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led that protest himself, but turned back before state troopers could attack like they did just two days prior.

Selma city councilman Benny Lee Tucker was a teenager in 1965. He says he had a specific job during King’s march…

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News
4:37 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Biden comments on civil rights and Selma, Bloody Sunday anniversary, Montgomery music premiere

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Vice President Joe Biden says the same human rights that African Americans fought for in Selma, Alabama, are at stake for gay rights activists today.

Biden is drawing parallels between the civil rights and gay rights movements in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.

He says Selma and Stonewall were "basically the same movement." He's referring to 1969 Stonewall Inn riots that marked the symbolic start of the modern gay rights movement.

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Newscast
8:36 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Planning for Selma commemoration, world premiere in Montgomery and same-sex marriage update

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This weekend, tens of thousands of people will make their way Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

This means a lot a work for city workers to prepare for the crowds. James Benderson is the director of city planning and development for Selma. He says they have a lot of help.

“We have state police agencies, a lot of the local police municipalities within the area will be helping out. We have the national parks service helping out, so it’s a collaborative effort between a lot of different agencies making it work out for everybody.”

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Feature
9:10 am
Thu March 5, 2015

From Bloody Sunday to a White Wedding

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama
Stan Ingold

This weekend, the city of Selma will remember the fiftieth anniversary of the event known as Bloody Sunday. State troopers attacked voting rights marchers with clubs and tear gas in 1965. The Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the bloodshed took place, has become a monument to the civil rights movement. For one Atlanta couple, the bridge is a symbol of something else, and that’s raising some eyebrows in Selma.

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News
4:37 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Alabama Accountability Act, Jimmie Lee Jackson remembered, Tuscaloosa City Tax

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The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a state program that gives tax credits to help families pay for private school.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the law does not violate restrictions on giving funds to private, religious schools because the money goes to parents.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says in a news release this afternoon “The Supreme Court’s ruling makes it crystal clear that Alabama parents have the right to school choice in seeking the best education for their children.”

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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
5:54 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Holiday Traffic Deaths, Lethal Injection and "Selma"

 State troopers investigated more traffic fatalities during the recent Christmas and New Year's holiday period than they did a year ago. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins explains…

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Arts & Life
6:23 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Principal Photography Begins on "Selma"

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The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in Alabama.

"Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and with those who continue to fight against discrimination in voting.

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Politics & Government
5:52 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Bloody Sunday Remembered: Rev. William Barber

Reverend William Barber
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The City of Selma observed the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday over the weekend. It was on March 7, 1965 when state and local lawmen attacked protesters on the Edmund Pettus bridge.  The demonstrators were marching for voting rights. Four days of events concluded yesterday in Selma that drew civil rights leaders from across the country.  One was the Reverend William Barber.   He's head of North Carolina’s NAACP. Barber says he looks at the event as not only a remembrance but a call to action.  He says there's been progress, but we have a long way to go.

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Business & Education
7:27 am
Thu February 13, 2014

State to Take Over Selma Schools

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State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says a new leadership team should be in place at the Selma schools by the last week of February. Bice says state education officials are assembling the team because the state Board of Education voted unanimously to take over the Selma city school system. The takeover follows the arrest of a Selma High School teacher on charges of inappropriate sexual conduct with a student and an investigation by the state Department of Education.

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Civil Rights Tourism
5:48 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Civil Rights Tourism: An Introduction

The Edmund Pettus Bridge
Stan Ingold

       There are many reasons people visit Alabama, to see sporting events, the space connection in Huntsville or the beaches along the gulf coast. However, civil rights tourism is often overlooked by the masses. This dark time in the state’s history is drawing visitors from all over.

Visitors like Betty and Phil Histon from Corvallis Oregon. They’re in Alabama, like many tourists, to try the local barbecue and the see the sites. When we met them they were in the Civil Rights Interpretive Center is Selma…

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Forrest Monument
5:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Selma Marchers Oppose Honoring Civil War General

People in Selma marched to prevent the rebuilding of a monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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More than 60 people have marched from the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge to Selma City Hall to protest a monument to a Civil War general being rebuilt in a Selma cemetery. The biracial group carried signs Tuesday and chanted, "No justice, no peace." Their leader, activist Rose Toure, said Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The marchers went to City Hall to ask the City Council to deny permission to rebuild the monument. A similar monument disappeared from the cemetery earlier this year.

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