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No New Execution Date For Arthur (2008-09-24)
The Alabama Supreme Court has denied the state's request for a new execution date for convicted murderer Thomas Arthur because his bid for DNA evidence hasn't been decided by a Jefferson County judge.


Alabama Power Rethinks Winter Rate Increase (2008-09-24)
Alabama Power has backed off on a proposed double-digit rate hike. The power company negotiated with its largest customers for the plans that were presented to the state's Public Service Commission.


Mobile County Doctor Receives Genius Grant (2008-09-23)
A Bayou la Batre doctor is among 25 fellows receiving half a milion dollars over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Ike Blamed For Gas Shortage In Southeast (2008-09-23)
Some gasoline stations in parts of the Southeast are out of fuel and shortages could persist for days.


Ala. Gropu Commended For Fighting Obesity (2008-09-23)
Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Steven K. Galson says the rise in childhood obesity continues but an Alabama group deserves praise for trying to reverse the trend.


Ala. Supreme Court Issues Stay In Veto Suit (2008-09-23)
The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a circuit court hearing Wednesday in Montgomery on a lawsuit that four legislators filed against the governor.


Ala. Power Scales Back Rate Hike (2008-09-23)
Alabama Power Co. has scaled back its rate hike request at the Public Service Commission. The power company negotiated with its largest customers over the rate hike and unveiled a new proposal today at a public hearing before the PSC in Montgomery.


The Party Lines on Education (2008-09-22)
We've heard from potential voters about what they want the presidential candidates to talk more about. Today, we'll hear two of the major differences in what John McCain and Barack Obama have planned for education. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill files this report, which starts with Sarah - one of the people we met in our preivous segment (Voters Want More 1) ...


New Women's Prison To Built Near Aliceville (2008-09-22)
Alabama is getting a new federal lockup, so says the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The agency said a medium-security prison for women will be built 2 miles north of Aliceville in Pickens County. The facility would house 1,400 inmates.


What Voters Want - Part 1 (2008-09-22)
Alabama Public Radio is bringing you the voice of the voter this election season.


West Alabama Hospitals Faced with More Uninsured (2008-09-22)
DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa is treating higher numbers of patients who can't afford it. So far this year, it's cost DCH 96-million-dollars.


Lower Gas Prices After Hurricane Ike (2008-09-22)
Gasoline prices are falling again in Alabama after motorists paid $4 a gallon last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.


What Voters Want - Part 2 (2008-09-22)
Alabama Public Radio is bringing you the voice of the voter this election season.


UA System Sees Record Enrollment (2008-09-22)
The University of Alabama System's enrollment hit a record 50,000 students this fall, but the overall head count dipped slightly at UAB.


Ala. Court Upholds Taxes Agaisnt VFJ Ventures (2008-09-22)
A decision by the Alabama Supreme Court has allowed the state to avoid the prospect of a multimillion-dollar revenue loss in a corporate tax case.


Riley Asks Ala. Supreme Court To Take Veto Suit (2008-09-22)
Gov. Bob Riley is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to take over a lawsuit challenging the governor's line-item veto power.


Study Says Nations Kids Misplaced in Algebra (2008-09-22)
Private researchers are reporting that more kids than ever are taking algebra in eighth grade but not necessarily learning more math.


Ala. Senator Opposes Treasury Bailout Plan (2008-09-22)
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama is criticizing the Bush administration's latest proposal for staving off a financial meltdown, saying the plan for a $700 billion bailout is ``hastily crafted'' and unworkable.


Ala. Poll Shows McCain With Big Lead (2008-09-22)
A statewide poll shows Republican John McCain with a big lead over Democrat Barack Obama in Alabama.


Crystal Meth -- Part 4 (2008-09-19)
In the final part of our series "Crystal Meth, A Community Epidemic," reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath talks with addiction specialists and officials to see how crystal meth addiction is being treated and prevented.


Ala. Drought Situation Improves (2008-09-19)
The drought situation in Alabama is slowly improving. That's the latest assessment from the U.S Drought Monitor Survey.


Ala. Republican Candidates Going On Tour (2008-09-19)
Five Republican candidates for statewide office will begin Monday a statewide bus tour that will take them to all of Alabama's 67 counties in five weeks.


Alabama Jobless Rate Drops In August (2008-09-19)
Alabama's unemployment rate declined to 4.9 percent in August.


UA Trustee Committee Discuss Stadium Expansion (2008-09-19)
The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has been discussing a possible expansion for Bryant-Denny Stadium.


Large Jury Pool Planned For 1965 Ala. Death Case (2008-09-19)
A judge in Marion says he will call four times the normal number of potential jurors for the trial of a former state trooper charged with murder during a civil rights demonstration 43 years ago.


Crystal Methamphetamine -- Part 3 (2008-09-18)
Alabama Public Radio's Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath has been reporting on the impact of crystal methamphetamine in the series "Crystal Methamphetamine, A Community Epidemic." September is National Recovery month, and the series continues with a recovering meth addict and a medical professional to find out why the drug holds such a grip on people.


Sen. Shelby Discusses Economic Troubles (2008-09-18)
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby speaks with Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain about the nation's current economic crisis. That's followed by comments from several University of Alabama students concerning their thoughts on the situation.


New Board To Review Why Ala. Babies Are Dying (2008-09-18)
After a three-year trend of rising infant mortality rates in Alabama, health officials have decided to form a review board to find out why, despite a lack of funding by the Legislature.


Former Siegelman Aide Released From Prison (2008-09-18)
The key witness against former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy is out of federal prison today.


Ala. Environmental Agency Under Fire For Smokestacks Proposal (2008-09-18)
Alabama's environmental management agency is being accused of trying to ease air quality standards on the state's biggest polluters. But the Alabama Department of Environmental Management says its proposal is more stringent on smokestacks than a previous one.


Ala. Stops Voter Registration Drive For Inmates (2008-09-18)
Alabama's prisons commissioner has stopped a drive to register inmates to vote so they can cast absentee ballots from inside state prisons.


Ala. Governor Ends Voter Registration Duties (2008-09-18)
A federal judge has ended Gov. Bob Riley's role as special master in charge of developing a computerized system for voter registration.


Bush Speaks By Phone To Huntsville Fundraiser (2008-09-18)
President Bush missed a fund raiser in Huntsville for Republican congressional candidates Jay Love and Wayne Parker, but he did speak to the event by telephone.


President Cancels Huntsville Trip for Economic Concerns (2008-09-18)
President Bush will not be coming to Huntsville today for a GOP fundraiser. He will instead remain in Washington to keep an eye on the nation's economic problems.


Unprecedented Effort Registers Inmates to Vote (2008-09-17)
Alabama inmates are registering to vote in prison in a new effort organized by activist groups with the cooperation of state corrections officials.


Crystal Methamphetamine -- Part 2 (2008-09-17)
In recent years, law enforcement and community officials have been battling one of the worst drug epidemics to hit the streets since crack cocaine -- methamphetamine. Continuing with our series "Crystal Methamphetamine, A Community Epidemic," reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath takes a look at what law enforcement agencies are doing to combat the problem.


Ala. Gets F On Campaign Finance Disclosure (2008-09-17)
Alabama has received another ``F'' in an annual study of states' campaign finance disclosure laws.


Building New Reactors May Push TVA Debt Limit (2008-09-17)
The Tennessee Valley Authority's $30 billion debt limit could be strained if the federal utility decides to build more nuclear plants.


Pres. Bush To Visit Huntsville For Fundraiser (2008-09-17)
President Bush will fly into Huntsville at 9:50 a.m. Thursday to attend at private fundraiser for two congressional candidates.


Food Prices Climb In Ala. (2008-09-17)
Food prices are up this month in Alabama grocery stores.


Crystal Methamphetamine -- Part 1 (2008-09-16)
In recent years, communities around the country have seen an increase in the number of people using methamphetamine. The highly addictive drug has been blamed for destroying communities. In the first segment of the four part series "Methamphetamine, A Community Epidemic," reporter Alisa Beckwith Ayilliath looks at methamphetamine addiction and its impact on society.


Gulf Oil and Gas Platforms Destroyed by Ike (2008-09-15)
Federal officials say it appears Hurricane Ike destroyed a number of production platforms and damaged some of the pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico.


commentary-Kathryn Tucker Windham "John Reese in Gees Bend" (2008-09-15)
In this commentary, Kathryn Tucker Windham talks about a journalistic effort in the 1970s that exposed one of Alabama's most culturally rich areas to the world ... photographs of Gees Bend taken by John Reese will be on display September 20th ...


Educators Prepare To Start Year in Deficit (2008-09-15)
It's an equation even the smallest of students would understand: More expenses plus less money equals big trouble. That's the problem Alabama education officials are facing.


Hurricane Ike Causes Problems on Alabama Gulf Coast (2008-09-12)
Waves and storm surge stirred up by Hurricane Ike forced the evacuation of a small number of tourists on the Alabama coast Thursday and prompted the closing of the Dauphin Island bridge, as well as the eastbound lanes of the Mobile Bay Causeway.


Ala. Board of Education Discussing Citizens Only Admissions Policy (2008-09-11)
The State Board of Education has started discussions on a policy change that would keep people without proof of U.S. citizenship from being admitted to Alabama's community colleges.


Road Closed On Ala. Coast Due To Hurricane Ike (2008-09-11)
Waves stirred up by Hurricane Ike have forced the closing of the Dauphin Island bridge and the eastbound lanes of the Mobile Bay Causeway.


Alabama Delegates Decry Tanker Delay (2008-09-11)
After seven years of delays, the Pentagon announced it is willing to wait even longer to award its Tanker contract. Alabama lawmakers worry the delay hurts the military and Northrop Grumman's chances of winning. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.


Artifacts Find Delays Country Music Development (2008-09-11)
The discovery of arrowheads and broken pottery on the site of a proposed country music themed development south of Dothan is delaying the project.


Hurricane Activity To Blame For Gas Price Spike (2008-09-11)
AAA Alabama reports the average statewide price for regular jumped two cents overnight to $3.62 a gallon.


Ala. Officials Say Tanker Delays Are Embarassing (2008-09-10)
Alabama leaders are venting frustration over the Pentagon's decision to again delay its Air Force tanker bidding. They call the move announced Wednesday bewildering and unacceptable.


Luring Jewish Families To Dothan (2008-09-10)
Group Offers Jews 50,000 dollars to move to Alabama town. That's how I and many others around the world read the news headline that certainly piqued interest and maybe skepticism from the Associated Press a few days ago. I had a chance to speak with Rob Goldsmith, Executive Director for Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services in Dothan about his organization's family relocation plan and the huge media response.


Still No Deal In Jefferson County Debt Crisis (2008-09-10)
Another round of talks over Jefferson County's massive sewer debt failed to result in a compromise with Wall Street creditors.


Ala. May Cut Highway Construction Projects (2008-09-10)
A decline in federal gas tax revenue may reduce the number of highway construction projects in Alabama.


Disaster Order Issued For Ala. Coastal Counties (2008-09-10)
President Bush has issued a disaster declaration for Alabama that will allow federal aid for Hurricane Gustav recovery in Mobile and Baldwin counties.


Ala. GOP House Candidate Runs 1st Palin Ad (2008-09-10)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's popularity among conservatives as the Republican vice presidential nominee is now a factor in a GOP candidate's bid to win a U.S. House seat in Alabama.


Atom Smasher Goes Online Wednesday (2008-09-09)
The world's largest atom smasher - the Large Hadron Collider - will be fired up tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 9/10). Scientists are hoping it will be able to provide answers to some of science's most vexing questions - including how the universe formed. It's an historic event, and Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain got some insight from Louis Clavelli, a professor of theoretical high-energy physics at the University of Alabama.


Judge Decision Postpones AU Murder Case (2008-09-09)
All proceedings in the murder case against Courtney Lockhart have been postponed until an Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruling on whether to replace the judge in the case.


PSC May Scale Back Ala. Power's Rate Proposal (2008-09-09)
Members of state's utility regulatory board say they hope to scale back Alabama Power Co.'s request for a record rate hike of more than 14 percent for homes and nearly 25 percent for industries.


Gulf Seafood Industry Woes Grow Thanks To Hurricanes (2008-09-09)
Hurricane Gustav left shrimp rotting on vessels across southeastern Louisiana, where fishing communities without power also lack ice.


Schmitz Lawyer: A Second Trial Could Start In December (2008-09-09)
A lawyer for state Rep. Sue Schmitz says a new trial for the legislator could start in December or January.


Riley Appoints New DHR Commissioner (2008-09-09)
Gov. Bob Riley has appointed Nancy Buckner as commissioner of the Alabama Department of Human Resources to replace Page Walley, who left to work for a national foundation.


Gulf Oil And Gas Producers Keep Eye On Ike (2008-09-08)
Efforts to bring oil and gas production back online in the Gulf of Mexico slowed Sunday as Hurricane Ike barreled toward the nation's energy complex, likely to be the second hurricane to slam into the Gulf in as many weeks.


Bob Barr Gets On Ala. Presidential Ballot (2008-09-08)
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has qualified for Alabama's presidential ballot as an independent.


Judge Declares Mistrial In Schmitz Case (2008-09-08)
The federal judge in state Rep. Sue Schmitz's fraud case has declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.


Georgia-Alabama Bike Path To Be Longest In Nation (2008-09-08)
The grand opening of the completed Silver Comet Trail will kick off with a shrimp boil in a farmer's cornfield at the Georgia-Alabama state line.


Ala. Gas Prices Slipping (2008-09-08)
AAA Alabama reports gas prices are sliding. Regular unleaded is a penny lower from Sunday. The statewide average is $3.59 a gallon.


Jefferson County Keeps Bankruptcy At Bay For A Few More Weeks (2008-09-08)
Commissioners in Alabama's most populous county have delayed making more payments on a $3.2 billion sewer debt until Sept. 30.


Ala. Mentoring Program Dubbed A Success (2008-09-08)
Teachers and education officials are calling the state's new $3.9 million mentoring program a success.


Ala. Two-Year Colleges Closing Shelters (2008-09-05)
The last of the hurricane evacuation shelters at Alabama's two-year colleges are closing.


Police Enforce School Dress Code At Football Games (2008-09-05)
Fans can no longer wear whatever they want to Montgomery public school football games.


Decision On Jefferson County Debt Crisis Delayed (2008-09-05)
Wall Street is taking more time to respond to a plan to restructure Jefferson County's $3.2 billion sewer debt and avoid the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.


Ralph Nader On Alabama's Presidential Ballot (2008-09-05)
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain won't be the only presidential candidates listed on Alabama's ballot Nov. 4.


Ala. Cutting Subsidized Child Care For Workers (2008-09-05)
The Alabama Department of Human Resources has made one cut in the subsidized child care for low-income working families and is planning more.


Alabama's GOP Delegates Confident with McCain (2008-09-05)
Alabama delegates say they are headed home from the national convention feeling a bit more confident with the Republican ticket than when they left. Sara Sciammacco reports from Saint Paul.


New Inspections Find No Problems With Ala. Bridges (2008-09-05)
Three deck truss bridges in Alabama have had another round of inspections because they are similar to the Interstate 35 bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis last summer.


Audio Postcard from GOP Convention (2008-09-04)
This week Capitol News Connection has been checking in with Alabama delegates at the Republican National Convention in St Paul. Reporter Matt Laslo sends this first-person audio postcard from the convention floor.


No Verdict Yet In Schmitz Fraud Trial (2008-09-04)
Jurors in the federal fraud trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz have deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict.


Centreville Mayor Facing Misdemeanor Charges (2008-09-04)
The mayor of a Bibb County town faces charges of harrassment and disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening to burn a cross in a city council member's yard.


Artist Finishes Gee's Bend Quilt Murals (2008-09-04)
An artist has finished painting wooden murals of some of the famous quilts made in the Wilcox County community of Gee's Bend.


State-Assisted Gustav Evacuees Can Be Tracked (2008-09-04)
The state social services department has set up an online database and hot line for people to check on their family and friends who were evacuated and sheltered before Hurricane Gustav.


Birmingham Museum Preps For da Vinci Tour (2008-09-04)
The Birmingham Museum of Art is preparing for an exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci drawings that will be shown later this month for the first time in the United States.


Brain Cancer Research in Alabama (2008-09-04)
The science journal Nature issued its current edition Thursday afternoon (9/4) via the Internet. Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain recently spoke with Doctors Devin Absher and Rick Myers of the HudsonAlpha Institute in Huntsville and Stanford University. They are participating in the project, and Rick Myers says researchers are exploring the differences between cancerous cells and healthy ones.


Closing Arguments in Legislator Fraud Trial Begin Today (2008-09-03)
In a Decatur courtroom, attorneys are set to present closing arguments in the fraud trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz.


Jury Hears Closing Arguments In Schmitz Farud Trial (2008-09-03)
A prosecutor describes state Rep. Sue Schmitz as a conniving thief who used her Montgomery political connections to obtain a job by illicit means.


New ACCESS Schools' Administrators Get Training (2008-09-03)
Dozens of high school leaders are being trained on equipment that gives students the chance to take classes that haven't been available before.


Reading the Signs to Success - part 4 (2008-09-03)
Our adult illiteracy series concludes with some thoughts from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. She says her father was a big believer in education ... even though he had little education himself ...


Reading the Signs to Success - part 3 (2008-09-03)
Our series on adult illiteracy continues this morning with a look at its effects on children, and you. When one in four people around you can't read what's at risk for Alabama's future? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Reading the Signs to Success - part 3 (2008-09-03)
Our series on adult illiteracy continues this morning with a look at its effects on children, and you. When one in four people around you can't read what's at risk for Alabama's future? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Attorney Says Lee County Judge Should Recuse Self (2008-09-03)
Defense attorneys for Courtney Lockhart say the Lee County judge handling their client's trial on charges he murdered an Auburn University freshman should recuse himself.


Nagin Says New Orleans Not Turning Back People With ID (2008-09-03)
Mayor Ray Nagin says residents who ``jumped the gun'' on a phased repopulation of New Orleans after Hurricane Gustav will not be turned away today if they have identification proving they're a local resident.


Ala. Representative's Speech At RNC Postponed By Hurricane (2008-09-03)
Alabama state Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery is going to get to address the Republican National Convention three days late.


Reading the Signs to Success - part 1 (2008-09-03)
High rates of adult illiteracy are hurting Alabama, both economically and socially. This week, APR News explores how reading shapes a community in a 4-part series. First, the basics why does reading matter? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Reading the Signs to Success - part 3 (2008-09-03)
Our series on adult illiteracy continues this morning with a look at its effects on children, and you. When one in four people around you can't read what's at risk for Alabama's future? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Reading the Signs to Success - part 2 (2008-09-03)
In part two of our series on adult illiteracy, Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill climbs into the truck cab of Louie Singleton who until just 4 years ago, was functionally illiterate. But as we'll hear, that didn't stop him ...


Some Gustav Help Web Sites Faked Warns Researcher (2008-09-02)
A computer forensic expert from the University of Alabama is warning consumers that some charity Web sites for Hurricane Gustav might not be legitimate.


Lessons Learned From Katrina Pay Off During Gustav (2008-09-02)
Alabama shelters are housing more than twice as many evacuees from Hurricane Gustav than they did from Hurricane Katrina three years ago.


Few Power Problems After Gustav (2008-09-02)
Alabama Power reports 2,375 customers in Mobile County are without power after Hurricane Gustav. About 2,000 of those customers are on Dauphin Island, where the transmission line went out of service. A company spokesman says crews had to wait until the seas calmed before they could go out in boats to assess the transmission line.


Sand Covers Road On West End Of Dauphin Island (2008-09-02)
Strong waves from Hurricane Gustav swept across the west end of Dauphin Island and left about two feet of sand on the main island road. Bulldozers are working to clear the road.


Governor Riley Cancels Convention Plans (2008-09-02)
Gov. Bob Riley has canceled plans to attend the Republican National Convention because more storms are brewing after Hurricane Gustav. Riley had planned to leave Sunday for the convention in Minnesota, but he postponed plans due thousands of Gulf Coast evacuees headed to Alabama.


Governor Riley Appoints Two To Cabinet (2008-09-02)
Gov. Bob Riley has picked two people to fill vacancies in his Cabinet. Riley chose Marquita Davis to be commissioner of the Department of Children's Affairs and Jim Ridling of Montgomery to be commissioner of the state Insurance Department.


Officials Deal with Animal Evacuations During Hurricane Gustav (2008-09-02)
When natural disasters occur, one often overlooked detail of an evacuation plan is what to do with the family pet. This weekend when Hurricane Gustav prompted mandatory evacuations, thousands of pet owners had to decide what to do with their animals. Reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath takes a look at how many animal owners have dealt with the problem.


Ala. Port Reopens, Reports No Gustav Damage (2008-09-02)
The port at Mobile has resumed operations after receiving no damage from a brush with Hurricane Gustav's high winds.


Defense Rests In State Legislator's Fraud Trial (2008-09-02)
Attorneys for former state Rep. Sue Schmitz have rested their case in her federal fraud trial in Decatur.


Good Fishing After Hurricane (2008-09-02)
There's an upside to a hurricane -- fishing. As Gustav battered the Gulf Coast yesterday, hardy anglers in Gulf Shores were thinking redfish. There's a fable that you can catch all you want during a hurricane.


Airline Drops Service from Montgomery (2008-09-02)
Continental Airlines is dropping its twice-daily air service between the Montgomery Regional Airport and Houston. The airline said its last flight from Montgomery to Houston takes off Tuesday.


TVA Ends Contractor Guards, Takes Over Security At Nuclear Plants (2008-09-02)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking over security at its nuclear power plants.


On The Road With Hurricane Gustav Evacuees (2008-09-01)
Over the weekend as officials announced the projected path of Hurricane Gustav, families from the coastal areas of Louisiana and Mississippi began streaming into Alabama in search of safer ground. Yesterday, reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath headed out to speak with some of the people who were evacuating ahead of the storm.


Traffic Heavy but Manageable in Alabama (2008-09-01)
A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation said the number of cars traveling across state lines to escape Hurricane Gustav is high but manageable. Tony Harris said Monday that traffic on Alabama's highways had grown from moderate Sunday morning to heavy by late afternoon.


Flooding Reported in South Alabama (2008-09-01)
Flooding has forced road closings in low-lying areas of coastal Alabama. But the state's beach resorts, bayous and port city appear to have dodged serious damage from Hurricane Gustave, which made landfall southwest of New Orleans.


Gustav Spawns Tornadoes Along Alabama Gulf Coast (2008-09-01)
Alabama's port city awoke to the sirens of tornado warnings. And flooding in low-lying coastal areas of Mobile County has forced road closings amid heavy rain from the outskirts of Hurricane Gustav.


Hurricane Gustav's Effect On Mobile (2008-09-01)
Numerous tornado warnings were issued along Alabama's coastal counties today, and while tornadoes are a big concern flooding remains a major worry. Mobile Bureau Chief Chris Newbold and National Weather Service Meteorologist Don Shepherd talk with reporter Ryan Vasquez about Hurricane Gustav's effects on Mobile.


Health Emergency Declared in Alabama (2008-09-01)
A federal public health emergency has been declared in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt made the call today to ensure that Hurricane Gustav evacuees get the health services for which they qualify.


Riley Says State in ''Great Shape'' After Gustav (2008-09-01)
Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama came through Hurricane Gustav with no major damage. He says there was some flooding on the coast, but the state is in ''great shape.'' Riley visited a shelter for Louisiana evacuees in Birmingham Monday afternoon. They are anxious to return home, possibly Tusday.


Jefferson County Offers Plan To Stave Off Bankruptcy (2008-08-29)
Jefferson County has offered a plan to restructure its $3.2 billion sewer debt and, at least for now, put off filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.


Northcom Readys Emergency Response For Gustav (2008-08-29)
The U.S. Northern Command is ramping up emergency response teams as Hurricane Gustav spins toward the Gulf Coast.


Ala. Appeals Court Upholds Marshall Death Sentence (2008-08-29)
An Alabama appeals court has upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of Aundra Marshall, accused of killing a husband and wife in Bessemer because of an unpaid drug debt.An Alabama appeals court has upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of Aundra Marshall, accused of killing a husband and wife in Bessemer because of an unpaid drug debt.


Ala. Republican's Applaud McCain's VP Pick (2008-08-29)
Alabama Republicans welcomed Sen. John McCain's surprise selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, saying her positions align closely with those of Southern conservatives.


Gustav Causes Riley To Declare State Of Emergency (2008-08-29)
Gov. Bob Riley has declared an official state of emergency due to the threat posed by Hurricane Gustav.


Commentary by Kathryn Tucker Windham- Prince Madoc Discovers America (2008-08-29)
For all of you who think Christopher Columbus was the first to discover America ... storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham says you might want to reconsider. She says one of her favorite Alabama legends tells us that honor may truly belong to a Welsh Prince


Technology and Education Could Improve Rural Health Care (2008-08-28)
The 9th annual Rural Health Conference begins next Thursday in Tuscaloosa. Each year the conference explores ways to meet the unique needs and challenges of health care for non-metropolitan areas. This year, two major themes are New Technologies and HIV awareness . Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


School Board OKs Ala. College President Evaluation (2008-08-28)
The State Board of Education has unanimously approved a policy to begin evaluating presidents of Alabama's two-year colleges.


Alabama's Drought Concerns Eased By Fay's Rains (2008-08-28)
The steady rains from Tropical Storm Fay have eased the drought that has gripped Alabama for more than two years.


The 4th Annual National College Colors Day (2008-08-28)
The 2008 college football season officially kicks off tonight, but tomorrow marks the Fourth Annual National College Colors Day. People around the country can celebrate by wearing apparel representing their favorite college or university.


Ala. Officials Keeping Eye On Tropical Storm Gustav (2008-08-28)
Gov. Bob Riley says state agencies are keeping a close watch on Tropical Storm Gustav as its spins its way toward the Gulf of Mexico.


Gay Pride Advocacy Group Sues Birmingham Mayor (2008-08-28)
A gay advocacy organization has filed a federal lawsuit against Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford for refusing to allow city workers to hang Gay Pride Week banners.


National Weather Service Confirms 8 Tornadoes (2008-08-27)
Survey crews from the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham confirmed eight tornadoes touched down Monday.


Jefferson County Moves Closer To Bankruptcy (2008-08-27)
Jefferson County officials have taken a step toward bankruptcy by authorizing Gov. Bob Riley and bankruptcy lawyers to take over negotiations with creditors to restructure the county's $3.2 billion sewer debt.


Schmitz Trial Delayed Until Next Week (2008-08-27)
The trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz has been delayed until next week.


Alabama Delegates Supporting Obama (2008-08-27)
Some Alabama delegation members wrestle with their first experience at the Democratic National Convention. Others are hip to the scene. But they are all here backing one man -- Barack Obama.


Ala. Congressional Candidate To Speak At RNC (2008-08-27)
State Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, who is running for Congress in Alabama's 2nd District, is among speakers scheduled to address delegates at the Republican National Convention on Monday in St. Paul, Minn.


TVA Asks To Renew Build Permits For Ala. Reactors (2008-08-27)
The Tennessee Valley Authority has asked federal regulators to renew construction permits for two unfinished nuclear reactors in Alabama that it virtually abandoned 20 years ago.


Ala. Power Asks PSC For Rate Hike (2008-08-26)
Alabama Power Co. has asked the Public Service Commission to raise rates for residential customers by more than 14 percent.


Ala. Students Improve on SAT, Take More AP Classes (2008-08-26)
Alabama students are taking more Advanced Placement classes than ever before, thanks in part to state funding over the past two years that's encouraged participation.


Mike Huckabee Releases Ala. Delegates (2008-08-26)
The winner of Alabama's presidential primary, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has officially released his Alabama delegates.


Communication Breakdown Causes Flight Delays (2008-08-26)
The Federal Aviation Administration says a communication failure at a Georgia facility that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. is causing flight delays around the country.


Court Says Ala. Medicare Suit Belongs In State Court (2008-08-26)
Federal appeals judges say a lawsuit brought by seven Alabama Medicare patients who claimed they bought into a coverage plan that was misrepresented to them belongs in state court.


Prosecution Rests In Schmitz Trial (2008-08-26)
Prosecutors have rested their case against state Rep. Sue Schmitz on charges that she took pay from the two-year college system for work she didn't perform.


Tenn. Lawmakers Unsure About TVA Rate Hike (2008-08-26)
Tennessee's congressional members are at odds over how to respond to a hike in TVA rates as the nation's largest public utility approved a 20 percent rate increase last week.


Alabamians Warned About Flood Waters (2008-08-26)
The Alabama Department of Public health urges Alabamians to use caution when coming across flood waters because it may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems.


A Conversation About The Czech Republic (2008-08-25)
Recently Ryan Vasquez sat down with news director Butler Cain to discuss Butler's trip to the Czech Republic. While there he had a chance to explore how public and commercial broadcasters practice reporting in another country.


Gas Prices Drop Again (2008-08-25)
Gasoline prices are still falling in Alabama. AAA Alabama reports the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fell one cent overnight and 36 cents in the past month to $3.54 a gallon.


Floridians Flooded Out By Fay (2008-08-25)
The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay lingered Sunday, forcing residents in several parts of northern Florida to leave their homes as floodwaters rose.


Lawsuits By Gee's Bend Quilters Dismissed (2008-08-25)
Three lawsuits filed by world renowned Gee's Bend quilters are over.


Siegelman Speaks To Colorado Group At Convention (2008-08-25)
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has asked the Colorado delegation to the Democratic National Convention to help him persuade Congress to hold former presidential aide Karl Rove in contempt.


Justice Dept. To Monitor Two Ala. Elections (2008-08-25)
Federal elections observers will again monitor elections in Perry County, Ala., for potential violations of the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department said Monday.


Flash Floods, Tornadoes Threaten Alabama (2008-08-25)
A severe storm system packing the threat of tornadoes Monday could bring flash flooding to some counties. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings throughout Monday morning for counties in south, central, and west Alabama.


Davis To Deliver Nominating Speech For Obama (2008-08-25)
Rep. Artur Davis, a key surrogate for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, has been tapped to deliver a nominating speech for the candidate at the Democratic National Convention.


Alcohol Involved In 42% Of Ala. Highway Deaths (2008-08-25)
State troopers say drunken drivers have become too much of a norm in Alabama.


Alabama Universities Rank High On U.S. News List (2008-08-25)
The University of Alabama and Auburn University have received high marks in a ranking of the nation's top public universities.


Ala. Clerks Endorse Electronic Voting For Military (2008-08-25)
The Alabama Circuit Clerks Association wants the Legislature to approve a secure electronic voting system for military personnel and other Alabamians who are overseas.


Fay Downgraded; Still Plenty of Rain (2008-08-24)
After meandering through Florida for nearly a week, Tropical Storm Fay was finally downgraded to a tropical depression, but cities along the Gulf Coast still weren't in the clear.


Wilder Wins Bronze (2008-08-22)
The U.S. scored a bronze in the heavyweight division as Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa lost to Italy's Clemente Russo 7-1.


Week Long Ala. Traffic Campaign Yields High Number Of Citations (2008-08-22)
A statewide traffic blitz by Alabama state troopers and other law enforcement officers continues through the weekend.


Riley Warns Ala. Residents To Be Ready For Fay (2008-08-22)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is warning residents to be prepared as Tropical Storm Fay moves through north Florida and along the Gulf coast toward Alabama.


Boeing Thinking About Exitng $35 Billion Contract Competition (2008-08-22)
Boeing is considering bailing out of the politically-charged bidding for a $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force, if it does not receive an additional four months by the Pentagon to put together a competitive offer.


Ala. Congressman Blasts Pa. Colleague (2008-08-22)
Republican congressman Terry Everett of Alabama has unleashed an unusually harsh attack on a House colleague, calling decorated Vietnam veteran John Murtha of Pennsylvania a cut-and-run ``idiot'' who is ``no friend of the military.''


State Employees Faces New Insurance Requirements (2008-08-21)
Alabama state employees who are obese or have three other health problems will eventually have to pay extra for health insurance if they don't try to control them.


Ala. Drought Situation Shows Improvement (2008-08-21)
Alabama's drought situation continues to improve, but two areas of the state remain a concern.


South Alabama Prepares For Tropical Storm Fay (2008-08-21)
Tropical Storm Fay's possible threat to south Alabama could bring several days of heavy rain starting Saturday, improving farmland drought conditions, but causing flooding.


Health Officials Worried About Jump In Measles Outbreaks (2008-08-21)
Government health officials reported today that the number of measles cases in the U.S. is at its highest level since 1997, and nearly half of those involve children whose parents rejected vaccination.


Study Says Ala. Not Doing Enough To Keep Litter Off The Highways (2008-08-21)
A Texas State University professor's study ranks Alabama 7th for having one of the nation's worst scorecard for efforts to keep litter off their highways.


TVA Considering Raising Rates (2008-08-20)
The Tennessee Valley Authority will be looking to raise electric bills by double digits this fall across the seven-state region. TVA directors meeting in Knoxville Wednesday will be considering an increase in the quarterly fuel adjustment charge taking effect Oct. 1.


Birmingham Enacts Tough Curfew Law (2008-08-20)
The Birmingham City Council, on an 8-1 vote, has approved a stiff curfew for youngsters.


TVA Gives Second Look At Finishing Ala. Reactors (2008-08-20)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving a second look at finishing two nuclear reactors that the agency virtually abandoned 20 years ago in Alabama.


Governor Meets with Korean Ambassador (2008-08-20)
Gov. Bob Riley plans to meet with the Korean Ambassador to discuss trade between the country and state. Ambassador Lee Tae-sik of the Republic of Korea is visiting the Capitol Wednesday morning and is scheduled to meet with Riley then.


Alabama's Infant Mortality Rate Continues To Climb (2008-08-20)
Alabama's infant mortality rate has risen again and health officials are anxious to get to the bottom of the problem.


Hoover Mayor Supports Jefferson County Bankruptcy (2008-08-20)
Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos says its time for Jefferson County to admit its mistakes with the sewer system. Patelos said county commissioners needs to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy rather than wait and watch the interest and penalties climb higher.


Study Finds Minorities More Likely To Be Paddled (2008-08-20)
Paddlings, swats, licks. A quarter of a million schoolchildren got them last year, and a study says blacks, American Indians and kids with disabilities got a disproportionate share of the punishment.


Statements to Begin in Legislator's Fraud Trial (2008-08-19)
The process of selecting a jury is wrapping up in the fraud trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz. Schmitz is a Democrat from Toney and is charged with fraud.


Dothan Mayor Crossing Party Lines In Congressional Race (2008-08-19)
Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas has crossed party lines to endorsed Democratic 2nd District congressional candidate Bobby Bright.


Wife Of Former Shelton State President To Plead Guilty (2008-08-19)
The wife of the former president of Shelton State Community College has agreed to plead guilty to three counts of wire fraud and to forfeit more than $150,000.


Air Quality Alert for Jefferson, Shelby Counties (2008-08-19)
Birmingham regional officials have declared a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties. Officials said elevated amount of ozone and particle pollution is expected Tuesday because of hot, hazy conditions.


Former Southern Union President's Sentencing Postponed (2008-08-19)
The sentencing of former Southern Union State Community College interim president Joanne Jordan has been postponed.


More State Troopers on Roadways This Week (2008-08-18)
There will be more Alabama state troopers patrolling state highways this week. Beginning Monday, troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who violate traffic laws.


Jury Selection Begins in Legislator's Fraud Trial (2008-08-18)
A jury is to be selected in the trial of a state legislator accused of using her political power to get a job in Alabama's two-year college system and then rarely showing up for work.


Economic Gains Boost Alabamian's Income (2008-08-18)
Economic gains in the last 15 years in Alabama have helped narrow the state's income gap when compared to the national average.


Mobile Gets Larger Cruise Ship (2008-08-18)
Carnival Corp. will replace its Mobile-based Holiday cruise ship with the larger Fantasy next year, boosting its capacity at the Alabama port by more than 40 percent. The announcement Monday came aboard the 2,056-passenger Fantasy, which normally is based in New Orleans.


Ala. Corrections To Begin Releasing Infirm Inmates Early (2008-08-18)
Alabama corrections officials will begin releasing sick or dying prison inmates next month in order to save millions in taxpayer dollars.


Motorcycle Group Arrested on I-10 (2008-08-18)
It appears that a group of motorcycle riders didn't get the memo about obeying traffic laws. Alabama state troopers said 13 cyclists were arrested after they were clocked at speeds of over 140 miles per hour on Interstate 10.


More Ala. Residents On Food Stamps As Prices Rise (2008-08-18)
State records show that more people in Alabama are using food stamps as the price of groceries has gone up.


Delphi Job Cuts Unlikely To Effect Ala. (2008-08-18)
Delphi says its electronics and safety division will lay off about 600 of its 3,200 U.S. salaried workers as part of a cost-cutting plan.


Unemployment Rises in Alabama (2008-08-15)
Alabama's unemployment rate rose in July to 5.1 percent. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the July jobless figure was higher than June's 4.7 percent rate. The national jobless rate was 5.7 percent.


Judge Orders Prayer in Court (2008-08-15)
An Alabama judge who once wore the Ten Commandments embroidered on his robe has been accused of violating judicial ethics for ordering a group in his courtroom to hold hands and pray.


Potatoes To Blame For Rise In Food Prices (2008-08-15)
Food prices are higher this month, according to the Alabama Farmer's Federation. The average cost of 20 basic market basket items costs $52.86, or about 33 cents more from July's survey.


Cost On The Rise For Steel Mill In Mobile County (2008-08-15)
The price tag is rising for the giant steel mill being built at Calvert in northern Mobile County.


State Still in Drought Conditions (2008-08-15)
Despite beneficial rainfall this week across much of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor Survey released Thursday shows parts of Alabama slipping deeper into drought.


New Bigfoot Claim From Georgia Deputy (2008-08-15)
A Clayton County police officer is among three people claiming the dead body of a Bigfoot has been found in Georgia.


Motions To Review 4 Ala. Death Penalty Cases Nixed By Court (2008-08-15)
The Alabama Supreme Court has turned back motions to review four Alabama death penalty cases, including the appeal of Westley Devone Harris, convicted of killing six members of a Crenshaw County family.


Gulf States Tighten Up After Audit Of Catfish Programs (2008-08-15)
Alabama, Mississippi and other Gulf states have changed the way they distribute federal grants to catfish farmers after an audit found that millions of dollars in hurricane aid may have gone to farmers who suffered little or no losses.


Birmingham Switchup in United Kingdom (2008-08-14)
You'd think they'd be able to pick it out of a lineup. But authorities in Birmingham, England, failed to notice when a new leaflet on recycling was stamped with pictures from another city called Birmingham - the one in the U.S. state of Alabama.


ThyssenKrupp Reports Slip in Profits (2008-08-14)
Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG said Thursday that its third-quarter net profit slipped 21 percent, putting the blame on higher costs for raw material, including steel, the strong euro and bigger-than-expected costs on new steel mills in the U.S. and Brazil.


Ex-Ala. State Rep. Melton Sentenced To 15 Months (2008-08-14)
Former State Rep. Bryant Melton of Tuscaloosa has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for using some of his legislative discretionary money for personal gain.


Ala. Drivers Cutting Back (2008-08-14)
The Federal Highway Administration says drivers in Alabama stayed off the road a lot more in June than they did during the same month a year ago.


Ala. Foreclosures Up, Still One Of The Lowest In The Nation (2008-08-14)
Foreclosure filings in July in Alabama jumped 73 percent over the same month a year ago, but the state still has one of the lowest foreclosure rates in the nation.


Ala. Mental Health Focuses On Uncertified Treatment Programs (2008-08-14)
State mental health officials will start visiting 112 uncertified drug treatment programs next month.


Boeing Will Stay in Tanker Bid (2008-08-13)
Boeing indicated Tuesday it will remain in the competition for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract.


Another Court Decision in Water Wars Saga (2008-08-13)
Georgia has suffered another setback in its water feud with Alabama and Florida with a judge ruling that the first question he will take up in a major court battle is whether Georgia has any rights to continue using Lake Lanier as Atlanta's main water source.


Bus Accident Sends Students to Hospitals (2008-08-13)
A school bus accident in southern Dale County sent sixteen students to hospitals with minor injuries. Dale County School Superintendent Phillip Parker said the mishap occurred Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. on a dirt road, near County Road 59.


Ala. To Ask For Extension For GPS Program, Rebid Project (2008-08-13)
Officials at the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles will soon call for new vendor bids to get a program monitoring sex offenders back on track.


Georgia Asks Supreme Court To Overturn Water Ruling (2008-08-13)
Georgia has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a February ruling that said the state needs congressional approval to use more water from Lake Lanier to supply the fast-growing Atlanta area.


Auburn Gets Web Cams (2008-08-13)
A new feature on the City of Auburn's Web site offers live video from six downtown intersections, courtesy of newly installed Web cams.


Ala. Death Row Inmate Denied New Hearing (2008-08-13)
The federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied a new sentencing hearing for an Alabama inmate condemned to death for blasting a grocer's in the face with a double-barreled shotgun in 1992.


Riley Promotes Pre-K Program (2008-08-12)
Governor Bob Riley is visiting new pre-kindergarten classrooms in Birmingham. Riley will on Tuesday be at the Harris Early Learning Center in downtown Birmingham to show off the state's expanded program for four-year-olds.


School Bus Seat Belt Pilot Begins (2008-08-12)
Alabama has begun a study to determine if seat belts will make it safer for kids to ride on school buses. The three-year study being conducted by the University of Alabama began Monday with students in 10 school systems around the state boarding buses equipped with seat belts.


Selma Uninsured To Get Help From Bus Clinic (2008-08-12)
Selma and Dallas County residents who have no health insurance may find the medical care they need on the bus.


Republicans Ask Bright To Return Some Gifts From Liberal Groups (2008-08-12)
County Republican Party chairmen from across the 2nd Congressional District in south and central Alabama have asked Democratic candidate Bobby Bright to return campaign contributions he received from liberal groups.


Attorney's Want "Double Dipping" Banned At Ala. Lawmakers Trial (2008-08-12)
Defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to prohibit prosecutors from saying the phrase ``double dipping'' during the fraud trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz.


Alabama Reservist Will Become Brigadier General (2008-08-11)
An Army Reserve colonel from Baldwin County has been approved for promotion to the rank of one-star general. The U.S Senate recently confirmed President Bush's nomination of Janet L. Cobb to the rank of brigadier general.


Report: Boeing May Not Bid on Tanker Contract (2008-08-11)
Shares of Boeing fell nearly 2 percent today after reports that the company is considering not bidding in the next round for the Pentagon's $35 billion airborne refueling tanker contract.


Students At Ten Ala. Schools Buckle Up For Bus Safety (2008-08-11)
Alabama has begun a study to determine if seat belts will make it safer for kids to ride on school buses.


Riley Will Inspect School Bus With Seat Belts (2008-08-11)
Gov. Bob Riley joins members of his study group on school bus seat belts for a presentation at Northport Elementary School. At Monday's meeting in Northport, Dan Turner of the University Transportation Center for Alabama will discuss a three-year pilot study looking at student response to seat belts on school buses.


GOP House Leader Promises Love Key Panel Positions (2008-08-11)
The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives has promised to assign state Rep. Jay Love to the House Agriculture and Armed Services committees if Love is elected to Congress.


Troopers Urge School Bus Safety (2008-08-11)
Alabama state troopers say the new school year has started and they urge motorists to be extra cautious when traveling in and around school zones.


Alabamians Contribute to Presidential Campaigns (2008-08-08)
Alabamians have donated $4 million to this year's presidential candidates. Records of the Federal Election Commission show that Alabamians have given $2.1 million to Republican candidates and nearly $1.9 million to Democrats, as of the end of June.


Gas Prices Drop 20 Cents In Ala. Since Mid-July (2008-08-08)
AAA-Alabama says the price for regular gas in Alabama has dropped more than 20 cents per gallon since it hit a record high in mid-July.


TVA Cuts Power At Browns Ferry (2008-08-08)
Production at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant has been reduced significantly as one reactor was taken offline and two others continued to operate at half power.


Honda Unveils New Pickup (2008-08-08)
The next-generation of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck was unveiled Thursday at the company's assembly plant in Lincoln. Honda said its 2009 Ridgeline will feature dozens of new additions, including new body styling, a more powerful engine and a revamped interior.


Carnival Will Operate from Mobile Temporarily (2008-08-07)
Carnival's Fantasy cruise ship will operate out of Mobile, Alabama through September 1 because of an oil spill on the Mississippi River.


Judge Will Consider Legislator's Fraud Charges (2008-08-07)
A federal judge is to consider a motion to dismiss fraud charges against a north Alabama legislator in a case stemming from the probe of two-year colleges.


Ala. AG Asks Court To Lift Arthur Execution Stay (2008-08-07)
Attorney General Troy King has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to lift its stay of execution for 66-year-old Thomas Arthur and set a new execution date. Arthur's execution was halted last week on the eve of his scheduled lethal injection.


EPA Starts Clean UP At Former Bumper Plant In Mobile (2008-08-07)
Residents are relieved this week to see dump trucks rollling in and out of an abandoned bumper plant in their south Mobile neighborhood.


I-65 Exits in Montgomery to Reopen (2008-08-07)
Motorists traveling south through Montgomery are going to find some major exits reopening on Friday. The southbound exits for South Boulevard, Edgemont Avenue and Fairview Avenue have been closed since July 25 due to work on rebuilding the busy interstate and adding lanes.


Air Tanker Bidding Process Starts Over (2008-08-06)
The Pentagon opened a second round of bidding Wednesday for a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract following an error-plagued first attempt that featured bitter competition between Northrop Grumman Corp. and Boeing Co.


Interview w. Attorney General Troy King on Thomas Arthur (2008-08-06)
There's a heated debate over DNA testing in the capital murder case of Thomas Arthur. We've heard from Arthur's attorney on the matter. Now, we'll hear from Attorney General Troy King, who spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill ...


Survey Says... Fewer Ala. Teens Lighting Up (2008-08-06)
Results of a new Alabama Department of Public Health survey show that fewer high school students in the state are smoking.


Ala. Ethics Commission Says Free Tickets OK (2008-08-06)
The Alabama Ethics Commission says it's OK for public officials and public employees to receive free tickets to three major sporting events in the Birmingham area. But they can't be for more than three days of each event.


Jefferson Co. Commission Splits Over Sewer Issue (2008-08-06)
Jefferson County commissioners were split 3-2 Tuesday to ask the Governor to call a special session over the $3.2 billion sewer debt crisis.


Development Magazine Recognizes Ala. Economy (2008-08-06)
A business magazine has honored Alabama's economic development activity again.


DNA Causes Big Battle in Arthur Case (2008-08-06)
Attorneys for Thomas Arthur hope to use last week's stay of execution to introduce DNA testing into the case for the first time. But the Attorney General's office says Arthur's case should not be about DNA evidence. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Candidate Pushes for More Energy Exploration (2008-08-06)
Republican state Rep. Jay Love has promised to work to increase American energy exploration if he is elected to Congress.


Edouard Not Considered a Threat to Dauphin Island (2008-08-05)
Dauphin Island officials doubt Tropical Storm Edouard will be much of a threat to the island off the Alabama coast. But they piled up sand Monday to protect the new west end beach, a $1.7 million project completed in June.


State Senator Ticketed for Reckless Driving (2008-08-05)
A powerful member of the Alabama Legislature, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Lowell Barron of Fyffe, has a court date Sept. 16 in south Alabama involving his driving.


Two Dead In Small Plane Crash Near Huntsville (2008-08-05)
Two people died Tuesday afternoon in a small plane crash near the Moontown Airport in eastern Madison County.


Noted Hurricane Researcher Raises His Hurricane Forecast (2008-08-05)
A noted hurricane researcher has revised his Atlantic forecast upward and now calls for a total of nine hurricanes this season - an increase of one.


Siegelman Attorney: Probe Justice Dept Conduct (2008-08-05)
An attorney for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has urged a Justice Department watchdog office to look into several areas as it probes whether his prosecution was politically motivated.


Riley Appoints New Jefferson Co. DA (2008-08-05)
Alabama's most populous county is getting a new chief prosecutor.


Son of Former UA Football Coach has Died (2008-08-04)
Friends and family will bid farewell on Tuesday to John Mark Stallings, the son of former University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings.


Government: Uphold Siegelman, Scrushy Convictions (2008-08-04)
Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to uphold the bribery convictions and federal prison sentences of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.


Ala. Included In Spaghetti Mix Recall (2008-08-04)
CF Sauer Foods Inc. has recalled its Gold Medal spaghetti sauce mix from stores in Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama. The company says the produce contains a milk ingredient that could cause an allergic reaction.


Weyerhaeuser Completes $6 Billion Sale (2008-08-04)
Timber and wood products producer Weyerhaeuser Co. said Monday it completed the sale of its containerboard packaging and recycling business to International Paper for $6 billion in cash.


Davis, Bright Support Offshore Drilling (2008-08-04)
Congressman Artur Davis and a Democratic congressional candidate, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, are voicing their support for more offshore drilling to increase oil production.


According To Report, More Ala. Schools Meeting Goals (2008-08-04)
The number of Alabama schools meeting annual performance benchmarks has climbed slightly in the last school year, with 83 percent reaching all 100 goals required by the No Child Left Behind Act.


Hearing Postponed In Civil Rights Slaying Trial (2008-08-04)
The next court date for a former Alabama state trooper accused of a killing during a civil rights demonstration in Marion in 1965 has been delayed.


Public School Report Cards Released (2008-08-04)
Public school report cards will be released Monday by the Alabama Department of Education. The state school board will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Gordon Person Building Auditorium in Montgomery.


More Than 100,000 Alabamians Missing $33 Million (2008-08-04)
The federal government is having a hard time giving away $33 million in Alabama.


Weyerhaeuser Completes $6 Billion Sale (2008-08-04)
Timber and wood products producer Weyerhaeuser Co. said Monday it completed the sale of its containerboard packaging and recycling business to International Paper for $6 billion in cash.


Lawsuit Says Deal Bad For ASEA Employees (2008-08-03)
The Alabama State Employees Association, a leading lobbying group at the capital, receives more than one-third of its budget about $1 million annually from a company that the group has recommended state workers to use for retirement investments.


Edouard Forms Off Louisiana Coast Sunday (2008-08-03)
Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, and forecasters expected it to bring high winds and several inches of rain to the coasts of western Louisiana and eastern Texas.


New Findings on Famous Lee Photograph (2008-08-03)
Officials at a small Civil War museum made an intriguing discovery while sifting through storage ...


Mississippi Exec To Head UAB Health System (2008-08-01)
A Mississippi health care executive will take over as the new chief executive officer of the UAB Health System in Birmingham.


Man Stabbed Over Beer (2008-08-01)
Authorities say a dispute over cheap beer left one man in the hospital with stab wounds and another man charged with assault.


Ala. AFL-CIO Gives Political Endorsements (2008-08-01)
The Alabama AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrats Barack Obama for president, Vivian Davis Figures for the U.S. Senate, and Lucy Baxley for president of the Public Service Commission.


Wilcox County Residents Lose Water Service (2008-08-01)
The water has been cut off to 70 homes in Wilcox County in a crackdown on delinquent water bills.


Congressman Bud Cramer Profile (2008-07-31)
We finish a two-part series today (Thursday, 7/31) on two of Alabama's retiring congressmen. This morning, we look at Bud Cramer, who won his ninth term easily in 2006.


Appeals Court Reverses Decision Against ALDOT (2008-07-31)
A $200,000 judgment for a former Alabama Department of Transportation employee who claimed she suffered discrimination and retaliation for reporting racist remarks by a white co-worker has been reversed by the federal appeals court in Atlanta.


Former Revenue Clerk Going to Prison (2008-07-31)
A judge has sentenced a former Talladega County Revenue Department clerk to three years in prison for stealing department funds.


Cruise Ship Heading To Mobile For Second Landing In A Row (2008-07-31)
The Coast Guard's captain of the Port of New Orleans says the owners of the Carnival Fantasy have decided to divert the cruise ship to Mobile for a second landing.


Distress Signal Near Mobile, No Plane Crash Found (2008-07-31)
A distress signal from a possible downed aircraft has been reported by pilots flying in an area between Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, but a search has not turned up any sign of a crash.


Alabama Congressmen Respond to Contempt Citation Against Rove (2008-07-31)
In Washington, a House committee has held former White House aide Karl Rove in contempt. Rove has refused to testify on his alleged role in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.


More Blacks Registering To Vote in Ala. (2008-07-31)
State election officials say there has been an increase in voter registration by blacks in Alabama. And political observers say it stems from excitement surrounding Barack Obama's presidential bid.


Interview with Thomas Arthur's Attorney (2008-07-31)
For a third time, the execution of Thomas Arthur has been delayed. Arthur was scheduled to die Thursday evening (7/31), but it was postponed Wednesday by the Alabama Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill has more ...


Competing Affidavits On Eve Of Arthur Execution (2008-07-30)
Attorneys are spending the eve of Thomas Arthur's planned execution in court.


Everett Considers Governor's Office (2008-07-30)
Terry Everett's retirement from Congress may not be a farewell to politics. The 2nd District representative from Rehobeth says he's considering entering the Republican primary for governor in 2010.


King Dismisses Inmate's Last-Minute Murder Claim (2008-07-30)
Attorneys attempting to delay Thomas Arthur's execution have sent Gov. Bob Riley and court officials an affidavit signed by another inmate who says he killed Troy Wicker Jr.


Congressman Terry Everett Profile (2008-07-30)
We begin a two-part series today (Wednesday, 7/30) on two of Alabama's retiring congressmen. This morning, we start with Terry Everett, who has spent the past sixteen years quietly crafting U.S. farm and military policy.


DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention Turns 100 (2008-07-30)
The 100-year anniversary of the DeKalb County Fiddlers' Convention kicks off Friday night.


Some Still Without Power After Storms (2008-07-30)
More than 1,400 Alabama Power customers were still without power this morning after storms rumbled through the Birmingham area overnight.


Rove Cited for Contempt for Refusing to Testify (2008-07-30)
A House panel on Wednesday voted to cite former top White House aide Karl Rove for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena.


Ala. Supreme Court Stays Arthur Execution (2008-07-30)
The Alabama Supreme Court postponed the execution of Thomas Arthur late Wednesday, just more than 24 hours before he was scheduled to die.


Hyundai Plant Makes More Sedans, Fewer SUVs (2008-07-29)
Montgomery's Hyundai plant is adjusting to shifting consumer demand by producing more Sonata sedans and fewer Santa Fe SUVs.


Thousands of Stimulus Checks Unclaimed (2008-07-29)
More than 112,000 Alabamians have yet to claim their economic stimulus checks. Most of them are elderly, disabled people or veterans who don't have to file an income tax return.


Arthur Execution Clears Another Hurdle (2008-07-29)
The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to block Thomas Arthur's execution for a 1982 murder.


Future Concern for Birmingham Water (2008-07-29)
The manager of Alabama's largest water system says that in less than 20 years Birmingham will not have enough water to meet demand.


Bryce Preservation Being Planned (2008-07-29)
State officials and preservationists are developing a plan to save the old Bryce Hospital, a cradle of civil rights for American mental patients.


Another Inmate Admits To Wicker killing (2008-07-29)
Attorneys attempting to delay Thomas Arthur's execution have sent Gov. Bob Riley and court officials an affidavit signed by another inmate who says he killed Troy Wicker Jr.


Pre-K Program Expands (2008-07-29)
More of Alabama's four-year-olds will be able to join the state's pre-kindergarten program in the fall and Gov. Bob Riley is set to announce the new locations Tuesday.


State Medicare Program Gets Additional Funds (2008-07-29)
About 11,250 low-income Alabama residents will no longer have to pay extra money every month for Medicare Part B coverage.


Nuclear Board Will Hear Arguments Against Reactor Applications (2008-07-28)
The Atomic Safety Licensing Board is scheduled to begin hearing opposition to the Tennessee Valley Authority's application for a license for two nuclear reactors at its Bellefonte site.


Air Quality Alert for Shelby, Jefferson Counties (2008-07-28)
A code orange air quality alert for ozone pollution has been issued for Monday (7/28) for Jefferson and Shelby counties.


Gas Prices Continue Dropping in Alabama (2008-07-28)
Finally there's a bit of good news at the pump. AAA-Alabama reports that the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Alabama dropped a penny overnight to $3.88.


Birmingham Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe (2008-07-28)
A reticulated giraffe was born early Monday morning. The baby is nursing and seems to have bonded with its mother, Juno. Both mother and baby are doing well.


Ala. AG Boosts Staffer's Salaries (2008-07-28)
Attorney General Troy King has used his appointment authority to boost the salaries of some of his top aides.


Getting the Most Out of Gasoline (2008-07-25)
Gas prices are high everywhere, and there's no relief in sight. Short of driving less or purchasing a hybrid gas-sipping auto, options for reducing your gas costs may seem slim.


Drought Status Worsens (2008-07-25)
Alabama's drought status has not improve, in fact, its getting worse. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Survey, only six percent of the state is not being affected by some stage of drought.


Expert Says Little TVA Pollution Reaches NC (2008-07-25)
An expert witness for the Tennessee Valley Authority says that little of the pollution from the utility's coal-fired power plants makes its way into North Carolina.


Court Limits Defense In Abortion Case (2008-07-25)
A state appeals court has ruled that a Birmingham nurse charged with illegally performing abortions can't claim that she acted with a doctor's permission.


Cramer Explains Recent Campaign Expenses (2008-07-25)
Retiring U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer of Alabama says his recent campaign expenses on meals and travel were for political and district-related functions that the Federal Election Commission considers legitimate.


Immigration Office Opens in Homewood (2008-07-25)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has opened its new office in Homewood, relocating from neighboring Birmingham.


Carnival Will Send Cruise Ship to Mobile (2008-07-25)
Part of the river around New Orleans has been closed since Wednesday after a barge collided with an oil tanker. It has forced a major cruise line to divert one of its ships to Alabama.


State Supreme Court Urged Not To Block Arthur Execution (2008-07-25)
Prosecutors urged the Alabama Supreme Court to deny Thomas Arthur's request for DNA testing of trial evidence for a 1982 murder, calling that a delaying tactic ahead of the inmate's planned execution.


Scrushy Lawyers Want Juror E-Mails Investigated (2008-07-25)
A federal appeals court has been asked to appoint a special master to investigate e-mails purportedly sent between two jurors in the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.


Riley To Name New Jefferson County DA (2008-07-25)
Gov. Bob Riley said he will appoint a new chief prosecutor for Alabama's most populous county.


Oil Spill Diverts Some Orleans Ships To Mobile (2008-07-25)
The massive oil spill on the Mississippi River has forced some ship traffic to change course to Mobile, including the Carnival cruise ship Fantasy.


Leaders Stress Need for Statewide Water Strategy (2008-07-24)
Alabama businesses, farmers and water systems continue to struggle with the effects of two years of drought despite recent rains that have brought some relief.


TVA Manager Testifies on Utility's Emission Reductions (2008-07-24)
The Tennessee Valley Authority opened its defense of a lawsuit filed against the utility on Wednesday, and a manager said the TVA is a leader in reducing air pollution from power plants.


Ga. Official: Why Wait For Feds To OK Water Study? (2008-07-24)
Georgia's top environmental official believes the three states battling over water shouldn't wait for Congress to approve an independent study of the issue. Instead, they should pay for it themselves.


Arthur Execution Still on Schedule (2008-07-24)
A federal appeals panel has denied a stay of execution for 66-year-old Thomas Arthur, who faces lethal injection next week in Alabama for a 1982 murder.


Gas Prices Drop in Alabama (2008-07-24)
Despite a tropical storm in the Gulf, gas prices are still dropping in Alabama. According to AAA Alabama, the average price for regular unleaded slipped more than a penny from Wednesday to $3.92 a gallon.


Movie Gallery Names New CFO (2008-07-24)
Movie Gallery Inc. has announced that Lucinda M. Baier will become the new executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Dothan-based video rental chain.


Mercedes Cutting Production in Alabama (2008-07-24)
Mercedes-Benz is reducing production of vehicles made in Alabama. Plant spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said sales trends and the overall economy prompted the production cuts.


Alabama Power Benefits from Hurricane Recovery Program (2008-07-24)
Records show Alabama Power Company is in line to be the biggest beneficiary in its home state of a federal program to spur recovery from Hurricane Katrina.


Former Environmental Official Says TVA Violated Law (2008-07-23)
A former U.S. government air quality official says the Tennessee Valley Authority violated federal law by renovating and expanding power plants without installing new air pollution scrubbers.


AG Says Siegelman Findings To Be Released (2008-07-23)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey now says that findings from a Justice Department investigation into former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's corruption case will be released to Congress.


Riley Delivers "Pre-K Champion" Awards (2008-07-23)
Several Alabama groups are being praised for their support of pre-kindergarten education.


State Farm Raises Rates Along Gulf Coast (2008-07-23)
Citing coastal growth and hurricane threats, State Farm will boost its homeowners insurance rates by 12 percent to 18 percent in Mobile and Baldwin counties.


Rail Car Plant One-Fifth Complete (2008-07-23)
Executives with National Alabama Corp. say construction on a new rail car plant in Lauderdale County is now one-fifth complete.


Judge Won't Block A&M Trustees (2008-07-23)
A judge has refused to block four Alabama A&M University trustees from serving on the board.


Siegelman Supporters Call For Expanded Probe (2008-07-23)
Supporters of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman are calling for a broader investigation into his corruption case after the Justice Department acknowledged that information about potential juror misconduct was withheld from the defense.


Ala. Legislators Begin Writing Water Plan (2008-07-23)
Alabama businesses, farmers and water systems continue to struggle with the effects of two years of drought despite recent rains that have brought some relief.


Florida Says Tri-State Water Dispute Not About Mussels (2008-07-22)
Floridians upset by the lower flows coming down the Apalachicola River from Georgia made a clear point Monday: The tri-state battle over water isn't just a case of people vs. mussels.


Ala. HS Chief: Rural Secuirty Limited By Manpower Woes (2008-07-22)
The director of homeland security in Alabama says efforts to prevent or respond to a terrorist attack or natural disaster in rural America could be hampered by manpower and funding shortages.


Air Force Nominee Wants Contract Process Review (2008-07-22)
The nominee to lead the Air Force said Tuesday a recent report detailing numerous problems with a $35 billion tanker contract was ''troubling,'' and he plans to review the service's process of awarding contracts.


Honda Will Reduce Manufacturing in Lincoln (2008-07-22)
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama will reduce production at its Lincoln plant, but the company said no layoffs are planned.


Decatur Hospital Reports $8M Loss; Employee Pension Plan Affected (2008-07-22)
Decatur General Hospital has announced it won't be able to fund its employee pension plan for a year after reporting a more than $8 million annual loss.


Ala. Voter Law Challenged (2008-07-21)
A new lawsuit claims the state of Alabama is violating the Constitution by denying some convicted felons the right to vote.


Air Quality Alert; Record Heat Possible Today and Tomorrow (2008-07-21)
A hot stagnant air mass has prompted Birmingham regional authorities to issue a Code Orange Air Quality Alert.


Two-Year System Announces Nursing Scholarship Program (2008-07-21)
Two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne has announced a new scholarship program for licensed practical nursing students attending community colleges.


Sharing A 90 Year Bond (2008-07-20)
In the 90 years they've been friends, Lucinda Rhodes and Lillie Davis have never gotten in an argument, not even a minor disagreement.


Still Drawing At 112 (2008-07-20)
Bent over or sitting at a table, gripping a ballpoint pen, marker or crayon, Frank Calloway spends his days turning visions from his youth into lively murals and at 112 years old, the images of his childhood are a window to another time.


State Benefits Costs Expected to Soar (2008-07-19)
State budget forecasts show that Alabama expects to pay as much as $2.27 billion next year.


Alabama AG Makes 2nd Highest Salary (2008-07-19)
Alabama, one of America's poorest states, is home to the nation's second highest paid attorney general.


Ala. To Keep Funding Gee's Bend Ferry (2008-07-18)
State Transportation Director Joe McInnes said the state will honor a commitment to keep funding the Gee's Bend Ferry.


Ala. Court Rules In State's Favor On Tax Refunds (2008-07-18)
The Alabama Department of Revenue has won a tax refund case at a state appeals court.


Ala. Food Prices Climb In July, Says Farm Group (2008-07-18)
Just like the rest of the country, Alabamians are paying more for groceries.


Ala. Unemployment Rate Steady (2008-07-18)
Alabama's unemployment rate remained steady in June at 4.7 percent.


Merck To Settle Vioxx Settlement In August (2008-07-17)
Pharmaceutical company Merck says it will start cutting checks next month for former users of its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx. Merck announced plans today to fund the $4.8 billion settlement involving about 50,000 lawsuits.


Radioactive Waste To Travel Birmingham Roads (2008-07-17)
Birmingham is on a route for regular shipments of Cold War-era radioactive waste from Tennessee that's scheduled to begin this fall.


Feds Look To Tighten English Law For Truckers (2008-07-17)
Manuel Castillo was driving a truck through west Alabama hauling onions and left with a $500 ticket for something he didn't think he was doing: speaking English poorly.


Ala. Governor Says Price To Land VW To Steep (2008-07-17)
Gov. Bob Riley says the price for Alabama to land the Volkswagen assembly plant proved too steep.


Voter Turnout Low for Election Runoffs (2008-07-16)
Alabama's chief election official says preliminary numbers from the runoff election indicate turnout was lower than expected.


Love, Parker Win Republican Runoffs (2008-07-16)
Huntsville insurance executive Wayne Parker has won the Republican nomination for the Fifth District Congressional seat in north Alabama.


Leaving the Fruit Alone (2008-07-16)
Summertime is a great time to take advantage of all of that free fruit you have growing in your backyard. But this year, commentator Lisa Davis is resisting the urge to do so.


Fort Rucker Colonel Nominated for Army General (2008-07-16)
A Colonel based at Fort Rucker has been nominated for the rank of one-star general in the Army. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Tuesday that President Bush has put Col. Warren E. Phipps Jr.'s name forward for promotion to the rank of brigadier general.


Birmingham Airport Gets New Name (2008-07-16)
The Birmingham Airport Authority has voted to change the name of the Birmingham International Airport to the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.


Congression Runoff Leaves GOP Winners Low On Cash (2008-07-16)
The winners of Alabama's Republican congressional runoffs are waking up to some sobering financial news.


VP Cheney To Visit Ala. In August For GOP Event (2008-07-16)
Vice President Dick Cheney will speak at a fundraiser for the Alabama Republican Party next month in suburban Birmingham.


VW's Pleases Chattanooga; Helps Surrounding States (2008-07-16)
When Volkswagen said yes, the city that shed its dirty air reputation to become a top outdoor recreation destination forgot years of frustrating rejections by automakers.


Agents Destroy Thousands of Marijuana Plants (2008-07-16)
The Alabama Department of Public Safety said drug agents have destroyed thousands of marijuana plants this year in the state's 67 counties.


State's Lawsuit Against TVA Begins (2008-07-15)
North Carolina prosecutors are asking a federal judge to force the Tennessee Valley Authority to install better pollution controls on 11 coal-fired power plants, including some they say pollute air across state lines.


Possible Hate Crime Investigated in Northport (2008-07-15)
Black and Hispanic residents of a Northport mobile home park have become the victims of hate crimes.


Voters Will Determine Runoff Winners Tuesday (2008-07-15)
Voters are going to the polls to decide who the Republican candidates will be for two Congressional seats, an appeals court position and for president of the Alabama Public Service Commission.


Rove Explains Refusal to Speak on Siegelman Case (2008-07-15)
Karl Rove is defending his decision to defy a congressional subpoena, saying he's offered to answer lawmakers' questions as long as there's no transcript and he's not under oath.


Governor Disappointed in VW Decision (2008-07-15)
Gov. Bob Riley says he's disappointed Volkswagen has chosen Tennessee for an assembly plant rather than north Alabama. But Riley says he is pleased the plant will be located close to Alabama.


The Sweet Tradition of Beekeeping (2008-07-15)
Alabama has about 25-hundred beekeeping operations of varying size. Today (7/15), we'll visit a small operation in Tuscaloosa County and discover the sweet tradition that inspires one family of beekeepers.


Ala. Firefighters To Help California (2008-07-15)
Firefighters from Alabama are headed to California to help crews trying to control wildfires that have burned nearly 840,000 acres since mid-June.


Tennessee Lands Volkswagen Plant (2008-07-15)
Volkswagen AG is headed to Tennessee to build cars in the U.S. after it picked the southern state as the site for its new plant.


Cost of Raw Materials Continues to Rise (2008-07-14)
Alabama and U.S. manufacturers are facing some of the hardest conditions in years as the costs of raw materials continue to rise.


Incumbent Republican Worries About Negative Campaign (2008-07-14)
The Republican runoff for Alabama's 2nd Congressional District seat has been notable for its stinging campaign ads.


AG Sets Up Election Hotline (2008-07-14)
The Alabama attorney general's office has established a toll-free hot line for citizens or election officials to report allegations of wrongdoing or with questions concerning runoff elections.


NASA Engineers Work On Alternative Moon Rocket (2008-07-14)
Some of the engineers working on NASA's new Ares moon rockets are also working undercover on a competing design.


Ala. Medicaid Chief Elected To National Post (2008-07-14)
Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Carol H. Steckel has been elected chair of the executive committee of the National Association of state Medicaid Administrators.


Gas Prices Go Up Slightly (2008-07-14)
Alabama's gas prices were up overnight, but it was less than a penny. The statewide average for regular unleaded was $3.96 Monday.


National Cemetery Dedicated Sunday (2008-07-14)
The Alabama National Cemetery has been formally dedicated. Scores of veterans joined dignitaries for Sunday's ceremony in Montevallo.


Low Turnout Forecast For Ala. Primary (2008-07-14)
Alabama's chief election official is expecting very low turnout for the runoff election Tuesday.


Boeing Optimistic About Its Tanker Bid (2008-07-14)
A Boeing executive said he's looking forward to addressing the revised bid request for a $35 billion aerial tanker contract.


Southeast's Water Access At Risk (2008-07-13)
A new study says global warming and population growth threaten the Southeast's already precarious water supplies by fueling more extreme weather and degrading water quality.


Meth Labs Spread Across South Alabama (2008-07-13)
Methamphetamine production in Mobile and Baldwin counties is on the rise again after tighter restrictions on the sale of some cold medicines caused a sharp drop in recent years, officials said.


National Cemetery Will Open Sunday (2008-07-11)
Alabama's newest burial ground for military veterans will be dedicated Sunday. The 479-acre site is located next to American Village in Montevallo.


Only Two Salmonella Reports in Alabama (2008-07-11)
The number of people who've been sickened by salmonella-contaminated food is growing nationwide but Alabama officials say the state has only had two reported cases.


Court: City DUI Convictions Don't Count For Prison (2008-07-11)
The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that drunken driving convictions in municipal court don't count when determining whether repeat offenders have the four DUI convictions that can send them to state prison.


Ala. Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Reactor (2008-07-11)
The Tennessee Valley Authority has shut down a reactor at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in north Alabama to repair a leak in a steam pipe.


State Renews Safety Campaign for ATVs (2008-07-11)
There's a renewed focus by the Alabama Department of Public Health on the dangers of All Terrain Vehicles. State officials launched a statewide educational campaign Thursday to warn citizens about the dangers of allowing anyone under age 16 to ride the vehicles.


Farley Nuclear Plant Gets Good Review (2008-07-11)
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave Farley Nuclear Plant a positive review.


More Firefighters Going to Texas (2008-07-11)
Another group of Alabama wildland firefighters are headed to Texas. The Alabama Forestry Commission said a seven-member team departed early Friday from Luverne. Two more firefighters will leave early Saturday.


Tanker Contract Rebid Could Close By Year's End (2008-07-10)
Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. will submit new offers for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, and the Pentagon will pick a winner by the end of the year.


Tanker Contract Rebid; Reaction from Washington (2008-07-10)
Alabama lawmakers have mixed reactions to the Pentagon's decision to take over the acquisition process for Northrop Grumman's controversial air tanker bid. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.


More Black Farmers File Suits Against Agriculture Department (2008-07-10)
Nearly 900 black farmers in Alabama have filed new lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more are expected to follow.


Ala. Extends Extends Unemployment Pay 13 Weeks (2008-07-10)
Unemployed Alabamians might be eligible for up to 13 more weeks of unemployment compensation.


School Board Didn't Violate Meetings Law (2008-07-10)
A Madison County judge has ruled that the Huntsville school board didn't intentionally violate the Alabama Open Meetings Act when the board fired two school employees.


Rove Ignores Subpoena to Testify (2008-07-10)
Former White House adviser Karl Rove has ignored a subpoena from congressional Democrats to appear at a hearing on alleged political influence at the Justice Department.


Ala. Hopes Tax Holiday Attracts Neighbors (2008-07-10)
Alabama hopes to attract Florida and Mississippi shoppers to its third annual sales tax holiday in August.


Cavanaugh Leads In Fundraising For Ala. PSC (2008-07-10)
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh has posted a big fundraising lead over Matt Chancey in the Republican runoff for president of the Alabama Public Service Commission.


Court Race Isn't Attracting Much Funding (2008-07-10)
The Republican runoff for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals isn't drawing many campaign contributions.


Two Alabamians Report Sickness In Salmonella Case (2008-07-10)
The number of people who've been sickened by salmonella-contaminated food is growing nationwide but Alabama officials say the state has only had two reported cases.


Congressional Candidates Help Fund Their Own Campaigns (2008-07-10)
The two candidates in the Republican runoff for the 2nd Congressional District are helping bankroll their own campaigns.


Auto Supplier To Expand Birmingham Plant (2008-07-09)
A major supplier to Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to expand its plant in Valley East Industrial Park, creating 400 more jobs.


Attorney General Says Siegelman Probe A Priority (2008-07-09)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey says an internal Justice Department investigation into the agency's prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman should be completed by the time the Bush administration leaves office in January.


Ala. Lawmakers Accept Tanker Re-Bid Decision (2008-07-09)
Alabama will have to wait another six months before learning if it will be the U.S. manufacturing base for the next generation of Air Force refueling tankers. But state officials were expressing confidence that Alabama would still win the work.


Birmingham Seeks Stiffer Curfew Law (2008-07-09)
Birmingham officials have called for a crackdown on those who violate the city's youth curfew.


Auto Supplier To Expand Birmingham Plant (2008-07-09)
A major supplier to Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to expand its plant in Valley East Industrial Park, creating 400 more jobs.


Cockfighting Raid In Marshall County (2008-07-08)
A raid on an alleged cockfighting ring in Marshall County led to 23 arrests. Sheriff Scott Walls said his department had busted cockfighting operations before but none like this one.


All Ala. High Schools To Have Distance Learning (2008-07-08)
All Alabama high schools will soon be outfitted with distance learning technology that makes classes available to students from one end of the state to the other.


Gaming May Help Pay Jefferson Co. Debt (2008-07-08)
Jefferson County officials are expected to consider countywide gaming as an option to raise money for the county's $3.2 billion sewer debt.


OPR Letter Confirms Siegelman Review (2008-07-08)
A lawyer for Don Siegelman wants a Justice Department review into the prosecution of the former governor to focus partly on the reasons a federal prosecutor in Montgomery stepped aside from the case.


Mando Plans Expansion At Opelika Plant (2008-07-08)
Auto parts manufacturer Mando America Corporation has announced expansion plans for its Opelika location.


Arthur, NY Group To Try And Stop Ala. Execution (2008-07-08)
A New York group has launched an e-mail campaign trying to halt the execution of Alabama death row inmate Tommy Arthur.


Ala. School Board Elects New Officers (2008-07-08)
Randy McKinney of Orange Beach has been elected as vice president of the State Board of Education.


Alabama Firefighters Helping in California (2008-07-07)
Some Alabama firefighters are in California helping that state battle wildfires near Big Sur.


Storms Blamed for Weekend Outages (2008-07-07)
Authorities say between 15,000 and 20,000 utility customers in Baldwin County were in the dark for hours over the weekend after severe storms rolled through the area.


Alabama Has Lowest Taxes ... Again (2008-07-07)
Alabama can again claim to have the nation's lowest state and local taxes per person.


Ala. Education Heads Seek School Transfer Waiver (2008-07-07)
Alabama education officials have filed an amended request with the government to let failing K-12 schools offer tutoring in addition to allowing students to transfer to better-performing schools in 2008-09.


ThyssenKrupp May Need Mass Transit In Mobile (2008-07-07)
A mass transit system may be needed during construction of the ThyssenKrupp AG steel plant north of Mobile.


VW Plant Decision Could Come After July 15th (2008-07-07)
A spokesman for Germany's Volkswagen AG says it likely will announce a decision on its plans for a new U.S. plant after a supervisory board meeting next week.


Ala. Water Systems To Be Put On Digital Maps (2008-07-07)
All of Alabama's water systems will be placed on digital maps.


National Honor For Ala. Scenic River Trail (2008-07-07)
The U.S. Department of Interior has designated the Alabama Scenic River Trail as a National Recreation Trail.


Gas Prices Increase Again (2008-07-07)
No matter how you slice it, the price of gas is hurting the pocketbook. Nationally, Triple-A reports the average price for a gallon of regular has risen to yet another record high of just under $4.11.


Vietnam Hero Gets Posthumous Award (2008-07-04)
A Vietnam hero will be posthumously awarded the 2008 Audie Murphy Patriotism Award at the annual Spirit of America Festival in Decatur.


Drought Intensifies Across Alabama (2008-07-04)
The latest Drought Monitor Survey indicates conditions have not improved. This week's survey, released Thursday, showed the drought has intensified across Alabama.


Ala. 11th In Deployments For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars (2008-07-04)
Alabama ranks 11th among states in the number of National Guard members and Reservists who have been deployed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Potential Medicare Hit For Low-Income Alabamians (2008-07-04)
Some 15,500 low-income Alabamians on Medicare could soon be forced to shell out extra money each month.


Washington Co. Suit Accuses Ciba Of Pollution (2008-07-04)
Some 100 McIntosh-area residents have sued Ciba Corp., claiming that the company contaminated their land with dangerous chemicals for decades.


Auction House Wants Buyer for Parks' Items (2008-07-03)
An auction house in New York City is trying to find a buyer for thousands of personal items that belonged to Rosa Parks. The items include her presidential and congressional medals, a post card from Martin Luther King Junior.


Troopers Watching for Aggressive Driving (2008-07-03)
Alabama state troopers are going to crack down on aggressive driving, particularly around big trucks. Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy says the new traffic initiative will target high-traffic corridors with lots of crashes.


GOP Runoff Ad Targets Taxes (2008-07-03)
Alabama Republican congressional candidate Harri Anne Smith says she ''hates taxes'' and has signed a vow against raising them. But in a new campaign ad, she criticizes her opponent in the GOP runoff for voting against a tax increase on oil companies.


Marine Police Ready for Busy Water Season (2008-07-03)
The Alabama Marine Police say the busiest part of the summer water recreation season is just beginning and there have been at least eleven deaths on the state's lake system.


Judge Dismisses Tribe's Bid For Federal Recognition (2008-07-03)
A federal judge has dismissed the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians' lawsuit that sought to force federal recognition for the tribe based in southwest Alabama.


Tropical Storm Bertha Forms In The Atlantic (2008-07-03)
Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.


Nebraska Beef Expands Recall (2008-07-03)
Nebraska Beef Ltd. is expanding a recall announced earlier this week to include all 5.3 million pounds of meat produced for ground beef between May 16 and June 26.


Two FirmsTo Appeal $114 Million Verdict In Drug Case (2008-07-03)
Drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis say they will appeal a jury verdict ordering them to pay more than $114 million to Alavbama for overcharging the state's Medicaid program for prescription drugs.


I-65 North Exits In Montgomery To Open Saturday (2008-07-03)
Motorists traveling Interstate 65 north through Montgomery will find it easier to exit Saturday.


Alabama Musicians Will Enter Hall of Fame (2008-07-02)
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis Horns will become the newest members of the Musicians Hall of Fame.


Air Quality Alert for Jefferson, Shelby Counties (2008-07-02)
The Birmingham Regional Planning Commission has issued an Orange Air Quality Alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.


Authorities Will Watch Roads on July 4th (2008-07-02)
Got July 4th party plans? Drive carefully. State and local law enforcement officers will be keeping a watchful eye on drivers.


UN Envoy Critical of Alabama's Death Penalty (2008-07-02)
A United Nations report described Alabama's death penalty system as being so flawed that the state may have executed an innocent person, but the state's top prosecutor dismissed that criticism.


Alabamians Honored With Carnegie Medals (2008-07-02)
Three Alabamians who saved a teenager from drowning in Hawaii are among 26 people awarded Carnegie medals for their heroic acts.


Audition House Seeks To Sell Rosa Parks Collection (2008-07-02)
A New York City auction house will try to sell thousands of late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks' personal items.


Summer is Busy Time for Domestic Violence Shelters (2008-07-02)
Summertime is a busy time for domestic violence shelters, and a recent murder in Lawrence County has refocused attention on the issue.


Former Auburn Swimmer Makes Olympic Team (2008-07-01)
Former Auburn swimmer Mark Gangloff has earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic swimming team. At Monday night's U.S. Olympic Trials, Gangloff finished second in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 43 seconds.


Study Says Nuclear Plants Aren't Following Safety Rules (2008-07-01)
A Congressional report finds that operators of nuclear power plants have yet to comply with some of the government's fire safety rules three decades after they were issued.


Ala. Receives $1.7 Million Food Stamp Bonus (2008-07-01)
Alabama is receiving a $1.7 million bonus from the federal government for having a low error rate in its food stamp program.


Tuskegee Airman Remembered (2008-07-01)
Friends and family will bid farewell on Tuesday to Lieutenant Colonel Charles ''Chuck'' Dryden, one of the first of the pioneering black World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.


Students, Workers Back at Work After Chemical Exposure (2008-07-01)
Several student workers and two maintenance employees at Snead State Community College were back at work Tuesday after they came in contact with a possibly hazardous chemical.


Birmingham Hospital Will Be Sold (2008-07-01)
Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham is returning to single ownership. Under a deal announced Monday, Baptist Health Systems, Inc. would sell its 35 percent interest in Trinity to Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 27 (2008-06-30)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, April 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Court Sets Execution Date for Arthur (2008-06-30)
The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 31 for Thomas Arthur. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the 1982 killing of Troy Wicker of Muscle Shoals.


Closing Arguments in Prescription Drug Lawsuit (2008-06-30)
Attorneys are set to begin giving closing arguments in the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit against two prescription drug companies.


Child Killed, 12 Injured, in Huntsville Storm (2008-06-30)
A 5-year-old boy was killed and 12 others were injured Sunday when strong winds toppled spectator tents at a Huntsville air show.


Closing Arguments Begin in Drug Trial (2008-06-30)
Attorneys are set to begin giving closing arguments in the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit against two prescription drug companies.


Ala. Supreme Court Upholds Riley's Jefferson Co. Pick (2008-06-30)
The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Bob Riley's appointment to a vacant Jefferson County Commission seat but says a November election for the seat must be held.


Reopening Black Farmers' Suit Could Cost Billions (2008-06-29)
Lawmakers budgeted just $100 million for damages when they reopened the government's discrimination settlement with black farmers. They probably should have handed over a blank check.


Decatur Teen To Be Tried As Adult (2008-06-29)
A judge has ruled that a 14-year-old Decatur boy will stand trial as an adult on attempted murder charges.


''Idol'' Winner Studdard Getting Married (2008-06-27)
Season two ''American Idol'' winner Ruben Studdard is getting ready for a weekend wedding in his home state.


Gas Prices Remain Flat in State (2008-06-27)
Despite record setting crude oil prices Thursday, gasoline prices remain flat in Alabama. According to AAA, the average statewide price for a gallon of regular was $3.92 Friday - unchanged from the previous day.


Gates Gets Involved In Tanker Battle (2008-06-27)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has pledged to oversee a disputed $35 billion tanker contract.


Auburn Considers 12-percent Tuition Hike (2008-06-27)
Auburn University officials plan to ask trustees for a 12-percent tuition hike.


Grocery Bag Blueprint-commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2008-06-27)
How do you make a house out of a paper grocery bag? ... storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham knows how ...


Former Cabinet Member Joins James' Campaign (2008-06-27)
A former member of Gov. Bob Riley's Cabinet has agreed to play a major role in Tim James' campaign for governor in 2010. Montgomery timber executive Guice Slawson Sr. will be his finance chairman.


Auburn Raises Tuition Fees (2008-06-27)
Auburn University students will be paying more for their education next school year because trustees have approved a 12 percent tuition increase.


Session's Puts "Hold" On Tanker Bill (2008-06-27)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions has placed a legislative ``hold'' on a bill requiring the Air Force to award a contract to build tankers to Boeing or reopen the bidding process.


US Supreme Court Refuses Appeal Of Pollution Verdict (2008-06-27)
The United States Supreme Court has rejected all further appeals of a more than $20.7 million pollution verdict against a Phenix City plant.


Legislator's Fraud Trial Set for August (2008-06-27)
The trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz on fraud charges has been scheduled to begin Aug. 18 at the federal courthouse in Decatur.


Hotel Plans For Ala. Coast Nixed By Judge (2008-06-27)
A Montgomery judge has blocked plans by the state to turn Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores into a convention destination by building an upscale hotel and conference center.


Growth in St. Clair County Brings Optimism, Concern (2008-06-26)
St. Clair County is the fastest-growing county in Alabama two years running. Further growth will require careful planning now to avoid major problems later. Alabama Public Radio's Brandon Hollingsworth reports.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 26 (2008-06-26)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Birmingham Airport May Be Renamed (2008-06-26)
A majority of Birmingham Airport Authority members favor renaming Birmingham International Airport to honor the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a former civil rights leader.


271 Nabbed in Fugitive Roundup (2008-06-26)
U.S. Marshals teamed up state and local law enforcement agencies to round up 271 fugitives who were wanted in north Alabama on various federal charges.


Blues Singer Carroline Shines (2008-06-26)
When blues singer and guitarist Johnny Shines died on April 20, 1992, some people thought his musical legacy had come to an end. What most people didn't know was that Johnny Shine's death lit the fire of another singer - his daughter Carroline Shines.


Goodyear Plans Improving Ala. Plant (2008-06-26)
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced today it will spend at least $1 billion annually through 2010 to expand and improve plants around the world.


Ala. Officials Praise Supreme Court Gun Ruling (2008-06-26)
A former Alabama attorney general and the present attorney general are praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.


Drought Gets Better in Alabama (2008-06-26)
Another week passes and the drought map for Alabama looks better at first glance. This week, 20 percent of the state is no longer feeling the effects of drought.


2-Year System To Get Scandal Restitution (2008-06-26)
The two-year college system no longer needs to worry about filing a lawsuit to recoup money from a widespread scandal that mined funds from its colleges.


Former State Geologist Philip LaMoreaux Dies at 88 (2008-06-25)
Philip E. LaMoreaux, who from 1961 to 1976 served as state geologist and founded a successful geologic consulting firm, is dead at the age of 88.


Pugh Pays $2 Mil in Jefferson Sewer Scandal (2008-06-25)
Grady Roland Pugh, Jr., has paid a $2 million fine for his role in the Jefferson County sewer scandal, U.S. Attorney Alice Martin announced Tuesday.


AEA Loses Suit Over Chancellor's Hiring (2008-06-25)
The Alabama Education Association has lost a court challenge of Bradley Byrne's hiring as the state's two-year college chancellor.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 25 (2008-06-25)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Pettagrue Pleads Not Guilty (2008-06-25)
The Rev. Samuel Pettagrue has pleaded not guilty to charges that he illegally paid state Sen. E.B. McClain with money from grants.


Ala. AG Unhappy With Supreme Court's Child Rape Ruling (2008-06-25)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King says the public should be outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling outlawing the execution of people convicted of raping a child.


NASA's Next Generation Moon-Rocket Grows In Size (2008-06-25)
NASA is releasing new details about the latest design of America's next moon rocket.


Appellate Judges Refuse Scrushy Bond (2008-06-25)
A federal appeals court has for the third time refused to release former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy from prison while his conviction is being appealed.


Alabama Boxer Prepares For Gold (2008-06-24)
The nation's Olympic boxing hopes rest partly on the shoulders of an Alabama heavyweight who is a relative beginner at the sport. Deontay (Dee-OHN-tay) Wilder is a lanky (tall), power puncher trying to complete an unlikely journey. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Alabama Boxer Prepares For Gold (2008-06-24)
The nation's Olympic boxing hopes rest partly on the shoulders of an Alabama heavyweight who is a relative beginner at the sport. Deontay (Dee-OHN-tay) Wilder is a lanky (tall), power puncher trying to complete an unlikely journey. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Alabama Boxer Prepares For Gold (2008-06-24)
The nation's Olympic boxing hopes rest partly on the young, inexperienced shoulders of Alabama heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 24 (2008-06-24)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AU to Offer New Engineering Program (2008-06-24)
Auburn University soon will offer an academic program to train engineers to work in the automotive industry.


House Boat Explosion Injured Three People (2008-06-24)
An explosion and fire aboard a houseboat docked at Eagle Cove Marina on Holt Lake left three people injured, including a man who suffered serious burns.


State Will End Services to Elderly, Disabled (2008-06-24)
Nearly 1,200 elderly or disabled Alabamians will lose state-funded homemaker services in August. The state Department of Human Resources announced it must end the services because of budget constraints.


AG King Criticizes Justice Department in Election Probe (2008-06-24)
Alabama's attorney general says the U.S. Department of Justice has become an obstacle to investigating allegations of voter fraud in Perry County.


State Suicide Rate Climbs (2008-06-23)
Alabama's suicide rate has climbed to its highest level since 2000 and appears to remain above the national average.


Toomer's Corner Famed Trees Get Help (2008-06-23)
The two landmark live oaks at Toomer's Corner, a rallying site for Auburn University football victory parties and other celebrations, have been given a $5,000 spruce up by tree experts.


Michelle Obama Visits Alabama (2008-06-23)
Michelle Obama will visit the state today, to raise money for her husband's presidential campaign.


Conference to Address Role of Faith Groups in Community (2008-06-23)
About 400 people are meeting in Montgomery to discuss how faith-based and community groups can address some of the problems facing Alabama.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 23 (2008-06-23)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Riley Asks Faith Groups for More Help (2008-06-23)
Gov. Bob Riley has encouraged faith-based and community-based groups to get more involved in addressing some of the problems facing the state.


Drought Getting Better, But Problems Linger (2008-06-20)
The 18-month-long drought in Alabama is slowly releasing its grip on the state, but experts warn it could get worse again.


Tanker Decision Leaves Aviation Industry in Limbo (2008-06-20)
The head of a Memphis-based supplier of aircraft fire-suppression equipment, John McNulty received some vacation-spoiling news this week when his business partner reached him in Cancun.


Florida Will Sue in Tri-State Water Dispute (2008-06-20)
Florida officials have notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they plan to sue the federal agency for violating the Endangered Species Act.


University of Ala. System Raising Tuition (2008-06-20)
Trustees of the University of Alabama System have approved double-digit increases in tuition for all three campuses this fall.


AU Displays Bioenergy Unit in DC (2008-06-20)
Auburn University is showing off its mobile bioenergy unit in the nation's capitol this week, converting wood chips into electricity on the back of a truck near the National Mall.


Death Row Inmate Dies Awaiting Retrial (2008-06-20)
More than a decade ago, a frustrated judge vowed there would be no more delays in the stalled retrial of death row inmate Shep Wilson Jr, who waited nearly 18 years without ever getting a new trial in the slaying of a teenage store clerk.


April's Unemployment Rate Went Up (2008-06-20)
Alabama's unemployment rate is up - it rose in May to 4.7 percent. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the May rate was up from 4.0 percent in April, and it was higher than the 3.5 percent recorded a year ago.


Air Force Chief: Tanker Project Will Be Delayed (2008-06-20)
The outgoing civilian chief of the Air Force says an audit agency's recommendation that the service reopen bidding on a contract to build a new generation of aerial refueling planes almost certainly means the Air Force will fail to put the planes into service starting in 2013.


I-65 Lanes In Montgomery Closed During Weekend (2008-06-20)
Motorists driving through Montgomery, Ala., this weekend on Interstate 65 may face some significant delays due to the widening of the highway.


Alabama Lawmakers Prepare For Tanker Battle (2008-06-19)
Boeing's victory on a lucrative Pentagon contract was being toasted on Capitol Hill. Now Alabama lawmakers are preparing for the next round of the fight. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 19 (2008-06-19)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Rep. Cramer Pleased with NASA Program Funding (2008-06-19)
North Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer is praising his colleagues in the House for Wednesday's vote providing NASA with additional funding in next year's budget.


Judge Upholds Verdict Against AstraZeneca (2008-06-19)
A judge in Montgomery has upheld the fraud verdict Alabama won against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. But he trimmed the damages judgment from $215 million to $160 million.


Riley Endorses Tax Savings for Education (2008-06-19)
Gov. Bob Riley says a new state law will allow parents to save up to $250 annually in state income taxes. Riley joined State Treasurer Kay Ivey on Thursday for the ceremonial signing of a bill that gives parents a tax break on money they contribute toward the state's two college savings plan.


Freedom Creek Blues Festival (2008-06-19)
It's festival season around the country. Each May, the town of Old Memphis, Alabama becomes center stage for the Freedom Creek Blues Festival. Alabama Public Radio's Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath reports.


Michelle Obama Plans Visit to Birmingham (2008-06-19)
Sen. Barack Obama's wife will attend a private fundraising luncheon Monday in Birmingham. The political director for Obama's Alabama campaign, Jerome Gray, confirmed the visit by Michelle Obama.


Southern Drought Expected to Worsen (2008-06-19)
The Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for stubborn drought conditions expected to worsen across the Southeast this summer.


Officials Seek Improvement on Military Voting System (2008-06-19)
Election officials, lawmakers and members of the military are trying to find a better way for military personnel stationed overseas to vote in Alabama elections.


AG Agrees to Reduce Death Sentence (2008-06-18)
A man who twice received the death sentence for the 1987 killing of an elderly woman has had his sentence changed to life in prison without parole after being ruled mentally disabled.


GAO Decision Could Be Bad for Gulf Coast (2008-06-18)
The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Air Force reconsider a 35-billion dollar contract that would have brought new development and jobs to Alabama and the Gulf Coast region. That decision comes after an audit found serious flaws in the bidding process. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Ala. Voter Fraud Unit Formed (2008-06-18)
Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman has formed a new unit in her office to deal with reports of voter fraud.


Bush's Oil Drilling Won't Effect Ala. (2008-06-18)
Alabama's conservation commissioner says President Bush's push to open offshore waters to drilling by oil companies won't have any impact on Alabama's coast.


Alabama Power Ends Dispute Over Trees (2008-06-18)
Alabama Power Company has thrown in the towel in its legal battle against two Jacksonville residents who chained themselves to trees to keep the utility from cutting them down.


Tuition on the Rise at All UA Campuses (2008-06-18)
Students in the University of Alabama system will soon have to cope with sharp tuition increases.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 18 (2008-06-18)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Ala. Soldier Says No To Iraq Duty (2008-06-18)
An Army sergeant from Alabama is refusing to deploy to Iraq and is not hiding his protest.


GAO Report Favors Boeing Over Northrop (2008-06-18)
The Government Accountability Office favors Boeing in protest of $35B Air Force tanker contract awarded to Northrop, Airbus parent.


Boeing Wins Key Round Over Northrop In Air Force Tanker Protest (2008-06-18)
Officials in Mobile are disappointed with a ruling by congressional investigators upholding Boeing's protest of a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.


Tim James Organizing Ala. Governor Campaign (2008-06-18)
Greenville businessman Tim James is beginning to organize his Republican campaign for governor in 2010.


AG King Seizes Voting Records in Third County (2008-06-17)
The state attorney general's office has seized the primary election voting records from a third county.


Death Row Inmate Dies In Prison Infirmary (2008-06-17)
A death row inmate has died in the prison infirmary at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.


Civil Rights Institute Plans Renovations (2008-06-17)
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is revealing plans for the first renovations to the museum's permanent exhibits in its 15-year history.


Scrushy in Court for Fraud Testimony (2008-06-17)
This week, HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy is participating in a deposition in civil suits filed over a $2.7-billion fraud scandal.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 17 (2008-06-17)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Movie Will Focus on Tuskegee Airmen (2008-06-17)
The black airmen whose lives will be the basis of a George Lucas movie know the picture will highlight their record of successfully escorting thousands of U.S. bombers in World War II.


Alabama Boxer Ready For Beijing (2008-06-17)
The nation's Olympic boxing hopes rest partly on the shoulders of an Alabama heavyweight who is a relative beginner at the sport. Deontay (Dee-OHN-tay) Wilder is a tall, power puncher trying to complete an unlikely journey. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Christian Coalition Addresses Uninsured Alabamians (2008-06-17)
The chairwoman of the state Senate Health Committee and the chairman of the Christian Coalition of Alabama are planning to explore ways to provide health care to uninsured Alabamians.


Huntsville Will Benefit from Military Contract (2008-06-17)
Military contractors Northrop Grumman and DHS Technologies have been awarded a $240 million contract to provide mobile command centers to the U.S. Army.


Cotton Crops Decline in Alabama (2008-06-16)
Many Alabama farmers are reducing the number of acres devoted to growing cotton, a move that could cause cotton gins and warehouses to close.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 16 (2008-06-16)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AG Warns of Food Stamp Scam (2008-06-16)
The Alabama Attorney General's office is warning food stamp recipients and others to never give personal information to callers who claim to be from the Department of Human Resources.


Opening StatementsTuesday In Ala. Drug Trial (2008-06-16)
Opening statements are set for Tuesday in the trial of two pharmaceutical companies accused by Alabama of overcharging the state's Medicaid program.


ADEM Sues Hanceville Over Sewage Discharge (2008-06-16)
State environmental officials have sued the Hanceville Water and Sewer Board over more than two million gallons of raw sewage discharged into Mud Creek.


New Education Budget Expands Pre-K (2008-06-13)
Alabama's new education budget will allow the state's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds to add more than 1,000 students across the state.


Former Fire College Director Convicted of Fraud (2008-06-13)
The former head of the Alabama Fire College must repay $1.7 million that he funneled to himself, family and friends, a federal jury ordered Thursday.


Ala. Senator To Propose "I Believe" License Plate (2008-06-13)
A Republican state senator says he plans to introduce a bill to create an ``I Believe'' license plate in Alabama. It would be similar to the one approved recently by South Carolina lawmakers.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 13 (2008-06-13)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Boeing Says Air Force Miscalculated Tanker Costs (2008-06-13)
The Air Force has conceded it chose the more expensive option in awarding a $35 billion contract for refueling tankers to a team led by Northrop Grumman instead of Boeing.


Former TVA Chairman Rips Nuclear Plans (2008-06-13)
A former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman is stunned the nation's largest public utility is leading the country's nuclear revival now.


88% of Alabama Still Under Drought (2008-06-12)
The U.S Drought Monitor is a mixed bag for Alabama this week. Specialists say the state is still in much better shape than it was this time a year ago.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 12 (2008-06-12)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 12, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 12 (2008-06-12)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 12, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Agriculture Officials Back Off Peanut Adjustments (2008-06-11)
The Agriculture Department is postponing until next year a plan to lower price supports for some peanut crops after getting an earful from the industry.


Some Laid-Off Ala. Teachers Getting Rehired (2008-06-11)
Some Alabama teachers who were laid off when the Legislature failed to pass a budget are getting rehired now that school boards have one to prepare for the new academic year.


Riley Tells Siegelman He Had Nothing To Do With Probe (2008-06-11)
Gov. Bob Riley says he told former Gov. Don Siegelman in person that he had nothing to do with the corruption probe of the Siegelman administration.


Defense Rests Case In Fire College Scandal (2008-06-11)
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations in the criminal trial of former Alabama Fire College Director W.L. Langston Wednesday after attorneys give their closing arguments.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 10 (2008-06-10)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Food Score Matter; Now Online (2008-06-10)
Alabama Health Officials recently made the food score ratings for restaurants across the state available online. Alabama Public Radio's Alisa Beckwith Ayilliath takes us to a West Alabama restaurant for a closer look at why food scores matter ...


Governor Signs Small Business Tax Break (2008-06-10)
Gov. Bob Riley is signing legislation to provide a tax break to small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees.


Citizen Groups Protest Proposed Nuclear Plant In North Ala. (2008-06-10)
Several citizen groups have filed a petition with federal nuclear regulators raising concerns over plans to possibly build a nuclear plant in north Alabama.


Food Score Matter; Now Online (2008-06-10)
Alabama Health Officials recently made the food score ratings for restaurants across the state available online. Alabama Public Radio's Alisa Beckwith Ayilliath takes us to a West Alabama restaurant for a closer look at why food scores matter ...


Restaurant Health Scores Matter; Now Online (2008-06-10)
Alabama Health Officials recently made the food score ratings for restaurants across the state available online. Alabama Public Radio's Alisa Beckwith Ayilliath reports ...


New Ala. Law Allows Dying Prisoners To Obtain Freedom (2008-06-10)
Gov. Bob Riley says he will sign a bill to turn loose some terminally ill prisoners. Riley says the bill will save the state prison system as much as $8 million annually in medical costs, but it won't endanger the public because most of the inmates are already in a hospital waiting to die.


Barksdale Sues Over Son's Death in Prison (2008-06-10)
The mother of an inmate convicted of murdering two Alabama police officers has filed suit over his death in a state prison.


Group Meets for Inmate Assistance Efforts (2008-06-09)
Officials expect about 250 church and community leaders will meet in Bay Minette as part of Gov. Bob Riley's program to provide inmates leaving prison some assistance in rejoining their communities.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 9 (2008-06-09)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 9th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


GAO Unlikely To Produce Tanker Truce (2008-06-09)
Northrop Grumman and EADS beat out Boeing to win a $35 billion order from the Air Force three months ago. But the contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers is not a done deal.


AG Files Motion To Set Execution Date For Callahan (2008-06-09)
Attorney General Troy King has asked the state Supreme Court to set an execution date for James Callahan, who has lived on death row 25 years for the 1982 murder of a Jacksonville woman.


Meeting Planned for Inmate Assistance Efforts (2008-06-09)
Officials expect about 250 church and community leaders will meet in Bay Minette as part of Gov. Bob Riley's program to provide inmates leaving prison some assistance in rejoining their communities.


Calhoun Community College Chosen For Robotics Center (2008-06-09)
Gov. Bob Riley has announced that a robotics research and development complex will be built at Calhoun Community College in Decatur.


Drug Company Asks Ala. Judge To Throw Out Verdict (2008-06-09)
Attorneys for drug manufacturer AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP have asked a judge to throw out a $215 million jury verdict in a drug price fraud lawsuit or to reduce the amount.


Perry County DA Wants Federal Voting Probe (2008-06-09)
The district attorney for Perry County says he will ask the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate an unusually high turnout and potential absentee ballot problems during the June 3 primary elections.


Alligator Hunting Dates Set For August (2008-06-06)
State conservation officials have set dates for Alabama's third regulated alligator hunting season.


AEA Rallies Support For Reed After Name Removed From Acadome (2008-06-06)
The head of the Alabama Education Association is encouraging teachers across the state to work to get Joe Reed's name back on the basketball arena at Reed's alma mater, Alabama State University.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 6 (2008-06-06)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 5 (2008-06-05)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 5, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention - Part 3 (2008-06-05)
Our APR News series exploring teacher retention and recruitment concludes today. As we've already heard there's lots of turnover in the teaching profession, especially when legislators don't approve an education budget in a timely fashion. Budget instability prevents school systems from not only retaining quality teachers but also of hiring them. Today, we'll hear from three teachers and what they say will keep them in Alabama.


Attorney General Seizes Perry County Voting Records (2008-06-05)
The Alabama attorney general's office has served subpoenas for the voting records in Perry County concerning Tuesday's primary election.


Florida Blasts Georgia's Water Management (2008-06-05)
Florida lawmakers are accusing Georgia of negligence in managing its water. And they are calling on the federal government to intervene to prevent further damage downstream in Florida's Apalachicola Bay.


Kathryn Tucker Windham Turns 90 (2008-06-05)
Master storyteller, writer, photographer and Alabama Public Radio commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham turned 90 on Monday (6/2). Hundreds of people gathered in Selma on Sunday to help her celebrate, including Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill.


Emergency Management Contract Held Up By Legislative Panel (2008-06-05)
The Legislature's Contract Review Committee has delayed a $273,000 contract to test the Alabama Emergency Management Agency's disaster plans.


State Election Officials Raises Concern About Absentee Ballots (2008-06-04)
Alabama's chief election official says she's concerned about the high number of absentee ballots in the primary election in Perry County.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 4 (2008-06-04)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Highlights of the Tuesday Primary (2008-06-04)
Highlights from the Alabama primary elections: Sessions/Figures win ... Bright, Griffith, Love and Parker win ... Bell and McKinney win ...


Ala. GOP Will Have Statewide Runoff July 15 (2008-06-04)
The Alabama Republican Party will need a runoff election July 15 to decide two statewide races and two congressional races, but the Democratic Party won't.


Teacher Recruitment And Retention - Part 2 (2008-06-04)
The state legislature had to call a special session to pass the education budget. That delay left thousands of Alabama educators without a job and hurts a school's chance of keeping quality teachers on staff. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports.


Chancellor Says UA System Plans To Cut 300 Jobs (2008-06-04)
Chancellor Malcolm Portera said the University of Alabama system plans to cut about 300 jobs and cancel construction projects.


Riley Pushes Mobile Port Facility During South America Trip (2008-06-04)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has met with business officials in Santiago, Chile, hoping to attract business for Mobile's new container terminal.


Light Voter Turnout Reported (2008-06-04)
Turnout in Alabama's primary election Tuesday was light, with preliminary returns indicating about 15 percent of the voters participating.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 3 (2008-06-03)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Corps Says Plan Won't Doom Four Endangered Species (2008-06-03)
A federal plan to reduce water flows in the Apalachicola River won't irreversibly doom four federally protected species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention - Part 1 (2008-06-03)
School is out and for many students, that means vacations, camps, and summer jobs. But some people also looking for jobs could include their teachers. Alabama Public Radio's News Ryan Vasquez has more.


Scrushy Files Brief in Appeal (2008-06-03)
Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy has asked a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction in a government corruption case.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention - Part 1 (2008-06-03)
Summer time is a busy time for education. The state legislature had to call a special session to pass the education budget and thousands of teachers jobs across the state are in limbo. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports.


Polls Open in State Primary (2008-06-03)
Today is primary day in Alabama. Democratic and GOP party officials are expecting low turnouts.


Summary of Special Session Final Day (2008-06-02)
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Saturday, the fifth and final day of the special session ...


Monday is Jefferson Davis Day (2008-06-02)
Today (Monday 6/2) is an official state holiday in Alabama for the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.


Change Of Seats On SBOE Could Mean Policy Changes, Too (2008-06-02)
The possibility that three new members could be elected to the nine-member state school board means a potential political shift to the panel.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 2 (2008-06-02)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Legislature Approves Tax Breaks for Individuals, Business (2008-06-02)
The Alabama Legislature wrapped up its special session Saturday by approving tax breaks for individuals and small businesses.


Meet Jazz Musician Joey Summerville (2008-05-30)
Throughout a career that has spanned nearly two decades, trumpeter Joey Sommerville has learned to connect to audiences through his music. Reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath has more.


Ala. State Names Acting And Interim President (2008-05-30)
The university named John Knight Jr. to serve as acting president until July 14. Then William Harris will return to Alabama State as interim president until a replacement for Joe A. Lee has been found.


Ala. Legislature Ready To Wrap Up Session Saturday (2008-05-30)
The Alabama Legislature is poised to wrap up its special session Saturday by approving the state education budget.


2nd Preserve Jazz Festival (2008-05-30)
Last year, the Preserve Jazz Festival made its debut in Hoover. Organized as a way to promote jazz, the festival returns again this year. Reporter Alisa Beckwith Ayilliath has more.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, May 30 (2008-05-30)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, May 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Biologists Hope To Protect Rare Woodpecker Chicks (2008-05-30)
Jeff Gardner grabbed his ladders, climbing belt, hard hat and "peeper scope" and set off into the Talladega National Forest last week.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, May 29 (2008-05-29)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, May 29th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget (2008-05-29)
The Alabama Senate has passed a state education budget in special session after failing to approve a budget during the regular session.


Enterprise High Valedictorian Has Extra Reason To Celebrate (2008-05-29)
Enterpirse High School valedictorian Roy Crump III has a special reason to celebrate graduation -- and the chance to shake hands with first lady Laura Bush.


Ala. Governor, Black Caucus To Work On Grocery Tax (2008-05-29)
Gov. Bob Riley and Legislative Black Caucus have agreed to try to reach an agreement to remove the state sales tax on food in a future session of the Legislature.


Florida Says Atlanta Water Use Hurting Wildlife (2008-05-28)
Sen. Bill Nelson saw the dry shoals along the Apalachicola River where rare mussels should be thriving and the shrunken pools which should be filled with stripped bass ...


Ala. Legislature Creates Autism Council (2008-05-28)
The Alabama Legislature has voted to create a statewide autism council to seek federal funding and coordinate state services.


Judge: Two-Year College System Violated State Firing Law (2008-05-28)
An administrative law judge in the Attorney General's office says the 2-year-college system violated the Fair Dismissal Act in a president's firing this year.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, May 28 (2008-05-28)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, May 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Ala. House Committee Approves Tax Breaks (2008-05-28)
A committee of the Alabama House has approved bills that would give a tax break to small businesses and make sure Alabama citizens don't have to pay state income tax on their federal economic stimulus checks.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 27 (2008-05-27)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Lawmakers Say Not Given Official Notice Of Special Session (2008-05-27)
Alabama legislators opened a special session Tuesday, but several lawmakers complained they were never given official word to come to Montgomery.


Ala. Legislature Begins Special Session On Education (2008-05-27)
The Alabama Legislature has returned for a special session to make a second attempt at passing a state education budget. More than 1,000 teachers have been laid off across the state due to the Legislature's failure to pass a budget and the anticipated cuts in that budget when it does pass.


Three People Die in Swimming Accidents Along Coast (2008-05-26)
The body of a 12-year-old New Orleans boy was recovered Sunday off Dauphin Island and a swimmer pulled from the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores has died the third death in the Alabama surf during the Memorial Day weekend.


Florida Oyster Farmers Want Tighter Atlanta Water Use (2008-05-26)
Longtime oysterman Keith Millender sees every shower taken or car washed in metropolitan Atlanta as a small threat to his family, which has harvested seafood from northwest Florida's Apalachicola Bay for generations.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, May 26 (2008-05-26)
The Memorial Day edition of Alabama Headlines with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Ala, Legislators Predict Short Special Session (2008-05-26)
Republican and Democratic legislators alike predict swift passage of the 2009 education budget when they meet for a special session that begins this afternoon.


Most Alabama Lakes Near Full Pool (2008-05-23)
Figures from Alabama Power Co. show lakes are recovering from last year's drought and are at or near full pool for Memorial Day weekend boaters.


Coal Miner Killed at Oak Grove (2008-05-23)
Authorities said a coal miner was killed in an underground equipment accident at a facility in Oak Grove.


Stay Against Ala. Double-Dipping Ban Upheld By Supreme Court (2008-05-23)
The Alabama Supreme Court is upholding a judge's decision to temporarily block the implementation of the two-year college system's double dipping ban.


First Lady To Speak At Enterprise High Graduation (2008-05-23)
The White House has confirmed that First Lady Laura Bush will give the commencement address at graduation ceremonies at Enterprise High School on Thursday.


Governor Calls Special Session for Tuesday (2008-05-23)
Gov. Bob Riley has ordered a special session of the Alabama Legislature to begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday.


Probe Shows No Wrongdoing by Alabama Judge (2008-05-23)
State and federal authorities have concluded that the father of U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, former Circuit Judge Bobby Aderholt, did nothing inappropriate by employing a court staffer who also worked for his private business.


Businessman Asks Ala. Supreme Court To Step Aside (2008-05-22)
Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to step aside from hearing an appeal of a lawsuit Pate filed against the governor.


Siegelman Asks Appeals Court To Throw Out Conviction (2008-05-22)
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has asked a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction in a government corruption case.


One Dead in Dallas County School Bus Accident (2008-05-22)
A head-on crash between a Dallas County school bus and a pickup truck has left one person dead.


Friday Last Day To Register To Vote In Alabama Primary (2008-05-22)
Election officials are reminding Alabama residents that Friday is the last day to register to vote in the primary election on June 3.


Alabama Man Dies at Turner Stadium (2008-05-22)
Authorities have identified the 25-year-old man who died after falling about 150 feet down a stairwell at Turner Field.


Democrats Want Tax Rebate Bill Considered In Special Session (2008-05-21)
Democrats in the Alabama House and Senate have asked Gov. Bob Riley to include a bill to exempt federal rebate checks from state taxes in his list of priorities for a special session.


Movie Gallery Names New CEO (2008-05-21)
Movie Gallery, which is exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has named C.J. Gabriel Junior, president and chief executive to succeed founder Joe Malugen.


Air Tanker Contract Controversy Continues (2008-05-21)
The controversy continues in Washington regarding the Air Force's decision to award its new air refueling tanker contract to Northrop Grumman. Boeing had the contract in the past and some lawmakers aren't happy the company didn't win the bid. But Alabama's lawmakers are ready for a fight to secure the project. Matt Laslo reports from Washington ...


Governor Signs $2.2 Billion General Fund (2008-05-21)
Gov. Bob Riley signed a $2 billion General Fund budget that will fund most non-education state agencies for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, but he used a line-item veto that would have protected some agencies from budget cuts.


Chancellor SaysTuition For Alabama's 2-Year Colleges To Stay The Same (2008-05-21)
State Post-secondary Chancellor Bradley Byrne announced Wednesday that tuition and mandatory fees will remain steady for the fourth straight year.


Fuel Prices Set New Highs in Ala, (2008-05-21)
According to AAA Alabama, the price for regular rose another penny overnight to $3.71 a gallon. Midgrade is $3.97 while premium costs $4.08 a gallon. Diesel will set you back an average of $4.45 a gallon.


Legislative Panel To Keep Pushing For State Energy Policy (2008-05-20)
The Alabama Legislature passed only two measures in a 13-bill package aimed at helping the state establish a policy for conserving energy.


Vanity Fair To Close Last Area Plants (2008-05-20)
Fruit of the Loom Incorporated announced it will close its Vanity Fair Brands dye plant in Monroeville and its knitting facility in Jackson by the end of 2009, cutting 270 jobs.


Budgets Fail on Last Day of Session (2008-05-20)
Governor Riley will have to call a special session to reconsider the budget, after the state Senate couldn't agree on an education budget on the final night of the 2008 legislative session.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 20 (2008-05-20)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 20, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Wine Scam Costs Alabama Consumers $100K (2008-05-20)
Athens police have released the estimated cost of a wine scam they say a Florida man pulled on unsuspecting Alabama customers.


Summary of Action the Final Legislative Day (2008-05-20)
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 30th and final meeting day of the regular session:


Ala. School Boards Meet To Discuss Layoffs (2008-05-20)
Many city and county school boards will be meeting this week to issue pink slips to non-tenured employees due to the lack of a state education budget.


Down to the Wire for Food Tax Repeal, Other Bills (2008-05-19)
A campaign to remove the state sales tax from groceries is coming down to the Legislature's final meeting today.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, May 19 (2008-05-19)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, May 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Storm Aid Headed to East Alabama (2008-05-19)
Residents and business owners in east Alabama will get financial help to rebuild and repair property affected by the severe storms earlier this month.


Ala. Education Budget In Danger On The Final Day (2008-05-19)
The state education budget is in danger of not passing on the Legislature's final meeting day.


Smoking Ban Still Up For Discussion As Session Comes To A Close (2008-05-19)
A bill that would ban smoking in most public places and work places in Alabama had still not come up for debate as the Alabama Legislature moved into the final hours of the 2008 regular session.


Ala. State Bar Makes Harper Lee Special Member (2008-05-16)
The author of ``To Kill a Mockingbird,'' Harper Lee, has received an honorary special membership in the Alabama State Bar.


Earthquake Reported In Southwest Alabama (2008-05-16)
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.1-magnitude earthquake in Southwest Alabama. But it apparently caused no significant damage.


Georgia Loses Water Sharing Appeal (2008-05-16)
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington has declined Georgia's petition to reconsider a recent ruling that restricts the state's authority to tap a huge federal reservoir near Atlanta for more drinking water.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, May 16 (2008-05-16)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, May 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Lawmakers Respond to Early Version of Farm Bill (2008-05-15)
After months of squabbling and repeated delays, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the farm bill yesterday (Wed. 5/14). Alabama lawmakers say it's a big win for farmers and consumers back home. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson Reports ...


PAC-To-PAC Transfer Bill Stalls In Conference Committee (2008-05-15)
A campaign finance reform bill to make it harder for candidates to hide the source of their money appears to have little chance of passing going into the final day of the 2008 regular session of the Legislature.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, May 15 (2008-05-15)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, May 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Power To Install "Smart Meters" For All Customers (2008-05-15)
Over the next three years, Alabama Power plans to phase in new ``smart meters'' for its residential customers. The meters will eventually give consumers more information to help them make decisions about their energy use.


IRS Says 350,000 Didn't Get Child Credit (2008-05-15)
As many as 350,000 households are not getting the $300 per child refund owed as part of economic stimulus rebate payments.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, May 14 (2008-05-14)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, May 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


The Fayette Art Experience (2008-05-14)
The town of Fayette has a secret a secret that it wants everyone to know. Alabama Public Radio's Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath reports


House Panel Rejects Rove Offer on Siegelman Case (2008-05-14)
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have rejected Karl Rove's offer to provide written responses to questions about the federal prosecution of former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman.


Ala. Secretary Of State Second Job Raises Questions (2008-05-14)
Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman has a second job with a state-supported charitable organization in Shelby County, raising claims of double dipping.


Touchdowns Confirmed; Storm-Related Fatality from Sunday (2008-05-13)
Preliminary findings released Monday show at least two tornado touchdowns in north Alabama over the weekend, and authorities said a north Alabama man died when a huge tree limb was blown out of a tree and fell on his truck.


AEA Will Abandon Key Legislation (2008-05-13)
Two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne has learned to play political defense in the year since he left the Legislature.


Northrop Sets Tanker Complex Groundbreaking (2008-05-13)
Northrop Grumman Corporation has scheduled the groundbreaking on a proposed $600 million, 1,500-worker aircraft assembly plant at Mobile's Brookley Field Industrial Complex for June 28.


EPA Has Started Lead Cleanup At Lincoln Metals Site (2008-05-13)
Federal authorities have started a short-term cleanup at the Lincoln Metals site in Lincoln.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 13 (2008-05-13)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 13, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


ALDOT Rehearsing Evacuations for Hurricane Season (2008-05-13)
State troopers and highway workers are taking part in a two-day exercise on how to reverse the direction of traffic on Alabama interstates during a hurricane evacuation.


Sunday Morning Storms Hit Alabama (2008-05-12)
Tornado warnings were issued across much of central Alabama early Sunday morning during a wave of severe weather.


Immigration Bill Stalled in Montgomery (2008-05-12)
A key issue for the Alabama Legislature going into the 2008 regular session was to find ways the state could curb the influx of illegal immigrants.


Rove Offers To Answer Siegelman Queries In Writing (2008-05-12)
Former White House adviser Karl Rove has offered to answer questions in writing about allegations that he pushed the Justice Department to prosecute former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.


Prototype - April 30, 2008 (2008-05-12)
In her final episode of Prototype, executive producer Courtney Bowland takes us into a brief "hibernation" with a recap of some favorite stories as told by her faithful staff of reporters. Stay tuned as a new voice comes to Prototype this summer!


Alabama Meth Labs Increase (2008-05-12)
Authorities say drug makers have a new recipe for methamphetamine, and that's led to an increase in meth labs in Alabama.


East Alabama Mayor Resigns (2008-05-09)
The mayor of the Chambers County town of Roanoke is stepping down amid charges of ethics violations.


Governor Rejects Bill Mandating How to Hire Superintendents (2008-05-09)
Governor Riley vetoed a measure placing mandates on local school boards and how they hire superintendents.


Samford University Lockdown Ends (2008-05-09)
A lockdown has ended at Samford University campus, where a man with a gun was seen on campus early Friday morning.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, May 9 (2008-05-09)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, May 9, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


ADECA Director: Alabama's Katrina Recovery Needs $100 Million More (2008-05-09)
A state official says Hurricane Katrina recovery in Alabama requires another $100 million from the federal government to replace damaged or destroyed housing.


NWS Confirms Touchdowns on Thursday (2008-05-09)
Officials with the National Weather Service have confirmed tornado touchdowns in north and west Alabama.


Forecasters Keep Eye to Sky as Severe Weather Threatens (2008-05-08)
Strong to severe thunderstorms will affect much of Alabama today.


Folsom Wants Commission to Study West Alabama Freeway (2008-05-08)
Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. wants to create a commission to study how to finance and build a freeway from the Florence area to the Mobile area.


NWS Warns of Severe Weather Threat (2008-05-08)
Forecasters issued tornado warnings and watches for northwest Alabama today ahead of a cold front that could bring dangerous storms across the state.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, May 8 (2008-05-08)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, May 8, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Special Counsel Shut Down Siegelman Probe Last Year (2008-05-08)
A federal investigation into former Governor Don Siegelman's prosecution was quashed by the very office conducting the probe, an internal memo shows.


Birmingham Mayor, Council at Odds Over Free Bus Rides (2008-05-07)
Despite the city council's disapproval, Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford says he will go ahead with plans to eliminate fees for city bus rides this summer.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, May 7 (2008-05-07)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, May 7, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Appointees for Alabama A&M Board of Trustees Rejected (2008-05-07)
A state Senate committee says no to Governor Riley's four appointments to the Alabama A&M University board of trustees.


Elmore County Students Ride Bikes to Protest High Gas Prices (2008-05-07)
More than 20 Elmore County high school students are riding their bikes to school in protest of rising gas prices.


Alabama Legislature Completes General Fund Budget (2008-05-07)
The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up work on a General Fund budget that increases funding for health programs for the young and the old and that allows most other state programs to limp along.


Natural Gas Tax Hike Fails in House (2008-05-07)
A bill that would have raised taxes on natural gas wells drilled off the Alabama coast has died in the state Legislature.


RSA CEO David Bronner Talks About State's Successes, Economy (2008-05-07)
As CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, David Bronner has taken what was a struggling state pension fund in the early 80s and transformed it into one of the nation's most successful retirement systems. APR News Reporter Gina Smith talked with Bronner about RSA and Alabama's changing image.


Senate Committee Greenlights Education Budget (2008-05-06)
An Alabama Senate committee has approved an education budget cutting spending on most school and college programs for the next academic year.


House Votes To Exempt Rebate Checks From Ala. Taxes (2008-05-06)
The Alabama House has approved a bill to exempt federal economic stimulus checks from state income taxes, saving residents about $57 million.


Ala. Senate Blocks Background Check Bill (2008-05-06)
The Alabama Senate has blocked consideration of a bill that would short-circuit plans by the state's junior college chancellor to have a private company do criminal background checks on college employees.


Roadside Memorials Being Removed on Birmingham-Area Highways (2008-05-06)
Officials with ALDOT are removing roadside memorials in the Birmingham metro area, citing danger to motorists.


Bill To Add Sexual Orientation To Hate Crime Law Gets House OK (2008-05-06)
The Alabama House has approved a bill to add crimes against people because of their sexual orientation to the state's hate crimes law.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 6 (2008-05-06)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama's Grocery Tax Removal Snarled with Other Tax (2008-05-05)
The Democrat-led movement in the Legislature to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries is snarled in a Republican effort to end annual property tax reappraisals for homes statewide.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, May 5 (2008-05-05)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, May 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Time Running Out To Ban Hallucinogenic Plant In Ala. (2008-05-05)
Web sites promoting a mind-altering plant claim ``time is running out'' on its legality. But that may not be the case in Alabama.


Official: Dothan Loses Out on Auto Plant (2008-05-05)
A Houston County official says Dothan will not be the home of Volkswagen's new American assembly plant.


Riley Can Veto Bill Without Legislative Override (2008-05-05)
A filing error in the Legislature means Governor Riley can approve a double-dipping bill without the threat of legislative override.


Toll Road Proposed For Ala. To Fla. (2008-05-02)
A proposed toll road between Montgomery and Panama City, Florida, is being considered by public and private groups in the two states.


Holocaust Survivors Honored In Service At Capitol (2008-05-02)
Survivors of the Holocaust in Nazi occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s were remembered Friday in a ceremony at the Alabama Capitol.


Resolution Asks Governor To Remove State Gas Tax (2008-05-02)
A resolution has been introduced in the Alabama House asking Gov. Bob Riley to consider removing the state's 16 cents-a-gallon tax on gasoline and motor fuels for one year.


Pittsburgh Surpasses L.A. as Nation's Sootiest City (2008-05-01)
For the first time ever, a city outside California has been named the sootiest in the nation. And Birmingham, Ala., has also made the list of the nation's most polluted cities.


Houses Passes Bill To Allow Double Dipping (2008-05-01)
The Alabama House has passed a bill that would allow public employees to also serve in the Legislature and in other elected positions.


House Begins Debate To Rewrite Ala. Constitution (2008-05-01)
The Alabama House has begun a debate on rewriting Alabama's 107-year-old constitution.


House Turns Down Effort To Rewrite Ala, Constitution (2008-05-01)
The Alabama House has turned down another effort to rewrite Alabama's 107-year-old constitution.


House Passes $6.3 Billion Education Budget (2008-05-01)
The Alabama House has approved a bare-bones education budget that provides almost $375 million less for schools and colleges than is being spent in the current fiscal year.


Ala. Legislature Approves Tax Break For College Savings (2008-05-01)
The state Legislature is ready to provide a tax break to Alabama parents who save for their children's college expenses.


Riley, Hammett Ask Pelosi To Accept Tanker Contract (2008-05-01)
Republican Gov. Bob Riley and Democratic Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett have urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to accept the Air Force's decision to award a tanker contract to North Grumman Corp. and EADS.


No Delay on Ruling Regarding General Fund (2008-04-30)
A judge has refused to take the governor and Legislature off the hook on a $63 million budget issue.


Ala. Senate Votes To Provide tax Breaks To Movies (2008-04-30)
The Alabama Senate has voted to provide tax breaks to movie and television productions working in the state.


House Passes Corporate Income Tax Bill (2008-04-30)
The Alabama House has approved a bill rewriting the law concerning corporate income tax collections.


Service Agencies Hit Hard By Rising Gas Prices (2008-04-29)
Rising gas prices has forced a Tuscaloosa nonprofit agency to start delivering hot noon meals weekly instead of daily to the elderly who rely on the nourishment.


Publisher says Tennessee Valley Likely Focus for Plant (2008-04-29)
One industry expert says Alabama's Tennessee Valley is a likely focus as Volkswagen searches for a U.S. assembly site.


Birmingham's Largest Reservoir Full (2008-04-29)
The Birmingham Water Works' largest reservoir, Inland Lake, is full for the first time in nearly two years.


House Education Budget Remains Tied Up In House Debate (2008-04-29)
A $6.3 billion budget to fund education in Alabama remains stalled in the House behind a corporate income tax bill that would raise as much as $82 million.


NRC Will Inspect Browns Ferry (2008-04-29)
Federal regulators are conducting a special inspection at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in north Alabama.


States Trying Not To Tax Stimulus Checks (2008-04-29)
As rebate checks start going out this week in a bid to revive the economy, some states are scrambling to keep the money from being taxed as income.


National Accreditation For Ala. EMA (2008-04-28)
Alabama's system of emergency preparedness and response passed a national test. Governor Riley, in a statement Monday, said the Emergency Management System recently achieved the highest accreditation standard.


New Navy Ship Produced in Mobile Begins Testing (2008-04-27)
The Independence, a Navy warship designed for near shore operations, rolled off the production line at Austal's shipyard in Mobile.


Another Study Critical of Alabama Tax System (2008-04-27)
Alabama's reputation as a low tax state is supported by a new national study that shows Alabama's business tax rate is tied for 14th lowest among the states.


Corporate Tax Debate Block Senate Budget Work (2008-04-25)
Extended debate over a bill to rewrite a law concerning corporate income tax collections is blocking the Alabama House from passing a $6.3 billion budget to fund education.


Prototype - April 24, 2008 (2008-04-24)
In this edition of Prototype, Todd Panciera talks with some University of Alabama seniors about their memories from college. Ryan Vasquez follows that with a chat with an ESPN scouting director about the celebrity aspect of football recruits. Executive Producer Courtney Bowland tries to keep herself composed as she nears the end of her EP tenure.


Examination Shows Inappropriate Charges at A&M (2008-04-24)
A state examination of Alabama A&M University's books has found a number of former officials and employees owe more than 1.1 million dollars in inappropriate charges and money not properly deposited.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, April 24 (2008-04-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, April 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Volkswagen Narrows Potential New Plant to Three States (2008-04-24)
Volkswagen AG said Wednesday it has narrowed its list of states competing for a potential U.S. production facility to Alabama, Michigan and Tennessee.


Legislator Wants House Record to Show He Didn't Vote for Tax Bill (2008-04-23)
A state representative has asked that the official House record show that he did not vote "yes" last week when the House voted for a proposed constitutional amendment to take the state sales tax off of groceries.


Canadian Automotive Supplier Plans To Buy Birmingham Plant (2008-04-23)
A Canadian automotive supplier has signed an agreement to buy the Ogihara America stamping plant in Birmingham that makes parts for Mercedes-Benz and other automakers.


IRS says Record Number of Alabamiams Used Free File Program (2008-04-23)
The Internal Revenue Service said a record number of Alabama taxpayers used the agency's Free File program. The IRS said there was a 35 percent increase in the number of taxpayers using the no-cost online program.


Alabama Among States with Lowest Drunken Driving Rates (2008-04-23)
A government report shows Alabama is among the states with the lowest rates for driving under the influence of illicit drugs within the past year.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, April 23 (2008-04-23)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, April 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Pay Discrimination Bill From Ala. Killed in Senate (2008-04-23)
Republicans in the Senate have killed a bill that would have removed limits on how long workers can wait before suing their employers for pay discrimination.


Northrop Grumman Wins Billion Dollar Navy Deal (2008-04-23)
Northrop Grumman has beat out Boeing and Lockheed Martin to win a 1.16 billion dollar Navy contract to design and develop an unmanned aircraft for patrolling coastlines and the open ocean.


Ala. Prisons Finances Plan Eliminates Much Of Deficit (2008-04-23)
Alabama Prisons Commissioner Richard Allen says a plan that began last July to help the department wipe out much of a $30 million budget shortfall has produced results, generating all but about $3 million of the deficit.


Alabama Governor Signs Landfill Law on Earth Day (2008-04-22)
Gov. Bob Riley has used Earth Day to sign a new state law aimed at cleaning up illegal dumps and promoting recycling.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 22 (2008-04-22)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress on Rise Among Veterans (2008-04-22)
The number of post-traumatic stress disorder cases is increasing at Birmingham VA Medical Center. The hospital says the number of cases has more than doubled since September 30th, 2003.


Arsenal Leader Says Huntsville Will Be Affected By Redstone Changes (2008-04-22)
The top military official at the Army's Redstone Arsenal told Alabama legislators that changes under way at the Huntsville base will have a major economic impact on Alabama.


Ala. Death Row InmateWho Challenged Protocol Dies (2008-04-22)
An Alabama death row inmate who had terminal cancer and was challenging the state's method of conducting lethal injections has died.


Senate Committee Approves Removal of Food Tax (2008-04-22)
A proposed constitutional amendment to remove the state sales tax from groceries has cleared another legislative hurdle.


Cavanaugh Ahead in Fundraising for PSC Presidency (2008-04-22)
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh has raised more money than her fellow Republicans in the race for Public Service Commission president.


High Court Ruling Doesn't Surprise Ala. Attorney General (2008-04-21)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King said the Supreme Court's action today was not unexpected and his office immediately requested a new execution date for Arthur.


McCain Campaigns In Rural Democratic Turf (2008-04-21)
Republican presidential candidate John McCain campaigning in heavily Democratic west Alabama is as rare a sight as an elephant in a cotton field.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 21 (2008-04-21)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 21st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Budgeting Alabama pt.3 - the Education Trust Fund (2008-04-18)
Alabama's Education Trust Fund or ETF pays for all state education expenses, from kindergarten to college. Educators have begun tightening their belts in anticipation of ETF budget cuts for fiscal year 2009. This morning in Budgeting Alabama , we'll find the good, the bad and the ugly of the ETF. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


U-S- Supreme Court Stays Decision In Jefferson Co. Commission Seat (2008-04-18)
The U-S- Supreme Court has stayed a lower court's decision in a case involving the validity of Governor Bob Riley's filling a vacant Jefferson County Commission seat by appointment.


Stricter Rules For Pollutants In Ala. Waters (2008-04-18)
State environmental officials voted today to approve stricter requirements for levels of certain pollutants in Alabama waterways. That should make the cancer risk level for dozens of cancer-causing pollutants in state waters far lower than it is now.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, April 18 (2008-04-18)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, April 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Budgeting Alabama-pt.4 - Conclusion (2008-04-18)
Our APR News series Budgeting Alabama comes to a close with a look at efforts to stabilize the state's budget funding and how public mistrust could prevent that from happening. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, April 17 (2008-04-17)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, April 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Ala. Awarded Grant To Track Sex Offenders (2008-04-17)
Alabama has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant that will enhance the state's ability to track sex offenders.


Alabama Candidates Battle for Cash in Congressional Races (2008-04-17)
Alabama's congressional candidates are battling for campaign cash. The latest financial reports show Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright lagging behind several Republican candidates in fundraising. They are vying to succeed retiring GOP Representative Terry Everett in southeastern Alabama's 2nd Congressional District.


House Defeats Bill to Legalize Electronic Bingo at Tracks (2008-04-17)
The Alabama House has refused to consider a bill that would have legalized electronic bingo games at greyhound dog tracks in Mobile and Birmingham.


GOP: Democrats Cast Votes for Absent House Members (2008-04-17)
Republicans in the Alabama House claim that some Democrats cheated by casting votes for members who were not present when a measure to remove the state sales tax on groceries was approved.


Slain Officer Awarded State's Highest Law Enforcement Honor (2008-04-17)
A slain Huntsville police officer has been awarded the state's highest law enforcement honor. The family of Officer William Eric Freeman will receive the Legislative Medal of Honor in a ceremony Thursday, The Huntsville Times reported Wednesday.


Measure To Set School Start Date Defeated In House (2008-04-17)
The Alabama House has turned down a bill to require public schools to start their new year no earlier than Aug. 10.


Prototype - April 17, 2008 (2008-04-17)
On this edition of Prototype, Bulter Cain talks with a journalist who has traveled all the way from Germany, and Courtney Bowland talks love and relationships with Dr. Linda Enders, a marriage and family therapist.


Democratic Lawmaker Admits Voting for Absent House Members (2008-04-17)
A Democratic lawmaker admits he voted for absent House members to give a bill to remove the state sales tax on food the margin it needed to pass.


Senate Committe Approves Alabama General Fund Budget (2008-04-17)
A state Senate committee has approved a $1.9 billion General Fund budget that would improve funding for some health and social service programs while cutting appropriations for many other functions of government.


House Committee Asks Rove to Testify About Siegelman (2008-04-17)
The House Judiciary Committee is taking Karl Rove up on an offer to testify about claims that he influenced a federal corruption case against former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama.


Alabama Governor Opposes Grocery Tax Removal Bill (2008-04-17)
Gov. Bob Riley says he will oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to remove the state sales tax from groceries if the proposal makes it to the general election ballot in November.


NRC: Browns Ferry Plant Among `Worst in Nation' (2008-04-17)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has told Browns Ferry officials that the plant's Unit 1 performance indicators are among the worst in the nation.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, April 16 (2008-04-16)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, April 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Judge Creates $63 Million Hole in State Budget (2008-04-16)
A Montgomery judge has sided with a lawsuit that creates a $63 million hole in the state General Fund budget.


Bare-Bones ETF Budget Passes House Committee (2008-04-16)
An Alabama House committee has approved a bare-bones education budget that provides almost $375 million less money for schools and colleges than is being spent in the current fiscal year.


State Climatologist Optimistic About Future (2008-04-16)
The director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is optimistic about the Earth's climate. And John Christy says he believes the world 50 years from now will be a better place for his two grandchildren.


Alabama's English-Only Bill Creates Sharp Debate (2008-04-16)
A bill to require Alabama to give its driver exam in English only is sparking strong debate in the Legislature.


Budgeting Alabama pt.2 - the General Fund (2008-04-16)
Today, our series Budgeting Alabama' looks at the General Fund. The House-approved version spends 2.3-billion dollars that's about 380 million more in spending than the Governor has proposed. But either way, slow tax collections and unexpected revenue losses will bring budget cuts next fiscal year. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Alabama Executions Likely to Resume Quickly (2008-04-16)
The Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday that upheld Kentucky's use of lethal injection removed a legal logjam that has delayed executions in Alabama for months.


Alabama Army National Guard Unit to Deploy to Afghanistan (2008-04-15)
The battalion commander says the largest Alabama Army National Guard unit to serve in Iraq expects to be deployed to Afghanistan in the late summer of 2009.


TVA Says Drought Easing with Recent Rain (2008-04-15)
The drought is easing because of rain this year, a Tennessee Valley Authority official says. At the start of 2008, rainfall totals were 19 inches below normal. That's now down to 2.5 inches, thanks to the recent rains.


Ruling Opens New Gap in General Fund (2008-04-15)
A Montgomery judge opened a $63 million hole in the state General Fund budget Tuesday by agreeing with a Tuscaloosa businessman who argued that the governor improperly transferred money to the budget.


House Votes To Remove Sales Tax On Groceries (2008-04-15)
The Alabama House approved a historic bill Tuesday that would remove the state sales tax from grocery sales.


Ala. Judge Creates $63 Million Hole In Budget (2008-04-15)
A Montgomery judge has sided with a lawsuit that creates a $63 million hole in the state General Fund budget.


Budgeting Alabama pt.1 - Intro to the Budgets (2008-04-15)
Prepare to meet Alabama's two major operating budgets the Education Trust Fund-paying for all things related to education and the General Fund-which, generally, covers everything else. In a four part series - Budgeting Alabama' - we'll explore the challenges the budgets face this legislative session and next fiscal year. APR's Brett Tannehill reports


Legislative Panel Votes to Keep Double Dipping in Alabama (2008-04-15)
A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would override the new state policy prohibiting two-year college employees from serving in the Legislature after 2010.


Army Corps Proposes Tri-State Water Plan (2008-04-15)
The Corps of Engineers on Tuesday proposed a new southeastern water-sharing plan that would allow greater storage in upstream lakes and lower river flows into Florida's Apalachicola Bay a move that the corps acknowledged is likely to harm threatened species.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 15 (2008-04-15)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Ala. Schoolboard To Vote On Higher Graduation Rules (2008-04-14)
The state school board could vote next month to make Alabama the 19th state toraise high school graduation requirements. But the plan has met resistance from some school officials who worry about cost and increasing the state's already-low graduation rate.


Alabamians Met with Freezing Temps, Farmers Brace for Frost (2008-04-14)
Alabamians are waking to a chilly reception this morning after a flow of unseasonably cool air dropped overnight temperatures to below freezing.


From Hen to Table, Anniston Egg Brokers Move Millions (2008-04-14)
In a small office in Anniston, one business shuffles 300 million eggs a year between farmers and consumers.


EPA Bid to Exempt Farms from Waste Emission Reports Draws Critics (2008-04-14)
Poultry growers use fans and other methods to deal with ammonia, which is generated by chicken waste and in extreme concentrations can blind or kill the flock as well as cause health problems for those entering the chicken house.


Gurley Woman with Parkinson's Inspired to Fight for Cure (2008-04-14)
Carol Meenen of Gurley has a busy schedule, flights to Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, and driving to Tampa. While that may not seem like a big deal to some, for the 64-year-old Meenen, it can be overwhelming and exhausting.


AU Raptor Center Releases Owls (2008-04-12)
Six eastern screech owls nursed back to health at the Auburn University Southeast Raptor Center have been released into the wild in flights that awed a crowd gathered to watch.


UA Medical Students See 11.4% Tuition Hike (2008-04-12)
Bracing for anticipated state budget cuts, University of Alabama System trustees have approved double-digit medical tuition increases.


Suit Causes Rise in Hanger Costs (2008-04-11)
Dry cleaning costs are on the rise because of a trade complaint filed by an Alabama manufacturer that accused the Chinese of unfairly dumping low-cost clothes hangers in the U.S. market.


State Senator Faces Theft Charges (2008-04-11)
Democratic state Sen. E.B. McClain of Midfield has decided not to wait until after the current legislative session ends to turn himself in to face a first-degree theft warrant.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, April 11 (2008-04-11)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, April 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prototype - April 10, 2008 (2008-04-10)
In this edition of Prototype, Todd Panciera interviews a blood plasma donor and finds out about the peculiar job requirements it takes to be one. Brandon Hollingsworth looks at some off-the-wall college classes that students are able to take. Executive Producer Courtney Bowland produced the show.


Riley Promotes Food Safety While in China (2008-04-10)
Gov. Bob Riley is trying to promote health and food safety projects during his China trade mission.


Alabama's Income Gap Among the Widest (2008-04-10)
The income gap between Alabama's richest and poorest families is nearly the widest in the nation. That's according to a recent report looking at median incomes in all 50 states.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, April 10 (2008-04-10)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, April 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Secretary Rice Will Receive Honorary Doctorate (2008-04-10)
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will visit Alabama's capital city Monday. The Birmingham native will receive the first honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Air University on Maxwell Air Force Base.


Judge Hears Arguments in Budget Lawsuit (2008-04-10)
A Montgomery judge has heard arguments on a lawsuit that could create a $63 million hole in the state General Fund budget.


Local Baptists Decry Alabama Wine Trail (2008-04-09)
Alabama has all sorts of tourist trails - there's one for civil rights, another for birds and yet another for old churches. The newest one was introduced yesterday to promote the state's wineries, but Baptists aren't joining in the toast.


King Sues to Prevent More Indian Gambling in Alabama (2008-04-09)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King is suing the Department of Interior to keep it from allowing the Poarch Creek Indians to expand their gambling in Alabama.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, April 9 (2008-04-09)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, April 9th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Siegelman Says Political Career is Over (2008-04-08)
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman said he once had national political ambitions. But after his conviction in a government corruption case and nine months in federal prison, he said he doubts he will ever run again for public office.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 8 (2008-04-08)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama House Approves General Fund Budget (2008-04-08)
The Alabama House has approved a $1.9 billion budget to fund non-education state agencies for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.


Hundreds Remember SCLC Leader (2008-04-08)
Hundreds of mourners crowded into Seventeenth Street Baptist Church to celebrate the life of the Reverend Dr. Alphonso Scales, the state president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was 74.


Former Voting Rights Chief Now Working in Alabama (2008-04-08)
The former chief of the Justice Department's Voting Rights Section, who stepped aside in December after apologizing for remarks about minority voters, is now working in Alabama.


House Prepares For Budget Debates (2008-04-07)
The Alabama House debates next year's operating budget and General Fund for non-education agencies on Tuesday, with two key officials doubtful that revenue sources will generate needed funds.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 7 (2008-04-07)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


List of Alabama Candidates for Major State, Federal Offices (2008-04-06)
See a list of candidates who qualified by Friday's deadline to run for major state and federal offices, with D designating Democrats, R designating Republicans and I designating incumbents:


Federal Officials Consider New Nuclear Plant (2008-04-06)
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sorting through testimony from supporters of a proposed nuclear plant who cite benefits to the local economy and opponents who warn of potential health risks.


Lt. Gov. Defends Mobile's Air Force Contract (2008-04-04)
Alabama's top Democrat has stepped up his defense of the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. for a refueling tanker contract that will create 2,000 jobs in Mobile.


Timing Would Save Amtrak Money (2008-04-04)
A new report finds that Amtrak could significantly boost its revenues and cut expenses if more of its trains were on time.


UAB Gets $6.3M to Study Diabetes (2008-04-04)
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $6.3 million in federal funding to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for research aimed at finding out why Alabama has the fourth highest diabetes rate in the nation.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, April 4 (2008-04-04)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, April 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Severe Weather Possible on Friday (2008-04-04)
Forecasters urge Alabamians to monitor weather conditions on Friday. A large storm system will move across the state in front of an approaching cold front.


Rove Disputes Allegations About Siegelman (2008-04-03)
Karl Rove is calling CBS a "shoddy operation" for airing a story suggesting that he influenced the prosecution of a former Democratic Alabama governor.


Alabama Senator Near Top of "Pig Book" (2008-04-03)
The annual collection of pork spending from Washington has been compiled. It's called the Pig Book, and one Alabama lawmaker is near the top of the list.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, April 3 (2008-04-03)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, April 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prototype - April 3, 2008 (2008-04-03)
In this edition of Prototype, Tricia Masucci investigates the process involved in "How To" make beer. Ryan Vasquez talks to a few college football recruitors about the demands of their job. And Courtney Bowland, our Executive Producer, tells us how you can contribute to the APR Fund drive and how it might get you a free iPod Nano.


Allergy Season Remedies (2008-04-03)
Allergy Season is upon us, and millions of allergy suffers are seeking various forms of relief. APR News reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath reports on the types of treatments available.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, April 2 (2008-04-02)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, April 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


House Committee Passes Proposed General Fund (2008-04-02)
An Alabama House committee has approved a $1.9 billion General Fund budget that will cut spending for some state agencies by almost 11 percent.


Hyundai Motors Posts Record First Quarter Sales (2008-04-01)
Hyundai boasted today of record first-quarter sales for its new models - the luxury Genesis sedan, the i30 hatchback and i10 minicar. Hyundai operates a sprawling auto assembly plant in Montgomery.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 1 (2008-04-01)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Longtime Congressman Dickinson Dies at 83 (2008-04-01)
A longtime aide to former Alabama Republican Congressman Bill Dickinson said the retired congressman has died after an extended illness.


HealthSouth Finalizes Sale of Corporate Campus (2008-04-01)
HealthSouth said it has completed the $43.5 million sale of its corporate campus to a real estate organization.


Man Indicted for Making Car Bomb Threat at Nuclear Plant (2008-04-01)
Federal authorities say a Houston County man is under federal indictment for threatening to drive a car bomb into Farley Nuclear Plant.


Army Reports 44 Percent of Anniston Chemical Munitions Destroyed (2008-04-01)
A project manager says more than 44.2 percent of the chemical weapons stored at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility have now been safely destroyed.


Bill Passes To Keep Convicted Sex Offenders Away From Campuses (2008-04-01)
The Alabama House has approved a bill that would prevent convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a college or university.


Ala. Tax Collections Slow Down From Prior Years (2008-04-01)
Alabama's tax collections grew through the first half of the fiscal year, but at a much slower pace than in past years.


A&M Board Fires University President (2008-03-31)
The Alabama A&M Board of Trustee on Monday voted to terminate the contract of University President Robert Jennings. Jennings has been the subject of an investigation for alleged payroll improprieties for more than a year.


State Unveils Web Site with Restaurant Scores (2008-03-31)
The Alabama Department of Public Health has unveiled a new Web site that lists scores for more than 23,000 restaurants and food service establishments thoughout the state.


Trustees Fire Ala. A&M President (2008-03-31)
The Alabama A&M Board of Trustees voted today to fire university President Robert Jennings.


Ala. Senior Appellate Court Judge Considers Retirement (2008-03-31)
Alabama's longest serving appellate court judge, H.W. ``Bucky'' McMillan, is considering retiring from the state Court of Criminal Appeals rather than seeking another term.


Davis Says Siegelman Shouldn't Testify (2008-03-31)
Alabama Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is recommending that former Governor Don Siegelman avoid testifying before Congress about his corruption case.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, March 31 (2008-03-31)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, March 31st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Teacher Hailed as Hero in Bus Crash (2008-03-30)
Students say it was a teacher's quick actions that kept a bus full of Alabama fifth-graders from going into oncoming traffic before it crashed on I-59 and sent 20 people to the hospital this week.


Siegelman Returns Home (2008-03-30)
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman returned to his Birmingham home late Friday night, nine months to the day after he was shackled and taken off to federal prison.


Prototype - March 27, 2008 (2008-03-28)
In this episode of Prototype, Brett Tannehill show us "How To" prune a crape myrtle tree. The tree is often cut improperly, a phenomenon called Crape Murder. Tricia Massuci focuses her health report on the month of March. She reviews past advice and health tips, and also some new health advice. As always, Courtney Bowland is the Executive Producer.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, March 28 (2008-03-28)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, March 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Deer vs. Cars - commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2008-03-28)
If you drive around Alabama enough, especially during the early morning hours, chances are you've seen a deer ... maybe even crashed into one. This morning, commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham shares her thoughts on the subject ...


Boats Collide Near Florence; 1 Killed (2008-03-28)
A tugboat pushing a barge collided in darkness with a vessel described as a yacht on the Tennessee River, killing at least one person on the pleasure boat. A search resumed Friday morning to determine if there were any other casualties.


20 Children Hurt in Bus Accident (2008-03-28)
A charter bus carrying dozens of elementary school children on a field trip ran off Interstate 59 and flipped over Friday, injuring 20 people in the second major crash for the transportation company in less than a month.


Siegelman Out of Federal Prison (2008-03-28)
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has left the federal prison at Oakdale after being released on appeal bond. He says he remains upbeat despite being incarcerated for nine months on his conviction in a corruption case.


Appeals Court Refuses to Release Scrushy on Appeal Bond (2008-03-28)
A federal appeals court has refused to release former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bond while his conviction in a corruption case is being appealed.


Siegelman To Be Released Pending Appeal (2008-03-27)
A federal appeals court has approved the release of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on bond while he appeals his bribery conviction.


House Committee Seeks Siegelman's Release (2008-03-27)
The House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department Thursday to temporarily release former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from prison in early May to testify before Congress about possible political influence over his prosecution.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, March 27 (2008-03-27)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, March 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Boeing's Contract Complaint Challenged (2008-03-27)
Northrop Grumman Corp. and the Air Force have filed separate motions to dismiss significant portions of Boeing Co.'s protest of a $35 billion Air Force contract awarded to Northrop and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. last month.


Judge Overrides Jury To Hand Down Death Sentence (2008-03-27)
A Bessemer judge has gone against a jury recommendation in sentencing Demetrius Avery Jackson Jr. to death for the fatal shooting of Fairfield police officer Mary Smith.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, March 26 (2008-03-26)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, March 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Gas Leak Forces Evacuations in Montgomery Co. (2008-03-26)
A natural gas pipeline ruptured last night, forcing dozens of residents to leave their homes in south Montgomery County. Sheriff's officials said it happened at about 8:30 p.m. in the Snowdoun community, just off Highway 331.


Judge Upholds Boat Restrictions on Three Alabama Lakes (2008-03-26)
A Montgomery County judge has upheld an Alabama law banning high-speed cigarette boats and restricting large house boats on three popular Alabama lakes.


Former Alabama Linebacker Victor Ellis Dies at 28 (2008-03-26)
Former Alabama linebacker Victor Ellis has died after a battle with cancer. The 28-year-old Ellis died Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn.


Epilepsy Patient Notification Bill Passed By House Health Committee (2008-03-26)
A bill that would require pharmacists to notify epilepsy patients of changes in their medication has passed the House Health Committee. Supporters call it a victory for thousands of Alabamians with the disease.


Governor Riley Sued By Tuscaloosa Businessman (2008-03-26)
A Tuscaloosa businessman is suing Governor Riley over the governor's use of the state's winnings in a legal battle with Exxon Mobil.


Court Sets Siegelman, Scrushy Appeals Deadline (2008-03-26)
A federal court has given attorneys for former Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy until May 23rd to file briefs in the appeal of their 2006 convictions.


Alabama Senate Committee Blocks Campus Gun Bills (2008-03-26)
A state Senate committee has blocked bills to let professors and some students carry guns on Alabama's college campuses.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, March 25 (2008-03-25)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, March 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Girl Scout Cookie Season -- Commentary (2008-03-25)
Girl Scout cookie season is nearing an end. For commentator Lisa Davis, it can't come soon enough.


Natural Gas Tax Change Endorsed By Legislative Leaders (2008-03-25)
Four leaders in the Alabama Legislature - two Republicans and two Democrats - have endorsed Gov. Bob Riley's plan to switch Alabama's tax on natural gas wells in coastal waters from a value-based tax to a volume-based tax.


Over 5,000 Homeless People In Ala. On Average Night (2008-03-25)
A new report shows that on an average night in Alabama there are 5,391 homeless people on the streets or in shelters.


IRS TO Help Insure Reception Of Economic Stimulus (2008-03-25)
In order to get the economic stimulus payment coming out later this spring, you have to file a federal tax return.


High Court Tackles Ala. Voting Case (2008-03-24)
Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Monday (3-24) about the federal government's authority to block an appointment by Governor Bob Riley. At issue is Riley's appointment of a fellow Republican to a vacant county commission seat representing a mostly black and heavily Democratic district.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, March 24 (2008-03-24)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, March 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Advocates: Alabama Alone Bars HIV Inmates from Work Release (2008-03-24)
Tutwiler prison inmate Kathryn Canty has all the qualities of a prime work release candidate. She has a good behavior record, less than three years left to serve and an accounting degree along with several vocational certificates. But she also has HIV.


Homeowners Insurance Rates Soar For Alabamians (2008-03-24)
Alabamians are paying a lot more for homeowners insurance. Rates in the state jumped by 69.1 percent between 2001 and 2005 - the second-largest rise nationally -despite the fact that Alabamians have lower incomes and are typically insuring less expensive home than in most other states.


Cold Snap Ahead for Central Alabama (2008-03-24)
Forecasters warn central Alabama residents to prepare for a cold snap that could bring temperatures in the low 30s.


Riley to Attend Supreme Court Argument in Alabama Voting Rights Case (2008-03-24)
Supreme Court justices today will review a voting rights dispute from Alabama in which Governor Riley filled a county commission vacancy by appointing a Republican to represent a heavily Democratic district.


Bill Would Stop Legislators From Double Dipping (2008-03-24)
A bill has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature that would ban anyone who works for state government from also serving as a legislator.


Search Continues for Whitesburg Bridge Jumper (2008-03-24)
Swift currents hampered the search Sunday for a man who jumped about 70 feet into the Tennessee River from the Whitesburg Bridge on an outing with a friend, who also jumped but survived.


North Alabama to Get New Hospital, Residents to Get Faster Care (2008-03-21)
The state's Certificate of Need Review Board has approved building a new hospital in North Alabama after six years of debate. But construction on the project could be stalled if the decision is appealed.


4 Die in I-459 Accident (2008-03-21)
A collision between a large Fed Ex truck and a sport utility vehicle has resulted in three fatalities. Several police agencies responded to the crash at Interstate 459 southbound near Overton Road. A section of the interstate has been closed to traffic until further notice. The accident happened just after 11 a.m. ____


4 Dead in I-459 Crash Were Teens (2008-03-21)
Four teens were killed today in a collision involving a FedEx Freight tractor-trailer and a Pontiac convertible driving in reverse on Interstate 459 in Birmingham.


Spring Comes Earlier Each Year (2008-03-20)
Biologists and other scientists say you can blame global warming for earlier and earlier springs. Researchers are finding tree buds emerging days or weeks earlier than they were 30 years ago. They say the same thing is happening with other plants and animals.


Southeastern Drought Eased By Normal Rainfall Levels (2008-03-20)
Climate experts say drought conditions across the Southeast have improved dramatically with the help of recent rains.


Alabama Power To Keep Cutting Down Trees Despite Jacksonville Decision (2008-03-20)
Alabama Power Company has no plans to stop cutting down trees around the state despite a judge's ruling this week that the utility couldn't remove trees in a Jacksonville neighborhood.


Voter Fraud Charges in Hale County (2008-03-19)
Former Hale County Circuit Clerk Gay Nell Tinker was arrested Tuesday on felony charges stemming from a probe of vote fraud in west Alabama.


Governor Pushes to Double Natural Gas Well Tax (2008-03-19)
Gov. Bob Riley is trying to build support for his bill to double the taxes paid by oil companies on their natural gas wells along the Alabama coast.


Voter Fraud Charges in Hale County (2008-03-19)
Former Hale County Circuit Clerk Gay Nell Tinker was arrested Tuesday on felony charges stemming from a probe of vote fraud in west Alabama.


Lawsuit Challenges State's Property Tax Law (2008-03-19)
A federal court suit contends Alabama's lowest-in-the- nation property taxes were rooted in racial discrimination a century ago and still harm black students in disproportionate numbers.


Suit Challenges Alabama Property Taxes on Racial Bias Grounds (2008-03-18)
A federal court suit contends Alabama's lowest-in-the-nation property taxes were rooted in racial discrimination a century ago and still harm black students in disproportionate numbers.


Alabama's Net Migration Shows State Growing (2008-03-18)
New census figures show Alabama is becoming a destination state, with a higher net migration than 35 other states.


Former AG Candidate Seeks Probe of Alabama Secretary of State (2008-03-18)
A former Alabama judge has asked the state attorney general and the State Ethics Commission to investigate Secretary of State Beth Chapman's use of her campaign fund.


Alabama AG Says Complaint Against Secretary of State Unsupported (2008-03-18)
The Alabama attorney general's staff says a complaint against Secretary of State Beth Chapman does not appear to raise any violations of the law.


Suit Challenges Alabama Property Taxes on Racial Bias Grounds (2008-03-18)
A federal court suit contends Alabama's lowest-in-the-nation property taxes were rooted in racial discrimination a century ago and still harm black students in disproportionate numbers.


Suit Challenges Alabama Property Taxes on Racial Bias Grounds (2008-03-18)
A federal court suit contends Alabama's lowest-in-the-nation property taxes were rooted in racial discrimination a century ago and still harm black students in disproportionate numbers.


Suit Challenges Alabama Property Taxes on Racial Bias Grounds (2008-03-18)
A federal court suit contends Alabama's lowest-in-the-nation property taxes were rooted in racial discrimination a century ago and still harm black students in disproportionate numbers.


IRS Announces Rebate Schedule (2008-03-18)
The IRS says if you're eager to get your $600 economic stimulus rebate you should sign up for direct deposit.


Boeing Says Air Force Stacked Deck In Favor Of Competitors (2008-03-18)
Boeing said Air Force officials tilted the playing field in a 35 billion dollar contract competition toward Northrop Grumman and EADS to keep the two in the game.


Suit Challenges Alabama Property Taxes on Racial Bias Grounds (2008-03-18)
A federal court suit contends Alabama's lowest-in-the-nation property taxes were rooted in racial discrimination a century ago and still harm black students in disproportionate numbers.


Alabama Chancellor on Familiar Ground in Political Fight (2008-03-17)
Two-year colleges Chancellor Bradley Byrne is fighting the Alabama Education Association in a partisan battle over regulation of the junior college system. And this fight is taking place on what used to be Byrne's home field - the Legislature.


Auburn, Huntsville High Bands March in Famed Ireland Parade (2008-03-17)
Two marching bands from Alabama are in Dublin, Ireland, for today's St. Patrick Day Parade.


Changes to Alabama Crime Reports Having Impact on Public Information (2008-03-17)
A policy change by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center Commission removed victims' names from the front of police incident reports, making that and other identifying information confidential.


International Paper To Buy Two Alabama Plants From Weyerhaeuser (2008-03-17)
Weyerhaeuser Company -- one of the world's largest lumber and packing producers -- says it is selling its containerboard packaging and recycling unit to International Paper for $6 billion in cash.


Alabama Headlines on Hiatus (2008-03-15)
Alabama Headlines with Brandon Hollingsworth will be on hiatus during the spring break holiday. Headlines will return on Monday, March 24th.


Alabama Poultry Farm Recalls Products (2008-03-15)
A north Alabama poultry firm has voluntarily recalled about 943,000 pounds of various fresh and frozen poultry giblets and fresh carcasses with giblets inserted, the USDA says.


Saturday Storms Cause Damage (2008-03-15)
Severe thunderstorms downed power lines and trees in Blount County, temporarily knocking out electrical power to about 1,600 homes and businesses. No injuries were immediately reported.


Another Problem at Farley Nuclear Plant (2008-03-14)
Southern Company officials are trying to determine why a fire detection alarm was set off inside the diesel generator building at the Farley Nuclear Plant.


Cramer Won't Seek Re-election to Congress (2008-03-14)
Nine-term Democratic congressman Bud Cramer shook up the Alabama political landscape Thursday by announcing he would not seek re-election in November.


Retirements Put Alabama In Play For November (2008-03-14)
Alabama has suddenly become a key battleground in November's congressional elections with the announced retirement of Democratic Representative Bud Cramer of Huntsville yesterday.


Alabama Cities Face New Air Quality Standards (2008-03-13)
Alabama's four major metro areas - Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville - are among dozens of cities and counties facing new air quality standards.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, March 13 (2008-03-13)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, March 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AT&T Plans $76M Investment in Ala. Wireless Network (2008-03-13)
AT&T officials said today the company plans to invest more than $76 million to expand its wireless network coverage in Alabama. That includes adding 17 new cell sites in the state this year.


New Pipeline Coming To Tuscaloosa County (2008-03-13)
A Georgia-based pipeline company has announced plans to construct a 36-inch fuel line through south Tuscaloosa County as part of a $2 billion, 500 mile project across four Southeastern states.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, March 12 (2008-03-12)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, March 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Congressional Dems Critical of Tri-State Water Dispute (2008-03-12)
Democrats on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that the Republican governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia are leaving their states unprepared for another dry summer by failing to settle their differences over water rights.


New York City Sewer Sludge Banned from Limestone County (2008-03-12)
Processed human wasted from New York has been banned from Limestone County in a settlement with Synagro Technologies. The company had drawn complaints from northwest Alabama residents about strong odors after it spread the mix on farmland as fertilizer.


Scale Back Alabama Campaign Nears End, Doubles in Size (2008-03-12)
There's been some expanding going on in Alabama's statewide weight-loss campaign, but it's the kind of increase organizers were hoping for.


Four Senators Excused From Testifying In Two-Year College Probe (2008-03-12)
An attorney for four influential state senators says they have been excused from subpoenas requiring them to appear before a federal grand jury investigating corruption in Alabama's two-year college system.


Several Alabama Legislators Excused From Federal Grand Jury (2008-03-12)
At least nine Alabama legislators have been excused from subpoenas requiring them to appear before a federal grand jury in Birmingham this week. The nine were among more than a dozen present and former legislators who got subpoenas last week from a grand jury investigating corruption in the two-year college system.


Panel OKs Bill To Allow Cities of Any Size To Vote To Serve Alcohol (2008-03-12)
A state House committee has approved a bill allowing any city or town in a dry county in Alabama to vote to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages.


Jefferson County Plans To Use Tax Funds To Avoid Bankruptcy (2008-03-12)
Jefferson County's commission chairman has proposed using excess revenues from a sales tax for a school bond issue to avert bankruptcy from a sewer bond debt fiasco.


Birmingham School Board Fires Superintendent Over Altered Report (2008-03-12)
The Birmingham Board of Education voted unanimously in a closed-door meeting Tuesday evening to fire city schools Superintendent Stan Mims without severance pay.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, March 11 (2008-03-11)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, March 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Howard Dean Brings 50 State Strategy to Alabama (2008-03-11)
The chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean, is attending party fundraisers today in Birmingham and Montgomery. Dean shocked some in his party during his race for the chairmanship in 2005 when he kept citing Alabama as a state that Democrats could no longer write off.


House Votes To Strengthen Mandatory Insurance Requirement (2008-03-11)
The Alabama House passed a bill Tuesday that will make it harder for Alabama vehicle owners to get around the state law that requires them to have insurance.


Boeing To Protest Tanker Contract (2008-03-10)
There's a hitch in Mobile getting the assembly plant for refueling tankers for the Air Force.


Alabama Tax Return Not Needed To Get Federal Rebate (2008-03-10)
An Alabama tax official says it's not necessary to file an Alabama income tax return to receive a federal tax rebate.


Confession Of Suspect In Auburn Student Slaying Read In Court (2008-03-10)
Authorities say the man accused of abducting and killing an Auburn University student confessed to the crime.


Mother of AU Murder Suspect Offers Apology (2008-03-10)
The mother of the man charged with killing an Auburn University student said her son was an Iraq war veteran who was changed after his service, and offered an apology to the freshman's family.


Focus Shifts After Tri-State Water Talks Fail (2008-03-10)
Lawyers for Georgia, Florida and Alabama are gearing up again for battle, now that tri-state water negotiations have collapsed and the federal government says it will decide how to dole out water rights in the region.


Kittie Allison Passes Away at 101 (2008-03-10)
Kittie "Mom" Allison, mother of the famous NASCAR drivers Bobby and Donnie Allison, has died at the age of 101.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, March 10 (2008-03-10)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, March 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Congressional Fight Over Air Tanker Decision (2008-03-09)
The Air Force's decision to award a multi billion dollar contract to French owned Airbus has caused a backlash on Capitol Hill. Kansas and Washington state lawmakers have vowed to fight the Bush Administration over its decision, but Alabama lawmakers say the ruling is good for Alabama and the US.


Congressional Fight Over Air Tanker Decision (2008-03-09)
The Air Force's decision to award a multi billion dollar contract to French owned Airbus has caused a backlash on Capitol Hill. Kansas and Washington state lawmakers have vowed to fight the Bush Administration over its decision, but Alabama lawmakers say the ruling is good for Alabama and the US.


Congressional Fight Over Air Tanker Decision (2008-03-09)
The Air Force's decision to award a multi billion dollar contract to French owned Airbus has caused a backlash on Capitol Hill. Kansas and Washington state lawmakers have vowed to fight the Bush Administration over its decision, but Alabama lawmakers say the ruling is good for Alabama and the US.


Congressional Fight Over Air Tanker Decision (2008-03-09)
The Air Force's decision to award a multi billion dollar contract to French owned Airbus has caused a backlash on Capitol Hill. Kansas and Washington state lawmakers have vowed to fight the Bush Administration over its decision, but Alabama lawmakers say the ruling is good for Alabama and the US.


Marchers Crossed Selma Bridge Sunday (2008-03-09)
Georgia Congressman John Lewis and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton led more than 3,000 marchers across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in an annual ''Bloody Sunday'' remembrance.


Snow Makes Brief Appearance in Alabama (2008-03-08)
A winter weather system brought some short-lived snow to many parts of Alabama, though no major problems were reported.


Arrest Made in AU Murder (2008-03-08)
A suspect has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of Auburn University student Lauren Burk, police announced Saturday.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, March 7 (2008-03-07)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, March 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Winter Storm May Bring Snow, Sleet to Areas of North Alabama (2008-03-07)
Snow is in Alabama's weekend forecast. Some parts of the state may see snow or a wintry mix of precipitation as early as tonight.


Alabama Officials Respond to Tanker Criticism (2008-03-07)
NPR provided insight this week from those who favored Boeing in the hotly-contested Air Force tanker contract. Boeing lost the contract, but it was Alabama's gain.


Set Clocks Ahead Saturday Night (2008-03-07)
Most people will trade an hour's sleep this weekend for more sunlight in the evenings.


Alabama Senate Urges Pelosi To Accept Air Force Tanker Contract (2008-03-06)
The Alabama Senate has passed a resolution encouraging U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to accept the Air Force's decision to award a tanker contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. and EADS.


Ala. Legislators Subpoenaed In Two-Year College Probe (2008-03-06)
Four present and former legislators who work for the state two-year college system have been subpoenaed in the federal government's probe of corruption in the system.


State House Passes Tanker Resolution (2008-03-06)
The Alabama Senate has passed a resolution encouraging U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to accept the Air Force's decision to award a tanker contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. and EADS.


Prototype - March 6, 2008 (2008-03-06)
This week on Prototype, Gina Smith reports on a piece of music written to honor the students who were killed one year ago in the Enterprise tornado. Then, Todd Panciera lightens the mood with a discussion about a class that has a strong link to "Sienfeld." Courtney Bowland is our executive producer.


Current, Former Legislators Subpoenaed (2008-03-06)
Four present and former legislators who work for the state two-year college system have been subpoenaed in the federal government's probe of corruption in the system.


Death of Auburn Student Investigated as Murder (2008-03-06)
The death of an Auburn University freshman who was found suffering from a gunshot wound several miles from campus is being investigated as a homicide, but school officials advised students Wednesday there was no indication others might be harmed.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, March 6 (2008-03-06)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, March 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, March 5 (2008-03-05)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, March 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Thousands of 2-Year College Workers Take Ethics Class, Now a Must (2008-03-05)
Ignorance of the state's ethics code can no longer be an excuse for any two-year college system employee who ends up on the wrong side of the law.


Survey Crews Find Two EF-1 Tornadoes in Greene, Tuscaloosa Counties (2008-03-05)
The National Weather Service said meteorologists surveying storm damage in Eutaw in Greene counties found that one home was destroyed, four received major damage and 25 were damaged as an EF-1 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 105 miles per hour moved through the area.


House Panel Moves to Let Voters Decide on New Constitution (2008-03-05)
An Alabama House committee has agreed to let voters decide if they want to call a convention to write a new state constitution.


School Board Members, Legislators Wait for Double Dipping Ban to Start (2008-03-04)
The U.S. Department of Justice may have given a green light to the two-year college system's new policies against "double dipping," but some say pending lawsuits and other factors are putting the brakes on implementation.


Two Tuskegee Airmen Among 19 Vets Honored (2008-03-04)
Lee Archer, Jr., always dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. He read about them in books and comic strips and imagined they were brave and handsome with long white scarves billowing behind them.


Governor Riley Defends Tanker Contract Selection (2008-03-04)
Governor Riley says EADS and Northrop Grumman were selected for an Air Force tanker contract because they offered a superior product.


Siegelman Should Remain In Jail During Appeal Says Prosecutors (2008-03-04)
Federal prosecutors have told appeals court judges that former Governor Don Siegelman should remain in prison while his conviction in a government corruption case is being appealed.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, March 4 (2008-03-04)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, March 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Storm System Leaves Scattered Damage in Parts of Alabama (2008-03-04)
A massive storm system moving through Alabama early Tuesday left scattered storm damage in some parts of the state.


Alabama Delegate Selection Concerns Some Obama Supporters (2008-03-04)
The handpicking of some of Barack Obama's Alabama delegates to the Democratic National Convention is causing friction within his campaign because longtime followers got pushed aside for newer supporters.


Lucy Baxley Qualifies to Run for Alabama PSC President (2008-03-04)
Former Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley is officially back in politics after suffering a stroke. Baxley filed qualifying papers with the state Democratic Party on Monday to run for president of the Alabama Public Service Commission.


Anti-War Demonstrators Arrested at UA (2008-03-03)
School officials said four people involved in an anti-war demonstration at the University of Alabama were arrested by campus police and charged with disorderly conduct.


School Board Members, Legislators Wait For Start Of Double-Dipping Ban (2008-03-03)
The U-S- Department of Justice may have given a green light to the two-year college system's new policies against ``double dipping,'' but some say pending lawsuits and other factors are putting the brakes on implementation.


AP: Alabama Dept. of Youth Services Records Shoddy on Private Homes (2008-03-03)
Call up Alabama's Department of Youth Services and staff members can tell you fairly quickly how many claims of assault, sexual abuse and other violations have been made by young people housed in the six youth facilities run by the state. But the same information is not so readily available for the 26 privately run facilities that the state agency pays to house youthful offenders.


Enterpise Tornado Revisited (2008-03-03)
Last March, the community of Enterprise was struck by a tornado destroying the high school and killing nine including eight students. A year later a lot has changed for the students of Enterprise High School, but the memories of their lost classmates live on.


Another Storm System Expected in Alabama (2008-03-03)
Its been a common theme over the past two months - severe weather. Another potentially dangerous weather system is on track for a late night or early morning arrival into Alabama.


Chicago Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Tillman Arrested in Alabama (2008-03-03)
Former Chicago alderman and civil rights activist Dorothy Tillman was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing in an incident at a hospital in her native Montgomery.


Ala, Farm Forecast Predicts Record Prices, Offset By Planting Expenses (2008-03-03)
Encouraged by record crop prices in Alabama's farm forecast, growers still must find the money to starting planting while being hit with rocketing costs for fuel, fertilizer, seeds and equipment.


Enterprise Tornado Revisited (2008-03-03)
Last March, the community of Enterprise was struck by a tornado. It destroyed the high school and killed nine people, including eight students. A year later, a lot has changed for the students of Enterprise High School, but the memories of their lost classmates live on.


Enterprise Remembers Tornado Victims Through Song (2008-03-02)
Enterprise students, faculty and residents gathered at a memorial service Friday (2/29) to remember those lost when a tornado hit Enterprise High School last March. They were remembered through the music of a song written just for them.


Kempthorne Says Water Negotiations Have Failed (2008-03-02)
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne acknowledged Saturday that White House-brokered water negotiations among Alabama, Florida and Georgia have failed.


Cornbread Revisited - commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2008-02-29)
This morning's commentary from storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham touches on a subject dear to her heart ... the tradition of cornbread. And remember, please don't add sugar ...


Electronic Bingo Bill Gets Some Support (2008-02-29)
The sponsor of legislation to allow electronic bingo at the dog tracks in Mobile County and Birmingham couldn't get the winning numbers in last year's legislative session. But he's back for another try this year.


Mobile Mayor Speaks About Aircraft Facility (2008-02-29)
Mobile Mayor Samuel Jones spoke to Alabama Public Radio Friday afternoon (2/29) shortly after learning that Mobile will be home to a multi-billion dollar aircraft manufacturing facility. The Air Force named Northrop Grumman and EADS as the companies that will build the next generation of refueling tankers.


Sources: Mobile Chosen for Aircraft Facility (2008-02-29)
A site in Mobile has been selected for a multibillion-dollar Air Force contract, the port city's second major industrial victory in less than a year.


Mobile Will Get Refueling Tanker Facility (2008-02-29)
The selection of a Mobile site for a multibillion-dollar Air Force contract has given Alabama's port city its second major industrial victory in less than a year.


Woods Enters Republican Race for Congressional Seat (2008-02-28)
Montgomery businessman David Woods has kicked off his race for the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring GOP Congressman Terry Everett of Rehobeth.


Strip Mine Operation Near Alabaster Gets Permits (2008-02-28)
The owner of a coal strip-mining operation near Alabaster has received state permits to begin operations. The nearly 1,300 acre site could produce as much as one million tons of coal annually.


State Lawmakers Delay Budget Work Until After Easter (2008-02-28)
The chairmen of the Legislature's budget committees said Wednesday they will postpone work on the two state budgets until late March or April, which will give them better financial information about the size of budgets cuts that may be needed.


Legislator Advocates Even More Tax Cuts (2008-02-28)
An architect of Alabama's income tax cut is proposing an even bigger change that would remove the state sales tax on food, reduce taxes on low-income Alabamians and raise taxes on wealthier citizens.


Legislators Seek Control Over Two-Year Colleges (2008-02-28)
A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would give a legislative panel the right to review and approve policy changes in Alabama's two-year college system.


Prototype - February 28, 2008 (2008-02-28)
In this week's edition of Prototype, Courtney Bowland explains leap year; Tricia Masucci looks into dental hygiene in her health report, and Todd Panciera gives tips on how to find a suitable house or apartment.


Troy Graduates Students from Vietnam (2008-02-28)
Troy University has its first graduates from Vietnam. This week, the school awarded diplomas to 26 students who are attending two schools that have partnered with the south Alabama university.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, February 28 (2008-02-28)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Birmingham Board of Education Votes to Close 16 Schools (2008-02-27)
The Birmingham Board of Education voted Tuesday night to close 16 schools over the next three years.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, February 27 (2008-02-27)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Morton Supports B'ham School Closures (2008-02-27)
Alabama school Superintendent Joe Morton said today that he supports the Birmingham school system's decision to close schools.


Alabama Looks At Expanding Shield Law (2008-02-27)
A state senator is trying to protect magazine writers from having to reveal their sources in court. State Senator Jabo Waggoner got the Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee to approve his bill today that would add magazines to Alabama's ``shield law.'' His bill now goes to the Senate.


Forecasters Say Straight Line Winds Caused Most of Storm Damage (2008-02-27)
Forecasters blame powerful straight line winds for Tuesday's storm damage along the Interstate 20 corridor from eastern Jefferson County to the Georgia line.


Winds Down Trees, 42,000 Without Power in Alabama (2008-02-26)
Pre-dawn winds gusting to more than 40 miles per hour blew down trees and caused scattered damage early today, leaving about 42,000 homes and businesses without power in central Alabama.


Morning Storms Claim Life of Leeds Woman (2008-02-26)
The violent weather that raced across Alabama early today was blamed for killing a woman in the Leeds area.


"On-Demand'' Airline DayJet Expands Service in Montgomery (2008-02-26)
Florida-based DayJet is adding flights out of Montgomery Regional Airport. The airline sells individual seats to time-strapped business travelers who need to travel to smaller airports and want to customize their flight itinerary.


Ala. Senate Approves Bill To Regulate PAC Donations (2008-02-26)
The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would stop some financial transfers used to hide the source of campaign contributions, but it would allow others.


Prison Industries Cuts To Be Smaller Than Planned (2008-02-26)
Alabama Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen says the prison industries program won't be cut as drastically as originally planned.


Georgia Governor Not Hopeful About Water Fued (2008-02-26)
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is acknowledging what his counterpart from Alabama suggested last week the outlook isn't promising for a water-sharing agreement between those two states and Florida.


Problems at the Polls in Selma (2008-02-26)
Several Selma polls opened late Tuesday morning as stormy weather damaged some machines and poll workers quit as voters tried to cast ballots on a bond issue, city officials said.


Man Charged with Throwing Children from Bridge Indicted (2008-02-26)
The father charged with killing his four children by throwing them off the Dauphin Island Bridge has been indicted on five counts of capital murder by a Mobile County Grand Jury. Mobile County officials announced Lam Luong's indictment at a news conference Monday.


Birmingham School Closings Plan Stirs Area Legislators (2008-02-25)
Legislators representing Birmingham hope to meet Wednesday with state Superintendent Joe Morton about the potential closing of 16 city schools.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, February 25 (2008-02-25)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Gulf Resorts Post Record for Lodgings (2008-02-25)
Alabama beach resorts posted record visitor spending on lodgings last year, bouncing back three years after Hurricane Ivan left widespread wreckage on the coast.


Alabama GOP Disputes Former Campaign Worker's Claims on CBS Show (2008-02-25)
A former Republican campaign volunteer in Alabama told CBS's "60 Minutes" of what she viewed as a secret five-year campaign to ruin former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman, a claim airing tonight that was denounced as a fabrication by the state GOP.


Attorneys Want Justice Dept. to Act in Siegelman Case (2008-02-25)
Attorneys for imprisoned former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman are calling for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to the case.


TV Station Blames Siegelman Blackout on Technical Problems (2008-02-25)
Viewers who tuned in a north Alabama TV channel to watch a ''60 Minutes'' report on the prosecution of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman instead saw a dark screen. The station blamed the blackout on technical problems.


Alabama Legislators: This Salvia is No Pretty Flower (2008-02-25)
Two Alabama legislators are trying to ban a type of salvia. But they're not trying to rid Southern flower beds of the red and blue flowers popular in the region.


Black Belt Catfish Farmers Getting $3 Million in Federal Aid (2008-02-22)
Alabama officials announced today that dozens of the state's catfish farmers will soon receive $3 million in federal disaster funds.


Mayfield Dairy Farms Recalls Ice Cream (2008-02-22)
Mayfield Dairy Farms is recalling half-gallon paper cartons of its Vanilla Classic Ice Cream.


Alabama Senate Debates PAC Bill, but Can't Reach Agreement (2008-02-22)
The Alabama Senate has spent a second day Thursday debating legislation to curb the transfer of money between political action committees, but it couldn't come to an agreement.


Siegelman Case to be Featured on "60 Minutes" (2008-02-22)
A lawyer who claims that Republican political motivations influenced the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Governor Don Siegelman says Karl Rove asked her to find evidence that Siegelman was cheating on his wife. According to a release today from CBS, Jill Simpson makes the claim in an upcoming broadcast of "60 Minutes."


Alabama Consumers Pinched by Rising Fuel, Food Prices (2008-02-22)
Gasoline prices in Alabama rose above $3 a gallon this week as higher costs for food and mortgages also hit consumers in the state.


Weight Loss Through "Scale Back Alabama" (2008-02-22)
After Alabama landed on a recent national report as one of the most obese states in the nation, state officials responded by creating ''Scale Back Alabama,'' a weight loss program.


West Alabama County Dealing with Flooding (2008-02-22)
Parts of Alabama are flooding during the middle of a drought. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Sumter County near the Mississippi line Friday after heavy rains dumped more than five inches of rain on central Alabama in less than a week.


State Supreme Court Upholds Suit Dismissal (2008-02-22)
The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a Montgomery judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the election of four powerful Democrats in the Alabama Senate.


House Poverty Task Force Recommends Removing Sales Tax on Food (2008-02-22)
An Alabama House committee has issued a list of recommendations for fighting poverty. The recommendations include eliminating the state sales tax on food.


Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright to Run for Congress (2008-02-22)
Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright will kick off a Democratic campaign for Congress on Tuesday in the southeast Alabama town where he grew up.


Gov. Riley Plans to Move Forward with Water Lawsuit (2008-02-22)
An attorney for Alabama Gov. Bob Riley will tell a judge that the governor wants to move forward with a federal lawsuit that seeks to resolve a long-standing water dispute with Georgia.


SBA Opens Disaster Loan Center in Prattville (2008-02-22)
A disaster loan outreach center opens today in Prattville. Alabama Emergency Management Director Brock Long said the Small Business Administration will set up shop at the Church of the Living Water on Sheila Boulevard to assist residents and businesses secure low-interest loans.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, February 20 (2008-02-21)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, February 21 (2008-02-21)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 21st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Homewood to Host IRS Town Hall Meeting (2008-02-21)
Homewood is hosting one of only three town hall meetings to be held nationwide this year by a federal advisory committee to the Internal Revenue Service.


Alabama Makes Grade for Health Preparation (2008-02-21)
Alabama's public health department fared well in the first federal report detailing preparations for possible bioterror attacks and other crises.


Montgomery-Based Army Reserve Unit to Head to Iraq (2008-02-21)
An Army Reserve unit based in Alabama is set to ship out to Iraq in the spring. About 120 members of the Montgomery-based 926th Engineer Brigade is scheduled to leave Sunday for about two months of training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.


State Releases Black Belt Tourism Guide (2008-02-21)
Alabama Governor Bob Riley wants tourists to consider a vacation in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt region.


House Committee Suggests No Tax on Food (2008-02-21)
An Alabama House committee has issued a list of recommendations for fighting poverty. The recommendations include eliminating the state sales tax on food.


Songwriter Curly Putnam Being Honored by Alabama Legislature (2008-02-21)
Alabama-born songwriter Curly Putnam will be honored by the Legislature today. The Legislature is scheduled to present Putnam with a resolution naming a portion of Alabama Highway 65 in his honor.


Federal Economic Package to Cut Alabama Tax Collections (2008-02-21)
Alabama's public schools and colleges will lose $59 million in tax revenue from businesses due to the federal economic stimulus package. That's the forecast by Joyce Bigbee, the director of the Legislative Fiscal office.


7th Graders Arrested for Bringing Explosive to School (2008-02-21)
Four Montgomery junior high students, two 12-year-olds and two 13-year-olds, were placed in juvenile detention Wednesday for bringing a homemade bomb to their school.


Lawyer Says Rove Influenced Siegelman Prosecution (2008-02-21)
A lawyer who claims that Republican political motivations influenced the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Governor Don Siegelman says Karl Rove asked her to find evidence that Siegelman was cheating on his wife.


Prototype - February 21, 2008 (2008-02-21)
Barbeque and credit cards top the agenda this week. Alexa Stabler reports on the dangers associated with free spending, and Butler Cain tells us about barbeque judging school. Courtney Bowland is our Executive Producer.


Jury Awards State $215 Million in Medicaid Case (2008-02-21)
A state court jury on Thursday awarded Alabama $215 million in its Medicaid drug price fraud suit against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.


Alabama Senate Democrats Endorse No Smoking Bill (2008-02-21)
The Alabama Senate's Democratic Caucus endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban smoking in the workplace and in public places.


Wiley Fire Chief Loses Home To Fire (2008-02-20)
Wiley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Collins suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon while trying to save his home from a fire.


Senate Democrats Support Anti-Smoking Bill (2008-02-20)
The Alabama Senate's Democratic Caucus endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban smoking in the workplace and in public places. The no smoking bill was one of several health and safety bills the caucus supported during a news conference at the Statehouse.


UA, AU Leaders Warn Against Budget Cuts (2008-02-20)
Leaders of Auburn University and the University of Alabama system held a historic meeting Wednesday to warn against proposed budget cuts.


Alabama Headlines-Tuesday, February 19 (2008-02-19)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Supreme Court Will Hear Arrest Case from Alabama (2008-02-19)
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider whether evidence must be suppressed when authorities base an arrest on incorrect information from police files.


Thousands Seek Jobs at New Steel Plant (2008-02-19)
The ThyssenKrupp steel plant being built in southwest Alabama has drawn more than 8-thousand-700 job seekers in a recent recruitment period that ended Friday.


Agriculture Commissioner Discusses Change in Cuba (2008-02-19)
Fidel Castro's resignation as president of Cuba made international headlines Tuesday (2/19). Alabama has a stake in the future of Cuba. During recent years, it has emerged as a significant importer of Alabama products.


Senate Committee Rewrites PAC Bill (2008-02-19)
A bill passed by the Alabama House to ban the transfer of money between political action committees has been rewritten by a Senate committee.


Court Won't Hear Former Football Coaches' Case Against NCAA (2008-02-19)
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear an appeal from two former Alabama assistant football coaches who lost their jobs following an NCAA investigation of the Crimson Tide's football program.


Boaters Rescued After Building Fire (2008-02-18)
Sheriff's deputies were able to find four boaters stranded in the Sipsey Swamp after they built a fire that was visible from the air.


Prattville Slammed By Apparent Tornado (2008-02-18)
More than a dozen tornado warnings were issued across Alabama Sunday (2/17) as a powerful storm system swept through. The city of Prattville took a direct hit.


Riley Tours Damage in Prattville (2008-02-18)
Governor Bob Riley Monday morning toured a Prattville neighborhood that suffered heavy damage when a tornado hit Sunday. He said after the tour that he was impressed by the community's response in the wake of the storm.


McCain Gets Lukewarm Support from Alabama's Congressional Delegation (2008-02-18)
Republicans in Alabama's congressional delegation are still coming to terms with the prospect of Sen. John McCain heading up the party's ballot this November.


Governor to Tour Storm-Damaged Areas in Prattville (2008-02-18)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley will visit areas in Prattville damaged by a tornado that hit the area causing significant damage to many homes and businesses.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, February 18 (2008-02-18)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Legislature Considers Education Oversight Bill (2008-02-18)
Alabama legislators are facing a possible fight over a bill that would require the rules and policies of the Alabama Board of Education concerning the state's two-year colleges to be reviewed by a legislative committee.


Prattville Begins Storm Cleanup (2008-02-18)
Prattville begins tornado cleanup today. A tornado struck the city yesterday, causing significant damages.


Prattville Tornado Damages Numerous Homes, Businesses (2008-02-17)
A tornado Sunday caused significant damages in Prattville where numerous homes were destroyed, the mayor said.


Court Blocks Dutch Student's Arrest in Holloway's Disappearance (2008-02-15)
An appeals court has denied a request by Aruban prosecutors to arrest a Dutch college student in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.


Rep. Bonner of Mobile Appointed to Spending Committee (2008-02-15)
Representative Jo Bonner of Mobile was named Thursday to the House Appropriations Committee. That gives Alabama even more clout on the panel that writes spending bills in Congress and steers money to local projects.


Two-Year College System Gets Leeway on Lease, Saves Millions (2008-02-15)
Alabama's two-year college system was able to rework a $26 million, 20-year contract for new office space that fired Chancellor Roy Johnson had reached before his departure.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, February 15 (2008-02-15)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, February 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Influenza Spikes In Tuscaloosa County (2008-02-15)
Currently, Alabama is one of 31 states classified as having widespread cases of influenza. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports the flu is spiking in Tuscaloosa County, and that created a temporary shortage of medicine used to treat and prevent the illness ...


Kathryn Tucker Windham - I Like Presents (2008-02-15)
Valentine's Day was yesterday, but any day is a good day to receive some love ... or even a present ... so says master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham ...


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, February 14 (2008-02-14)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Governor Sticks with Tradition on Valentine's (2008-02-14)
There's no suspense about what Alabama first lady Patsy Riley will get for Valentine's Day. Governor Bob Riley says he's sticking with tradition.


Seven UA Students on All-USA Academic Team (2008-02-14)
Seven students who attend the University of Alabama have been named to USA Today's All Academic Team. For the fifth time in six years, Alabama led the nation in the number of students selected.


Montgomery Part of Army Home Downpayment Program (2008-02-14)
How's this for a recruiting slogan: Join the Army. Buy a House. The U.S. military is testing an incentive program that pays enlistees up to $40,000 toward a home or a startup business after their commitment. And Montgomery is part of the pilot program.


Bills Exempting Tax Rebate From Ala. Taxes Introduced (2008-02-14)
The Alabama Legislature finally has bills to do what state officials have been talking about for several days: removing Alabama taxes from the federal tax rebates.


Bonner Placed on Powerful House Committee (2008-02-14)
Alabama can expect some more Congressional dollars in the coming years. On Thursday, Mobile Republican Congressman Jo Bonner was named to the House committee that decides where federal funds get spent.


Prototype - February 14, 2008 (2008-02-14)
This week on Prototype, Tricia Masucci talks to a special guest flown in from above in this week's "A Day in the Life of...." Todd Panciera shows us fun things to do on Valentine's Day, and Courtney Bowland wraps up the show with a few Valentine's Day facts.


Governors to Miss White House Deadline for Water Settlement (2008-02-14)
The governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia won't meet a Bush administration-imposed deadline for settling their 20-year fight over sharing water in the region's rivers.


Interview with Cupid (2008-02-14)
Tricia Masucci, a reporter for APR's Prototype podcast, got ''the big get'' this Valentine's season. She speaks with the one and only Cupid.


Negative Findings Removed from Report on Birmingham Schools (2008-02-13)
The Birmingham Board of Education Tuesday placed Superintendent Stan Mims on administrative lead during an investigation into claims he altered a report critical of the school system before providing it to the public.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, February 13 (2008-02-13)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Light Snow Falls in North Alabama (2008-02-13)
Unexpected snow flurries covered rooftops and bushes with a light white coating across north Alabama this morning, but forecasters said no significant accumulation was expected.


Delphi Bankruptcy Exit in Jeopardy (2008-02-13)
A plan by auto parts supplier Delphi to exit bankruptcy by the end of next month is in jeopardy as it struggles to get $6.1 billion in loans in the tight credit market.


Despite Talk, Little Action On Waiving Ala. Tax On Rebates (2008-02-13)
First leaders of the Senate Democratic Caucus called for the removal of all state incomes on the federal tax rebates. Then Republican Governor Bob Riley called for the same thing and he urged the Legislature to do it this week. But all that talk hasn't resulted in much action in the Legislature.


Alabama Senate Committee Approves Bill Restricting PAC Transfers (2008-02-13)
A bill restricting the transfer of money between political action committees won approval today in a state Senate committee.


Lawmakers, Governor $200 million Apart On Budget (2008-02-13)
The problem facing members of the House Government Appropriations Committee is much like what happens in families when the husband and wife each balance the checkbook and come up with widely different balances.


Legislative Panel Offers Alabama Energy Policy with Some Tax Credits (2008-02-13)
With gas prices hovering near $3 a gallon and the cost of heating and cooling homes and businesses skyrocketing, the Alabama Legislature began work Wednesday on a package of bills aimed at helping the state conserve energy.


Football Recruiters and High School Athletes (2008-02-13)
High School Football is a past time in most parts of the country, but every year around February it goes national. National Signing day took place a week ago, when hotly recruited high school seniors made their decisions to attend college.


Civil Rights leader Johnnie Carr Suffers Stroke, Hospitalized (2008-02-12)
The family of Johnnie Carr said the civil rights leader was hospitalized after suffering a stroke Monday.


12 High Schools in Montgomery, Jefferson Counties Get Grants (2008-02-12)
Passing scores on Advance Placement tests often earn students college credit and the courses prepare them for college. But now the classes have an added benefit: padding the pocketbooks of Alabama students who pass the rigorous tests.


Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges (2008-02-12)
State Representative Sue Schmitz has pleaded not guilty to a nine-count federal indictment charging her with mail fraud and theft.


Toxic Gas Leak at Washington County Plant Forces Evacuations (2008-02-12)
A toxic gas that leaked from a chemical plant in Washington County left a worker injured and resulted in the closure of two schools.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, February 12 (2008-02-12)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama House Votes for "Rainy Day" Fund (2008-02-12)
The Alabama House passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would set up a ''rainy day'' savings account for the state's General Fund budget.


Trial Of Former Fire College Director Delayed (2008-02-12)
A judge today agreed to delay the start of the trial of the former executive director of the Alabama Fire College - William Langston.


House Passes Bills To Strengthen Laws Against Computer Predators (2008-02-12)
Adults convicted of using computers to entice children to meet them for the purpose of sexual relations could lose their computers and possibly their homes under a bill passed by the Alabama House.


Report on B'ham City Schools Altered (2008-02-12)
Several pages of negative findings in a report on Birmingham city schools were removed when copies were given to the public at a school board meeting.


Hoover Officials Push for New I-459 Interchange (2008-02-11)
Hoover officials are pushing for a new Interstate 459 interchange just west of South Shades Crest Road. It's being studied and, if approved, could take 10 years to build.


Mobile Hurricane Training Simulates Category 5 Strike (2008-02-11)
Alabama's new Emergency Management Agency director, Brock Long, is expected to join Mobile County officials tomorrow for four days of hurricane preparedness training.


Muslim Legislator Feels Religion Now Less a Political Factor (2008-02-11)
State Rep. Yusuf Salaam of Selma, the only Muslim in the Alabama Legislature, says he hopes he is an example of how religion is becoming less a factor as people judge political candidates and that some of the paranoia caused by the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks is evaporating.


Alabama Legislature May Silence Impostor Performers (2008-02-11)
State Sen. Bobby Denton, who hit the record charts 50 years ago, and Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, the comedic vocalist from Sha Na Na, are singing the same song, politically speaking.


Storm Assistance Center Opens in Pisgah (2008-02-11)
A new storm assistance center opened Monday in Pisgah to provide help to tornado victims in Jackson County. Pisgah Mayor Chris Woods said the center is housed in the Office Furniture Outlet store on County Road 58.


Judge Wants Written Arguments in Trial Over Jacksonville Trees (2008-02-11)
A judge has requested written closing arguments in a trial over four trees Alabama Power is trying to remove from the yards of two Jacksonville residents.


State SCLC to Meet in Tuscaloosa; Langford is Keynote Speaker (2008-02-11)
A two-day convention of the Alabama Southern Christian Leadership Conference will feature a keynote address by Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.


Half of VX Agent Destroyed at Anniston Facility (2008-02-11)
Workers at the Chemical Agent Disposal Facility say they have destroyed more than half of the VX nerve agent stored at the Anniston facility.


Alabama Democrats Don't Want Rebate Taxed (2008-02-11)
Leaders of the Senate Democratic Caucus endorsed legislation Monday that would keep state income taxes from being levied on the federal tax rebates that Alabamians are anticipating in May.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, February 11 (2008-02-11)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Forever Wild To Buy Greensboro Cattle Ranch (2008-02-09)
The Alabama Department of Corrections has accepted an offer from a land conservation group to buy part of the state's Farquhar Cattle Ranch in Greensboro for more than $4 million, officials said Friday.


Drought Conditions Get Better (2008-02-08)
The U.S. Drought Monitor Survey shows a significant improvement in drought stricken areas across the Southeast. Now, just less than 20 percent of the region is gripped by the worst conditions on the scale.


Bill Would Remove Governor's Oversight of Transportation Department (2008-02-08)
The Alabama House has passed a bill that would take the Alabama Department of Transportation out from under the control of the governor and have it managed by a five-person commission.


Candidates Tied For Delegates in Alabama Despite Big Obama Win (2008-02-08)
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are locked in a tie for Alabama delegates even though he took 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary to her 42 percent.


Nuclear Reactor's Rating Degraded to "Yellow" (2008-02-08)
The Nuclear Regular Commission has given TVA's Browns Ferry Unit 1 reactor near Athens a ''degraded'' rating for a number of unplanned shutdowns in 2007.


Alabama Attorney General Warns Price-Gougers (2008-02-08)
The state Attorney General is warning against price-gouging or taking advantage of tornado victims. At least five people died when powerful tornadoes plowed through north Alabama early Wednesday. State and local officials estimated 500 homes were damaged or destroyed and scores of people were injured.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, February 8 (2008-02-08)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, February 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, February 7 (2008-02-07)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Senate Votes To Raise Auto Insurance Requirements (2008-02-07)
The state Senate is ready to raise the minimum amount of auto liability insurance that Alabamians must buy.


Democrats Question Alabama Governor's Plans (2008-02-07)
Some Democratic legislators are questioning the budget and tax cut plans laid out by Republican Governor Bob Riley in his State of the State speech Wednesday night.


Governor Bob Riley's State of the State 2008 (2008-02-07)
As we gather tonight I just want to say that our prayers go out to the victims of last night's terrible storms and to their families. Their lives have been upended and it will be a while before things return to normal.


Democrats' Attempt to Add Billions to Economic Stimulus Bill Blocked (2008-02-07)
Alabama's Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions joined other Senate Republicans to block a move by Democrats to add more funding for the elderly, the unemployed and disabled veterans to the economic stimulus bill.


Storm Predictor says Tornado Outbreak was Forecast Early (2008-02-07)
A meteorologist with the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the public had nearly a one week warning before deadly tornadoes hit four states.


Alabama House Approves PAC-to-PAC Ban (2008-02-07)
The Alabama House has approved a bill to ban the practice of transferring political contributions from one political action committee to another.


Trial Set for Confederate Monument Vandals (2008-02-07)
An April trial date has been set for three teenagers charged in juvenile court with vandalizing a 109-year-old Confederate monument at the state Capitol, an attorney for one of the teens said Thursday.


Prototype - February 7, 2008 (2008-02-07)
This Week on Prototype, Jacksonville State University reporter Brandon Hollingsworth takes a look into the ''Ron Paul phenomenon.'' Then, APR News reporter Gina Smith tells us about her visit to a vineyard in central Alabama where she learned that making wine requires patience and a little bit of luck. Courtney Bowland is our Executive Producer.


Nearly $3 million From Merck Settlements To Go To Alabama (2008-02-07)
Attorney General Troy King said today Alabama will receive nearly three million dollars as part of two separate global settlements with Merck & Co.


Sen. Bishop Drops Plans To Sue (2008-02-07)
A state senator who punched a fellow legislator announced Thursday he's ready to put the blow behind him and he won't sue over the Senate taking disciplinary action against him.


Former College President Charged With Obstruction (2008-02-07)
A former interim president of Southern Union State Community College in Wadley has been charged with obstruction of justice for lying to a grand jury probing Alabama's two-year college system.


Browns Ferry Reactor Downgraded Due To Shutdowns (2008-02-07)
The Nuclear Regular Commission has given TVA's Browns Ferry Unit 1 reactor near Athens a "degraded" rating for a number of unplanned shutdowns in 2007.


Huckabee, Obama Win Alabama (2008-02-06)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took Alabama's Republican primary Tuesday by crushing his opponents in the competition for conservative and evangelical Christian voters.


Severe Weather Leaves Storm Damage in Several Counties (2008-02-06)
Forecasters urge Alabamians to monitor weather conditions this morning. A massive storm system is moving rapidly through the state and is blamed for spawning severe thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes and hail in several counties.


Southern Storm Update (2008-02-06)
Here's a state-by-state look at deaths and damage caused by a string of tornadoes that tore across the South, beginning with Alabama....


Four killed in Alabama Storms (2008-02-06)
At least four people were killed as tornadoes struck north Alabama in the pre-dawn hours today, leveling houses and tossing mobile homes.


President Bush Calls States Affected by Storms (2008-02-06)
President Bush told those affected by a string of deadly tornadoes in the South that the U.S. government will help them and the rest of the country is praying for them.


Four Killed In Alabama By Early Morning Storms (2008-02-06)
Damage assessment crews are hard at work this afternoon (2/6) following a wave of deadly severe weather across Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.


Delegates For Clinton And McCain Despite Losses (2008-02-06)
Despite losing in the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama, Hillary Roddam Clinton could get more delegates from the state than Barack Obama, based on an Associated Press tabulation today.


Governor Riley Urges Lawmakers To Make Tax Changes (2008-02-06)
Governor Bob Riley urged the Legislature to raise the threshold where Alabama's working families start paying the state income tax and to give tax incentives to small businesses that provide health insurance to their workers. He made the recommendation during his State of the State address tonight.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, February 6 (2008-02-06)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Senator Will Sue Over Punch Punishment (2008-02-06)
The legislator who threw a punch in the state Senate said he won't quit over disciplinary action taken against him, but he will sue. State Senator Charles Bishop of Jasper announced his plans Wednesday.


Three Killed in Alabama Storms (2008-02-06)
At least three people were killed as an apparent tornado struck a rural community in northwest Alabama early today.


Alabama Set New Primary Voter Record (2008-02-06)
Secretary of State Beth Chapman says Alabama has set a new record for voter turnout in a presidential primary. About 40 percent of Alabama's registered voters turned out Tuesday.


Schools Closed or Delaying Opening Because of Stormy Weather (2008-02-06)
A number of school systems will delay opening today or will be closed because of stormy weather. Here's a list from the Associated Press.


Governor Offers Way to Fund his Tax Break Proposals (2008-02-06)
Gov. Bob Riley says he has an answer for legislators who have been asking how he is going to pay to his proposed tax breaks for families and for small businesses that supply health insurance to their workers.


Governor's Programs Could be Doomed by Tight Budgets (2008-02-05)
Alabama legislators return to Montgomery for the 2008 regular session today facing the task of figuring out how to pay for schools and state services with fewer dollars.


King Proposes Tougher Law Against Drinking and Driving (2008-02-05)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King proposed legislation Monday to toughten the law against people who drink alcoholic beverages and then drive.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, February 5 (2008-02-05)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


2008 Legislative Session Begins With Divided Senate (2008-02-05)
The Alabama Senate began its new session the same way it ended the last session - divided along party lines over a Republican senator punching a Democratic senator.


Guest Workers Left Alabama Firm for Better Jobs (2008-02-05)
About 150 guest workers from Nepal left jobs at a Cinram plant in search of better-paying employment and didn't steal furniture when they departed, as previously claimed, according to an Alabama resident who befriended the immigrants.


Interview with NPR's Scott Simon and Andrea Seabrook (2008-02-05)
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon and Weekend All Things Considered host Andrea Seabrook took a break from NPR's Election 2008 coverage Tuesday afternoon (2/5) to speak to Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain.


Bills to Ban PAC-to-PAC Transfers Introduced in Legislature (2008-02-05)
Election reform bills to ban the practice of transferring campaign contributions from one political action committee to another have been introduced in the House and Senate.


Wynton ''Red'' Blount's Home, Land Donated to State of Alabama (2008-02-05)
The family of the late business magnate Wynton "Red" Blount has donated his Montgomery mansion and surrounding land to the state of Alabama, which will use it initially to entertain industrial prospects and possibly one day as a governor's mansion.


Another Deadline Looms for Tri-State Water Dispute (2008-02-04)
Officials from Georgia, Alabama and Florida say they are hopeful they will be able to meet a deadline this month to come up with a plan to settle an 18-year battle over sharing water.


How Alabama's Presidential Primary Works (2008-02-04)
Poll hours, voter identification requirements, delegates and more - how Alabama's presidential primary works.


Dutch Student says Holloway's Body was Dumped at Sea (2008-02-04)
Footage broadcast in the Netherlands shows Dutch student Joran Van der Sloot saying he was with Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway when she collapsed on a beach in Aruba.


Voter Complaint Hotline Ready For Primary (2008-02-04)
Alabama voters with election law questions or complaints related to tomorrow's primary voting can contact the state attorney general's office hotline: 1-800-831-8814.


Attorney General's Office Prepares for Voter Complaints (2008-02-04)
Alabama voters with election law questions or complaints related to tomorrow's primary voting can contact the state attorney general's office hotline at 1-800-831-8814.


AP Survey: Majority Support Gov. Riley's Tax Cut Proposals (2008-02-04)
The Alabama Legislature opens its regular session tomorrow. An Associated Press survey of legislators finds a majority supporting Governor Bob Riley's proposed tax breaks for families and for small businesses that supply health insurance to their workers.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, February 4 (2008-02-04)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Voter Registrations Surge as Primary Nears (2008-02-04)
Alabama's voter registrations have surged with the approach of tomorrow's primary and they are much higher than they were in the last two presidential primaries.


Alabama Taking $3 Million Gamble On Early Primary (2008-02-04)
Alabama took a $3 million gamble by moving up its presidential primary from the end of the primary season to Tuesday. Was it worth it?


400 More Stores To Close for Bankrupt Movie Gallery (2008-02-04)
Movie Gallery, Inc. announced plans today to close an additional 400 stores as part of its reorganization plan as it attempts to exit bankruptcy.


Super Tuesday Vote Returns To Be Shown On Digital Billboards (2008-02-04)
Want to know which presidential candidates are leading as the vote totals roll in across Alabama on Tuesday night? Look up.


Alabama House Has Repeat Of Last Year's Bills (2008-02-04)
The legislative session starting tomorrow will have lots of repeat bills. The House Democratic Caucus unveiled its legislative agenda today and it includes many bills that passed the House last year but died in the Senate's stalemate.


Deadline Looms in Tri-State Water Debate (2008-02-04)
Officials from Georgia, Alabama and Florida say they are hopeful they will be able to meet a deadline this month to come up with a plan to settle an 18-year battle over sharing water.


McCain, Huckabee, Clinton Announce Alabama Appearances (2008-02-01)
Alabama will be a focal point of presidential politics Saturday with two candidates campaigning in the state and one former president rallying support for his wife.


High Court Considers Stay of Alabama Execution (2008-02-01)
Alabama death row inmate James Harvey Callahan was granted a stay of exeuction Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The stay came just over an hour before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection.


Alabama Gets $121.5 Million Payment from Exxon Mobil (2008-02-01)
The state of Alabama has a 121.5 million dollar payment from Exxon Mobil, but it's not sure what to do with the money.


Surge In Alabama Voter Registrations As Primary Nears (2008-02-01)
Alabama's voter registrations have surged with the approach of the primary Tuesday and they are much higher than they were in the last two presidential primaries.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, February 1 (2008-02-01)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, February 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AP Survey: Most Legislators Favor Reappraisals Every Four Years (2008-02-01)
A majority of Alabama legislators say they favor a measure to change property tax reappraisals in Alabama from every year to every four years. That's according to an Associated Press survey of the House and Senate.


'Pompeii' Top Exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art (2008-02-01)
More people filed through "Pompeii: Tales From an Eruption," than any exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art since 1985. The display featured 500 objects from the ruins of the ancient city.


Appellate Court Upholds Sharifi Conviction And Death Sentence (2008-02-01)
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of Mohammad Sharifi. He was convicted for the December 1999 slayings of his wife and an acquaintance in Huntsville.


Bill Clinton Campaigning in Huntsville for Wife (2008-01-31)
Former President Bill Clinton will attend a fundraiser and a rally Saturday in Huntsville to help his wife before Alabama's presidential primary on Tuesday.


Prototype - January 31, 2008 (2008-01-31)
Prototype gets spacey and cheesy this week. Guest reporter Alexa Stabler tells us about a discovery that has astronomers reconsidering their view of our universe. Then, Alabama Public Radio's Gina Smith teaches us how to make goat cheese. Executive Producer Courtney Bowland guides us through the entire show.


Presidential Candidates Announce Alabama Appearances (2008-01-31)
Alabama will be a focal point of presidential politics Saturday with two candidates campaigning in the state and one former president rallying support for his wife.


High Court Considers Stay Of Alabama Execution (2008-01-31)
Alabama death row inmate James Harvey Callahan was granted a stay of exeuction today by the U.S. Supreme Court. The stay came just over an hour before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection.


Wow! I Didn't Know That -- Hair (2008-01-31)
In our continuing series -- "Wow! I Didn't Know That!" -- we turn our attention to something that gets a lot of attention. It comes in all shapes and colors, and sometimes -- it's not even there at all.


Alabama Representative Sue Schmitz Indicted In 2-Year Probe (2008-01-31)
State Representative Sue Schmitz was arrested today on federal charges of taking $177,251 in pay from the CITY Skills Training program affiliated with Alabama's two-year college system despite doing hardly any work.


Tuscaloosa Construction Company in 2-Year Probe asks for Hearing (2008-01-31)
A Tuscaloosa construction company facing the forfeiture of millions in a federal investigation into the state's two-year college system says the government's case contains false statements including a mistaken identity.


Ethics Bills Will Get First Priority In House Says Speaker (2008-01-31)
House Speaker Seth Hammett says the first bills on the agenda in the Alabama House when the 2008 session begins Tuesday will be five measures to make state government more ethical.


Making Wine in Alabama (2008-01-31)
Ozan Vineyard in Calera produces several wines, including one made entirely of Alabama-grown grapes. But making wine takes patience, no matter where the grapes are grown.


UA System Included in Congressional Endowment Probe (2008-01-31)
The University of Alabama System will be included in a congressional probe asking colleges to explain their investment policies and whether they are pursuing corresponding efforts to make college more affordable for students.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 31 (2008-01-31)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 31st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Huckabee to Visit Tuscaloosa Church (2008-01-31)
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's visit to Tuscaloosa has been confirmed for Saturday at noon at Open Door Church. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.


Enterprise Will Hold Two Events to Remember Tornado Victims (2008-01-30)
The Enterprise community will hold two ceremonies next month to remember the victims of last year's deadly March first tornado.


Fields Wins District 12 House Race (2008-01-30)
With 99 percent of the votes counted, Democrat James C. Fields, Junior, won Tuesday's special election to fill the vacant District 12 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. His victory gives the predominantly white district its first black representative.


District 12 Tally Interrupted by Storms, but Fields Leading (2008-01-30)
With 84 percent of votes counted, Democrat James C. Fields Junior was leading in a special election Tuesday to fill the vacant District 12 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. His victory would give the predominantly white district its first black representative.


Alabama Goat Cheese Among Nation's Finest (2008-01-30)
A creamery in a small north Alabama town is staking its claim in the world of fine cheeses. Welcome to Belle Chevre.


Mobile, Baldwin Voters Get Early Jump on Primary Election (2008-01-30)
Voting precincts in Mobile and Baldwin counties are open today. Citizens are getting a chance to vote early because Alabama's presidential primary on February 5th conflicts with Mardi Gras celebrations in the coastal counties.


Alabama Unveils Refurbished Moon Rocket (2008-01-30)
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center plans to dedicate a renovated Saturn Five rocket tomorrow, the 50th anniversary of the launch of America's first satellite. The rocket's renovation was the cornerstone of a $23.4 million project to preserve the rocket and expand the state-owned museum.


Tanker Truck Crash Closes northbound I-85 (2008-01-30)
A tanker-truck rollover is causing traffic on northbound Interstate 85 near the Shorter exit to be re-routed during the evening rush hour.


High Winds Uproot Trees, Power Lines Across Alabama (2008-01-30)
High winds left minor damage in dozens of Alabama counties overnight as a storm system passed through the state. The National Weather Service reports trees were uprooted and sporadic power outages also were reported.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, January 30 (2008-01-30)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, January 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


11th Circuit Lifts Stay of Execution for Alabama Inmate (2008-01-30)
A federal appeals court has lifted a stay of execution for James Harvey Callahan, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday.


Alabama Congressmen Back Stimulus Package (2008-01-30)
Alabama's seven U.S. Congressmen voted to support an economic stimulus package. The bill, approved yesterday on a 385-35 vote, would speed rebates of $600-$1,200 to anyone with at least $3,000 in income. Families with children would get even more.


Alabam Senator Hopes Eighth Times The Charm For Death Penalty Moratorium (2008-01-29)
State Senator Hank Sanders of Selma has introduced a death penalty moratorium bill for seven years without success. But he says he's going to try again in the legislative session starting next week.


Democrat John Edwards Cancels Huntsville Visit (2008-01-29)
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has canceled a visit to Huntsville on Wednesday. Edwards' campaign had announced that he would have a news conference Wednesday at the Huntsville airport.


Alabama Lawmakers Pan Earmarks Proposal (2008-01-29)
Alabama lawmakers on both sides of the aisle took exception to President Bush's State of the Union proposal to block spending on local pet projects directed by Congress.


U.S. Homes in Some Stage of Foreclosure Soared 79 Percent in 2007 (2008-01-29)
The number of U.S. homes in some stage of foreclosure last year jumped 79 percent from 2006 and the number of homeowners falling behind on mortgage payments suggests more of the same this year. Foreclosures in Alabama jumped 82 percent.


Waterboarding Account Backed by Former Navy Instructor (2008-01-29)
An Alabama veteran's account of being waterboarded at a Navy survival training school in 1975 has the backing of a former instructor at the school who says he also underwent the simulated drowning.


Austism Task Force says Growing Numbers Necessitate Changes (2008-01-29)
A state task force that studied autism found the number of Alabama children diagnosed with the disorder is increasing dramatically and the state government needs to a better organized approach to handle it.


Special Election Today to Fill House Seat in Cullman County (2008-01-29)
District 12 voters in Cullman County are participating in a special election today. County Commissioner Wayne Willingham, a Republican, and Democrat James Fields are vying for a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.


McCain Plans Campaign Stop in Alabama (2008-01-29)
Arizona Sen. John McCain will bring his Republican presidential campaign to Birmingham on Saturday to rally support for Alabama's primary on Feb. 5.


Jubilee Bridge Crossing Set for Early March (2008-01-29)
The city of Selma will be in the spotlight in early March as its citizens prepares to remember the 43rd anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March.


Former Aide: Johnson Spoke of Jobs for 2 SBOE Member Relatives (2008-01-29)
A former aide to fired two-year college system Chancellor Roy Johnson said he once claimed state school board member Sandra Ray asked him to hire Ray's relatives and lobbied for a higher salary for one of them. Ray has denied the claims.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, January 29 (2008-01-29)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, January 29th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


McCain and Edwards Plan Speeches As Campaign Revs Up In Alabama (2008-01-29)
Presidential candidates are busily scheduling trips to Alabama to rally support for the state's primary in one week.


Obama Cheered at Birmingham Campaign Stop (2008-01-28)
Thousands cheered Democrat Barack Obama who spoke for over an hour in Birmingham Sunday.


Music Therapy Increasingly a Part of End-of-Life Care (2008-01-28)
With a guitar and melodies ranging from gospel to country, Jennifer Trippe offers soothing sounds to a small audience far from the lights of a stage.


2008: Year of Alabama Sports (2008-01-28)
Governor Bob Riley announced today that the state plans to celebrate achievements in sports this year by putting a focus on legendary heroes, sports museums and athletic events.


Hope For Ill Workers, As Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Course (2008-01-28)
A sharply divided Alabama Supreme Court has reversed direction and allowed lawsuits from workers who become ill many years after being exposed to dangerous chemicals.


AP Survey: Lawmakers Support Ban on PAC to PAC Transfers (2008-01-28)
Alabama legislators again claim overwhelming support for an election reform bill that would ban the practice of hiding the source of campaign donations by transferring them from one political action committee to another.


Tyson Foods First Quarter Profits Down, Sales Up (2008-01-28)
Tyson Foods Incorporated, the world's largest meat producer, is reporting its first-quarter profits slid 40 percent. The company has temporarily withdrawn its earnings guidance because of volatility in the commodity markets. Tyson operates poultry processing plants in Albertville and Blountsville.


Obama, Huckabee Will Visit Alabama This Weekend (2008-01-26)
Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama will visit Birmingham this weekend. Both will visit on different days.


State School Board Fires Southern Union President (2008-01-25)
Southern Union State Community College president Susan Salatto was fired Thursday in the wake of a scathing report about her leadership. But supporters say the case is far from closed.


Mobile Pharmacy Implicated in Steroid Distribution Case (2008-01-25)
A Mobile pharmacy is part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal steroid distribution. Applied Pharmacy on International Drive has been under the microscope for possible illegal activity for years.


Byrne Asks for Budget Increase, Worried about Retaliation (2008-01-25)
Two-year Chancellor Bradley Byrne says he's worried the two-year college system's budget will be unfairly and drastically cut as payback for the so-called anti- double-dipping policies that were passed last year.


Services Set for Four Children Killed at Bridge (2008-01-25)
Funeral services are planned Saturday morning for four children whose bodies were recovered from coastal waters after they were allegedly thrown from the Dauphin Island bridge by their father.


Huckabee, Obama to Speak in Birmingham this Weekend (2008-01-25)
Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama will visit Birmingham this weekend.


Republican Legislators Endorse Tax Cuts for Families (2008-01-25)
State Republicans representatives favor a tax cut for Alabama families making less than $100,000 a year and a plan to offer tax incentives to small businesses that offer health insurance to employees.


Mardi Gras Celebrations in Full Swing (2008-01-25)
It's party time on Alabama's coast and Mardi Gras celebrations are in full swing this weekend.


Legislators Surveyed on English Only Drivers Exam (2008-01-25)
An Associated Press survey of Alabama legislators found about half supports passage of a law requiring the Alabama driver's exam be given in English only, but the opposition may be strong enough to keep it from getting on the Legislature's work agenda.


Wintry Weather Possible Friday Night (2008-01-25)
A wintry mix of light freezing rain, sleet and possibly snow is possible in parts of west and north central Alabama Friday night.


Focus On State School Board After Johnson Plea (2008-01-25)
The state school board seems well removed from what turned out to be a multimillion-dollar bribery case involving former two-year college system Chancellor Roy Johnson.


More Indictments Possible in Two-Year College Corruption Case (2008-01-25)
For nearly three years, the big question surrounding an investigation of Alabama's two-year colleges was when might prosecutors go after Roy Johnson, the fired chancellor of the system. There's a new question now that Johnson has agreed to plead guilty to 15 felony counts: What other state leaders could get swept up in the mess?


Alabama Prison System Requests $63 Million Budget Increase (2008-01-24)
Department of Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen told legislators Wednesday Alabama prisons are overcrowded, undermanned and need at least 63 million dollars in new money in the next fiscal year. That's a 16 percent increase over the current appropriation.


Johnson Agrees to Plead Guilty to 15 Counts in Corruption Case (2008-01-24)
Fired two-year college system Chancellor Roy Johnson has agreed to plead guilty to 15 counts in a far-reaching federal bribery and corruption case.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 24 (2008-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Rosa Parks Chosen for Alabama Women's Hall of Fame (2008-01-24)
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks will be inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame on March 6.


Army Proposal Would Cut Soldiers' War Tours by Three Months (2008-01-24)
The Army is considering whether to cut soldiers' battlefield tours from 15 to 12 months, beginning in August. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan has included many Alabama National Guard members. Alabama military units have had the nation's third-highest number of deployments since September 2001.


Case of Guntersville Woman Who Disappeared 22 Years Ago Solved (2008-01-24)
A missing woman case that remained a Marshall County mystery for 22 years has been solved.


Ads Signal Alabama Primary Getting Close (2008-01-24)
A sure sign Alabama's presidential primary is getting close is the start of television advertising.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 24 (2008-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 24 (2008-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 24 (2008-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


UA Arboretum Wraps Up 50th Anniversary (2008-01-24)
The University of Alabama Arboretum has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of events, including a pruning workshop at 2 p.m. on January 26th.


Superintendent says Budget Cuts would be 'Catastrophic' (2008-01-24)
State Schools Superintendent Joe Morton has told legislators it would be "catastrophic" to make cuts in the budget for K-12 schools.


Little to No Change in Drought Status (2008-01-24)
The U.S. Drought Monitor is out with its latest survey, and the news isn't good.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 24 (2008-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prototype - January 24, 2008 (2008-01-24)
This week on Prototype, Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath reports on an exhibit of artifacts from Pompeii -- you know, the city destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius. Tricia Masucci then brings us a story of a sister's love for her brother, and how she's remembering him after his death in Iraq. Executive Producer Courtney Bowland produced the episode, as usual.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 24 (2008-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


HealthSouth Signs Deal to Sell Corporate Campus (2008-01-23)
HealthSouth Corporation is selling its corporate campus in Birmingham to Daniel Corporation, in an agreement worth $43.5 million.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, January 23 (2008-01-23)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, January 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


New Federal Study says Global Warming May Lessen Hurricane Strikes (2008-01-23)
A new federal study that clashes with other research says global warming could reduce how many hurricanes hit the United States.


Judges Rule Against Riley on Commission Appointment (2008-01-23)
A three-judge panel today ruled against Governor Bob Riley's appointment of George Bowman as Jefferson County commissioner.


Judge Approves Delphi Bankruptcy Plan (2008-01-23)
A bankruptcy judge said Tuesday he will approve the bankruptcy exit plan of auto parts supplier Delphi once it drastically reduces the total payout of cash bonuses to top executives. Delphi operates three plants in Alabama.


Senate Committee Considers Lawmaker's Punch (2008-01-23)
The state Senate ethics committee has considered a punch that ended the last session of the Legislature, but committee members say they need another meeting next week to reach a decision.


NRC Will Review TVA Bellefonte Application (2008-01-23)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday agreed to consider a combined construction and operating license application for a two-reactor nuclear plant at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Bellefonte site near Scottsboro.


Tuscaloosa Embracing Recycling (2008-01-23)
Yesterday morning, we heard about the cost and challenges of "Going Green". Today, we'll hear about the challenges of recycling, and how the city of Tuscaloosa hopes an event tomorrow will help build a new social mindset. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Tuscaloosa Embracing Recycling (2008-01-23)
Yesterday morning, we heard about the cost and challenges of "Going Green". Today, we'll hear about the challenges of recycling, and how the city of Tuscaloosa hopes an event tomorrow will help build a new social mindset. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Legislator's Son Arrested for Arson (2008-01-23)
The son of an Alabama legislator is one of two men charged with arson and attempted burglary in what Cullman County authorities say is an investigation of suspicious fires in the Hanceville area.


New Details in Deadly Pratt City Drag Race (2008-01-23)
A Florida man is wanted on a capital murder warrant in connection with the January 13th shooting death of a Huntsville man at an illegal street race in Birmingham.


No Trial Date in Civil Rights-Era Death (2008-01-23)
The 43rd anniversary of a pivotal shooting in the civil rights movement will likely pass next month without a jury having an opportunity to sort out conflicting stories about what happened in a small west Alabama town in February 1965.


Tuscaloosa Embracing Recycling - Pt.2 (2008-01-23)
Yesterday morning, we heard about the cost and challenges of "Going Green". Today, we'll hear about the challenges of recycling, and how the city of Tuscaloosa hopes an event tomorrow will help build a new social mindset.


Governor, GOP Raising Millions for Alabama's 2010 Elections (2008-01-22)
The governor and the Alabama Republican Party are looking beyond this year's elections to the legislative contests in 2010. The party has started a fundraising drive called Campaign 2010 and Governor Riley is serving as chairman.


Alabama Poll: Clinton, Obama Close with Many Undecided (2008-01-22)
A new poll finds New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama in a close race for Alabama's Democratic presidential primary.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, January 22 (2008-01-22)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, January 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Arson Ruled as Cause of Fire at Chilton County Church (2008-01-22)
The state Fire Marshal's Office says the fire at Maples Springs Baptist Church was arson. The church burned the ground on December 29th.


Former FEMA Staffer Named Alabama EMA Director (2008-01-22)
A former FEMA staffer has been chosen to lead Alabama's emergency management agency. Brock Long was picked by Governor Bob Riley to fill the Cabinet vacancy left by the resignation last year of Bruce Baughman.


The Cost of Going Green - Pt.1 (2008-01-22)
It seems like every business or talking head is talking about going green. With high costs of energy and fuel and with worries about the future health of our planet how can environmentally conscious neophytes get in on the action. APR News reporter Ryan Vasquez dives into going green and gives some tips to the eco-friendly uninitiated.


Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption (2008-01-22)
The Birmingham Museum of Art is showing a special exhibit titled ''Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption,'' which ends this week. The exhibit features artifacts from the Mount Vesuvius eruption site, and they are on loan from the Italian government.


The IRS Says Some Taxpayers Will Have to Wait Before Filing Returns (2008-01-22)
There are some Alabama taxpayers finding out they cannot file their taxes just yet. The Internal Revenue Service said the delay is all tied to the Alternative Minimum Tax extension approved at the last minute by Congress.


Tentative World Heritage List Includes Three Alabama Churches (2008-01-22)
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that three civil rights sites in Montgomery and Birmingham together are one of 14 U.S. sites to be included on a new United States World Heritage Tentative List.


Space Group Hopes to Recreate John's Glenn's Mercury Flight (2008-01-22)
Have you always wanted to be an astronaut? This may be your chance. A private organization that hopes to recreate Glenn's 1962 launch on its 50th anniversary is seeking applications from potential astronauts.


Birmingham's King Day Event Spotlights Immigration Debate (2008-01-21)
The keynote speaker for today's King Day Unity Breakfast in Birmingham is a Kansas native and the daughter of Mexican immigrants.


Project Aims to Restore Alabama Civil Rights Landmark Church (2008-01-21)
Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville survived three bombings during the civil rights era between 1956 and 1962. It's still standing, but needs some work.


Popular View of Martin Luther King Jr. Ignores His Complexity (2008-01-21)
Martin Luther King Junior has certainly gotten his share of attention this year, the subject of a presidential campaign controversy over his legacy that blew up just around the time of the holiday created to honor him.


Wallace Considering Run for PSC President (2008-01-21)
George Wallace, Junior is considering a political comeback. The only son of Governors George and Lurleen Wallace tells The Associated Press he is getting lots of encouragement to run for president of the Public Service Commission.


Tennessee High School was First to be Integrated (2008-01-21)
Many people believe the first public high school to be integrated in the south was in Little Rock, Arkansas. However, documentary film maker Keith McDaniel of eastern Tennessee tells a different story.


Cold Weather Doesn't Deter King Day Participants (2008-01-21)
Alabamians braved chilly temperatures Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, with breakfasts, parades and speeches honoring the slain civil rights leader.


Body Found Possibly Last of Four Children Allegedly Thrown from Bridge (2008-01-21)
A body believed to be the last of four children who were allegedly tossed from the Dauphin Island bridge by their father was recovered this morning off the Louisiana coast.


Tuscaloosa Residents React to Snow (2008-01-19)
Saturday's light snowfall brought many people to the University of Alabama campus. For some of them, it was the first time they'd ever seen snow.


Snow Falls on Central Alabama (2008-01-19)
Residents of central Alabama awoke this morning to snow falling from Birmingham to Montgomery. It was not enough to cause any immediate traffic problems, but children scooped up enough for snowballs to toss in front of the Capitol in Montgomery.


Winter Storm May Bring Snow to Areas of Central and North Alabama (2008-01-18)
The dreaded 'S' word is in Alabama's weekend forecast. Some parts of the state may see snow or a wintry mix of precipitation as early as tonight or tomorrow.


Alabama Pension System Buys Largest Share Of Shipbuilding Firm (2008-01-18)
The Retirement Systems of Alabama has become the largest investor in Signal International, with a $100 million purchase of shares in the shipbuilding firm that will move its headquarters from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to RSA's Battle House Tower, a new skyscraper in Mobile.


Alabama Unemployment Rate Rises in December (2008-01-18)
Alabama's unemployment rose to 4 percent in December. That's up from 3.5 percent in November. But below the national jobless figure of 5 percent.


Alabama Supreme Court Orders Runoff For Marion Mayor (2008-01-18)
The Alabama Supreme Court has decided another election is needed to decide who should be the mayor of Marion.


Search for Last of Four Children Thrown from Bridge Resumes Today (2008-01-18)
Searchers fanned out across waterways off the Alabama and Mississippi coasts Thursday didn't find the last of four children allegedly thrown off the Dauphin Island bridge by their father on January 7th.


Riley Appoints Temporary Tuscaloosa County Sheriff (2008-01-18)
Governor Riley on Friday appointed Ronald Abernathy as acting Sheriff of Tuscaloosa County. He replaces Ted Sexton who took a leave of absence this week to take a post with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, January 18 (2008-01-18)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, January 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Takes Position with U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (2008-01-18)
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton will join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement. A state law will allow him to take a leave of absence from his post as sheriff, much like those who serve in the National Guard.


Folsom Proposes Tax Changes After Exxon Mobil Judgment Cut (2008-01-17)
Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Junior says the Legislature needs to rewrite Alabama's tax on oil and natural gas production. He said that was made clear by the state's loss of nearly all the $3.6 billion court judgment against Exxon Mobil.


Alabama Plant to Make Hybrid Mercedes (2008-01-17)
Mercedes-Benz is going green in Alabama. A pilot team is studying manufacturing and training changes that will have to be made at the company's plant in Tuscaloosa County to accommodate a hybrid version of its M-Class sports-utility vehicle, the ML450. The vehicle will be Mercedes' first gas-electric vehicle.


No Major Problems Reported from Wintry Precipitation (2008-01-17)
A winter weather advisory for higher elevations of northeast Alabama was allowed to expired at 4 a.m. today. Forecasters said some areas saw a wintry mix of precipitation overnight, but that changed to rain.


Creditors Approve Delphi Bankruptcy Plan (2008-01-17)
Auto parts supplier Delphi said today it has won approval from creditors for its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company operates three plants in Alabama.


Prototype - January 17, 2008 (2008-01-17)
Prototype is back! This week, we hear from Butler Cain, who went to a conference at the University of Alabama that explored whether or not the U.S. Constitution should be rewritten to fit today's standards. Ryan Vasquez has a medical miracle story about a patient who is managing dystonia after taking a route less traveled to surpress his disease. As usual, Courtney Bowland produced this week's episode.


Apalachicola Sues Army Corps Over Water Reduction (2008-01-17)
The city of Apalachicola, Florida, is suing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to block any future reductions in water flowing from three rivers that fill the area's water needs.


Alabama PSC President Won't Seek Re-Election (2008-01-17)
Public Service Commission President Jim Sullivan announced today he won't seek re-election this year, ending a 25-year career on the state's utility regulatory board.


The Houndstooth is Destroyed (2008-01-17)
The Houndstooth Sports Bar, a Tuscaloosa landmark on The University of Alabama Strip, was destroyed to make way for a new building that will include a renewed Houndstooth.


Alabama to Continue ALL Kids Enrollment (2008-01-17)
Alabama officials have decided against reducing the rolls of the state's ALL Kids children's health insurance program this year after receiving assurances from Washington that the state won't get stuck with the bill down the road.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 17 (2008-01-17)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State Capitol Getting New Carpet, Roof (2008-01-17)
The 157-year-old Alabama Capitol is getting a new look from top to bottom with work set to begin on replacing the roof and installing new carpet.


Weekly Monitor Shows Minor Changes in Alabama Drought (2008-01-17)
An initial glance at the drought conditions gripping the Southeast might look like they have not changed much in recent weeks. But conditions are shifting a bit.


Huckabee Picks McClurkin, Reynolds to Lead Alabama Campaign (2008-01-17)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has lined up two co-chairs for his presidential campaign in Alabama.


Bishop Wants Alabama Senate Punch Resolved Quickly (2008-01-17)
State Senator Charles Bishop says members of the Senate Ethics Committee need to quit sitting on their "rear ends" and resolve an ethics complaint over him hitting a fellow senator at the end of the last legislative session.


Browns Ferry Unit 3 Undergoing Repairs (2008-01-17)
The Tennessee Valley Authority said today it doesn't know when repairs will be completed on its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 3 reactor, which has been shut down since December 31st because of a problem with an electrical generator.


Alabama Lawmaker Retires from Position at Two-Year College (2008-01-17)
State Representative Betty Carol Graham is retiring from her position as vice president of Central Alabama Community College.


LOWV Talks Politics in Tuscaloosa (2008-01-17)
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa hosted a political forum on Jan 17th to give voters the chance to learn about the upcoming Legislative session ...


Group Seeks Ban on Christian Movie (2008-01-16)
A group that advocates for the separation of church and state asked the city school board Tuesday to bar teachers at Tuscaloosa's Paul W. Bryant High School from showing students a Christian movie about a small-town football team that beats the odds with faith.


Attorney General King Stumps Alabama for McCain (2008-01-16)
Attorney General Troy King is spending two days campaigning across Alabama for Arizona Senator John McCain. A new poll shows McCain competing with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for the lead in Alabama among likely Republican voters.


Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Appointed To Homeland Security Post (2008-01-16)
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has appointed Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Edmund M. ``Ted'' Sexton as the department's first assistant secretary for state and local law enforcement.


Alabama's State Of The State Address Postponed Due To Primary (2008-01-16)
Governor Riley is planning to postpone his annual State of the State speech one day so that it won't coincide with Alabama's presidential primary.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, January 16 (2008-01-16)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, January 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Ramp From I-59 South to I-459 South to be Closed (2008-01-16)
Birmingham-area drivers take note: the left exit ramp from Interstate 59 south to I-459 south will be closed tomorrow, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Black Caucus Wants Change in Congressional Earmark System (2008-01-16)
A new study shows that minority members in Congress, including one from Alabama, are getting far less federal money for their home districts than their white counterparts. Leaders from the Congressional Black Caucus are pressing for change.


Accused Confederate Monument Vandals to be Tried as Juveniles (2008-01-16)
The Montgomery County District Attorney's office says three Montgomery teenagers who are accused of vandalizing the Confederate Monument on the state Capitol grounds will be tried as juveniles.


Interstate 20/59 Reopens After Overnight Shutdown (2008-01-16)
A section of Interstate 20/59 has reopened following a problem near the Coaling exit.


Winter Weather Advisory Expected for Some Counties (2008-01-16)
A winter weather advisory will go into effect Wednesday evening for three counties in northeast Alabama and a portion of southern middle Tennessee.


Governor Riley's Pre-K Plan Endorsed, But Opposition Says Time Wrong (2008-01-16)
Governor Riley's plan to expand Alabama's small pre-kindergarten program picked up endorsements today from two groups that teach 4-year-olds. Leaders of the Alabama Head Start Association and the Alabama Association of Licensed Early Care and Education joined Riley at the Capitol to praise the governor's plan.


Two Charged in Birmingham Drag Race Deaths (2008-01-16)
A north Alabama man and a Florida man are each charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal street racing incident in Birmingham.


Lawmakers Expect to Hear Bad News at Budget Hearings (2008-01-16)
Legislators say they expect to hear bad news when they get together tomorrow for the first of a series of budget hearings leading up to the start of the 2008 regular session.


Disaster Relief Coming for Pets (2008-01-15)
It happened time and again during Hurricane Katrina: Animal owners refused to evacuate their homes or remained in damaged property afterward because emergency shelters refused to accept their pets.


States, MySpace Agree to Measures to Stop Child Predators (2008-01-15)
Alabama and 48 other states have reached an agreement with MySpace to change to help prevent sexual predators and others from misusing it.


Police Say Huntsville, Birmingham Men Among Two Killed at Drag Race (2008-01-15)
A man from Huntsville and another from Birmingham were killed at an illegal street race over the weekend in the Pratt community.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, January 15 (2008-01-15)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, January 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Airbus Plans to Build in Alabama (2008-01-15)
Competition in the aircraft manufacturing industry could take off in the coming months. Airbus - the world's second largest aerospace company - has announced plans to build an aircraft assembly plant in the southeast.


Former Siegelman Aide Joins Clinton Campaign in Alabama (2008-01-15)
One of Don Siegelman's former aides is back in Alabama with Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.


Search Resumes for Bodies of Two Children After Vigil on Alabama Coast (2008-01-15)
Search crews are combing marshy coastal waters for an eighth day today after a candlelight vigil was held in memory of four young children allegedly tossed from a bridge by their father on January 7th.


University Pays Tribute to Enterprise Through Music (2008-01-15)
Almost one year has passed since a tornado took the lives of eight Enterprise High School students. As a tribute to those lost and to the resiliency of the community in which they lived, the University of Alabama has commissioned a piece of music in their honor.


Third Child's Body Found in Bridge Deaths (2008-01-15)
Search crews have recovered the body of a third child tossed from a coastal Alabama bridge.


Poll Finds Most in State Dislike Second-Hand Smoke (2008-01-15)
A majority of Alabamians believe they shouldn't be exposed to second hand smoke, according to the American Cancer Society.


Critics Say New Building Hides Historic Alabama Capitol (2008-01-14)
Alabama's pension system has reshaped downtown Montgomery with high-rise office buildings and luxury hotels. But critics say its latest project in front of the historic Capitol threatens to destroy a view that has been revered by everyone from Civil War soldiers to civil rights marchers.


Search for Last Two Bodies Thrown from Bridge Resumes Today (2008-01-14)
A second body was recovered Sunday in the search for four children allegedly thrown from a coastal bridge by their father and the search will resume today.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, January 14 (2008-01-14)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, January 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Honda Unveils New Alabama-Built Pilot SUV (2008-01-14)
The next-generation of the Alabama-built Honda Pilot was unveiled Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


Alabama's Poor are Missing Economic Boom (2008-01-14)
An advocacy group for Alabama's poor agrees the state is on an economic roll, but it says too many working poor families aren't enjoying the ride.


EADS Prepares for Work in Mobile (2008-01-14)
EADS will produce an Airbus civilian freighter in Mobile if the Air Force selects the European firm and its north American partner Northrop Grumman for a military tanker contract.


Survey Shows Average Gas Price Rises 10 Cents in Three Weeks (2008-01-14)
The nation's drivers are getting pinched at the pump. Oil analyst Trilby Lundberg says the national average price for gasoline rose nearly 10 cents over the last three weeks to $3.07 a gallon.


Second Church Fire in Two Weeks Destroys Building in Chilton County (2008-01-14)
State, local and federal authorities are probing the second church fire in Chilton County in as many weeks.


Two Die in Events Related To Drag Race (2008-01-14)
Video of a deadly drag race on a Birmingham street has made its way on to YouTube. It happened yesterday (Sunday) just before 4:30 p.m. on Republic Boulevard in the Pratt City area.


Tornadoes Likely Touched Down in Walker, Tuscaloosa Counties (2008-01-11)
Two apparent tornadoes toppled trees and caused scattered damage today as strong storms moved into Alabama where thousands of students were sent home early as a precaution.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, January 11 (2008-01-11)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, January 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Riley Says Alabama Can Keep Commitment for Raise (2008-01-11)
Despite talk of possible budget problems, Governor Bob Riley said Thursday the state can keep its commitment to provide a 3.5 percent raise to state employees in the next fiscal year.


Father Denies He Dropped Children Off Bridge (2008-01-11)
The defense attorney for a man accused of tossing four young children to their deaths from an 80-foot-tall coastal bridge said today his client was harassed into making a false confession and did not kill them.


Woman Gets 43 Years for Hurricane Katrina Fraud (2008-01-11)
A federal judge sentenced a Montgomery woman to 516 months or 43 years in prison Thursday for cheating the federal government after Hurricane Katrina.


State Tax Booklet Contains Error (2008-01-11)
Some booklets sent to taxpayers by the Alabama Department of Revenue contain an error in the table used to determine standard deductions and should not be used in tax preparation.


Pell City to Get Alabama Veterans Home (2008-01-11)
The state Board of Veterans Affairs has selected Pell City to get the state's fourth veterans home.


Witnesses Saw Fireball Near Engine Before Fatal Crash (2008-01-11)
Witnesses cited in a preliminary report heard a decrease in engine noise and a "fireball" near the engine exhaust as a rescue helicopter looking for a lost hunter crashed into Colbert County woods, killing the pilot and two passengers.


Ex-Jefferson County Commissioner Found Guilty in Bribery Trial (2008-01-11)
A federal court jury has found former Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White guilty of nine counts of bribery and conspiracy.


Riley Proposes More Money for Online Distance Learning (2008-01-10)
Governor Bob Riley is proposing more money for an online distance learning program in Alabama high schools.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, January 10 (2008-01-10)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Riley Wants Better Air Service for Montgomery (2008-01-10)
Airline officials assured Governor Bob Riley Thursday that they will improve service to Montgomery and make sure fewer flights are late. Riley sought the meeting because he was concerned that delayed and canceled flights were hurting Alabama's economic development efforts.


Severe Weather Possible for Parts of Alabama Today (2008-01-10)
Forecasters urge Alabamians to monitor weather conditions today. The National Weather Service said a storm system fed by Gulf moisture will enhance thunderstorms in front of an approaching cold front.


State Senator Plans to Switch Parties (2008-01-10)
State Senator Jimmy Holley of Elba has voted like a Republican since 2003. Now he's officially becoming one. Holley is scheduled to announce that he is leaving the Democratic Party.


Severe Weather Hits Vernon, Other Cities (2008-01-10)
A possible tornado toppled trees in Lamar County and caused scattered damage Thursday as strong storms moved into Alabama where thousands of students were sent home early as a precaution.


Court Ruling Against Scrushy May Offer Hope for Siegelman (2008-01-09)
A federal appeal court's view of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy as a potential flight risk stems from a Florida yacht trip last year. The trip set off alarms with prosecutors but Scrushy described it as a misunderstanding.


Veterans Home Committee Hears Proposals for New Nursing Home (2008-01-09)
Pell City and Helena emerged as the front-runners Tuesday for the state's next veterans' nursing home. The Veterans Home Committee of the state Board of Veterans Affairs heard presentations from Pell City, Helena and Tuscaloosa.


Bill Would Establish Rainy Day Savings Account For Alabama's General Fund (2008-01-09)
A proposed constitutional amendment being introduced in the Alabama Legislature would require the state to establish a savings account for the state's General Fund budget.


Alabama Education In Line With The Rest Of The Nation (2008-01-09)
A report released today says Alabama's not the dunce of the class, but the state's not the teacher's pet, either.


Authorities Still Search for Children Thrown from Bridge (2008-01-09)
Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran says divers and cadaver dogs in boats as well as three helicopters covered 100 square miles Wednesday searching for four children believed to have been thrown off the Dauphin Island Bridge by their father.


Economy Could Hurt Radio Stations (2008-01-09)
Radio station operators -- already suffering from a deteriorating listener base and softening advertising trends -- could be hurt even more if the economy heads south.


Sessions Joins Probe into Missing Air Force Computer (2008-01-08)
Alabama U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' office is investigating another missing computer that could expose some active and retired Air Force personnel to possible identity theft.


Alabama Judge Sides with Exxon Mobil in State Royalty Dispute (2008-01-08)
A Montgomery judge has sided with Exxon Mobil over how much it must pay the state to end a long legal battle over natural gas royalties due the state.


Gadsden Latest Alabama City Turning to Grease for Biodiesel Fuel (2008-01-08)
Gadsden is set to become the latest Alabama city to participate in a biofuel program that turns used grease and oil into biodiesel.


Appeals Court Refuses to Release Scrushy from Federal Prison (2008-01-08)
A federal appeals court has refused to release former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy from federal prison while his bribery conviction is being appealed.


Alabama's Exxon Mobil Dispute Goes Back to Court (2008-01-08)
The legal fight between Exxon Mobil and the state of Alabama over natural gas royalties isn't over.


Supreme Court Declines Alabama Sturgeon Case (2008-01-08)
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to get involved in an industry coalition's bid to remove the Alabama sturgeon from the endangered species list.


Church Fire Investigations Continue (2008-01-07)
The Rev. James D. Parker says something good will come from his church being set on fire. Three churches have burned in four days in East Alabama.


Gov. Riley, Other State Officials Host Meeting in Hawaii (2008-01-07)
Governor Riley and other state officials are expected to return today from a meeting, called "Sweet Home Alabama," aimed at encouraging business officials to locate new industry in the state.


Governor Promotes Alabama Business in Hawaii (2008-01-07)
Governor Riley and other state officials are expected to return Monday from a meeting, called ''Sweet Home Alabama,'' aimed at encouraging business officials to locate new industry in the state.


Arrests Made in Rural Church Arsons (2008-01-07)
Two 21-year-old men have been arrested in a rash of church arsons and vandalism in rural east Alabama. Authorities said today satanic graffiti were scrawled at two churches.


Supreme Court Considers Lethal Injection (2008-01-07)
A quarter-century has elapsed since the U.S. experienced as long a pause in executions as the one the Supreme Court has occasioned with its current examination of lethal injections.


Supreme Court Divided Over Lethal Injection (2008-01-07)
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated they're deeply divided over a challenge to the way most states execute prisoners by lethal injection. Critics say the method creates an avoidable risk of excruciating pain.


Death Sentence Upheld in Shooting of Minister (2008-01-06)
The Alabama Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction and death sentence given a Bay Minette man for the 1999 kidnapping and shooting death of a Baldwin County minister.


Browns Ferry Unit 3 Reactor Shuts Down (2008-01-06)
Tennessee Valley Authority officials are investigating what caused the Unit 3 reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens to shutdown.


Georgian Takes Over Alabama Historical Commission (2008-01-04)
A historic preservationist from Georgia is the new executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission. Commission Chairman James "Ike" Adams announced Thursday the commission has hired Frank W. White to serve as executive director.


Taser Death Reported in Mobile County (2008-01-04)
A 27-year-old Mobile County man described as suffering an apparent drug overdose has died after being struck by a deputy's Taser.


Lively Public Hearing On Immigration Draws Crowd (2008-01-04)
More than 270 people packed a lively public hearing on illegal immigration last night that was interrupted when some crowd members taunted a Hispanic speaker.


Education Revenue Below Expectations (2008-01-04)
Tax collections for the state education budget aren't coming in as fast as state officials planned, and they are talking about having to take an unusual step: making next year's school budget smaller than this year's.


Recent Rain Does Little To Ease Drought Situation (2008-01-04)
Recent rainfall helped some short term relief to the drought gripping the Southeast, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Survey.


Scale Back Alabama Returns With New Rules and Rewards (2008-01-04)
Scale Back Alabama, the state's comprehensive weight loss campaign, is returning for a second year with new rewards, rules and organizers hope results.


Texas Death Row Inmate Freed By DNA Evidence (2008-01-03)
Charles Chatman said throughout his 26 years in prison that he never raped the woman who lived five houses down from him. Now 47, Chatman is expected to win his freedom Thursday on the basis of new DNA testing that lawyers say proves his innocence and adds to Dallas County's nationally unmatched number of wrongfully convicted inmates.


Judge Releases Details of Refusal to Release Siegelman (2008-01-03)
A federal judge explained to an appeals court Wednesday that he refused to release former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from prison pending the outcome of his appeal partly because it is unlikely to be successful.


Democratic Leader Seeks Healthier Alabama Children (2008-01-03)
House Majority Leader Ken Guin has shaved his head to motivate himself to shave some inches off his waist and to encourage Alabama school children to do the same.


Rain Brings Some Drought Relief (2008-01-03)
Recent rains have improved conditions in some state lakes where the yearlong drought gripping Alabama had threatened drinking water supplies.


Nature Conservancy Buys Land Near Old Cahawba (2008-01-02)
The Alabama Chapter of the Nature Conservancy has signed an option to buy land next to the state-owned archaeological park at Old Cahawba and preserve what was once a common site in the state.


Public Safety Building Renovation Completed By Summer (2008-01-02)
A $20 million renovation of the state's old Public Safety Building is scheduled for completion this summer, when it will become home to the state attorney general's office and the state Department of Homeland Security.


Alabama Governor Seeking More Immigration Training For Troopers (2008-01-02)
Alabama has had 60 state troopers trained to enforce federal immigration laws. And Governor Riley wants more. Riley has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to train another class of state troopers in immigration enforcement.


Federal Judge Denies Siegelman Release From Jail (2008-01-02)
A federal judge has again refused to release former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman from prison.


Coupons Ready for Digital TV Converters (2008-01-02)
Millions of $40 government coupons are available to low-tech TV owners to help them buy converter boxes for older sets that might not work after the switch to digital broadcasting.


Witnesses say Copter Sputtered Before Crash (2008-01-01)
A search helicopter looking for a missing hunter was hovering above the man and two rescuers when its engine sputtered and the aircraft crashed into a fiery heap, killing three people, witnesses said.


Alabama Blues Camp Reaches Out (2008-01-01)
One of Alabama's unique outreach efforts makes the strange combination of camp and homework. How many kids would be interested in that? Well how about if your homework is trying to catch a case of the Blues. The program is also making new inroads into the Hispanic community. Alabama Public Radio's Pamela Tran reports ...


Alabama Blues Camp Reaches Out (2008-01-01)
One of Alabama's unique outreach efforts makes the strange combination of camp and homework. How many kids would be interested in that? Well how about if your homework is trying to catch a case of the Blues?


Few Women At The Top Of Alabama's Government (2008-01-01)
A study by the Women's Campaign Forum Foundation found that women comprise 20 percent of Governor Riley's Cabinet. That's far below the national average of 31 percent.


Alabama's Two-Year College Oversight Structure Criticized (2008-01-01)
A recent report strongly criticizes Alabama's two-year college oversight structure. But most members of the state school board and two-year Chancellor Bradley Byrne said they don't see a need to change the system.


Alabama Blues Camp Reaches Out (2008-01-01)
One of Alabama's unique outreach efforts makes the strange combination of camp and homework. How many kids would be interested in that? Well how about if your homework is trying to catch a case of the Blues. The program is also making new inroads into the Hispanic community. Alabama Public Radio's Pamela Tran reports ...


When Students Have Trouble, Some Alabama Universities Notify Parents (2008-01-01)
Some universities in Alabama use an exception to the federal student privacy law to notify parents when students show signs of trouble with drinking or drugs.


Central Alabama Saw Driest Year Ever (2008-01-01)
Central Alabama ended its driest year on record Monday just as it spent most of 2007: Sunny, with hardly any chance of rain.


Defending the Poor From Death (2007-12-31)
Alabama's last lethal injection was given to Luther Williams in August, and all subsequent executions have been delayed. Let's take a closer look at the Williams execution, and explore issues facing capital punishment and the poor in Alabama. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Recent Rains Save Atlanta From Drought Record (2007-12-31)
Rain fell in the city for a fourth consecutive day Sunday, assuring that 2007 would not go down as the driest year on record for the drought-stricken Atlanta area.


Fatal Helicopter Crash in Search For Missing Hunter (2007-12-30)
A helicopter crashed in thick woods early Sunday during the search for a missing hunter, killing all three people on board, according to the company that owns the aircraft.


ADEM Loses Appeal in Mine Permit Challenge (2007-12-30)
A state appeals court Friday upheld a ruling in favor of two environmental groups that had challenged a permit the state environmental agency granted for mining operations in Tuscaloosa County.


Two Bryce Staffers Faces Neglect Charges in Patient Death (2007-12-30)
Two Bryce Hospital employees have been arrested and charged with abuse and neglect of a resident at the mental health facility who died in October.


Severe Weather Possible for Parts of Alabama Friday (2007-12-28)
Much needed rain is falling across Alabama today, but forecasters urge residents to keep their eyes on the sky.


Football and Faith (2007-12-28)
The words football and faith may conjure up images of fans praying for a win. But for many football players, their spiritual faith is an integral part of their lives.


IRS Says Scam Targeting Elderly Reaches Alabama (2007-12-28)
The Internal Revenue Service is warning citizens, especially the elderly, about a new tax scam that focuses on the Telephone Excise Tax refund.


MSNBC Documentary Features Life in Alabama Prison (2007-12-28)
Grantt Culliver is Alabama's only prison warden with a show on cable television. Culliver runs Holman Prison, which has been featured this fall on an MSNBC series documenting life inside some of America's toughest maximum-security prisons.


Stolen Statues Found at UA Frat House (2007-12-27)
Two metal sculptures of a goat and 10-foot spear that were stolen from the NorthRiver Yacht Club in mid-December were returned to the owners after the items were found at the Sigma Pi fraternity house at the University of Alabama.


Alabama's Population Increased in 2007 (2007-12-27)
New Census Bureau data show Alabama's population increased in 2007 by a small margin. There are more than 4.62 million citizens living in the state. That's an increase of eight-tenths of one percent or 37,611.


Jasper Businessman Agrees to Guilty Plea in Two-Year College Probe (2007-12-27)
A Jasper businessman has agreed to plead guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in an ongoing federal investigation into Alabama's two-year college system.


Legislation Would Make Government More Transparent (2007-12-27)
Two Republican lawmakers say they will sponsor legislation in the upcoming session to require all elected city, county and state officials and candidates for office to disclose personal connections with any government agency or relatives who work for the government.


Census Shows Fastest Growing Areas (2007-12-27)
Census Bureau's estimates of the population of each state on July 1, 2007. The states are listed in order of rate of population increase from 2006 to 2007.


Mobile Takes Part in Identification Program (2007-12-27)
Mobile is one of the first ports in the nation to take part in a new federal security system. The Transportation Worker Identification Credential program - called TWIC - is designed to reduce threats at the nation's deep water ports.


Hardest Hit Areas Remain in Worst Drought Conditions (2007-12-27)
The latest Drought Monitor Survey shows the hardest hit area of the state remains mired in the worst drought conditions. Approximately 49 percent of Alabama - the north and east central portions of the state - is under exceptional drought conditions.


Survey Says Alabama Isn't Green (2007-12-27)
According to a survey that compared air quality and environmental policies, Alabama is one of the country's most polluting and least energy-efficient states.


Birmingham Hospital's Rapid Response Team Recognized (2007-12-26)
A Birmingham hospital is receiving accolades for its rapid response team that's being credited with lowering mortality rates and improving care.


Congressman Rogers Creates PAC (2007-12-26)
U.S. Representative Mike Rogers has started his own political action committee. The move will allow the Republican from Saks to give money to other candidates and possibly improve his chance of someday becoming a committee chairman.


PSC Hopes Rate Reduction Expands Biofuel Project (2007-12-26)
Public Service Commission members hope a recent rate decrease for renewable energy will bring more customers into an obscure Alabama Power Co. biomass project. But some say the utility hasn't done enough to publicize the program.


Birmingham Officials Say School Closings Inevitable (2007-12-26)
Birmingham education officials say they have no choice but to close schools in order to cut expenses. But local activists are criticizing the plan and say the area is being unfairly targeted.


Farley Nuclear Plant Under Scrutiny (2007-12-26)
Residents of communities surrounding the Farley Nuclear Plant have seen headline after headline in the past year announcing equipment failures and increased federal oversight.


Delta Showing Changes From Drought (2007-12-26)
Alabama remains in the grips of the worst drought in decades. The Mobile area is an exception, but southwest Alabama still is feeling the impact from the lack of rain farther to the north.


Feds Will Soon Release Drought Aid (2007-12-26)
Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer says federal agriculture officials soon will dole out $320,000 in drought relief aid to farmers in six counties in north Alabama.


Lake Guntersville Lodge Reopens Next Week (2007-12-26)
The lodge at Lake Guntersville State Park will reopen January 2nd after being closed for almost four years and receiving $25 million in renovations.


State Employees Beat U.S. Paid Holiday Average (2007-12-24)
Alabama's state government employees are getting 15 paid holidays this year compared to private industry workers who get an average of eight per year.


Former Holloway Suspect Wanted Trial (2007-12-24)
A man who was re-arrested in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway tells a Dutch newspaper he would have liked to have the case go to trial.


Birmingham School Board Must Sell Properties (2007-12-24)
High maintenance costs are forcing the Birmingham Board of Education to sell 14 properties next year. Superintendent Stan Mims said they're not sure how much money will be raised by the sales and officials are waiting on appraisals.


Going Green for the Holidays (2007-12-24)
Going green has leaked into almost every aspect of our culture. With Christmas here, it was inevitable that eco-friendly ideas would touch the holidays.


Alabama Sees Record Year for Investment (2007-12-24)
Industrial prizes valued at more than $6 billion were announced in Alabama this year, a record mark that's expected to grow as the state works with prospects that could bring more than 17,500 jobs in 2008.


State Officials Head to Hawaii to Recruit Business (2007-12-21)
Gov. Bob Riley and other state officials are headed to Hawaii to recruit industry for Alabama.


Children's Insurance Still in Limbo as State Reviews Funding (2007-12-21)
A long-term extension approved this week for a federal children's health insurance program may force Alabama to freeze or reduce enrollment in the state's ALL Kids initiative.


Court Rules Judges Should Stay Out of Church Dispute (2007-12-21)
A state appeals court has decided that judges should stay out of a dispute between an Anniston minister and one of his church's deacons.


Company May Pick Decatur to Build Military Vehicle (2007-12-21)
A defense contractor based in Huntsville is zeroing in on Decatur as the possible site for a new manufacturing plant.


DNA Files -- Genes and Ethnicity (2007-12-21)
In the final installment of Alabama Public Radio's DNA Files series, we look at genetics and ethnicity. Science is raising new questions about the way we think about ourselves.


State Unemployment Rate Remains Low (2007-12-21)
Alabama's unemployment rose to 3.5 percent in November. That's up from the all-time low of 3.1 percent recorded in October. But it's well below the national figure of 4.7 percent.


DNA Files -- Faith and Science (2007-12-21)
At times, the concepts of science and religion are in conflict. But new evidence is emerging about that debate -- on a genetic level -- with the identification of the first of many genes related to language and communication.


Federal Judge Delays Alabama Execution (2007-12-21)
A federal judge has put Alabama's next scheduled execution on hold. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins delayed the scheduled execution of James Harvey Callahan on January 31st until the judge can hold a trial on a lawsuit filed by Callahan.


Legal Services Group is Cutting Staff (2007-12-20)
An organization that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to the poor has reduced its staff and may face job cuts because of a funding shortage.


Gadsden Plant Closing Will Cut 170 Jobs (2007-12-20)
About 170 people will be without jobs in February after Dixie-Pacific closes its manufacturing plant in Gadsden.


Rain, Thunderstorms Possible Across Alabama (2007-12-20)
You might want to keep an umbrella handy today. The National Weather Service says thuderstorms and heavy rains are likely across Alabama today. The greatest chances are expected to come in the afternoon.


Prosecutors Will Reveal Holloway Evidence (2007-12-20)
Authorities in Aruba are planning to lay out their evidence in the case of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.


Drought Conditions See No Improvement (2007-12-20)
There's no sign that the drought is getting any better in Alabama. The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly survey today. It shows virtually no change in the arid conditions in the state.


DNA Files -- Worm Shack Undergrads (2007-12-20)
We revisit the Caldwell Lab at the University of Alabama where research is being done to discover the causes and potential cures for diseases such as Parkinson's. What is interesting about the lab may not be what is being researched, but who is doing the research -- college undergraduates.


State Official Collects Calling Cards for Military (2007-12-20)
A drive by Secretary of State Beth Chapman to collect prepaid calling cards for use by wounded military resulted in more than 350 hours of time being donated.


A Commentary on Santa Claus (2007-12-20)
A word of warning for those who may be listening with young children -- you may want to skip this file. Commentator Lisa Davis has been thinking about her daughter and Santa Claus.


Guilty Plea in Two-Year College Investigation (2007-12-19)
Former two-year college Chancellor Roy Johnson's driver has pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal investigation. Lanier Robert Higgins of Wedowee admits he lied about corrupt financial deals with Johnson when he testified in front of a federal grand jury in 2006.


Mobile City Council Rejects Billboard Moratorium (2007-12-19)
The Mobile City Council has rejected a proposed 120-day moratorium on new electronic billboards. The moratorium was meant to prevent new billboards while the council's Public Safety Committee considers if they pose a distraction to drivers and need regulations.


Cabinet Member Passes Away (2007-12-19)
A member of the governor's Cabinet, Children's Affairs Commissioner Richard Dorrough died Wednesday. He was 61.


Shelby, Others Secure Alabama Spending (2007-12-19)
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby is on the verge of getting five million dollars for his pet project to build a new Army Corps of Engineers field office in Tuscaloosa. The agency has never formally requested the office.


Alabama Improves Health Disaster Preparation (2007-12-19)
A national report released Tuesday says state and local governments in Alabama have shown improvement in the last two years in being prepared to deal with a major health emergency.


Three Alabama Textile Mills Closing Soon (2007-12-19)
Alabama's textile industry is taking another big hit. Hundreds of people are losing their jobs in yet another round of plant closings.


Holloway's Family Blames Aruban Investigators (2007-12-19)
The family of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway on Wednesday blamed mistakes by Aruban investigators for bringing the case to a dead end after more than two years of searching.


Children's Commissioner Dorrough Has Died (2007-12-19)
The governor's office announced Wednesday that Richard Dorrough has died after a long battle with cancer. Dorrough served as commissioner of children's affairs.


Drought Relief for Farmers (2007-12-19)
Relief soon could be on its way to Alabama's crop and livestock farmers who are suffering from drought. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington, DC.


Governor Riley Pleased with Water Sharing Timetable (2007-12-18)
Governor Bob Riley has agreed with the governors of Florida and Georgia to develop a water sharing plan by February 15th.


State's Seafood Industry to Get $15 Million in Katrina Aid (2007-12-18)
Help is on the way for Alabama seafood businesses that are still struggling because of Hurricane Katrina.


Birmingham to Put Cameras in High Crime Areas (2007-12-18)
Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford says the city plans to put cameras in at least 40 high crime areas starting next year.


Race of Culprits in Confederate Monument Defacing Surprises Some (2007-12-18)
Many had assumed the black paint that was sprayed on the Capitol's Confederate monument was the work of black people looking to make a statement.


Alabama Headlines on Hiatus (2007-12-18)
Alabama Headlines with Brandon Hollingsworth is on hiatus until mid-January.


High Risk of Wildfires (2007-12-17)
Forecasters say Alabama is at an unusually high risk for wildfires. The state has been suffering from a lack of rainfall for months.


DNA Files -- Minority Participation (2007-12-17)
Our DNA Files Series continues with a look at the importance of minority participation in clinical trials. Researchers are relying on community based approaches to accomplish the task of attracting more minority participants to their trials.


Governors Seek Water-Sharing Agreement (2007-12-17)
The governors of three Southeastern states in the grips of a drought met Monday in a bid to work out how to share water in a key river basin, part of a dispute that has gone on for nearly two decades.


Governors Meet to Discuss Water (2007-12-17)
It's back to the meeting table for the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Alabama Governor Bob Riley travels to Tallahassee to meet with his counterparts to discuss the on-going water dispute.


State Education Budget Tight in Coming Year (2007-12-17)
It's still early, but Alabama's education budget looks tight in the coming fiscal year.


Vestavia Hills School Discrimination Case Settled (2007-12-16)
A federal judge has approved a settlement that ends a long-standing desegregation case in Vestavia Hills. Under a court order in the 30-year-old case, the school system has bused in students from Oxmoor Valley.


TVA Says Browns Ferry Unit 1 Over Budget (2007-12-16)
The Tennessee Valley Authority's annual report said the restart of the Unit 1 reactor at Browns Ferry nuclear plant cost about $90 million more than its original $1.8 billion budget.


State School Board Approves Background Checks, Hires Presidents (2007-12-14)
The State Board of Education will implement a policy that requires criminal background checks on existing employees and job applicants to the two-year college system.


Debate in Congress Threatens Alabama ALL Kids Program (2007-12-14)
The director of Alabama's ALL Kids subsidized health insurance program is warning that a stalemate over federal funding could soon force the state to end some children's coverage.


Confederate Monument Vandalism Brings Felony Charges (2007-12-14)
Three 17-year-olds from Montgomery have been charged with defacing the Confederate monument on the Capitol grounds in Montgomery.


Christmas Traditions-commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2007-12-14)
As a child, storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham says the threat of finding her Christmas stocking filled with ashes and switches was not taken lightly.


Boeing's New Orleans Facility Brings Jobs to Huntsville (2007-12-13)
Boeing will use NASA's Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans to produce an avionics system that will control the Ares I rocket intended to send astronauts back to the moon.


Small Town, Big Jewelry Heist (2007-12-13)
A burglary at a small-town store has left investigators with a big-time mystery: Who stole nearly $600,000 worth of jewelry and apparently got away without leaving any solid clues?


Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Supports Clinton (2007-12-13)
In a state where Democratic officeholders often distance themselves from their national party, Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks has endorsed New York Senator Hillary Clinton and taken a role in her presidential campaign.


Survey Shows No Change in Alabama Drought (2007-12-13)
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor survey shows virtually no change to drastic drought conditions in Alabama. The data released today showed many areas in the Southeast could have the driest year on record. Some records date back to 1880.


Gov. Riley Not Ready to Endorse Presidential Candidate (2007-12-13)
Republican Governor Bob Riley said yesterday that Mitt Romney's Mormon faith won't influence whether he'll endorse Romney.


Prototype - December 13, 2007 (2007-12-13)
We say "buh-bye" to 2007 with our last episode of the year. Butler Cain spoke with some University of Alabama students about what they like -- and don't like -- about finals week, and Tricia Masucci got some perspective from a man who sells Christmas trees. Courtney Bowland wrapped up the show in pretty paper and a ribbon for our enjoyment.


Scruggs Contempt Case Reassigned to Florida Judge (2007-12-13)
The criminal contempt case of Mississippi trial lawyer Richard Scruggs was reassigned to a Florida judge Wednesday because 16 federal judges in north Alabama recused themselves from the case.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, December 12 (2007-12-12)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, December 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Oakwood College Plans No Action Following Melee (2007-12-12)
Oakwood College said Tuesday it does not plan immediate disciplinary action against any students who were arrested during a confrontation with police that turned violent over the weekend, but it is offering them counseling.


Alabama Cracks Down on Unregistered Sex Offenders (2007-12-12)
Alabama has begun a crackdown on unregistered sex offenders that has located 14 people who failed to file their current addresses with law enforcement.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, December 11 (2007-12-11)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, December 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Consolidation Plan Calls for 18 School Closings in Birmingham (2007-12-11)
Birmingham would close 18 of its 65 schools under a proposed plan by city schools superintendent, Dr. Stan Mims. The consolidation plan, released yesterday, also would allow the construction of 2 new schools in the city.


Warm Weather Breaks Records (2007-12-11)
Alabama's unseasonably warm weather shattered record highs across the state over the weekend and again yesterday.


Jefferson County Communities Hold Property Tax Vote (2007-12-11)
Property tax referendums are on the ballot today in two communities in southern Jefferson County. The Indian Ford and Eastern Valley volunteer fire departments need funding.


DNA Files -- The Worm Shack (2007-12-10)
There is groundbreaking work being done with Parkinson's Disease research at a little place called the Worm Shack. It's an unusual name for a place responsible for such a scientific achievement.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, December 10 (2007-12-10)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, December 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


16 Arrested In Oakwood College Melee (2007-12-10)
A fight between two women turned into a melee at Oakwood College, police said, with 16 individuals under arrest after hundreds of people allegedly confronted officers who broke up the altercation.


Alabama Senator Paid by Non-Profit (2007-12-10)
A state senator helped secure funding from the state's two-year college system for a nonprofit program in Birmingham and then received about $4,000 a month from the program for nearly three years.


Alabama Congressmen Fought Energy Bill (2007-12-10)
An energy bill passed the House of Representatives with fanfare last week, only to be stalled in the Senate. The ambitious plan is aimed at cutting fossil fuel consumption and promoting renewable energy. Alabama lawmakers fought against a provision that they say would hurt consumers in the South.


Alabama Won't Seek Reconsideration of Exxon Decision (2007-12-10)
The state government's lawsuit against Exxon Mobil is officially over because Gov. Bob Riley decided not to ask the Alabama Supreme Court to reconsider its decision throwing out nearly all the state's $3.6 billion judgment in a royalties dispute.


Birmingham Mayor Wants Overdue Parking Tickets Paid (2007-12-10)
The city of Birmingham soon could begin seeking payment from people who have failed to pay overdue parking fines. Mayor Larry Langford said he plans to propose a new policy aimed at getting thousands of outstanding cases cleared.


Biggest Water Plan Obstacle May Be In State (2007-12-10)
The biggest hurdle standing between Georgia and a long-term water management plan might not be the legal fight with Alabama and Florida. It might just come from within the state.


Corps Prepares Water Recommendations (2007-12-09)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Mobile, Alabama, is preparing a letter with its recommendations about reducing water releases from Lake Lanier.


Rainbow City Woman Says She Was Awake During Surgery (2007-12-09)
The description of the recently released psychological thriller "Awake" has a rating warning that reads "an intense disturbing situation."


Georgia Officials Eye TN River For More Water (2007-12-09)
As drought-stricken Georgia looks for other ways to quench its growing thirst, some politicians are looking across the state line to the massive Tennessee River basin for an answer.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, December 7 (2007-12-07)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, December 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth


Five Schools Nominated for Blue Ribbon Award (2007-12-07)
The state Department of Education has nominated five Alabama schools for a national Blue Ribbon award this year. The U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award honors public and private K-12 schools judged academically superior or have shown dramatic student achievement.


Moore Says He's Not Considering Court Race (2007-12-07)
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said Friday he has received encouragement to run for an open seat on the Alabama Supreme Court next year, but he has no plans to enter the race.


Prototype - December 6, 2007 (2007-12-06)
This week on Prototype, Brett Tannehill tells us how to keep our plants from freezing to death, and Todd Panciera brings us some holiday trivia. As usual, Executive Producer Courtney Bowland brings us the show.


Tuscaloosa To Host 2008 Olympic Triathlon Trials (2007-12-06)
The U.S. Olympic triathlon trials, set for April 19, will be held in Tuscaloosa instead of Honolulu, officials planning the competition announced Thursday.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, December 6 (2007-12-06)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, December 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Legislative Punch Still Causing Division (2007-12-06)
The blow that ended the last session of the Alabama Senate is still causing disagreements as lawmakers prepare to start another session in two months.


State Teachers Rank 13th in Certification (2007-12-05)
Alabama is now ranked 13th nationally in the number of board certified teachers in the state, with 226 more educators earning the designation this year.


U.S. Supreme Court Stays Arthur Execution (2007-12-05)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of execution for Alabama death row inmate Thomas Arthur, who for the second time since September came within a day of lethal injection.


Repairs Continue At Confederate Monument (2007-12-05)
The Alabama Confederate Monument in Montgomery was damaged recently by vandals armed with black spray paint. Repairs are moving slowlys. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, December 5 (2007-12-05)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, December 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Second Eufaula Mill Scheduled to Close (2007-12-05)
Wellstone Mills is closing its second Eufaula operation, resulting in the loss of 120 jobs. The plant that's scheduled to close produces combed ring-spun yard.


Bush Administration Seeks Return of Fraudulent FEMA Claims (2007-12-04)
The Bush administration is trying to recover nearly $500 million from people who improperly received federal aid money intended to help victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita -- and that amount may increase further.


Guardian: Airbus Considering Plant in Mobile (2007-12-04)
The Guardian newspaper reports that Airbus is considering building a plant in Mobile to take advantage of the weakened dollar.


Tri-State Meeting Delayed; FL Wants Reassessment (2007-12-04)
Florida wants the federal government to reassess the flow of water in the Chatthoochee River.


Head Start sites incorporated in Pre-K expansion program (2007-12-04)
Plans to expand Alabama's pre-kindergarten offerings include folding more Head Start sites into the state funded program.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, December 4 (2007-12-04)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, Decemeber 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Oakwood College Will Become University (2007-12-04)
Oakwood College is getting a new name next year. The 112 year old school will become the state's 18th university on January first.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, December 3 (2007-12-04)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, December 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Montgomery Selected for Army Test Program (2007-12-03)
Montgomery is one of five sites across the nation selected to test a new program designed to attract Army recruits.


Peanut Allergies Affecting Younger Children (2007-12-03)
Potentially life-threatening peanut allergies are afflicting children at a younger age than they did 10 years ago.


Ruling Could Hurt GA's Standing in Tri-State Water Dispute (2007-12-03)
If the Georgia-Alabama-Florida water wars were a poker match, Georgia's high card might be an agreement it secured in 2003 for rights to about a quarter of the water in Lake Lanier, a huge federal reservoir outside Atlanta.


Dale County Farm Family Wins Award (2007-12-03)
A Dale County couple has been named the state's top young farm family, an award presented Sunday by the Alabama Farmers Federation during its convention in Mobile.


ADEM Fails To Meet Projections For Reducing Waste (2007-12-03)
The amount of waste in Alabama's landfills has not been reduced as planned and instead has jumped more than 50 percent in the past 12 years, according to a newspaper's analysis of records from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.


Old Chilton Co. Training Site Gains Historic Designation (2007-12-03)
The site of the old Chilton County Training School, the only place where black high school students in the area could earn their diploma during the era of segregation, has been added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.


Supreme Court Takes No Action on Death Row Appeal (2007-12-03)
The U.S. Supreme Court took no action Monday on whether Alabama death row inmate Thomas Arthur waited too long before challenging the form of lethal injection intended to carry out his execution.


Tuscumbia High Schoolers Learn Money Management (2007-12-03)
In an age when the nation's credit card debt is hitting new highs and personal savings are at an all-time low, there has been a greater need to teach young people how to manage finances and avoid debt.


Tennessee Educator Nominated to Lead Shelton State (2007-12-03)
Two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne says he will recommend Tennessee educator Mark Heinrich to be the next president of Shelton State Community College.


Eric Essix, Jazz Artist -- Interview (2007-11-30)
Eric Essix will help Alabama Public Radio celebrate its 25th anniversary with a performance in downtown Tuscaloosa on Friday, November 30th. Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath visited with Essix in his downtown Birmingham apartment and asked him about his musical interests and influences.


Man Sues to Overturn Riley's Commission Appointment (2007-11-30)
A Fairfield man has asked a federal court to oust newly appointed Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman, a retired Army two-star general. Fred Plump is also asking the court to bar Republican Governor Bob Riley, who made the appointment, from interfering with a February 5th election to fill the seat.


DNA Files -- The Hybrid Catfish (2007-11-30)
Market prices for catfish have dropped, Asian imports are increasing, and southern catfish farmers are feeling the financial pinch. However, science may be providing a competitive edge by creating a bigger, healthier catfish that's ready for market more quickly.


Drought Dampens TVA Hydropower Plans; Prompts Review (2007-11-30)
TVA knows a continuing drought will only increase pressure from communities outside the valley to tap into the Tennessee River.


State Savings Account Tops $3 Billion (2007-11-30)
The Alabama state government's major savings account has topped $3 billion for the first time. At the end of fiscal year 2007 on September 30, the Alabama Trust Fund had $3-point-1 billion.


Commission Wants Statewide Water Usage Plan (2007-11-29)
Commissioners on a water resources panel say they're confident in Governor Bob Riley's performance in the long-running water wars, but want him to do more.


Virtual Alabama feature report (2007-11-29)
Government agencies and emergency officials in Alabama now have access to a powerful new tool called Virtual Alabama. It's a computer database that contains an incredible amount of mapping information about every Alabama county. And it's the first of its kind in the nation. Brett Tannehill reports ...


Prototype - November 29, 2007 (2007-11-29)
This week on Prototype, Ryan Vasquez talks turkey, Brandon Hollingsworth talks tornados, and Courtney Bowland talks with Troy University.


Legislative Committees Consider Medicaid (2007-11-29)
Members of two legislative committees on Wednesday said collaboration between state and federal officials and across party lines is necessary to solve Medicaid and other health care problems in Alabama.


Bishop State Investigation ''Turns a Corner'' (2007-11-29)
A criminal investigation targeting financial wrongdoing at a south Alabama two-year college is close to coming to an end. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold has an update on Bishop State Community College.


Worst Nursing Homes List Includes Two in Alabama (2007-11-29)
The Bush administration is hoping to shame some nursing homes into improving patient care by posting a list of the facilities considered among the worst in their states.


Virtual Alabama is First of its Kind (2007-11-29)
On Wednesday (11/28), Alabama unveiled a new computer program intended to help local governments better respond to emergencies and disasters. The Alabama Department of Homeland Security teamed up with Google Earth to create Virtual Alabama.


Alabama Booster Wins Lawsuit Against NCAA (2007-11-29)
A jury in Scottsboro awarded $5 million Thursday to a former University of Alabama football booster who claimed the NCAA defamed him when it imposed penalties on the Crimson Tide in 2002.


Gas Prices Hold Steady in Alabama (2007-11-29)
Gasoline prices are holding steady in Alabama despite crude oil dropping about $7.00 a barrel in the past two days. Triple-A Alabama's daily survey showed regular averaging $3.00 a gallon Thursday.


Alabama AG Urges Court to Deny Execution Request (2007-11-29)
The Alabama attorney general's office is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a stay of execution for convicted murderer Thomas Arthur, who faces lethal injection next week.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, November 29 (2007-11-29)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, November 29th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Public Comments Accepted on Alabama-made Poison (2007-11-28)
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says he's encouraged but not overly optimistic as the Environmental Protection Agency takes a first step toward banning two poisons that are used to protect livestock from wild animals.


Newspaper Reports Tuberville Close to Agreement With Auburn (2007-11-28)
A newspaper reports in Wednesday's edition that Tommy Tuberville is close to signing a new agreement to remain as Auburn's head football coach.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, November 28 (2007-11-28)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, November 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


New South Coalition Will Make Endorsement Saturday (2007-11-28)
The predominantly black Alabama New South Coalition will meet Saturday in Montgomery to make an endorsement for Alabama's presidential primary. State Senator Hank Sanders, who's a founder of the coalition, says the endorsement is wide open.


Hurricane Season Ends With a Whimper (2007-11-28)
The cautions were out for another rough stretch of hurricanes this year, but the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season is winding down with a whimper.


State Lawmaker Complains About Missing Iron Bowl Tickets (2007-11-28)
Auburn University says it sent two free Iron Bowl tickets to every Alabama legislator. But one legislator who's been critical of Auburn says he never got his tickets to Saturday's game.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, November 27 (2007-11-27)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, November 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Judge: Death Row Inmates' Lawsuit Deserves Trial (2007-11-27)
A federal judge has ruled two death row inmates deserve a trial on their lawsuit claiming Alabama's lethal injection procedures are unconstitutionally cruel.


Probe Into Bishop State Nearly Completed (2007-11-27)
Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Junior said Tuesday the 14-month investigation into Bishop State Community College is nearly completed.


Misread Signals Caused Lincoln Train Wreck (2007-11-27)
Glare from the sun led a conductor to misread a caution signal just before his locomotive slammed into the back of a stopped train at about 50 mph in Alabama last year, according to a report Monday from the National Transportation Safety Board.


Family of Alabama teen questions suicide, offers $100,000 reward (2007-11-27)
The family of an east Alabama teenager found dead in Georgia questions whether his death was a suicide and is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for his death.


Sewage Spilled in South Alabama Creek (2007-11-27)
The Baldwin County Health Department said Monday that sewage spilled into Blackwater Creek in Loxley after a sewage lift station failed the previous night.


Siran Stacy Released From Hospital (2007-11-27)
There's good news regarding Siran Stacy. The former Alabama football standout was released from Flowers Hospital in Dothan Monday - a week after a deadly collision that killed his wife and four of his children. A fifth child, 3-year-old Shelly Stacy, survived and was released from Children's Hospital over the weekend.


Langford Pushes for Tax Increases in Birmingham (2007-11-27)
Birmingham mayor Larry Langford urged city council members on Monday to quickly approve his proposed tax and business license increases. He said the city needs the money to survive.


9 Year Old Girl Mauled By Pit Bulls (2007-11-27)
A 9-year-old Geneva County girl was in serious condition Monday after being mauled by at least one dog and laying in her neighbor's yard for at least an hour before being found, authorities said.


Mercedes Passes Milestone in Tuscaloosa County (2007-11-27)
Mercedes-Benz will mark a milestone in the Vance community Tuesday: its 1 millionth vehicle built in Alabama. The German automaker opened its plant in Tuscaloosa County 10 years ago.


New Owners Wants Shoney's to Return to Glory Days (2007-11-26)
The new owner, CEO and chairman of Shoney's restaurant chain wants to restore the Southern buffet to its ''glory days.'' The Nashville-based Shoney's once claimed 1,200 restaurants nationwide, but has shrunk to 272 in recent years.


Birmingham Mayor Wins Residency Suit (2007-11-26)
Birmingham's new mayor, Larry Langford, has won a lawsuit claiming he didn't live in the city and shouldn't be allowed to serve out his term.


Arthur Loses Death Penalty Appeal (2007-11-26)
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a death row inmate to try to prove his innocence through DNA testing. Thomas Arthur, 65, was sentenced for the 1982 killing of Troy Wicker of Muscle Shoals.


Public Meeting Will Focus on Fort Rucker (2007-11-26)
A public forum Monday night at the Enterprise Civic Center will allow people living and conducting business near Fort Rucker to voice any concerns about the Army base.


Alabama Bankruptcies Among Nation's Highest (2007-11-26)
Many are working in Alabama, but many also are going broke. Alabama has record low unemployment, but court records show the state ranks No. 3 in the nation for bankruptcy filings.


Troopers Issue Thousands of Tickets During Holiday (2007-11-26)
The Alabama Department of Public Safety's week long traffic enforcement blitz ended Sunday. Through Saturday, state troopers had issued nearly 16,000 traffic tickets.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, November 26 (2007-11-26)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, November 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Tuskegee Airman Will Be Buried Tuesday (2007-11-26)
One of the original Tuskegee Airmen has died at his home in Montgomery. Retired Air Force Major Carroll S. Woods died November 20th. That's according to his son, Carroll Woods Junior. He was 88.


Areas Seek Designation for Prestige and Preservation (2007-11-25)
Alabama's Muscle Shoals region is littered with the kind of history that locals love to brag about.


3000 Traffic Tickets Issued After Thanksgiving (2007-11-25)
State troopers issued more than 3,000 traffic citations statewide Friday during a Take Back Our Highways campaign that had 200 additional troopers on the road.


Work Begins On Cullman Water Rec Park (2007-11-25)
Construction begins Monday on a $14.5 million water park in Cullman. The city's Wellness and Aquatic Center at Chester Freeman Park will meet the needs of young and old when it opens in the spring of 2009.


Stacy Infant Released From Hospital (2007-11-25)
The 3-year-old daughter of former University of Alabama football star Siran Stacy was released from the hospital Saturday, nearly a week after being in a wreck that killed Stacy's wife and four of his children.


Gas Prices Didn't Keep Shoppers Away (2007-11-23)
High gas prices around 3 bucks a gallon didn't keep early-bird shoppers away from stores across Alabama on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving is considered the start of the Christmas shopping season.


Deadline Looms for Soldiers' Christmas Gifts (2007-11-23)
It may seem early to be sending Christmas presents, but for people with family members serving in the military overseas, the deadline is fast approaching.


Numbers of Non-Native Alabamians Grows in Sate (2007-11-23)
Alabama has one of the country's highest percentages of state-born residents. But, according to census figures, the number of those who were born outside of the state has nearly doubled in recent decades.


NAACP Leader Remains Hospitalized (2007-11-23)
A civil rights leader remained hospitalized in critical condition Thursday, nearly a week after he was severely burned in a multiple-car wreck near Mobile.


Prototype - Thanksgiving Holiday Edition (2007-11-23)
Prototype's Thanksgiving holiday edition includes host Courtney Bowland and a report from Tricia Masucci on ''Black Friday,'' a bargain hunter's most favorite day.


KY Inmate File Another Suit Against Lethal Injection Process (2007-11-23)
A Kentucky death-row prisoner claims that giving a condemned inmate a sedative on the day of execution interferes with the drug cocktail used in lethal injections. The lawsuit by Gregory L. Wilson, 51, is a new challenge to Kentucky's execution method.


Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Gets More Funds and Officers (2007-11-22)
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office will be able to hire five more deputies five less than requested and all county employees will get a 3 percent raise in a recently adopted budget.


Gas Prices May Affect Black Friday Shopping (2007-11-22)
High gasoline prices may keep Alabama shoppers closer to home when the post-Thanksgiving gift-buying stampede hits Friday.


Autism Task Force Pushes for Better Services (2007-11-22)
Members of the Alabama Autism Task Force say they will ask lawmakers to approve one million dollars in next year's education budget to improve services for students who have the disorder.


A Thanksgiving Commentary (2007-11-22)
A Thanksgiving commentary by Brandon Hollingsworth. Brandon produces APR's ''Alabama Headlines'' podcast and contributes to ''Prototype.''


Holloway Family Still Searches for Closure (2007-11-22)
The father of disappeared American teenager Natalee Holloway said Thursday that he and a team of experts will search for his daughter's body in waters off Aruba following the recent re-arrest of three suspects in the case.


County Commissions Focus on Bridge Repairs (2007-11-22)
County commissioners from across the state are asking the Legislature to pass a 275 million dollar bond issue next session to fund building new bridges or to repair some of the old ones.


Number of Alabama Newcomers Doubles (2007-11-22)
Alabama has one of the country's highest percentages of state-born residents, but the number of those who were born outside of the state has nearly doubled in recent decades, according to census figures.


Wet Forecast for Thanksgiving Holiday (2007-11-21)
It will likely be a wet Thanksgiving weekend across Alabama - that's according to the National Weather Service. There's a good chance of rain over the next few days, which is good news for drought-stricken Alabama.


No Headlines During Thanksgiving Holiday (2007-11-21)
There will be no Alabama Headlines during the Thanksgiving holiday period.


Salvation Army Asks for Support (2007-11-21)
The Montgomery Area Salvation Army needs your support. The relief agency is in desperate need of food donations for its Thanksgiving meals.


Trooper Asks Local Law Authorities to Help Monitor Traffic (2007-11-20)
Alabama's top state trooper, Colonel Chris Murphy, says police in cities and towns with fewer than 19,000 can help state troopers patrol major highways during this week's ''Take Back Our Highways'' campaign, despite a state law.


U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Alabama Case (2007-11-20)
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review a voting rights dispute from Alabama in which the governor filled a county commission vacancy by appointing a Republican to represent a heavily Democratic district.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, November 20 (2007-11-20)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, November 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Corps Will Make Water Decision Next Month (2007-11-20)
Federal officials say they will decide next month whether to further reduce water released into Florida from north Georgia's Lake Lanier and other reservoirs.


NRC Continues Oversight of Farley Nuclear Plant (2007-11-20)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that its additional inspectors have left the Farley Nuclear Plant, but the NRC plans to keep a close watch on the plant after a string of breaker failures raised safety concerns.


AG and DOC Seek to Dismiss Prisoner Death Suit (2007-11-20)
State Attorney General Troy King and Alabama's district attorneys have joined the state Department of Corrections in requesting that a public records lawsuit brought by the family of former inmate Farron Barksdale be dismissed.


Huntsville Woman Turns 100, Graduates High School (2007-11-20)
A woman who led a full life on the West Coast after dropping out of school received an honorary high school diploma at her 100th birthday party.


Riley Uses Billboards to Thank Teachers (2007-11-19)
Governor Riley is featured across the state on 76 billboards to congratulate teachers for improved test scores.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, November 19 (2007-11-19)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, November 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth


Funds Secured for Ivy Green Renovation (2007-11-19)
$100,000 in federal funds will be used for renovation work at Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller.


Wildlife Officials Approve Temporary Water Sharing Plan (2007-11-16)
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has given its approval to a plan that will withhold more water in Georgia to ensure drinking water for Atlanta.


Feds Approve Temporary Water Sharing Plan (2007-11-16)
The Army Corps of Engineers rolled out a plan Friday that allows Georgia to keep more of the water in north Georgia's Lake Lanier, a focal point in the tug-of-war over water involving Alabama and Florida.


Historic Governor's Mansion Celebrates Centennial (2007-11-16)
If it hadn't been for one governor's love of long walks, Alabama's first families would have to set up house somewhere else.


Southern Baptists Pass Several Resolutions (2007-11-16)
Southern Baptists at the Alabama Baptist State Convention approved resolutions articulating opposition to alcohol, gambling and proposed federal hate-crimes legislation before concluding their annual meeting.


Movie Gallery Bankruptcy Will Take Months (2007-11-16)
Dothan-based Movie Gallery's bankruptcy reorganization will take months longer to complete than the company initially expected.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, November 16 (2007-11-16)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, November 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Veteran's Home Resident Found Along Highway (2007-11-16)
A health department report says a resident of a Bay Minette veteran's home left the home without the staff's knowledge and was found in a wheelchair alongside a busy four-lane highway.


Announcement Forthcoming on Water Sharing (2007-11-16)
Federal officials are expected to announce Friday whether the government will reduce the flow of water from a north Georgia reservoir at the center of a three-state water fight.


Prototype - November 15, 2007 (2007-11-15)
This week Adam Shivers reports on the "Becoming an Outdoor Woman" camp situated in Columbiana. Ryan Vasquez also reports on the 64th annual peanut festival, celebrated in Dothan for the 10th year in a row. Courtney Bowland also interviews Brandon Hollingsworth about Jaskconville State University happenings and controversies.


US Supreme Court Halts Florida Execution (2007-11-15)
The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of convicted child killer Mark Dean Schwab on Thursday, hours before he was scheduled to die.


Alabama Ballots Will Have Two Statewide Amendments (2007-11-15)
A total of 25 amendments will be on Alabama election ballots in 2008, but only two will be voted on statewide. A state commission decided on Wednesday the others will only be on the ballot in individual counties.


Mobile County Sewer System Sues ALDOT (2007-11-15)
Mobile County water officials have sued the Alabama Department of Transportation and its highway contractor for alleged environmental damages from muddy runoff on a U.S. 98. project.


Judge Asked to Stop Gulf State Park Hotel Plan (2007-11-15)
A Montgomery County judge was asked Wednesday to stop the state from developing a resort at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores unless prices at the hotel are affordable for average Alabama citizens.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, November 15 (2007-11-15)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, November 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Stretch of Corridor X Opens Wednesday (2007-11-14)
Twenty-six more miles of Corridor X opens to traffic today (11/14). It's a 20-mile stretch of roadway between Jasper and U.S. 78 in Graysville. Governor Bob Riley and other local officials will dedicate the highway Wednesday at 2 p.m.


Man Sentenced to 102 Years For Dogfighting (2007-11-14)
A Houston County judge has sentenced a Cottonwood man convicted of staging dogfights to 102 years in prison.


Langford's Residency Challenged in Court (2007-11-14)
Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford spent his first full day in office Wednesday trying to fend off a challenger's court claim that the election should be thrown out because Langford still lives in a neighboring city where he used to be mayor.


Alabama House Won't Redraw Congressional Districts (2007-11-14)
Speaker Seth Hammett says the Alabama House will not attempt to redraw Alabama's Congressional districts during the upcoming regular session of the House.


NRC Increases Oversight of Dothan Plant (2007-11-14)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday announced an increase in the level of oversight on the Unit One reactor at the Farley Nuclear Power Plant near Dothan.


Education Dept. Urges Birmingham to Close Schools (2007-11-14)
The state department of education is recommending that Birmingham close nearly a third of its 65 schools because of a shrinking student population and shrinking revenues.


Fields Wins Dem Nomination for House Seat (2007-11-14)
Democrat James C. Fields Junior won his party's nomination for the Alabama House District 12 seat on Tuesday. The Republican nomination will be decided by a runoff between Bill Floyd and Wayne Willingham.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, November 14 (2007-11-14)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, November 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, November 13 (2007-11-13)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, November 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Dothan's Annual Peanut Festival (2007-11-13)
The annual Peanut Festival in Dothan still focuses on farmers and their crops. But other activities, including a fair and football, keep the massess coming.


School Offers Alabama's First Chinese Language Course (2007-11-13)
A small school in south Baldwin County has become the only one in Alabama and the first Catholic elementary school in the country to be chosen for a guest teacher program designed to teach students Chinese.


Langford Becomes Birmingham Mayor (2007-11-13)
Alabama's largest city gets new leadership Tuesday when Mayor-Elect Larry Langford takes the oath of office at 12 noon. Langford, a former Jefferson County Commissioner, beat out nine opponents in last month's mayoral race.


ESPN Will Air Iron Bowl (2007-11-13)
The Southeastern Conference said the Alabama-Auburn game will be televised by ESPN and kick off at 7 p.m. Central on Saturday, November 24th.


State Nearing Debt Load for New Industry (2007-11-13)
Industrial recruiters are nearing the $750 million limit the state can borrow to lure new business investment to Alabama just a few months after voters approved an increase in the debt limit.


Hoover Adult Novelty Store Wins Ruling (2007-11-13)
The state attorney general might ask the Legislature to amend the state's anti-obscenity law after a Jefferson County judge ruled this month that part of the law was too vague to force closure of a sex toys store in Hoover.


Furniture Being Reused at Shelton State (2007-11-12)
Shelton State Community College is reusing some of the $50,000 in furnishings removed from the home of its former president Rick Rogers.


Redistricting Issue May Deadlock Alabama House (2007-11-12)
In recent years, the members of the Alabama House have passed dozens of bills only to watch most get caught in a political fight in the Senate and die without coming up for a vote. In the February session, it could be the House that is embroiled in a bitter political fight.


Montgomery Zoo Celebrates Baby Elephant (2007-11-12)
Tina and Studla will be given some time to bond with their newborn -- a 247-pound female African elephant -- before visitors to the Montgomery Zoo view them outdoors. The newborn arrived Friday and has not yet been given a name.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, November 12 (2007-11-12)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, November 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Former Chancellor's Wife Still Got Paid After Retirement (2007-11-11)
A report in Sunday's Birmingham News says Linda Johnson, the wife of former state two-year college Chancellor Roy Johnson, collected her salary for 14 months after leaving her job and retiring October 1st as an executive assistant at Southern Union State Community College in Opelika.


Cycling Enthusiast Meets with President (2007-11-11)
Fred Kelley of Monroeville never thought he'd get a private meeting with his congressman, much less President Bush. But on Tuesday the 50-year-old Kelley was in the Oval Office talking with both of them about bicycling, charity and, of course, Alabama.


Alabama, Southern Neighbors, Focus on Holiday Traffic (2007-11-09)
Those who are driving in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee this Thanksgiving holiday will notice a lot more law enforcement officers on the road.


Stories about Goats - commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2007-11-09)
Last week, commentator-storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham told the tale of a Sunday morning encounter with a goat ... this week, goats are still on her mind ...


Wallace Shooter Scheduled for Release (2007-11-09)
Arthur Bremer, the man who shot Alabama Governor George Wallace during a presidential campaign stop in May 1972, is scheduled to be released Friday from the Maryland state prison system.


Lawmakers Call Army Corps "Unresponsive" (2007-11-09)
Lawmakers caught in a tri-state struggle over water Thursday called the Army Corps of Engineers rigid and unresponsive to local needs amid a record Southern drought.


School Board Hires Two-Year Presidents (2007-11-09)
The State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the appointment of two community college presidents.


Prototype - November 8, 2007 (2007-11-08)
This week in Prototype, Todd Panciera talks to someone who works in the skyboxes during University of Alabama football games; Tricia Masucci tells us how new technology is revolutionizing the way you can tour campus; and we learn what's happening at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Prototype - November 8, 2007 (2007-11-08)
This week in Prototype, Todd Panciera talks to someone who works in the skyboxes during University of Alabama football games; Tricia Masucci tells us how new technology is revolutionizing the way you can tour campus; and we learn what's happening at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Public Broadcasting Act Anniversary (2007-11-08)
Forty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act. On this anniversary, we look back at how the law came into being - and where government-supported broadcasting is going.


Prototype - November 8, 2007 (2007-11-08)
This week in Prototype, Todd Panciera finds out what it's like to work in the skyboxes during a University of Alabama football game; Tricia Masucci tells us how new technology is revolutionizing the college campus tour; and we hear from the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Alabama Delegation Votes Against Non-Discrimination Act (2007-11-08)
Seven Alabamians in the House said no to a proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace bias against gays, lesbians and bisexuals.


Bluegrass Performer Claire Lynch - Interview (2007-11-08)
Bluegrass performer Claire Lynch will help Alabama Public Radio celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, November 8th. APR's Butler Cain spoke with Claire about her return to Tuscaloosa.


New Police Chief Named in Birmingham (2007-11-08)
Birmingham Mayor-elect Larry Langford has named Hoover police Assistant Chief A.C. Roper as chief of the state's largest police force. Roper replaces Anetta Nunn, who announced her retirement from the post.


Appeals Court Wants Explanation from Siegelman's Trial Judge (2007-11-08)
A federal appeals court on Wednesday asked former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's trial judge to elaborate on why he refused to let Siegleman remain free while his conviction in a bribery and corruption case is appealed.


Kucinich, Gravel Don't Qualify in Alabama (2007-11-08)
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich didn't make today's qualifying deadline for Alabama's primary. Another Democratic candidate, Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, also didn't make Wednesday's deadline.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, November 8 (2007-11-08)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, November 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, November 7 (2007-11-07)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, November 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Fired Coach Still Gets Paycheck (2007-11-07)
A Madison County cheerleading coach who was fired more than two years ago will keep getting checks even though the Alabama Supreme Court ruled against her.


Pilot Program for School Bus Seat Belts Gets Funding (2007-11-07)
Governor Bob Riley's study group on school bus seat belts has awarded a grant for a pilot program to see if belts will make kids safer on buses.


Georgia Governor Drops Water Challenge (2007-11-07)
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has dropped legal action to try to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce water withdrawals from Lake Lanier.


Decatur Copper Plant Will Close (2007-11-07)
Copper tubing manufacturer Wolverine Tube is closing its Decatur plant and cutting nearly 500 jobs. Company officials made the announcement Tuesday and blamed the shutdown on slowing sales of its copper plumbing tubes for residential construction.


Freezing Air Moves into Alabama (2007-11-06)
It's starting to feel a little cooler outside. Forecasters say cold air is moving into Alabama -- the coldest so far this fall season.


Sinkhole in Downtown Birmingham (2007-11-06)
Officials in downtown Birmingham are dealing with a sinkhole after a major water main break in the heart of the city.


Riley Congratulates Blue Ribbon School (2007-11-06)
Governor Bob Riley joined federal, state and local officials Monday in congratulating the staff and students at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School. The school was one of three in Alabama to be named a No Children Left Behind Blue Ribbon School for 2007.


Trade with Cuba Continues (2007-11-06)
Cuba is pledging to sign nearly 450 million dollars in contracts with firms from the United States and other countries.


Movie Gallery Resolving Disputes with Landlords (2007-11-06)
Dothan-based Movie Gallery has changed the way it will conduct going-out-of-business sales at more than 500 of its video-rental outlets to satisfy store landlords.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, November 6 (2007-11-06)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, November 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Jury Foreman Surprised Exxon Award Overturned (2007-11-05)
The foreman of the Alabama jury that returned a record verdict against Exxon Mobil said he was "completely shocked" by the state Supreme Court throwing out nearly all the $3.6 billion judgment won by the state government.


Most Alabamians Support Use of Force Against Iran (2007-11-05)
A poll of Alabamians found deepening concerns about Iran, with more than half willing to support the use of military force if other means fail to resolve the standoff over nuclear development.


Wow, I Didn't Know That! - Water (2007-11-05)
We all know that water is a necessary component of life. But have you stopped to think about what else you might be gulping down when you're quenching your thirst?


Boat Ramp Extensions Completed (2007-11-05)
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has completed the first of three planned boat ramp extensions on Lake Martin to allow boating access during drought conditions.


Alabama, Georgia and Florida Reach Water Agreement (2007-11-05)
After meeting in Washington with federal officials, the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia pledged to hash out a solution to the region's water crisis.


US Supreme Court Rules Against Siebert Death Penalty Appeal (2007-11-05)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a terminally ill death row inmate Monday, declaring that he missed a deadline for challenging one of his convictions.


Corps Says Atlanta Utility Taking Too Much Water (2007-11-05)
The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday warned a suburban Atlanta water provider that it's drawing too much water out of a federal reservoir, a move likely to please Alabama officials who have been calling for more downstream releases from the lake.


Cold Air Coming to Alabama (2007-11-05)
National Weather Service meteorologists say the season's coldest air will settle across the Tennessee Valley region Tuesday night. The chilly air will spread into central and southern counties by Wednesday.


Interview with Claire Lynch (2007-11-05)
Bama Bluegrass host Lance Kinney recently spoke with Bluegrass performer Claire Lynch. Claire is coming to Tuscaloosa on Thursday, 11/8, and Lance asked her about the upcoming performance and her recent activities.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, November 5 (2007-11-05)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, November 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


New War Memorial To Be Unveiled in Capitol (2007-11-03)
Gov. Bob Riley on Tuesday will unveil a memorial wall that honors 92 members of military services from Alabama who have died in the war on terror.


GA Gets To Keep More Water For Atlanta (2007-11-02)
The Army Corps of Engineers would hold back more water in Georgia lakes while the governors of Georgia, Florida and Alabama work toward a water sharing agreement, under a plan brokered by the Bush administration.


$3.6 Billion Dollar Against Exxon-Mobil Struck Down (2007-11-02)
The Alabama Supreme Court threw out nearly all of a record $3.6 billion verdict Thursday that the state government won against Exxon Mobil in a dispute over natural gas royalties.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, November 2 (2007-11-02)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, November 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prototype - November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)
This week in Prototype, Courtney Bowland gets some tips on how to land a job after college; Tricia Masucci explores how to make the perfect cappuccino; and we find out what's happening on the campus of Auburn University.


Strike Possible at Wise Alloys (2007-11-01)
Officials are bracing for a possible strike today at the Wise Alloys plant in Colbert County that employs 1,000 workers.


Plant Worker Files Whistleblower Suit (2007-11-01)
A senior engineer at the Farley Nuclear Power Plant filed a whistleblower complaint Thursday against the company that operates the plant.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, November 1 (2007-11-01)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, November 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Corps Says Alabama and Florida Don't Need As Much Water (2007-11-01)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that many industrial and municipal users in Alabama and Florida could tolerate reduced flows in rivers that are at the heart of a raging water war in the region, a top agency officials said Wednesday.


More of Interstate 22 Opens This Month (2007-11-01)
Alabama transportation officials will open 26 more miles of Corridor X on Nov. 14 and aim to complete Alabama's portion of the limited-access highway between Birmingham and Memphis, Tenn., by 2010.


Chemical Weapons Incinerator Fined By ADEM (2007-11-01)
The state fined the Army's chemical weapons incinerator nearly $50,000 for environmental violations at the east Alabama installation, but officials said the problems did not endanger the public.


Alabama Supreme Court Schedules Two Executions (2007-11-01)
The Alabama Supreme Court has scheduled executions for death row inmates Thomas Douglas Arthur on December 6 and James Harvey Callahan on January 31, but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court could delay them.


Tri-State Water Dispute Heads to Washington DC (2007-11-01)
Government officials from Alabama, Georgia and Florida were in Washington DC Thursday, 11/1, in an attempt to calm the waters of a major dispute.


TVA Files Application To Build Two New Reactors (2007-10-31)
The Tennessee Valley Authority filed an application Tuesday for a license to build and operate two new nuclear power reactors at a site in northern Alabama where it mothballed two reactor projects nearly two decades ago after investing billions of dollars.


US Supreme Court Stops MS Lethal Injection (2007-10-31)
The Supreme Court halted an execution in Mississippi on Tuesday, less than an hour before the convicted killer was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection.


Alabama Cities Say They Tried To Conserve Water (2007-10-31)
Short of asking for divine intervention, city and county officials from central and east Alabama said Tuesday they have done everything possible to protect water supplies during the devastating drought that has gripped the Southeast.


Hoover Coach Resigns, But Will Finish Season (2007-10-31)
The Hoover city school board on Tuesday night unanimously voted to accept embattled Hoover High football coach Rush Propst's resignation, but Propst will remain in place through the end of the current season.


The Tale of William Rufus King - commentary Kathyrn Tucker Windham (2007-10-31)
This morning brings us a true Alabama story with a Halloweenish twist. Let's join master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham in Selma's historic Old Live Oak Cemetery for the tale of former Vice President William Rufus King.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, October 31 (2007-10-31)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, October 31st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Bachus Weather Radio Bill Gains House Approval (2007-10-31)
New manufactured homes would be required to come equipped with weather radios to warn occupants of severe storms under a bill sponsored by Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama that passed the House Tuesday.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, October 30 (2007-10-30)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, October 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Seafood Products Recalled in Alabama (2007-10-30)
Georgia inspectors say a recall of smoked salmon dip has been expanded to three other products. The recalled products were distributed to Alabama.


South Lags Behind in Graduating Low Income Students (2007-10-30)
A report out Tuesday says the South is headed for an economic crisis if states don't begin investing more to help poor children succeed in school.


42 Alabama High Schools Classified as "Dropout Factories" (2007-10-30)
An analysis of Education Department data by Johns Hopkins University researchers for The Associated Press found 42 Alabama schools that failed to graduate more than 60 percent of its freshman class and were described as "dropout factories" ...


Lee Wins Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007-10-30)
This year's winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom includes Monroeville's Harper Lee. The well-known author will be honored for outstanding contributions to American literature, including her book, "To Kill a Mockingbird."


Southeastern Drought Affects National Beef Supply (2007-10-30)
An intense drought that scorched the Southeast this year is going to cost Americans at the meat counter.


Forever Wild Buys 10,000 Acres in Coosa County (2007-10-30)
The Forever Wild Land Trust has purchased nearly 10,000 acres of mountain and aquatic habitat along the Coosa River to protect it from development, state conservation officials announced Monday.


Klan Group Will Protest Other Klan Group (2007-10-29)
Members of one Ku Klux Klan organization say they will assemble at the courthouse November 10th to show their opposition to another Klan group that plans an anti-immigration rally there that day.


Group Wants Higher Beer Alcohol Limit in State (2007-10-29)
In an effort to get more specialty beers on the market in Alabama, a group wants to change state's limit on alcohol in beer.


Tri-State Water Dispute Heads To Washington Thursday (2007-10-29)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said his state is willing to share the water-shortage pain with Georgia and Florida during the current drought, but cannot let Georgia claim the water in federal reservoirs such as Lake Lanier as if it belonged only to Atlanta.


ABA Claims Widespread Problems With Capital Punishment (2007-10-29)
Serious problems in state death penalty systems compromise fairness and accuracy in capital punishment cases and justify a nationwide freeze on executions, the American Bar Association says.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, October 29 (2007-10-29)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, October 29th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Unfunded Liability for Health Care Shrinking (2007-10-29)
The state government's huge unfunded liability for the health care costs of its retirees is shrinking. State officials say the unfunded liability has gone down by more than $2 billion.


UWA Institutes Student Dress Code (2007-10-29)
Tank tops are out at the University of West Alabama, and there's not a whale tail in sight. West Alabama this semester became one of the nation's first state-supported universities to enact a dress code for students.


8 Wounded in Shooting at Tuscaloosa Party (2007-10-29)
Police have arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder in a shooting that wounded eight people two seriously at a house party Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.


State Health Officer Will Discuss Staph Infections (2007-10-29)
Alabama's top doctor is expected to issue a list of recommendations Monday regarding staph infections. The germ (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is associated with skin infections, but also causes blood infections, pneumonia and other illnesses.


Farm Bill Gets Southern Support (2007-10-26)
Southern growers are optimistic about the farm bill that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee this week. The Senate measure would largely continue price supports for commodity crops such as cotton, peanuts and rice that drive the region's agriculture economy.


Researchers Say Boiled Peanuts Better for Health (2007-10-26)
Researchers at Alabama A&M University say boiled peanuts are healthier to eat than raw, dry or oil-roasted. A new study said boiling the tasty nut can bring out four times more healthy phytochemicals.


Riley Meets with Interior Secretary About Water (2007-10-26)
Governor Bob Riley met Friday afternoon with U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to discuss the ongoing drought and a long-term water war between Alabama, Georgia and Florida.


Birmingham Police Chief is Leaving (2007-10-26)
Birmingham Police Chief Annetta Nunn will leave her position. Nunn and Birmingham Mayor-Elect Larry Langford had a recent breakfast meeting.


State School Board Won't Change Bible Textbook Approval (2007-10-26)
Members of the state board of education decided Thursday that they wouldn't fight among themselves or change their unwitting approval of a Bible literacy book that caused division among legislators.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, October 26 (2007-10-26)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, October 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Interview w. Asst. AG Clay Crenshaw on Siebert execution (2007-10-26)
Listen to an interview with Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw on the stay of execution granted to death row inmate Daniel Lee Siebert ...


Trick or Treat! - commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2007-10-26)
It's nearly Halloween ... one of commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham's favorite times of year. She's especially fond of the Trick or Treaters


AG and DA Exchange More Words (2007-10-26)
An Alabama man convicted of four murders is trying to get out of his death sentence because his teenage co-defendant had his death sentence removed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.


Prototype - October 25, 2007 (2007-10-25)
This week in Prototype, Melissa Wolbach talks about throwing a Halloween party that doesn't hurt your wallet, Tricia Masucci explains how your shoes could be hurting your health, and Courtney Bowland speaks with the newspaper editor at Birmingham Southern College.


Recent Rain Curtailed Drought in South Alabama (2007-10-25)
Those recent rains in south Alabama curtailed the drought some according to the U.S. Drought Monitor survey. The southern sections of Mobile and Baldwin counties have been lifted from any drought conditions.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, October 25 (2007-10-25)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, October 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, October 25 (2007-10-25)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, October 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Chicken Plant Workers Must Get TB Tests (2007-10-25)
Wayne Farms will require all employees at its chicken processing plant to undergo tuberculosis skin tests, following news from health officials that a second employee may have active TB, a highly contagious and deadly disease if untreated.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, October 24 (2007-10-24)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, October 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Appeals Court Grants Stay of Execution (2007-10-24)
A federal appeals court granted multiple-murderer Daniel Lee Siebert's request for a stay of execution. Siebert had been scheduled for lethal injection Thursday. He claimed his cancer medication would counteract with a lethal injection, inflicting unnecessary pain.


Shelby County Staff Infections Reported (2007-10-24)
A Shelby County High School student has been hospitalized with a drug resistant strain of staph infection and four others have been infected with the disease, officials said.


Three Confirmed Tornadoes From Monday's Storms (2007-10-24)
Survey crews confirmed 3 tornadoes touched down Monday night and early yesterday (Tuesday) in Hale, Lowndes and Bibb counties. All the twisters were classified as E-F-One.


Federal Judge Rejects Siebert's Execution Appeal (2007-10-24)
A terminally ill killer scheduled for execution Thursday turned to a federal appeals court Tuesday to try to delay his execution for murdering four people in Talladega.


State Voter System Meets Federal Requirements (2007-10-24)
A judge has ruled that Alabama finally has a statewide computerized system for voter registration that meets federal requirements.


Monday's Storms Cause Scattered Damage (2007-10-23)
A storm system that swept across the state last night and early today left a trail of damage in several counties.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, October 23 (2007-10-23)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, October 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Former U.S. Attorney says Feds Controlled Siegelman Prosecution (2007-10-23)
A former lawyer for Don Siegelman told a congressional committee Tuesday that Washington officials - not local prosecutors - appeared to be steering the case against the former Democratic Alabama governor.


Hale County Suffers Wind Damage (2007-10-23)
Several tornado warnings were issued yesterday as scattered showers and thunderstorms gave Alabama a much needed soaking.


Riley Asks President To Block Emergency Declaration for Georgia (2007-10-23)
Gov. Bob Riley sent a letter Monday to President Bush urging him to deny a request by Georgia's governor for a disaster declaration. The Alabama governor said such a declaration would put people and jobs in Alabama at risk.


At Least One Tornado Hit Mobile County (2007-10-23)
Weather officials said Mobile County was hit by at least one tornado Monday afternoon.


Congressional Hearing on Siegelman Conviction - LIVE AUDIO LINK (2007-10-23)
The conviction of former Governor Don Siegelman will be a topic before the House Judiciary Committee today ... watch the proceedings live online here ... http://judiciary.house.gov/schedule.aspx


Weak Tornado Hit Mobile County Monday (2007-10-23)
A damage assessment team says evidence showed it was an EF1 tornado that touched down late Monday afternoon in south Mobile County.


Gov. Riley Urges President to Deny Ga. Request (2007-10-22)
Gov. Bob Riley has sent a letter to President Bush urging him to deny a request by Georgia's governor for a disaster declaration. The Alabama governor said such a declaration would put people and jobs in Alabama at risk.


Drought Intensifies AL, FL, GA Water Sharing Dispute (2007-10-22)
The record drought gripping the Southeast has pushed a three-state water fight to a new level, pitting state against state in a legal battle that pins the federal government in the middle.


Alabama Reschedules Execution (2007-10-22)
Thursday's scheduled execution of serial killer Daniel Lee Siebert will go forward. Governor Bob Riley said in a statement today that changes to Alabama's lethal injection procedures have been completed and he will not stop the execution.


Former Siegelman Attorney Will Testify Before Congress (2007-10-22)
One of Don Siegelman's former lawyers is set to testify before Congress Tuesday. Doug Jones is expected to say Justice Department officials in Washington ordered local prosecutors to take a fresh look at evidence against the former Alabama governor as his corruption case seemed to have stalled in 2004.


Prosecutors Want Changes to DUI Law (2007-10-22)
Prosecutors and others plan to ask state legislators to add another amendment to the state's drunk driving law after an unintended change made in 2006 resulted in lighter sentences for some of the worst violators.


Sessions Sells Stocks to Avoid Conflicts (2007-10-22)
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and his wife are selling some of their stock holdings following a newspaper report that he was pushing legislation that could benefit two banks in which the couple owned shares.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, October 22 (2007-10-22)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, October 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Browns Ferry Unit One Restarts (2007-10-21)
The Unit 1 reactor at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant has been restarted after its automatic shutdown last week the fifth since June 2.


Unemployment Rate Declined Last Month (2007-10-19)
Alabama's unemployment rate declined slightly in September to 3.7 percent. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees says the rate had been 3.8 percent in August and 3.6 percent in September 2006.


Alabama Business Report - Entrepreneurship (2007-10-19)
In his monthly Alabama Business Report podcast, Adam Shivers explores the dynamics of entrepreneurship.


State Supreme Court Upholds Multiple-Language Driver Exams (2007-10-19)
A sharply divided Alabama Supreme Court turned back a group seeking to end Alabama's practice of giving the driver license exam in several foreign languages.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, October 19 (2007-10-19)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, October 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


TB Cases Reported in Jefferson, Morgan Counties (2007-10-19)
State health officials worked to track the potential spread of two separate tuberculosis cases in Jefferson and Morgan counties Thursday but said the incidents should not be cause for alarm.


Alabama Lists More Water Sharing Complaints Against Georgia (2007-10-19)
The state of Alabama has added new complaints about the Atlanta area's water usage and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to its 17-year-old lawsuit over shared water resources.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, October 18 (2007-10-19)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, October 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State's Lawyers Must Provide Help to Poor (2007-10-19)
The state Alabama Supreme Court has directed all the lawyers in Alabama to participate in a program designed to provide legal help for the poor in civil matters.


History of Kentuck Festival of the Arts (2007-10-18)
The Kentuck Festival of the Arts marks its 36th year this weekend and has become one of Alabama's most popular events. This folk art gathering also helped save historic downtown Northport from desolation.


Corps of Engineers Will Revise Water Manuals (2007-10-18)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will update the manuals it uses to decide how Georgia and Alabama share water in a major river basin, agreeing to a long-sought demand from Georgia officials who say new formulas are necessary to account for their state's rapid growth.


Edwards, Giuliani Lead Party Fundraising in Alabama (2007-10-18)
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards leads Democratic presidential candidates in fundraising in Alabama, while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is tops on the Republican side.


Jimmie Lee Sudduth Remembrance (2007-10-18)
One of Alabama's most famous folk artists died recently. Jimmie Lee Sudduth was known throughout the world for his works, which featured mud.


Water War Continues Between Ala, Ga (2007-10-18)
The state of Alabama has added new complaints about the Atlanta area's water usage and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to its 17-year-old lawsuit over shared water resources.


Prototype - October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18)
This week in Prototype, the Kentuck Arts Festival is recognized with stories from Alisa Beckwith and Brett Tannehill. And Courtney Bowland speaks with the newspaper editor at Spring Hill College.


No Injury Reports from Pensacola Tornado (2007-10-18)
There are no reports of injuries after a tornado touched down in the western Florida Panhandle Thursday morning.


House Panel Sets Hearing to Review Siegelman Case (2007-10-18)
A House Judiciary panel will take a closer look next week at whether Bush administration officials inappropriately influenced the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.


Hoover City Wants Quick Action on High School (2007-10-17)
Hoover's City Council president is calling for a quick response from the city school board to the investigative report on Hoover High School.


Lingering Drought Likely Means More Water Restrictions (2007-10-17)
More than half of Alabama's 4.5 million residents already are living under water restrictions because of the choking dry weather, and officials said more cutbacks may be needed as the drought worsens through the fall.


Movie Gallery Files For Bankruptcy (2007-10-17)
Video rental giant Movie Gallery Inc. filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and indicated it could close additional stores to save money, but it said it had no plans to shake up management in the process.


Kitchen Cabinets - commentary Lisa Davis (2007-10-17)
Maybe you can identify with this - have you ever had something that looked good in your house, but ultimately proved to be problematic? Commentator Lisa Davis sure has....


Alabama Ranks Third in Guard Deployments (2007-10-17)
The war in Iraq includes many Alabama National Guard members. In fact, the Alabama Army National Guard has had the nation's third-highest number of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan since the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, October 17 (2007-10-17)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, October 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Pittman Elected to Alabama Senate (2007-10-17)
Republican Lee "Trip" Pittman easily defeated Democrat A.J. Cooper on Tuesday to win the special election for state Senate District 32 in Baldwin County.


Alexander City Tries to Maximize Lake Martin (2007-10-16)
Alexander City officials have revealed a plan to maximize water from Lake Martin despite low levels there.


Indictment Against Judge Dismissed (2007-10-16)
A judge has dismissed the indictment charging a Jefferson County judge with 56 counts of tax evasion and ethics violations.


Lawmaker Concerned About Online Job Postings (2007-10-16)
The senior member of the Alabama House said Tuesday he wants the state to change the way it posts job offerings.


Remembering Jim Merlini (2007-10-16)
Longtime Statehouse reporter Jim Merlini has died. He was 65. Governor Bob Riley issued a statement on the loss Tuesday, saying Merlini was an excellent reporter with a great sense of humor.


Browns Ferry Unit One Reactor Shut Down Again (2007-10-16)
For the fifth time in four months, the Tennessee Valley Authority's Unit 1 reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant is shut down.


Paxton Elected President of Southern Newspaper Publishers Assoc. (2007-10-16)
David Paxton, president and chief executive officer of Paxton Media Group in Paducah, Ky., was elected president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association during the group's annual convention Monday at The Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.


VA Home Health Report Revised (2007-10-16)
The state health department has modified its earlier report on a Bay Minette veteran's home and now says deficiencies there did not cause the deaths of two residents who suffered falls.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, October 16 (2007-10-16)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, October 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Settlement Reached in Discrimination Case (2007-10-16)
Mobile officials and a white firefighter who sued over allegations of reverse discrimination have agreed to settle out of court.


ALDOT Cited for Environmental Violations on US 98 (2007-10-15)
The state environmental agency has cited the Alabama Department of Transportation for multiple violations at its construction project on U.S. 98 near Mobile.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, October 15 (2007-10-15)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, October 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prototype - October 11, 2007 (2007-10-15)
On this week's Prototype episode, Brandon Hollingsworth reports on a behind-the-scene look at forensics; and Melissa Wolbach speaks to a professional poker player in "A Day in the Life of...."


Two Plead Not Guilty to Hale County Election Fraud Charges (2007-10-15)
Two women pleaded not guilty to voter fraud charges in Hale County during a hearing that drew more than 200 supporters.


Death Row Inmate With Terminal Cancer Tries to Block Execution (2007-10-15)
A quadruple murderer who is dying of cancer has asked courts to block his execution later this month, arguing that lethal chemicals that would be used to kill him could interact with his medication and cause undue pain.


Hoover Report Shows Athletes Treated Differently (2007-10-15)
A report into improprieties at Hoover High School concluded that actions by administrators more than football coaches created preferential academic treatment for some standout football players.


Wilcox County Courthouse Fight Brings Assault Charge (2007-10-12)
Wilcox County's recreation director has been charged with assault following an altercation at the courthouse with a Wilcox County commissioner, but he said he wasn't the one who started the fight.


Riley Critic Met With Attorney Claiming Bias Against Siegelman (2007-10-12)
Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate, an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Bob Riley, met with attorney Jill Simpson in July after the release of her affidavit alleging GOP politics appeared involved in the federal prosecution of former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman.


Hidden Mic Found At Snead State CC (2007-10-12)
A hidden listening device was found in the office of the head of the Snead State Community College's maintenance department, school officials said.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, October 11 (2007-10-11)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, October 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Attorney says Siegelman dropped challenge to avoid prosecution (2007-10-11)
A lawyer's claim that former Gov. Don Siegelman was promised an end to a federal probe of his administration if he dropped his challenge of the 2002 governor's race was met with emphatic denials Wednesday by Republicans named in her sworn testimony.


Axis Woman Can't Bury Baby Black Bear (2007-10-11)
An Axis woman wants to bury a black bear that died after being injured near her home, rather than see it mounted for display at a local Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office.


Anniston Passes Resolution Against Racism (2007-10-10)
Anniston city leaders passed a resolution this week condemning racism and offering assistance with the investigation of a noose found hanging on a utility pole at the Anniston Army Depot.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, October 10 (2007-10-10)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, October 10th with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Pot Pies Recalled (2007-10-10)
ConAgra Foods -- which had to recall its peanut butter earlier this year -- is in the middle of another recall. This time it involves Banquet pot pies.


Coastal Insurance Presents a Problem (2007-10-10)
Alabama lawmakers will be debating proposals next spring to reform the insurance industry. The action comes after damage from hurricanes Ivan and Katrina made insurance more expensive or unavailable in Alabama's two coastal counties.


Mobile County Voters Approve Steel Incentives (2007-10-10)
Mobile County voters gave a thumbs up to $70 million in incentives for the new ThyssenKrupp steel mill. The unofficial tally showed 74 percent in favor and 25 percent against it.


Hyundai Cutting Production (2007-10-10)
The Hyundai manufacturing plant in Montgomery is cutting production for an additional seven days this year. The Korean automaker had already informed it 3,300 employees of days off for three consecutive Fridays this month, but now says more shutdown could occur in November and December.


Hyundai Will Close Alabama Plant 10 Days (2007-10-10)
South Korea's Hyundai Motor Company said today it will shut its auto plant in Alabama for 10 days during the fourth quarter amid sluggish demand.


Interview with Fred Child of "Performance Today" (2007-10-09)
Fred Child, host of American Public Media's "Performance Today," visited Tuscaloosa October 7th and 8th to celebrate APR's 25th anniversary and to kick off the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra's 26th season.


Riliey Won't Call Special Session (2007-10-09)
Governor Riley says he won't call a special session of the Legislature this fall. The Republican governor says he couldn't get an agreement with Democratic legislators to pass ethics and property tax reappraisal legislation.


More Info About Federal Investigation of Siegelman (2007-10-09)
An Alabama lawyer says former governor Don Siegelman conceded the disputed 2002 election after Republicans promised to end a federal investigation of his administration.


Finance Chief Wants Public Workers to Pay More For Health Insurance (2007-10-09)
Health insurance premiums paid by Alabama teachers and other public employees are lower than the national average, according to a recent study. But if the state finance director has his way, they will be going up.


Birmingham Mayoral Vote Is Today (Tuesday) (2007-10-09)
After weeks of listening to campaign ads, candidates debates and political forums, Birmingham voters head to the polls today to decide who will lead Alabama's largest city.


SEC Wants Two-Year College Records (2007-10-09)
The Security and Exchange Commission is reviewing two-year college records relating to an investment bank that handled bond business for colleges and has ties to the system's former finance director.


Democrat Urges Sessions to Avoid Siegelman Hearings (2007-10-09)
A state Democratic Party official has urged Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to disqualify himself from any Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into the prosecution of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, October 9 (2007-10-09)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, October 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Romney Qualifies in Alabama (2007-10-08)
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's campaign filed qualifying papers today for Alabama's presidential primary.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, October 8 (2007-10-08)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, October 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Two Alabama Firefighters Added to Memorial (2007-10-08)
The names of two fallen Alabama firefighters were added to a national memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Sunday.


Capital Punishment Challenge Intensifies in Georgia (2007-10-08)
Death penalty lawyers have in the past unsuccessfully argued in Georgia courts that the state's lethal injection procedures are inhumane, but they hope to have better luck now as they try to stop two executions set for later this month.


Governor Riley Prepares for China and Japan (2007-10-08)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley leads a mission to China and Japan this week in hopes of growing global trade opportunities for his state.


Rev. Sharpton Joins Rally in Greensboro (2007-10-08)
The Reverend Al Sharpton joined a rally Sunday in support of a former Greensboro City Council member and another woman accused of voter fraud in Hale County.


Birmingham Nears City Election (2007-10-08)
Birmingham voters choose a mayor in Tuesday's elections. With 10 candidates on the ballot, including two-term incumbent Bernard Kincaid, the issues have been crime, education, housing, transit and regional cooperation.


Ala. Democratic Conference May Support Clinton (2007-10-08)
The Alabama Democratic Conference may bypass Illinois Senator Barack Obama and give its endorsement to Senator Hillary Clinton on Saturday.


Withheld Water in Georgia Affecting Alabama (2007-10-06)
Officials in Centre on the Coosa River in northeast Alabama are searching for funding to buy an emergency pump so they can continue to draw water from Weiss Lake as a lingering drought dries up the city's only source of drinking water.


2300 Bryant Condo Plan Withdrawn (2007-10-06)
A developer has shelved plans for 2300 Bryant, one of downtown Tuscaloosa's highly touted condominium projects.


'Scottsboro Boys' Jury List Found (2007-10-06)
If you are old enough, you remember George Reynolds operating a funeral home in Decatur. You probably don't know defense attorneys listed him as a potential juror in the Scottsboro Boys trial.


UA Trustees Approve Pay Raises for Administrators (2007-10-05)
Trustees at the University of Alabama have approved pay raises for the school's top administrators, putting them all in the range of half a million dollars or better.


Electrical Problems Caused Dothan Nuclear Reactor Shutdown (2007-10-05)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing circumstances of an electrical malfunction that caused a Unit 2 reactor shutdown at the Farley Nuclear Power Plant, where the Unit 1 reactor already was idle.


Mobile Expects Big Turnout for Bay Fest (2007-10-05)
Mobile's annual music festival is expected to pump millions of dollars into the economy. And as Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports, the upcoming three day concert could be a record breaker.


Governor Riley Heads to Japan and China (2007-10-05)
Governor Bob Riley is headed to China and Japan again to pursue economic development and educational opportunities.


Siegelman Prosecutor Defends Decision (2007-10-05)
Amid questions raised by a magazine report, a federal prosecutor Thursday defended the decision not to probe allegations involving prominent Republicans in 2002 while pursuing claims against then-Gov. Don Siegelman, the state's top Democrat.


Alabama Ready If Volkswagen Comes to US (2007-10-05)
Neal Wade, Alabama's chief industrial recruiter, said the state is ready to pursue another automaker if Volkswagen decides to build an assembly plant in the United States.


Agency Opposes LNG Terminal in Gulf (2007-10-05)
A federal fisheries agency said it opposes a proposed liquefied natural gas import terminal 62 miles south of Dauphin Island. The National Marine Fisheries Service said such a facility could cause significant adverse impacts in the Gulf of Mexico.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, October 5 (2007-10-05)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, October 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, October 4 (2007-10-04)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, October 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Christian Group Allowed To Meet In Gadsden Schools (2007-10-04)
The Gadsden Board of Education has agreed to allow a bible club to use school property for meetings under a settlement of a lawsuit accusing the board of discriminating against a Christian organization by not giving it the same access as given to secular groups.


Prototype - October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04)
In this week's episode, Courtney Bowland debuts a new era of Prototype. Butler Cain talks about his recent trip to Germany; Todd Panciera tells us "How to..." tie a bowtie; we hear from the reporter of APR's ''Hispanic Alabama'' series; and finally, we'll hear what's making news at Troy University.


Ethics Commission Delays Ruling on Alabama Power Request on Gifts (2007-10-04)
Alabama Power Co. asked the state ethics commission Wednesday if the utility has to report gifts to a public official that are given because an Alabama Power employee is their friend or neighbor, not because of their public office.


Court Drops Charges After Judge's Resignation (2007-10-03)
A state judicial court has dropped charges against former Mobile Circuit Judge Herman Thomas. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary took the action Wednesday because Thomas resigned.


Alabama Soldier Dies In Iraq Combat Operations (2007-10-03)
Brenda Murkerson remembers August 23rd, the date that her son left for his third trip to Iraq.


Governor Opposes Lower Water Releases From Georgia (2007-10-03)
Gov. Bob Riley denounced the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to reduce the amount of water flowing downstream to Alabama from Lake Allatoona in Georgia, beginning Wednesday, saying it threatens water supplies, water quality and the state economy.


Prattville Mayor Won't Campaign for Congress (2007-10-03)
Prattville Mayor Jim Byard said Wednesday he will not seek the 2nd District seat in Congress being vacated by retiring Republican Congressman Terry Everett.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, October 3 (2007-10-03)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, October 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Judge Resigns After Spanking Complaints and Other Charges (2007-10-03)
A Mobile judge once considered for a prominent federal appointment has resigned amid investigations of possible judicial and sexual improprieties, including allegations that he spanked male inmates in a private room at the courthouse.


Bishop Says He Regrets Senate Punch (2007-10-02)
A Republican state senator who gained wide notice for a videotaped punch he threw at a Democratic colleague on the Senate floor received a trophy of a boxer from Calhoun County Republicans Monday night.


Alabama's New Sentencing Standards May Be Helping (2007-10-02)
Sentencing standards that are expected to help solve some of the state's prison overcrowding problems have now been in use for a year and officials say the early response is encouraging.


Hispanic Alabama - New Opportunities (2007-10-02)
America's largest minority population is making its footprint in this state. In the past 15 years, Hispanic Alabama has arrived. We'll explore this growing segment of our society in a series of reports. Amanda DeWald begins the journey at a caf in downtown Albertville.


Confederate White House Undergoes Major Restoration (2007-10-02)
The state is paying more than $737,000 to renovate the First White House of the Confederacy, a state-owned historical site that has been closed since repair work began in July.


Alabama, Florida Expand Evacuation Route (2007-10-02)
Alabama and Florida have entered a multi-million dollar partnership. The two states are sharing the cost of a highway expansion project designed to get Floridians out of harm's way during a hurricane.


Hispanic Alabama - Migrant Preschool (2007-10-02)
Public educators are frontline witnesses to America's shifting patterns of immigration. Reporter Amanda DeWald takes us to a migrant preschool at the heart of the state's Hispanic migration in Albertville.


Hispanic Alabama - Entrepreneurship (2007-10-02)
In downtown Albertville, Hispanic entrepreneurs have flourished, thanks in part to an influx of immigrant labor to the Sand Mountain community. Amanda DeWald reports.


Hispanic Alabama - Indigenous Languages (2007-10-02)
Hispanic immigrants to Alabama use many different languages and dialects, and this creates a communication barrier between parents and educators. Reporter Amanda DeWald looks at the challenge of parental involvement - regardless of their language or literacy.


AG Won't Challenge Court's Ruling on Repeat DUI's (2007-10-02)
Attorney General Troy King has decided not to appeal a court decision that a fourth DUI conviction rises to a felony only if it occurred in a five-year period. Instead, he will ask the Legislature to toughen the drunken driving law.


Man Sentenced to Death For Killing Infant Son (2007-10-02)
A Red Bay man was sentenced to die Monday in the death of his 3-week-old son in 2005.


Growth Could Slow After Record-Setting Tax Collections (2007-10-02)
Alabama ended fiscal 2007 with record tax collections, but there are indications that the state, like the nation, is seeing the rapid growth of recent years slow down to normal levels.


Hispanic Alabama - Spanish-Language Media (2007-10-02)
The state's growing Hispanic population brings a growing need for Spanish-language media. Those radio stations and newspapers are key players in helping immigrants integrate.


Hispanic Alabama - Community Partnerships (2007-10-02)
The Cooperative Extension Service was created to take the research generated at land-grant universities and make it more useful to the nation's farmers. In Tuscaloosa, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships is using a similar philosophy to connect Spanish- and English-speaking worlds.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, October 2 (2007-10-02)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, October 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


''Be Ready Day'' Visits Tuscaloosa (2007-10-02)
How prepared are you and your family for a disaster? The program Be Ready Alabama was started to make that answer easier for Alabama residents.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, October 1 (2007-10-01)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, October 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State Revenue Dept. to Assess Baldwin Co. Property (2007-10-01)
The state Department of Revenue took over Baldwin County property tax appraisals Monday. The action aims to address issues that state officials say have led to skewed property evaluations and a huge number of appeals.


Federal Court Trials Will Return to Dothan (2007-10-01)
Federal criminal court trials will return to Alabama's Wiregrass Region in January. Criminal trials in U.S. district court ended in Dothan almost 15 years ago because of security concerns and a lack of facilities to house defendants.


Supreme Court Declines Sex Toy Case (2007-10-01)
The Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a challenge to Alabama's ban on the sale of sex toys. The owner of adult stores in Alabama had asked the justices to throw out the law as an unconstitutional intrusion into the privacy of the bedroom.


Shelton State Finance Director Placed on Leave (2007-10-01)
School officials said the head of Shelton State Community College's finance office was placed on paid leave Monday pending a probe of financial operations by the office.


Alabama and Other States Face Execution Challenge (2007-09-30)
Alabama has joined a growing list of death penalty states facing court challenges to lethal injection policies, and a trial tentatively scheduled for November will determine if Alabama's temporary halt of one execution will turn into longer delays like those in Tennessee and Florida.


Alabama and Other States Face Execution Challenge (2007-09-30)
Alabama has joined a growing list of death penalty states facing court challenges to lethal injection policies, and a trial tentatively scheduled for November will determine if Alabama's temporary halt of one execution will turn into longer delays like those in Tennessee and Florida.


Appeals Court Rules on Druken Driving Law (2007-09-28)
A state appeals court has tried to clarify Alabama's heavily amended drunken driving law Friday.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, September 28 (2007-09-28)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, September 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Drought Threaten's Alex City's Water Supply (2007-09-28)
Officials in Alexander City say the drought that has lowered the water level in nearby Lake Martin to a record low level for this time of year is now threatening the drinking water supply for the city and surrounding areas.


TVA Will Apply For Permission To Build New Reactor (2007-09-28)
For the first time in three decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority will seek a license to build a new nuclear power plant, the board of the nation's largest public utility decided Thursday.


AG King Asks for New Execution Date (2007-09-28)
The Alabama attorney general's office has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set a new execution date for Tommy Arthur - a day after he was granted a 45-day stay of execution by Governor Bob Riley.


Spy Equipment Found in Lawrence County Courthouse (2007-09-28)
Lawrence County commissioners placed two employees on leave amid allegations they were responsible for a hidden camera that was found inside a courthouse meeting room.


Congressman Everett Announces Retirement (2007-09-27)
Second District Republican Congressman Terry Everett is retiring. The 70 year old Congressman says his health was a deciding factor.


Alabama Supreme Court Denies Arthur Stay of Execution (2007-09-27)
The Alabama Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for death row inmate Tommy Arthur, who faces lethal injection at Holman prison unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes.


Foul Play Suspected in Death of Montgomery Pastor (2007-09-27)
A Montgomery pastor appears to have died of injuries he received after being run over by his own car, and foul play is suspected, police said.


Black Widows Prompt Pool Closure (2007-09-27)
It was like a scene out of a horror movie. The lingering drought is blamed for the recent invasion of black widow spiders at a city pool in Madison.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 27 (2007-09-27)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


TVA Considers Plans For New Bellefont Reactors (2007-09-27)
Started in the 1970s but never finished, TVA's Bellefonte nuclear plant is a silent monument to the first wave of atomic power in the United States. It may also be part of the industry's second life.


Governor Riley Issues 45-Day Stay of Execution (2007-09-27)
Governor Bob Riley granted a brief stay of execution to Thomas Arthur, a death row inmate who was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday.


Daleville Soldier To Be Buried Saturday (2007-09-27)
Funeral services for an Alabama soldier killed in Iraq will be held Saturday morning in Enterprise.


Kentucky Lethal Injection Appeal Heads To Top Court (2007-09-26)
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take a hard look at the method of lethal injection most states use to put inmates to death in a case that could further slow the pace of executions.


Alabama Changes Lethal Injection Method (2007-09-26)
Attorneys for Alabama death row inmate Tommy Arthur are seeking a stay of his execution Thursday based on the governor's decision to change the state's lethal injection procedures.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, September 26 (2007-09-26)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, September 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Arthur Execution Still Set For Thursday (2007-09-26)
A US Supreme Court decision to consider a challenge to lethal injection procedures in Kentucky does not affect Thursday's pending execution of Tommy Arthur in Alabama.


Congressman Everett Announces Retirement (2007-09-26)
Congressman Terry Everett says he will retire when his current term expires and will not run for re-election next year.


Former UPS Employees Arrested for Stealing Football Tickets (2007-09-26)
Three United Parcel Service workers have been charged with stealing University of Alabama football tickets from customers. A UPS spokesman said the employees worked at the UPS Center in Tuscaloosa.


Truck Spill Prompts Highway Closure (2007-09-25)
A chemical spill on U.S. 31 near the entrance ramp to Highway 280 prompted authorities to shut down the roadway Tuesday. Police said a tractor trailer carrying ''pharmaceuticals'' overturned.


Movie Gallery Will Close Stores (2007-09-25)
Movie Gallery Inc., the nation's Number two video rental chain, said Tuesday it would close about 520 stores to save money and cut costs. The move comes as the Dothan-based company struggles to pay debt.


Two-Year System Financial Officer Fired (2007-09-25)
Two-year chancellor Bradley Byrne announced yesterday that the system's head financial officer has been fired. Byrne says Debbie Dahl's termination was effective immediately and she vacated her office early Monday morning.


National Report Card Released (2007-09-25)
Alabama's 4th grade students made more improvements in reading than any other state in the nation.


Number of Alabama Teen Mothers Rises (2007-09-25)
Health officials and others involved with keeping teens from becoming mothers are trying to figure out why the number of teen births increased significantly in Alabama last year.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, September 25 (2007-09-25)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, September 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Flomaton Residents Return Home After Train Wreck (2007-09-25)
A train derailment in Flomaton over the weekend caused some anxiety and evacuations after authorities learned that the 66-car train was carrying anhydrous ammonia.


Delphi Plant in Athens Unaffected By UAW Strike (2007-09-25)
An Alabama factory that makes parts of General Motors vehicles wasn't immediately affected by a strike against the automaker, a union leader said Monday.


Brookwood Miner Deaths Remembered (2007-09-25)
More than 250 people gathered at West Brookwood Church to remember the 13 coal miners killed in explosions at a nearby mine and to call for more inspectors and safer conditions for today's miners.


State Will Build Veterans Nursing Home (2007-09-25)
The state plans to build a new state-run nursing home for military veterans in Alabama - most likely in the Birmingham area.


Scottsboro Soldier Dies in Iraq (2007-09-24)
A 42-year-old soldier based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, has died of injuries from a non-combat-realted incident in Iraq, according to a Defense Department statement.


Governors Eyes Plan to Create New Toll Roads (2007-09-23)
Gov. Bob Riley is looking for ways to increase highway construction without raising the state gas tax, and toll roads will likely play a major role in his plan.


Prattville Artist's Mural Celebrates Childrens Characters (2007-09-23)
It started with Noah's Ark. And it has spread throughout schools and hospitals in the tri-county area, greeting students outside their classrooms or patients sitting in waiting rooms.


Georgia Case Raises Questions about Adequate Defense (2007-09-22)
The defense funding crisis that has repeatedly delayed the murder trial of accused courthouse gunman Brian Nichols has put the spotlight on the statewide program that pays for lawyers for Georgia's poor.


Tuscaloosa Police Chief Responds to Crime Rumors (2007-09-21)
The Tuscaloosa police chief says the recent rape of a University of Alabama student fueled rumors of multiple assaults that weren't true. He also said stopping crime in the vicinity of the campus is the top priority for Tuscaloosa police.


Siegelman Attorney Awaits Justice Dept. Documents (2007-09-21)
An attorney for former Governor Don Siegelman says he believes the U-S Justice Department will eventually be forced to release 514 pages of documents concerning the recusal of U-S Attorney Leura Canary in 2002 from the federal investigation of Siegelman.


DNA Appeal Pending in Arthur Execution (2007-09-21)
A week before the scheduled lethal injection of Tommy Arthur, questions about DNA testing in his case were before a federal appeals court, but Gov. Bob Riley rejected a call to stay the execution to allow the DNA test.


Siegelman Aide Reports to Prison (2007-09-21)
Nick Bailey, preparing to report to federal prison Friday, says he regrets the role he played that led to the downfall of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.


Crossville School Has Hispanic Majority (2007-09-21)
A Sand Mountain elementary school is the first in the state to have a Hispanic majority enrollment, school officials said.


NRC Says Farley Nuclear Plant Has Too Many Failures (2007-09-21)
The Farley nuclear power plant has had too many equipment failures, a director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told plant officials Thursday.


Special Election Set for House District 12 Seat (2007-09-21)
A special election has been scheduled to fill the Alabama House seat in Cullman County that was vacated when former Rep. Neal Morrison was named interim president of Bevill State Community College.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, September 21 (2007-09-21)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, September 21st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabamians Join Rally in Jena (2007-09-20)
Thousands of chanting demonstrators, including dozens from Alabama's nine historically black colleges, filled the streets of Jena, Louisiana, Thursday in support of six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 20 (2007-09-20)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Forever Wild Could Buy Prison Land (2007-09-20)
The state cattle ranch at the center of the prison system's contentious plan to sell off land could be acquired by a state conservation group instead of a private party, officials said Wednesday.


Trail of Tears Motorcycle Riders Remember Removal (2007-09-20)
Thousands of motorcycles passed through the Shoals this past Saturday as part of the annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. The ride recalls the forced removal of Native Americans as part of the Indian Removal Act of the 1830's. APR's Pat Sanders reports ...


Storm Could Threaten Alabama (2007-09-20)
Officials stepped up monitoring and preparations Thursday as a storm system off the coast of Florida threatens to approach areas still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 20 (2007-09-20)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Former Siegelman Aide Prepares for Prison (2007-09-20)
Nick Bailey is preparing to report to federal prison Friday. In a newspaper interview Thursday, he said he regrets the role he played that led to the downfall of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 20 (2007-09-20)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Crime Victims Side With AG in Dispute (2007-09-20)
With a murder victim's family by his side, Attorney General Troy King accused district attorneys across the state Wednesday of turning their backs on crime victims when they sided with a Shelby County prosecutor who wants a death sentence reduced in a double homicide.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 20 (2007-09-20)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Business Report - Directory Assistance (2007-09-20)
In his monthly Alabama Business Report podcast, Adam Shivers takes a look at the directory assistance market.


Mobile Annexation Vote Brings New Tax Income (2007-09-19)
After 15 years of trying, an annexation vote Tuesday finally succeeded in bringing a tax-rich commercial district into the city of Mobile. Voters in three nearby neighborhoods rejected the proposal.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, September 19 (2007-09-19)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, September 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Fued Between Local DAs and AG King Continues (2007-09-19)
Alabama's attorney general and its district attorneys are supposed to be on the same team, but in a rare move in the state, local prosecutors from almost every county have lined up against Troy King in a death penalty case.


Governor Riley Promotes Alabama's Industrial Strengths (2007-09-19)
Gov. Bob Riley gave embassy officials from 23 countries a sales pitch about Alabama on Tuesday, saying it has changed from low-paying textile jobs to well-paying manufacturing and high-tech jobs.


50 Counties Dropped From Fire Alert (2007-09-19)
The Alabama Forestry Commission has dropped 50 counties from the list of those under a fire alert. Most of the counties still under alert status are mainly in the northwestern corner of the state.


Tri-State Water Wars Continue This Week (2007-09-18)
Water wars are continuing between Alabama and Georgia despite last week's rainfall. The two states are still at odds over water in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin -- which includes Allatoona and Carters lakes in northwest Georgia.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, September 18 (2007-09-18)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, September 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Gets More Time for Computerized Voter List (2007-09-18)
A federal judge agreed Monday to give Gov. Bob Riley an extra two months to develop a statewide computerized voter registration system that was due Aug. 31.


Hunt Begins for State Christmas Tree (2007-09-18)
Santa Claus isn't the only one who needs helpers in the holiday season. Gov. Bob Riley is searching for someone who's willing to donate a Christmas tree - preferably a 35 to 45 foot eastern red cedar - for this year's annual lighting ceremony.


Thompson Builds Presidential Support in Alabama GOP (2007-09-17)
Presidential campaign newcomer Fred Thompson is moving faster than any other candidate to attract well-known Alabama Republicans who want to be his delegates to the Republican National Convention.


Prison Programs Trains Service Dogs of the Disabled (2007-09-17)
At the federal prison camp on Maxwell Air Force Base, eight puppies are man's best friends in training. For about 15 months, a group of inmates works with the puppies to socialize them and teach them commands to prepare them for careers as service dogs to people in wheelchairs.


ADAA Calls on AG To Apologize (2007-09-17)
The Alabama District Attorneys Association has called on Attorney General Troy King to apologize to the local prosecutor in Shelby County in a dispute over a death sentence.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, September 17 (2007-09-17)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, September 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Group Continues Fight Against Listing Alabama Sturgeon as Endangered (2007-09-17)
An industry group has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding the federal government's inclusion of the Alabama sturgeon on the endangered species list.


Ex-Aide to Siegelman and Davis Also Paid By Two-Year College System (2007-09-16)
While working for former Gov. Don Siegelman and U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, Gina Bailey McKell drew a paycheck from Alabama's two-year college system, The Birmingham News reported Sunday.


KKK Rally in Athens Uneventful (2007-09-16)
Police reported some shouting matches, but no arrests Saturday afternoon in an hour-long rally by the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in front of Athens City Hall.


Former U.S. Attorney Spokesman Pleads Guilty To Grand Jury Leak (2007-09-15)
Charles "Charlie" McNichol, the former law enforcement coordinator and spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Mobile, pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of leaking information about a grand jury probe into Orange Beach corruption.


Siegelman Case Testimony Heard By House Judiciary Committee (2007-09-15)
A Republican lawyer who says Karl Rove may have been involved in the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman emerged without comment Friday from four hours of questioning at the House Judiciary Committee.


Cragford Native is World Domino Champ (2007-09-15)
Sometimes, the bones just break your way. That's the way things went for Clay County resident Steve Hanners, and believe it or not, that's not a bad thing.


Spy Gear Found in Lawrence County Commission Office (2007-09-15)
An FBI search of a Lawrence County Commission office found a clock radio equipped with a surveillance camera and recording devices, authorities said.


Parts of Mobile Head to Polls on 17th (2007-09-14)
Voters in parts of suburban Mobile will head to the polls on September 17th to decide a controversial issue ... annexation. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports ...


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 13 (2007-09-14)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 13th with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, September 14 (2007-09-14)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, September 14th with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Humberto Brings Soaking Rain (2007-09-14)
Forecasters say the remnants of Hurricane Humberto should bring Alabama what it has needed for months: A dreary day with a few inches of rain and only a slim chance of dangerous storms.


Phenix City Man Gets Death Sentence (2007-09-14)
A Russell County judge upheld a jury's recommendation and sentenced a Phenix City man to die by lethal injection for a murder and kidnapping spree.


Famed Quilter Nora Ezell Dies (2007-09-14)
Nora Ezell, a widely recognized quilter who once won a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, has died. She was 88.


Prison Officials Say Barksdale Report Not Public Record (2007-09-14)
The state is refusing to provide records about the death of inmate Farron Barksdale to relatives of the man, who was convicted of killing two Athens police officers and died within days of arriving in an Alabama prison.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, September 12 (2007-09-13)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, September 12th with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AG Removes Prosecutor from Capital Murder Case (2007-09-13)
Attorney General Troy King said Wednesday he had stripped a capital murder case from a local prosecutor who gave testimony that helped a condemned inmate win a new sentencing hearing to get his death penalty lifted.


Political Upset Scored in State School Board Race (2007-09-13)
Republican political newcomer Lee "Trip" Pittman has become an inspiration for underdogs by defeating a better-financed opponent backed by the governor and influential business groups.


Tuscumbia Landing Now Part of Trail of Tears (2007-09-13)
Tuscumbia Landing has been awarded a national designation as an official part of the historic Trail of Tears. Tuscumbia Landing was a launching point for many native tribes as they began their journey west as part of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The site was designated at a recent ceremony. Pat Sanders from our University of North Alabama Bureau was there, and files this report


Arthur Seeks to Delay Sept. 27 Execution (2007-09-13)
State prosecutors told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in written motions Wednesday that death row inmate Tommy Arthur has exhausted his appeals and his scheduled Sept. 27 lethal injection in a murder-for-hire scheme should not be delayed.


State Lawmakers Must Give More Info on Education Grants (2007-09-13)
Alabama legislators planning to send state grants to educational projects in their districts will now have to provide more information before a check is written.


Justice Dept. Wants Hearing on Alabama Voter System (2007-09-12)
The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge Tuesday to hold a hearing on Gov. Bob Riley's request for more time to develop a statewide computerized voter registration system that was due Aug. 31.


Kittrell Appointed to Ethics Commission (2007-09-12)
Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. has appointed former Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Braxton Kittrell Jr. to the Alabama Ethics Commission, which investigates ethics complaints against public officials and employees.


Enterprise School Officials Face Negligence Claims From Tornado (2007-09-12)
The family of a student who was killed in the tornado that hit Enterprise High School in March and a staffer who was injured in the storm have filed claims of negligence against the school board, the city and administrators.


Alabama Guard Recruitment Up After Years of Decline (2007-09-12)
On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Gov. Bob Riley welcomed recruits to the Alabama Army National Guard and celebrated the Guard's growth after years of decline.


Alabama Militiamen Sentenced to Prison (2007-09-12)
A judge sentenced two militia members to federal prison for more than three years each Tuesday for helping make hand grenades in an arsenal that supposedly was to be used if chaos descended on their corner of rural northeast Alabama.


Justice Department Rejects Request For Siegelman Documents (2007-09-11)
The Justice Department has rebuffed a request from House Democrats for documents related to the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, saying the release of internal communications about specific cases would compromise the judicial system.


Sentencing Looms For Alabama Militia Leaders (2007-09-11)
Defense lawyers hope to shave years off the possible prison terms of two men who face sentencing Tuesday for their roles in a ragtag militia that stockpiled homemade hand grenades and other weapons in northeast Alabama.


Father Reconnects With Children After 50 Years (2007-09-11)
After more than half a century, Carl Riffe has made contact with the three children he reluctantly let be adopted while he was stationed with the Army in Korea.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, September 11 (2007-09-11)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, September 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AG Pushes To Reinstate Charges Against Worley (2007-09-11)
Attorney General Troy King has asked an appeals court to reinstate felony charges against former Secretary of State Nancy Worley over campaign letters she sent to state employees she supervised.


Prosecutors Appeal Hyundai Ruling (2007-09-11)
South Korean prosecutors filed an appeal with the nation's highest court today over one aspect of an appeals court ruling last week in the case of convicted Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo.


Death Row Inmate Expects Appeals To Fail (2007-09-11)
Death row inmate Tommy Arthur says he expects to be executed on Sept. 27, despite his claim that he is innocent and the efforts of his daughter and others to win him a reprieve.


Breaker Problems at Farley Nuclear Plant Scrutinized (2007-09-11)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday it is sending a team of inspectors to investigate the failures of electrical breakers in a cooling system at the Farley nuclear plant.


Oakville's Most Popular Athlete (2007-09-10)
It's understandable why you would say Olympic great Jesse Owens is the greatest athlete born in Oakville. But, after visiting this sparsely populated hamlet and talking with its residents old and young, white and black you start to form a different opinion.


"Good Time" Credits for Inmates Could Be Revoked (2007-09-10)
In a step toward "truth-in-sentencing," the Alabama Sentencing Commission could propose changing the law that grants "good time" credits to state prisoners.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, September 10 (2007-09-10)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, Septmeber 10th with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Conecuh County Landfill Opponent Enlist Legal Aid (2007-09-10)
Opponents of a 5,100-acre landfill proposed for Conecuh County have hired Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s law firm to represent them.


Panel Will Study Possible Statehouse Remodeling (2007-09-10)
When legislators are asked why the current Alabama Statehouse needs to be remodeled or replaced, they often point to the saga of the gill net fishermen.


Public Meeting on Proposed Jackson County Nuclear Plant (2007-09-10)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans a public meeting Tuesday night at Northeast Alabama Community College on a proposed nuclear plant in Jackson County.


RBC Centura Will Buy Alabama National Bank (2007-09-07)
RBC Centura Banks Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, said Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Alabama National BanCorporation in a deal valued at about $1.6 billion.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, September 7 (2007-09-07)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, September 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


New Voter Registration System Still Unfinished (2007-09-07)
Gov. Bob Riley, who missed a court-ordered deadline for developing a statewide computerized voter registration system, has asked a federal judge to give him two more months to finish the work.


Expert To Testify On Alabama Lethal Injection Process (2007-09-07)
A legislative panel on Thursday approved a contract for the state to pay $400 an hour to a Massachusetts physician to analyze the combination of drugs used in Alabama executions.


New Drought Survey Released (2007-09-07)
There's good news from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest survey, released Thursday, shows that only 61 percent of the state is under the worst exception drought conditions, mainly in the north and eastern portions of the state.


Contract Review Committee Still Without Chairman (2007-09-06)
The Alabama Legislature's Contract Review Committee delayed action Wednesday on choosing a new chairman for the panel that reviews state agency contracts.


Man Nabs Record-Setting Gator (2007-09-06)
A Headland man is credited with harvesting a 12-foot, 675-pound alligator from Lake Eufaula. It was the largest kill in two seasons since the state legalized alligator hunting.


Court Will Hear Case Involving Coastal Insurance Claims (2007-09-06)
Policy language that a major insurance company invoked to deny Gulf Coast homeowners' claims after Hurricane Katrina is at the center of a case scheduled to be heard Thursday by a federal appeals court.


FBI Stays Quiet About North Alabama Operations (2007-09-06)
The FBI remains mum about a huge dragnet that started earlier this week in north Alabama. ''Operation Clean Sweep'' as its called, began Tuesday and involved more than 40 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.


Hurricane Season Could Get More Active (2007-09-06)
La Nina is developing in the Pacific Ocean, and that cooling of waters generally brings a more active Atlantic hurricane season.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, September 6 (2007-09-06)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, September 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Immigration Commission Met Wednesday (2007-09-06)
A commission created by the Alabama Legislature to study immigration issues held its first meeting Wednesday in Montgomery.


More Allegations Surface Against Mobile Judge (2007-09-06)
Authorities investigating suspended Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas have received complaints that he spanked some prisoners in a room at the courthouse.


Athens Grants Parade Permit to KKK (2007-09-06)
The city of Athens has issued a parade permit to the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Indiana-based group plans to hold an afternoon rally on September 15th at City Hall to protest immigration policies.


Gas Leak Causes Health Problems at Dauphin Island (2007-09-05)
Problems at a natural gas platform near Dauphin Island may have been responsible for a cloud of toxic gas that swept across the island's east end and sickened dozens of people, an ExxonMobil official said Tuesday.


Statistics Show Insurance Vital for Newborns (2007-09-05)
Alabama babies whose mothers paid for their 2005 deliveries out-of-pocket were more than three times as likely to die in their first year than those whose mothers had private health insurance, according to a health department report released Tuesday.


Public Service for Folk Art Master Jimmie Lee Sudduth Thursday (2007-09-05)
The folk art world is honoring the passing of a true master famed painter Jimmie Lee Sudduth died Sunday at the age of 97 after nine decades of practicing his craft. Sudduth's public memorial service is Thursday at 5-pm at the Fayette Civic Center and Art Museum.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, September 5 (2007-09-05)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, September 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Atmore Residents Rally Against Proposed Chemical Plant (2007-09-04)
Homeowners in a rural community near Atmore have protested plans for an aluminum sulfate plant expected to be built by a Georgia firm in their neighborhood.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, September 4 (2007-09-04)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, September 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Forecasters Track Two Hurricanes (2007-09-04)
There are now two hurricanes to watch ... Henriette (hen-ree-ET') and Felix.


Nuclear Plant Shutdown Due To Heat Wave Stirs Debate (2007-09-04)
The recent shutdown of a Browns Ferry reactor because of high Tennessee River temperatures was international news. In the mainstream press from Britain to Germany to Malaysia, on National Public Radio ...


Copper Thieves Hit Salvation Army (2007-09-04)
The Salvation Army's Bessemer Corps Community Center was robbed Friday evening. Police said thieves stole copper tubing and coils on two air conditioner units - making them inoperable.


Fall Foliage May Lack Brilliant Colors (2007-09-04)
The lack of rain in Alabama may be visible this fall when the leaves of trees change color, turning brown instead of brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow.


Dual Prosecutions In Alabama Courts (2007-09-04)
Overlapping state and federal prosecutions for a crime frustrate defense attorneys while giving prosecutors a shot at stiffer penalties.


Teen Driver Charged With Murdering Cyclists (2007-09-04)
A Spanish Fort teenager has been charged with two counts of murder for a crash that killed two bicyclists in rural Baldwin County, just two years after he was charged with striking and killing another bicycle rider in Fairhope.


Hyundai Cuts China Sales Target (2007-09-04)
South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. has cut its 2007 sales target for China by 16 percent due to sluggish demand, the company said.


Two Alabama Airports Listed for Errors (2007-09-03)
The air traffic controllers union says experienced controllers have been leaving and operational errors increasing at key traffic control centers since the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a new contract on Labor Day 2006.


Riley Puts Condition on Special Session Plans (2007-09-03)
Gov. Bob Riley continues his discussions with legislators about a possible special session of the Legislature next month.


Labor Group Focuses on Health Care (2007-09-03)
The Alabama AFL-CIO marks this Labor Day by turning the spotlight on a new union-wide health care campaign keyed to the 2008 presidential election.


Hall Appointed New District Judge in Marion County (2007-09-01)
Gov. Bob Riley appointed Ruth Ann Hall to a district judge seat for Madison County on Friday, filling a vacancy created by Judge Susan Moaquin's retirement.


Town Creek Civil War Graves To Be Relocated (2007-09-01)
The remains of more than 200 people buried at the historic Foster Cemetery, some dating to the slave era before the Civil War, are being moved following the sale of the property last year.


Safety Concerns at Dothan Nuclear Plant Scrutinized (2007-09-01)
Workers knew of a possible safety problem with a cooling system at Farley Nuclear Plant but failed to correct it for months, leading to a potential citation against Southern Nuclear, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulator Commission said Friday.


Capital Murder Charges Filed in Millbrook Father's Murder (2007-09-01)
Two men were being held Friday on capital murder charges in the killing of a Wetumpka man who was shot in the back of the head as he carried newly purchased diapers and dog food to his pickup truck in a Wal-Mart parking lot.


Plane Carrying Shelby and Bachus Takes Fire (2007-08-31)
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and U.S. Representative Bud Cramer were among four lawmakers on a military cargo plane that was fired upon in Iraq Thursday night.


Low River Levels Impact Paper Mills (2007-08-31)
Low river levels brought on by the drought have forced one paper company in Monroe County to use pumps on a barge to supply water to the mill and another in Prattville to store wastewater in ponds instead of discharging it into the Alabama River.


Student Accused In Plot To Attack Teacher Fights Expulsion (2007-08-31)
A student accused of using his cell phone to videotape an assault on a Murphy High School teacher by a classmate should be allowed back in class, a Mobile City Council member says.


E. coli Victim Has Died (2007-08-31)
A 48-year-old woman who was sickened in an E. coli outbreak at a Huntsville restaurant earlier this summer has died and one of the victims remains in a hospital.


Two Charged With Stealing Historic Wheeler Artifacts (2007-08-31)
A former curator for Pond Spring, the historic home of Gen. Joe Wheeler in Hillsboro, and the curator's great aunt have been arrested and charged with theft of artifacts.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, August 31 (2007-08-31)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, August 31st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State Planning More Drug Courts (2007-08-31)
Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb says the state has been taking significant steps to help those struggling with drug addiction get the treatment they need instead of just locking them up.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, August 30 (2007-08-30)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, August 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth


EPA Says ADEM Not Following Polluter Guidelines (2007-08-30)
The federal Environment Protection Agency has warned Alabama's environmental watchdog office that federal guidelines on hazardous waste inspections and penalizing polluters are not being followed by the state.


Distance Learning Expands to 100 New High Schools (2007-08-30)
Students at 100 more high schools across the state will be able to use distance learning technology this school year.


Prosecutor Says Siegelman and Scrushy Are Obstructing Justice (2007-08-30)
Former Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy are "reaching out from their jail cells" in an attempt to sway events linked to their case in a way that could be obstruction of justice, a federal prosecutor told a judge Wednesday.


ADEM To Post Aerial Surveys Online (2007-08-30)
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management on Wednesday announced an initiative to post records from its aerial reconnaissance program on its Web site.


3 Alabama Bridges Reinspected and Cleared (2007-08-29)
Three Alabama bridges similar in design to the span that collapsed Aug. 1 in Minnesota got a second review by a different team of inspectors and again no serious problems were found.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, August 29 (2007-08-29)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, August 29, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Football Lessons - commentary Lisa Davis (2007-08-29)
The football season starts this weekend for many colleges and universities in our state, including the University of Alabama. Commentator Lisa Davis tells us about her introduction to football in this state.


Feds, State Say Progress Evident after Katrina (2007-08-29)
On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding continues in hurricane ravaged areas along the Alabama coast. But federal and state officials say there has been a lot of progress over the past 24 months.


Lee County Reject Tax Increase For Schools (2007-08-29)
Lee County voters in urban and rural communities said a resounding no to a proposed 7-mill school tax hike yesterday. In Opelika 64 percent voted no. if approved, the revenue would have been used to build a new high school in Opelika.


AL Power Urges Boater Caution Due To Low Lake Levels (2007-08-29)
Alabama Power is warning boaters to use caution over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday Weekend. The utility, in a statement, said critically low water levels at six of its managed lakes have created dangerous conditions.


Poverty Remains High in Alabama (2007-08-29)
According to new poverty statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama narrowly missed breaking out of the top 10 list of the poorest states in the country last year.


Bright Wins Third Term as Montgomery Mayor (2007-08-29)
Voters in Montgomery re-elected Mayor Bobby Bright to his third term in office on Tuesday.


Chertoff Priases Coast Guard in Mobile (2007-08-29)
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said Tuesday that new initiatives will make responders even more effective in a future major disaster. He also praised the Coast Guard's daring rescues of Katrina flood victims.


Talladega Mayoral Race Heads To Runoff (2007-08-29)
Talladega's mayoral race is headed for a runoff. The preliminary tally from Tuesday's election showed incumbent Mayor Brian York with 46 percent; former mayor Larry Barton garnered 37 percent; and Wes Patterson received 15 percent. The runoff will be held October 9th.


Hawaii Super Ferry Docked (2007-08-29)
The Hawaii Superferry on Tuesday suspended operations at the request of Gov. Linda Lingle, who says she's worried about public safety.


Alabama Students Do Well on SAT (2007-08-28)
Alabama's 2007 high school graduating class excelled on the SAT college-entrance exam. State educators said exam scores from 2,618 public high school seniors in Alabama reveal they scored above the national average for the 16th consecutive year.


Alabama Students Do Well on SAT (2007-08-28)
Alabama's 2007 high school graduating class excelled on the SAT college-entrance exam. State educators said exam scores from 2,618 public high school seniors in Alabama reveal they scored above the national average for the 16th consecutive year.


Fire Destroys Business in Downtown Athens (2007-08-28)
A fire destroyed a former furniture store in downtown Athens Monday afternoon.


Sex Offender's Arrest Raises Alarm In Selma (2007-08-28)
Authorities in the Selma area are urging parents to talk to their children about safety after a convicted sex offender was accused of chasing a 10-year-old girl at a bus stop last week.


AG and Ethics Commission Trade Barbs (2007-08-28)
The director of the Alabama Ethics Commission said Attorney General Troy King has not brought to trial any of the cases referred to him by the commission since he took office in 2004.


Chertoff Visits Mobile Tuesday (2007-08-28)
Michael Chertoff, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, visits Mobile Tuesday afternoon to view a demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard.


Rain Brings Relief ... At Least Temporarily (2007-08-28)
After weeks of record-setting temperatures in the state, Montgomery residents welcomed the breaking of a different benchmark over the weekend: record rainfall for the date.


Purple Martins Arrive In Fewer Numbers (2007-08-28)
While purple martins by the hundreds of thousands roost for a time at favorite stops in Alabama as they head south for winter, some bird watchers have noticed a change in migration patterns.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, August 28 (2007-08-28)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, August 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Port-a-Potties Get Burned (2007-08-27)
Between 300 and 350 yellow rental port-a-potties were melted, deformed and charred in a fire that erupted shortly after midnight Sunday. Damages were estimated at more than $200,000.


Obesity Prevalent in Alabama (2007-08-27)
Alabama is among 31 states to record an increase in obesity rates last year. The state ranked 3rd overall and has adult obesity rates of 28 point 7 percent.


ADEM Urged To Form Policy On Employee Gifts (2007-08-27)
A conservation group urged the state's environmental agency to adopt a policy on accepting gifts.


Probe Requested of Lawmaker Working at Calhoun CC (2007-08-27)
Two-year colleges Chancellor Bradley Bryne said the president of Calhoun Community College must investigate a report that state Rep. Laura Hall was present and casting votes in the Legislature on days she says she worked at the college and on days she claimed sick pay.


New Option For Alabama's Pre-Paid College Tuition Program (2007-08-27)
The annual enrollment period for Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan opens Oct. 1 with a new tuition option for parents and improved investment returns for the state.


IRS Warns of Phishing Scam (2007-08-27)
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers about a new Internet scam. It involves an e-mail supposedly from the IRS in which an individual can made $80 by filling out an online customer satisfaction survey.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, August 27 (2007-08-27)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, August 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Demopolis Angler Wins BassMaster Legends (2007-08-27)
Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., won the $250,000 first prize in the Bassmaster Legends tournament Sunday with a two-day catch of 10 fish weighing 30 pounds, 1 ounce.


Southern States Consider Role in Global Economy (2007-08-27)
Southern states should try to develop workers resilient enough to switch careers to meet the changing demands of the global economy, the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said Saturday.


Anniston Pit Bull Victim Still Hospitalized (2007-08-27)
A 51-year-old Anniston woman mauled by four pit bulls was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, August 24 (2007-08-24)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, August 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State School Board Approves Riley's Proposal (2007-08-24)
The state school board voted Thursday to bar two-year college system employees from serving in the Legislature or holding any other elected state posts, signaling an end to so-called ''double dipping'' in a move likely to be challenged.


Christian Coalition Reorganizes Agenda (2007-08-24)
The reorganized Christian Coalition of Alabama is broadening its agenda. It will now include environmental issues and putting together a paid staff to promote membership and lobby the Legislature.


Legislators Promise to Tackle Prison Overcrowding (2007-08-24)
Members of a legislative oversight committee have promised to push for legislation next year that would create more drug courts and enhance other programs aimed at reducing prison overcrowding.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, August 23 (2007-08-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, August 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State Executes Williams (2007-08-24)
Luther Jerome Williams was executed Thursday by lethal injection for the 1988 shooting death and robbery of a 63-year-old man.


Riley Reimburses State for Flight (2007-08-24)
Governor Riley has now reimbursed the state for taking a state plane to a Republican fundraiser more than four months ago.


Wallace Shooter Could Be Released Soon (2007-08-23)
Maryland corrections officials say the man who shot and paralyzed Alabama Governor George Wallace is scheduled to be released from prison later this year.


Heat Wave Blankets Alabama (2007-08-23)
The National Weather Service has posted a heat advisory for all of central and north Alabama. Forecasters expect temperatures above 100 degrees Thursday in most locations.


Riley Won't Stop Execution (2007-08-23)
Governor Bob Riley says he will not stop the lethal injection execution of Luther Jerome Williams, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman prison.


Heat Responsible for 12 Deaths in Alabama (2007-08-23)
The record-breaking heat in Alabama has killed 12 people, the highest number reported in the state in more than a decade.


Former Siegelman Aide Could Avoid Prison (2007-08-23)
Federal prosecutors have recommend no prison time for Nick Bailey, a former aide to former Governor Don Siegelman.


Huntsville May Reopen Metro Jail (2007-08-23)
In an attempt to relieve overcrowding at the metro jail, Huntsville may reopen its long-closed municipal jail.


Fire Rages in Wilderness Area (2007-08-23)
Dozens of firefighters from four states are battling a stubborn wildfire in the Cheaha Wilderness that erupted sometime over the weekend.


Sheriff Worried About Gang Activity (2007-08-22)
DeKalb County authorities are concerned about a spike in Hispanic gang activity in the northeast Alabama county. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said he has seen evidence of gang members claiming territory.


Williams' Attorneys Seek Execution Delay (2007-08-22)
On Wednesday, the day before Luther Jerome Williams' scheduled execution, his attorneys are seeking an order from the U.S. Supreme Court to block it and give him time to pursue a constitutional challenge of Alabama's use of lethal injection.


Condemned Inmate Loses Federal Appeal (2007-08-22)
A death row inmate trying to halt his scheduled execution Thursday lost a critical decision in a federal appeals court Tuesday.


Hurricane Dean Reaches Cat-5; Weakens to Cat-1 (2007-08-22)
Hurricane Dean is bearing down on the heart of Mexico's oil industry, after slamming into the Yucatan Peninsula yesterday as one of the biggest storms in history, a powerful, Category Five hurricane with 165-mile-an-hour winds.


Powerful Drug Legal and Available (2007-08-22)
You may not have heard of it, but your teenagers may have. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports a legal herb that provides a powerful high is gaining popularity among teenagers.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, August 22 (2007-08-22)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, August 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Governor Hopes Board Approves Ban (2007-08-22)
Governor Bob Riley says he expects the state school board to approve a ban on legislators holding jobs in Alabama's two-year colleges on Thursday.


Cullman Soldier Dies in Iraq (2007-08-22)
Army Staff Sgt. Paul B. Norris, a native of Cullman, Ala., died Thursday of non-combat causes in Iraq, the military said.


Medicaid Official Touts New Records Program (2007-08-22)
The Alabama Medicaid Agency has initiated a new program to consolidate medical information about its patients in one computer file.


Ten Heat-Related Deaths This Month (2007-08-22)
State health officials said Tuesday that 10 heat-related deaths have been recorded in Alabama this month. They urged people to continue to use caution as temperatures remain high.


List of Lawmakers Serving in Two-Year College System (2007-08-22)
List of two-year college employees who also serve as legislators, according to the department of post-secondary education ...


Governor Considers Calling A Special Session (2007-08-21)
Alabama legislators could find themselves back in Montgomery sometime before Thanksgiving.


No Headlines - Tuesday, August 21 (2007-08-21)
Alabama Headlines will return Wednesday, August 22nd.


Romney Seeks Support In Huntsville (2007-08-21)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will hold a private fundraising reception Aug. 29 in Huntsville.


Hurricane Dean Weakens to Cat-3 (2007-08-21)
Hours after crashing into Mexico's Caribbean coast, Hurricane Dean has weakened a bit, to Category 3. Top sustained winds are 125 miles per hour.


Cop Killer Dies in Prison (2007-08-21)
State corrections officials said Tuesday an autopsy would be conducted on Farron Barksdale, who admitted killing two Athens police officers and who was found unconscious in his cell just days after arriving in prison.


Old Salem Cemetery Gains Historic Designation (2007-08-21)
The Old Salem Baptist Church's cemetery, with a rare grave shelter and stones dating to the early 1800s, has been added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.


Hyundai Recalls 6000 SUVs (2007-08-21)
The South Korean government Tuesday ordered Hyundai Motor Co. to recall more than 6,000 sport utility vehicles because of a faulty fuel pump it said could cause a fire in a head-on collision.


Montgomery Heat Streak Ends At 12 (2007-08-21)
State health and weather officials say Montgomery's 12-day streak of 100-plus temperatures was broken over the weekend and a more important figure appears to have tapered off as well the number of heat-related deaths.


Railroad Company Investigated After Latest Derailment (2007-08-21)
Federal authorities are investigating the railroad company that had a train derailment near Selma this weekend because of its overall safety performance.


Siegelman Compares His Conviction to Watergate (2007-08-21)
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman says in a letter from federal prison that he is confident his conviction will be overturned and a congressional probe will show that Republican politics was behind the probe of his Democratic administration.


Doctors Opposed Conecuh Woods Landfill Project (2007-08-21)
Forty-four physicians in three counties joined forces in recent weeks to oppose a 5,100-acre landfill proposed for a rural area near Repton, saying it could pose a hazard to residents.


Bobo Aquitted of Medicaid Fraud (2007-08-20)
Jurors in the Medicaid fraud trial of Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo acquitted him of all charges Monday after deliberating eight days.


No Headlines - Monday, August 20 (2007-08-20)
There will be no Alabama Headlines podcast for Monday, August 20th.


Historic Civil Rights Site in Peril (2007-08-20)
The old Greyhound bus station where Freedom Riders were beaten in 1961 now sits empty, with only a sign on the sidewalk recounting how it was a historic tipping point in the civil rights movement.


17 Train Cars Derail in Dallas County (2007-08-20)
Work continued Monday to clean up the wreckage from a freight train that went off the tracks Sunday in Dallas County, briefly closing roads as authorities worried about hazardous material on the derailed cars.


Alabama Taxes Retirement Income Differently (2007-08-20)
Alabama doesn't levy any state income tax on traditional pensions, but it does tax 401(k)s and other defined contribution retirement plans.


Report Says Witnesses Saw Civil Rights Slaying (2007-08-20)
FBI documents obtained by a Mississippi newspaper show at least 18 people witnessed the 1965 shooting of civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson by an Alabama state trooper who awaits trial on a murder charge in the slaying.


Swimming Accident Kills One, Injures Another (2007-08-20)
The body of a 21-year-old Enterprise man was recovered after he drowned Sunday afternoon while on an outing on the Choctawhatchee River in rural Dale County.


Former Greensboro Council Member Indicted For Vote Fraud (2007-08-20)
A former Greensboro City Council member and another woman became the first arrests in the state's ongoing voter fraud investigation in Hale County.


Abducted Child Found Safe (2007-08-20)
A child was briefly the focus of a statewide Amber Alert on Sunday until she was found safe.


Heat Wave Weakens; 8 Deaths Reported (2007-08-20)
State health officials said Friday that eight deaths in Alabama are being blamed on the oppressive heat wave that has sent the temperature soaring over 100 degrees for almost two weeks.


Helen Keller Statue Almost Ready (2007-08-20)
After a year of delays, plans are moving forward for an Alabama initiative to put a statue of Helen Keller at her "moment of epiphany" in the U.S. Capitol.


Some Prison Work Programs Will Shut Down (2007-08-17)
Alabama's corrections department is getting out of the box business. The same goes for data entry, farming, paint and having inmates service the department's fleet.


Alabama Soldier One of Three Killed in IED Attack (2007-08-17)
Three Fort Bliss, TX soldiers, including an Alabama man, died this week in Iraq after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense said Thursday.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, August 17 (2007-08-17)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, August 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Heat and Drought Shut Down TVA Reactor (2007-08-17)
The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down one of three units at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant on Thursday because water drawn from a river to cool the reactor was too hot, a spokesman said.


Alabama Soldiers Return After A Year in Iraq (2007-08-17)
After a year in Iraq, soldiers assigned to a National Guard aviation unit are scheduled to return to Alabama this weekend and early next week.


Alabama Business Report - Internet Banking (2007-08-17)
In his monthly Alabama Business Report podcast, Adam Shivers takes a look at the banking industry.


Thomasville Legalizes Alcohol (2007-08-17)
Voters in Thomasville have approved a city ordinance that would lift the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages.


Remains of Missing Vietnam War Airman Return Home (2007-08-17)
The remains of an Alabama Airman missing since the Vietnam War have been returned to his family for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.


Old Time Drought Solutions-commentary Kathryn Tucker Windham (2007-08-17)
The Governor recently called on Alabamians to pray for rain ... and sure enough, showers returned to Alabama ... at least for a little while. However, for most areas, the drought remains.


Jurors Still Deliberate Medicaid Fraud Trial (2007-08-16)
Jurors are back in a Tuscaloosa courtroom for a sixth day of deliberations on charges accusing Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo of trying to bribe a competitor for state Medicaid contracts.


Hurricane Dean Appears in the Atlantic (2007-08-16)
The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has formed. Hurricane Dean is moving toward the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.


Code Orange Air Quality Alert in Jefferson and Shelby Counties (2007-08-16)
Another Code Orange Air Quality alert is in effect today for Jefferson and Shelby counties due to elevated levels of ozone pollution.


Sales Tax Increase For Schools Fails in Limestone County (2007-08-16)
Limestone County voters turned down a proposed 1-cent sales tax for schools that would have funded capital needs, such as new elementary schools and gyms.


Movie Gallery Can Delay Debt Payment (2007-08-16)
Dothan-based Movie Gallery said Thursday that some of its lenders have agreed to accept a delayed debt payment so long as the nation's second-largest movie and video game rental company doesn't miss any more payments.


Wow, I Didn't Know That! - Saliva (2007-08-16)
The liquid in an animal's or human's mouth -- saliva -- can be beneficial or deadly.


Passing Train Ignites Fires Across Tuscaloosa (2007-08-16)
A passing train, combined with high midday temperatures and dry weather, sparked multiple fires along tracks that burned nearly a mile and a half of woodland.


State Opposes Delay of Williams Execution on August 23rd (2007-08-16)
State attorneys asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to reject an attempt to block next week's scheduled execution of Luther Jerome Williams, who has been on death row for 17 years for killing a man on an interstate in Tuscaloosa County.


No State Funded Health Insurance For Senators ... Yet (2007-08-16)
A state insurance board rejected the Alabama Senate's attempt to get state-funded health insurance Wednesday, but said the Legislature could reapply if it follows the proper steps.


Forestry Commission Issues Burn Ban (2007-08-16)
The latest report from the Drought Monitor Survey has prompted the Alabama Forestry Commission to place 59 counties under a No Burn Order Thursday.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, August 16 (2007-08-16)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, August 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Busy Week for State Troopers (2007-08-15)
Tuesday was another busy day for Alabama state troopers participating in the week long ''Take Back Our Highways'' safety campaign.


Irondale Child Death Investigation Reopened (2007-08-15)
An Irondale detective says a couple sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated child abuse in Chattanooga are also subjects of a child death investigation in Alabama.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, August 15 (2007-08-15)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, August 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


No Relief From Heat Wave (2007-08-15)
More high temperature records will most likely be set in cities across drought-stricken Alabama this week (8-17). It appears to be a trend that will continue at least until this weekend. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...


Huntsville, Shelby County Ask Water Customers to Conserve (2007-08-15)
Water systems officials in Shelby County and Huntsville are calling on their customers to reduce water usage because of the lingering drought.


Alcohol Sales Still Legal In Athens (2007-08-15)
Voters in Athens decided Tuesday to continue to allow the sale of alcohol in the city's stores and restaurants, according to unofficial results.


Officials Say Fatal Wetumpka Shooting Not Over Football (2007-08-15)
Three Prattville High School students and a Montgomery teenager accused of fatally shooting an innocent bystander had been arguing with other boys over girls, not school pride, authorities said.


Hyundai Supplier Expands Facilities (2007-08-15)
A tier one supplier to Hyundai Motor Company is expanding its production facilities in Montgomery. Governor Bob Riley said MOBIS Alabama will invest more than $55 million and add 141 new jobs.


Church Dedicates New Building To Replace Arson Loss (2007-08-14)
The family of a former college student who pleaded guilty in a string of fires at rural churches was in the congregation when Galilee Baptist Church dedicated a new building to replace the one that was torched in the arson spree.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, August 14 (2007-08-14)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, August 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, August 14 (2007-08-14)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, August 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


National Champion Dog Lives In Decatur (2007-08-14)
You can imagine the pride on Dana Lamonica's face when her 11-year-old daughter led her pet to first place in her first national dog show.


Southern Poverty Law Center Increases Security (2007-08-14)
Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center has increased security around its building following threats from white supremacists to blow up its building.


Drought, Heat Promote Wildfires (2007-08-14)
The searing temperatures are making it more difficult for firefighters to battle a recent outbreak of wildfires statewide.


TVA Working to Get Reactor Back Online (2007-08-14)
The Tennessee Valley Authority worked Monday to return an Alabama nuclear reactor to full power after a weekend outage caused by a faulty sensor.


New Bishop Chosen for Birmingham (2007-08-14)
The Vatican announced the appointment today of Bishop Robert J. Baker of Charleston, South Carolina, as the new bishop for north Alabama.


Death Row Inmates Try Same Legal Strategy (2007-08-13)
Two death row inmates scheduled to die next week and next month are using the same legal strategy that proved unsuccessful for another Alabama prisoner who was executed last month.


Record-Breaking Heat Continues (2007-08-13)
The week long heat wave continues to assault Alabama record books as the unrelenting triple-digit misery broke another old record in Montgomery Monday with an eighth straight day over 100 degrees.


Jury Still Out in Bobo Trial (2007-08-13)
A jury deliberating in the trial of Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo failed to reach a verdict again Monday. The jury will return Tuesday morning to resume considering charges accusing Bobo of trying to pay off a competitor for a state Medicaid contract.


Katrina Aid Used for Condos Instead (2007-08-13)
With large areas of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium.


Arts Community Grows in Gordo (2007-08-13)
Within arms reach of the front door at the Art store on North Main Street are a rearing metal armadillo and paper made of mule poop. A pair of rocking chairs sits off to one side, surrounded by radiant photography, painting and sculpture, with an aloe plant that looks about ready to leap out of its pot and start singing.


Intense Heat Wave Continues (2007-08-13)
The records keep falling and there's no end in sight as the intense heat wave maintains its grip across Alabama Monday. Its been seven straight days and counting with triple-digit temperatures.


Justice Dept. Delays Montgomery Election Amid Concerns (2007-08-13)
The U.S. Justice Department has put Montgomery's city elections, scheduled for Aug. 28, on hold while officials study allegations that some black college students won't have a chance to vote.


Athens Will Vote on Alcohol Sales (2007-08-13)
Voters in Athens could return to the days of Prohibition Tuesday. A measure to end the sale of alcohol is up for a citywide vote, a rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales.


Auburn Protects Old Oaks (2007-08-13)
The live oaks of Toomer's Corner, frequently festooned with toilet paper after Auburn University victories, are enduring landmarks. But how long they will endure is an open question.


Siegelman Requests Release Pending Appeal (2007-08-13)
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has asked a federal appeals court to order his release from prison while his conviction is being appealed.


Police Say Shooting Began As Fight Over Football (2007-08-13)
Three Prattville High School students and a Montgomery teenager have been charged with murder in a fatal shooting that apparently occurred after an argument over whether Wetumpka or Prattville has a better high school football team.


Another Costly Supreme Court Race May Loom (2007-08-13)
Republican Justice Harold See's decision not to seek a third term on the Alabama Supreme Court next year will likely create a crowded, costly race reminiscent of last year's battle for chief justice.


Wide Search Issued For New Two-Year College Leaders (2007-08-13)
The new chancellor of Alabama's system of two-year colleges said Saturday that a background in education is not a requirement to be a college president.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, August 13 (2007-08-13)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, August 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


33 State Lawmakers Also Hold Government Related Jobs (2007-08-12)
There were 33 members of the Alabama Legislature who worked for public entities in 2006, holding an array of jobs ranging from policeman to public school teacher to college administrator, according to financial disclosure forms filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission.


Less Crime In Alabama Last Year (2007-08-12)
The number of crimes reported in Alabama dropped by 3 percent last year over the previous year despite a rise in robberies and homicides, according to new statistics.


Review of Alabama Bridges Completed (2007-08-12)
State highway officials reviewed three Alabama bridges similar in design to the one that collapsed in Minnesota but don't plan any further action until officials determine what caused the disaster in Minneapolis.


Former Attorney General McDonald Gallion (2007-08-12)
Former two-term Alabama Attorney General McDonald Gallion died Saturday at his home in Montgomery. He was 94.


Panel Will Review Possible Plagiarism By JSU President (2007-08-12)
The president of Jacksonville State University has formed a task force to review possible plagiarism in newspaper columns appearing with his name as author.


Former Attorney General Richmond Flowers Dies (2007-08-12)
Former Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers, a racial moderate who challenged segregationist Gov. George Wallace's dominance in 1966 but saw his political career end in an extortion case, has died. He was 88.


Education Law Creates Pay Loophole (2007-08-10)
A review by the Associated Press found that a fired Alabama teacher charged with raping a student is still receiving paychecks - collecting nearly $100,000 and getting two raises - even though he hasn't been in the classroom in two years.


Ala. Power Urges Caution Around Dams (2007-08-10)
Alabama Power is warning boaters and anglers about dams. Utility spokesman Michael Snajderman said where water in lakes is available, the company is using its hydroelectric plants to help meet the peak afternoon demands.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, August 10 (2007-08-10)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, August 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Jury Deliberations Continue In Bobo Case (2007-08-10)
The jury in the Medicaid fraud trial of Dr. Phillip Bobo recessed for the night Thursday after deliberating about five hours on its first day to consider a verdict.


Former Wetumpka Officer Sentenced To 20 Years (2007-08-10)
A former Wetumpka police officer was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for violating federal law when he took actions on behalf of an illegal drug dealer and did not tell superiors of the relationship.


Monitor Shows State's Drought Has Worsened (2007-08-10)
The latest Drought Monitor Survey shows almost 52 percent of Alabama is now in the worst stages of drought.


Tips For Beating Heat Exhaustion (2007-08-10)
With temperatures already setting records and likely to climb higher Friday, the Department of Public Health on Thursday recommended special measures to avoid heat-related illnesses.


AG Announces China Tire Recall (2007-08-10)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King says a tire importer is recalling 255,000 Chinese-made tires because they lack a safety feature that prevents tread separation.


Former AG Flowers Has Died (2007-08-10)
Former Alabama Attorney General Richmond McDavid Flowers died Thursday at his home in Dothan. He was 88.


Lack of Blood Forcing Surgery Delays (2007-08-10)
The American Red Cross say some hospitals across the Southeast are being forced to delay surgeries due to the lack of blood supplies.


A&M Researcher Looking at Bridge Safety (2007-08-09)
Researchers at Alabama A&M University are developing a system that could be used in bridge inspections.


Dangerous Heat Oppresses Alabama (2007-08-09)
The record-setting heat wave that sent temperatures up to a dangerous 103 degrees in Montgomery and registered a heat index of 114 degrees in Florala is expected to be even worse Friday.


More Plagiarism Accusations Against JSU (2007-08-09)
Jacksonville State University officials are looking into apparent plagiarism in newspaper columns appearing under the university president's byline.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, August 9 (2007-08-09)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, August 9th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Health Department Warns of Heat Dangers (2007-08-09)
With temperatures already setting records and likely to climb higher Friday, the Department of Public Health is recommending special measures to avoid heat-related illnesses.


Fairhope Firefighter Collapses From Heat Stroke (2007-08-09)
A volunteer firefighter from Fairhope remains in intensive care after he collapsed from heat stroke while putting out a fire.


Woman Steals 500 Alabama Identities (2007-08-09)
A woman who works for the company that processes Alabama Medicaid claims has been charged with stealing the identities of nearly 500 Alabamians, Attorney General Troy King said.


Anti-Farm Bill Email Prompts Federal Warning (2007-08-09)
A federal employee circulated an e-mail urging colleagues to lobby for the defeat of farm legislation in Congress, prompting a complaint from the Black Farmers of America and a stern warning from U.S. Department of Agriculture officials.


Alabama Will Miss Another Deadline For Voter Registration System (2007-08-09)
Gov. Bob Riley has something in common with former Secretary of State Nancy Worley. He's going to miss a deadline for developing a statewide computerized voter registration system.


Entire State Under Heat Alert (2007-08-09)
Make plans to stay cool this weekend because the intense heat blanketing the state shows no signs of letting up.


More Troopers on Patrol Next Week (2007-08-09)
More than 200 extra state troopers will be on Alabama roads next week as part of their ''Take Back Our Highways'' campaign.


Kangaroo Sightings on U.S. 90 in Mississippi (2007-08-09)
Mississippi animal-control officers said there have been several reports in the past few days of a kangaroo hopping along U.S. 90.


Couple Declines To Prosecute Teens For Racial Slur (2007-08-09)
Gene and Faye Finley decided not to prosecute five teenagers who put a racial slur on a sign at their business "because of the love for the children."


Three Surrender in Sheffield Park Slaying (2007-08-08)
Twin brothers and the teenage son of one of the men surrendered Tuesday on murder charges in the slaying of another teen whom authorities said was chased down in a crowded park and repeatedly stabbed.


Barksdale Sentenced To Life For Killing Police Officers (2007-08-08)
The formality of a trial for Farron Barksdale, who pleaded guilty to capital murder in the shooting deaths of two Athens policemen, turned emotional as a recording of the officers' final words and frantic calls by a dispatcher were played for the jury.


Steamboat Will End Operations Next Year (2007-08-08)
The Delta Queen, America's last authentic stern wheel-powered steamboat, will cease operating in 2008 because the vessel is made of a wood superstructure that is prohibited by federal law.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, August 8 (2007-08-08)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, August 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


DOT Will Run Ferry Three More Years (2007-08-08)
Residents in the tiny hamlet of Gee's Bend received good news this week. The state Department of Transportation announced it will continue to manage the Gee's Bend ferry for another three years.


The "Last" Confederate Burial (2007-08-08)
Nearly a century and a half after he was killed in a Civil War sea battle, a Confederate sailor has received his final salute.


Alabama Historical Commissioner Cheif Resigns (2007-08-08)
The executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission is stepping down after one year in which he was able to bring calm to an agency that had been the repeated target of Confederate heritage groups.


Morgan County Deputy Wrangles Bull (2007-08-08)
A sheriff's deputy rode to the rescue, lariat in hand, when a bull got loose and ran over a 75-year-old man who was trying to shoo it out of his yard.


Runoff Needed for Special Election (2007-08-08)
No candidate received enough votes to decisively win Tuesday's Republican primary election to replace Republican Bradley Byrne in the Alabama Senate.


Former Auburn President Walker Dies (2007-08-07)
Former Auburn University president William F. Walker has died, a spokeswoman for the school said Tuesday.


Motion to Dismiss Bobo Case Denied (2007-08-07)
A federal judge has turned down a motion to dismiss three charges in a Medicaid fraud case against Dr. Phillip Bobo, but postponed a ruling on dismissing two other charges against the Tuscaloosa physician.


Hispanic Funeral Directors Face New Challenges (2007-08-07)
Language barriers, longer visitations and shipping bodies internationally are some of the challenges facing funeral directors in Alabama as the number of Hispanics living and dying in the state grows.


A List Of Legislators Also Serving InTwo-Year Colleges (2007-08-07)
List of two-year college employees who also serve as legislators, according to the department of post-secondary education ...


West Nile Virus Spreading Across Alabama (2007-08-07)
State health officials on Monday urged that precautions be taken against mosquitoes after three people and a number of animals in Alabama tested positive this summer for mosquito-borne diseases.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, August 7 (2007-08-07)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, August 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


241 Schools Fall Short of Improvement Goals (2007-08-07)
Fewer Alabama schools met goals for adequate yearly progress in the 2006-07 school year than the year before, but more are getting closer to the mark, education officials said Monday.


Byrne Eases Two-Year College Flextime Policy Except For Legislators (2007-08-07)
Two-year system employees who prefer to use vacation time to make some extra money can rest easy that is if they don't also serve in the state Legislature.


Mobile Still Seeking Overdue Fines (2007-08-07)
The city of Mobile is still seeking overdue fines after collecting more than $440,000 during the amnesty period when people with outstanding warrants could settle their cases without additional penalties or jail time.


More To Pit Bulls Than Fighting, say Lineville Rescuers (2007-08-06)
Henrietta's pink tongue hangs out of her open mouth in anticipation of her reward. She sits patiently, brown eyes gleaming, then catches her prize from the air and chews the treat with gusto.


DOC's Failed Fish Farm Criticized (2007-08-06)
State corrections officials thought turning to tilapia last summer would be a good way to generate more income, figuring the tropical fish that has spelled fiscal growth in some states could do the same for the underfunded department.


Former President Will Not Visit Alabama Monday (2007-08-06)
Former President Bill Clinton will not visit Alabama today (Monday, 8/6). A state Democratic official said the private fundraiser that was to be held at a residence was postponed.


Alabama Fire Crews Battle Montana Wildfires (2007-08-06)
The Alabama crew is based in the Flathead National Forest and will be on assignment for about 14 days before returning to the state.


Expect Heat All Week (2007-08-06)
Forecasters say the year's hottest weather yet is on its way to Alabama. Temperatures could reach the danger zone by the end of the week.


Grocery Chain Offers Free Antibiotics (2007-08-06)
Seven popular antibiotics will be available for free from Publix supermarkets, even if patients have health insurance to pay for them.


School Fire Ruled Arson (2007-08-06)
Fairfield police are looking for an arsonist who set fire to an elementary school early Monday morning. The findings come from the state Fire Marshal's office.


Alabama Child Support Schedule Could Be Changed (2007-08-06)
A committee that advises the Alabama Supreme Court says it's time to adjust the Alabama Child Support Schedule, which would change the amount of money divorced noncustodial parents pay for their children each month.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, August 6 (2007-08-06)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, August 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Former President Clinton in Birmingham Today (Monday) (2007-08-06)
Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Alabama today.


Much of Alabama Under Heat Advisory (2007-08-06)
Meteorologists says heat index values could climb as high as 105 across most of the state.


Corporate Tax Appeal Could Cost Millions (2007-08-06)
State revenue officials say Alabama could lose $30 million to $50 million in annual corporate income tax collections if the state loses its appeal on a case over business tax deductions.


Controversial Lacey Springs Spa Evicted (2007-08-05)
A spa that rubbed Lacey's Springs residents the wrong way has been closed after its owners were evicted from the property.


Former Finance Director Says Bobo Worth The Price (2007-08-05)
Former state Finance Director Henry Mabry III testified that Dr. Phillip Bobo's company was awarded a Medicaid contract over a competitor with lower prices because Bobo's program manager had more experience.


13-year-old Drowns at Wind Creek State Park (2007-08-05)
A 13-year-old boy from Chicago drowned at Lake Martin during a weekend outing at the Wind Creek State Park, officials said Saturday.


Governor Orders Alabama Bridge Inspections (2007-08-04)
State highway officials conducted safety inspections Friday ordered by Gov. Bob Riley on three river bridges with designs similar to the span that collapsed into the Mississippi River in Minnesota.


State School Board May Support "Double-Dipping" Ban (2007-08-04)
A majority of the state board of education appears to support a policy that would ban two-year college employees from holding elected office, but there is less backing for a proposal to prohibit the employees from performing work for pay on vacation time.


White Hall Mayor Say AG is Playing Politics (2007-08-04)
A small-town mayor from Lowndes County did not divert public funds to his own use, his lawyer said Friday while accusing Attorney General Troy King of political grandstanding in the case.


Death Penalty Case Sent to Appeals Court (2007-08-04)
The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday returned the appeal of an Alabama death row inmate to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and ordered that court to consider Jimmy Davis' claims that he did not have adequate representation from defense attorneys during his trial.


Vigil Planned for Missing Mother and Daughter (2007-08-03)
Friends and co-workers of a woman who has been missing for six weeks along wither her 11-year-old daughter will hold a candlelight prayer service Saturday in Scottsboro.


White Hall Mayor Arrested on Ethics and Theft Charges (2007-08-03)
White Hall Mayor John L. Jackson has been arrested for allegedly stealing $46,309 from the city, Attorney General Troy King announced Thursday.


2,100 of 16,000 Alabama Bridges Deficient (2007-08-03)
About 2,100 of Alabama's nearly 16,000 highway bridges are classified by the Federal Highway Administration as being structurally deficient, the same ranking given the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River in Minnesota.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, August 3 (2007-08-03)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, August 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prosecution Rests in Bobo Medicaid Trial (2007-08-03)
An FBI agent testified that Dr. Phillip Bobo gave false information to agents who paid an early morning visit to his home to question him about a Medicaid contract at the center of a fraud investigation.


Missing Minister's Wife Returns - press conference (2007-08-03)
A story that made national news has taken a strange turn. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports a missing minister's wife has now returned to south Alabama. Here is some sound from Beth Smith's press conference ...


Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend (2007-08-03)
Alabama's second annual sales tax holiday weekend starts today through Sunday. Retailers statewide are extending hours, scheduling extra workers and planning special sales based on the success of the first sales tax holiday weekend in 2006.


AG Warns of Three Chinese Tire Brands (2007-08-03)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King says the federal government is warning drivers that they may have faulty tires that could be vulnerable to belt and or tread separation.


Missing Minister's Wife Returns (2007-08-03)
A story that made national news has taken a strange turn. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports that a missing minister's wife has now returned to south Alabama


Missing Minister's Wife Returns to Alabama (2007-08-03)
A minister's wife who disappeared from a religious conference in Louisiana, only to be located four months later living in New York, knows she made a "serious mistake" by leaving and has returned home to Alabama to be with her two children, her lawyer said Thursday.


Huntville Infant Recovering from E-Coli (2007-08-02)
Nearly a month after going to the hospital for kidney failure caused by E. coli poisoning, 5-year-old Samuel Coggin is back home and recovering nicely.


Auburn, UNA, UAB on List of Schools Scrutinized for Student Loans (2007-08-02)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is now investigating whether top college athletic departments nationwide including those at Auburn University, University of North Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham steered student athletes to education lenders in exchange for kickbacks.


Port of Mobile Increases Trade with Mexico (2007-08-02)
The Alabama State Port Authority continues to try and sharpen its competitive edge. There is now an increasing number of durable goods between the Port of Mobile and Mexico.


Former Hoover High Principal Sues (2007-08-02)
The fired principal of Hoover High School filed suit against the city school board seeking reinstatement to the position, which he lost amid an investigation at the football powerhouse.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, August 2 (2007-08-02)
With Alabama Headlines for Thursday, August 2nd, I'm Brandon Hollingsworth


Prosecutors Say Tapes Imply Medicaid Bribery (2007-08-02)
An aide to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman testified Wednesday that in 1999 he gave confidential Medicaid bid documents to Dr. Phillip Bobo, who was seeking a state contract to provide prenatal care to poor pregnant women in west Alabama.


Some Lowndes County Residents Oppose Sheriff Appointment (2007-08-02)
More than 60 people gathered at the Lowndes County Courthouse on Wednesday to protest Gov. Bob Riley's appointment of a white law enforcement officer to be the sheriff in the predominantly black county.


Trio Headed to Prison for Copper Thefts (2007-08-02)
Three people are headed to prison after they pleaded guilty to participating in a cooper theft ring.


Goodyear Seeks Court Costs in Ledbetter Bias Case (2007-08-01)
Lilly Ledbetter, now a retiree from an Alabama plant, won nearly $4 million in her pay discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. before the decision was reversed on appeal.


US House Votes in AL Bias Case; Veto Threatened (2007-08-01)
The House voted Tuesday to reverse the Supreme Court's decision in an Alabama case limiting the time that workers have to sue their employers for pay discrimination.


MRAP Production Ramps Up in Alabama (2007-08-01)
Over time, the call for a replacement to the military's current Humvee troop transport has grown stronger. This year, the Pentagon is increasing production of a new vehicle designed to be safer and more resilient on the battlefield. From our Jacksonville State University bureau, Brandon Hollingsworth reports


Prototype -- August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01)
In the twentieth edition of Prototype, we hear a report about the state of Alabama's sales tax holiday occurring this weekend. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Justice See Won't Seek Re-Election (2007-08-01)
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Harold See says he will not seek a third term on the high court when his seat comes up for election next year.


Parachute Fatality Ruled Accidental (2007-08-01)
Prattville police have ruled that the death of a Birmingham skydiver, whose parachute malfunctioned during a jump, was an accident.


Huntsville Teen Charged as Adult in Slaying of Adoptive Mother (2007-08-01)
Authorities said 16-year-old Jacquelyn Richardson, who called police to report that someone killed her adoptive mother, was charged as an adult in the slaying of the woman.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, August 1 (2007-08-01)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, August 1st with Brandon Hollingsworth


Man Dies After Falling at Coal Mine (2007-08-01)
A Hoover man performing work on a roof fell 22 feet to his death at a Jim Walter coal mine in western Jefferson County.


Birmingham Officer Retires After 49 Years (2007-08-01)
The longest-serving officer in the history of the Birmingham Police Department has retired after 49 years of patrolling the city's streets.


"Chip" Williams Is New Lowndes County Sheriff (2007-07-31)
Gov. Bob Riley appointed Charlie W. "Chip" Williams Jr. of Fort Deposit as Lowndes County sheriff on Monday.


Most Alabamians Rate President Only Fair or Poor (2007-07-31)
A new survey shows a slight majority of Alabamians feel President Bush is doing only a fair or poor job overall and a large majority view his handling of the Iraq war as only fair or poor. In a previous survey, 52 percent rated it as good or excellent.


Bobo Retrials Enters Second Day Today (Tuesday) (2007-07-31)
A jury heard opening arguments Monday in the retrial of Dr. Phillip Bobo, accused on Medicaid fraud charges in a scandal that developed under former Gov. Don Siegelman.


"Living in High Cotton" - interview w/ Sandra Poole & Jennifer Leigh Youngblood (2007-07-31)
Sandra Poole and Jennifer Leigh Youngblood a mother-daughter team from Alabama recently sat down with Alabama Public Radio's Pat Sanders to talk about their novel Livin' in High Cotton . The book is set in the Deep South in the late 1920s-early 1930s


Supreme Court sets execution date for Daniel Siebert (2007-07-31)
The Alabama Supreme Court has set an Oct. 25 execution date for Daniel Lee Siebert for the 1986 murders in Talladega of a deaf student and her two children.


Black Farmers May Get New Bid for Compensation in Farm Bill (2007-07-31)
The farm bill moving through Congress would reopen a landmark discrimination settlement that black farmers reached with the Agriculture Department eight years ago, giving more than 70,000 claimants a new chance in court.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, July 31 (2007-07-31)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, July 31st with Brandon Hollingsworth


Farm Bill Passes US House; AL Lawmakers React (2007-07-30)
Last week, the US House approved a 286 (b) billion dollar farm bill. It funds agriculture programs over the next five years, including those that help Alabama peanut and cotton farmers. But critics say the legislation focuses on farming to the detriment of other rural concerns. Alabama Public Radio's Chad Pergram examines how much attention politicians and most presidential candidates pay to rural issues overall ...


Gulf 'Dead Zone' 3rd Largest, But Smaller Than Expected (2007-07-30)
The annual "dead zone" off the Louisiana and Texas coasts is not quite as big as predicted earlier this year.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, July 30 (2007-07-30)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, July 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


UA Digs Into Cuban History Link (2007-07-30)
What might Cuba's native culture looked like before the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s? It might have looked a lot like Moundville ...


Judges Gather to Discuss Fairness (2007-07-30)
About 200 judges gathered Sunday at the tomb of civil rights leaders Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King to reaffirm their efforts to promote fairness in the legal system.


Birmingham Skydiver Dies in Jump (2007-07-30)
A Birmingham skydiver fell to his death in Prattville when his parachute apparently malfunctioned during a jump.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, July 30 (2007-07-30)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, July 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Bobo Medicaid Trial Begins Today (Monday) (2007-07-30)
Opening arguments are expected Monday in the federal fraud trial of Dr. Phillip Bobo, who is accused of offering bogus Alabama Fire College contracts in a scheme to rig bids for Medicaid work.


South Alabama Researchers Study Hurricane Season (2007-07-30)
Researchers in South Alabama will play a key role in developing the nation's next generation hurricane forecasting system. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports ...


Alabama Patriot Guard Rider Dies in Crash (2007-07-29)
A Patriot Guard rider died Saturday morning in a motorcycle crash while on his way to honor a Blount County soldier killed in Iraq.


Jasper Soldier Laid to Rest (2007-07-29)
At least 300 mourners said farewell on Saturday to Army Spc. Richard Gilmore III, Walker County's first fatality of the war in Iraq.


Barksdale Pleads Guilty; Avoids Death Penalty (2007-07-29)
The families of two Athens police officers shot to death in the line of duty support the plea agreement that allows the killer to avoid a death sentence, but colleagues in the Athens Police Department wanted him to go to trial.


Jasper Soldier Laid to Rest (2007-07-29)
At least 300 mourners said farewell on Saturday to Army Spc. Richard Gilmore III, Walker County's first fatality of the war in Iraq.


Current Farm Bill Version Favors Peanut Farmers (2007-07-27)
Peanut farmers would get lower price guarantees from the government under the farm bill that passed the House Friday, but Southern lawmakers who represent most of the crop's growers were able to insert one provision that could help offset the loss.


Justice delays document request in Siegelman case (2007-07-27)
The Justice Department said it is still working on a congressional request for documents related to the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.


Grayson Executed For Montevallo Murder (2007-07-27)
Darrell Grayson was executed Thursday evening by lethal injection for the 1980 killing of an 86-year-old widow in her Montevallo home.


Riley Rejects Calls to Stop Thursday's Execution (2007-07-26)
Darrell Grayson faces execution by lethal injection this evening for the December 1980 killing of an 86-year-old widow in her Montevallo home.


Dothan Radio Personality Killed in Plane Crash (2007-07-26)
An Alabama radio personality was one of two people who died Thursday in a small plane crash in rural Jackson County, Florida, near the Alabama state line.


Soldiers' Bodies Returned Home (2007-07-26)
More than 100 friends, family members and officials gathered at the T.C. Russell Field Airport Wednesday for the arrival of the body of a 19-year-old Dadeville resident killed last week in Iraq.


Groups Protest to Stop Thursday's Execution (2007-07-26)
Lisa Thomas had on brown and tan sneakers when she ended her five-day protest trek from Selma to Montgomery, but she said each step was covered with more than just a rubber sole.


Saban Says Discipline Will Be Handled Internally (2007-07-26)
Alabama coach Nick Saban said three players arrested recently won't face suspensions if they fulfill certain unspecified obligations.


U.S. Supreme Court Denies Request to Delay Execution (2007-07-26)
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a two-sentence order Thursday afternoon, denied a request for a stay of execution.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, July 26 (2007-07-26)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, July 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


More Troopers Will Be on Highways (2007-07-26)
The state Department of Public Safety plans to put an extra 200 officers on Alabama highways from Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17.


State Sells Bonds to Help Industry (2007-07-26)
State officials have made quick use of the extra borrowing authority that Alabama voters gave them last month.


Jury Clears Drummond in Union Deaths (2007-07-26)
A federal jury in Birmingham Thursday rejected claims that Alabama-based Drummond coal was to blame for the killing of three union leaders in Colombia.


New Presidential Poll Shows Thompson and Clinton Leading (2007-07-25)
A new survey shows potential presidential candidate Fred Thompson has jumped to the front of the Republican field in Alabama, while the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has tightened up.


New Health Survey Shows Alabama Children On Decline (2007-07-25)
A national report on the health and well-being of children and teenagers shows Alabama's overall ranking declined.


11-month-old Killed By Dogs (2007-07-25)
An 11-month-old boy was fatally mauled when two Siberian huskies got into his playpen at a home where he was visiting, authorities said.


Troy Officials Worried About Hospital's Fate (2007-07-25)
Troy city officials are worried that Troy Regional Medical Center will be left in critical financial shape if an effort by a group of local doctors to purchase the hospital falls through.


Prototype -- July 25, 2007 (2007-07-25)
In the nineteenth edition of Prototype, we hear about the city of Tuscaloosa's efforts to make walking and biking in the community safer. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Drummond Lawsuit Goes to Jury (2007-07-25)
A federal court jury in Birmingham will resume deliberations Thursday in a lawsuit that the families of three slain union leaders in Colombia filled against Alabama-based Drummond coal.


AG Wants Execution To Stay On Schedule (2007-07-25)
The state attorney general is asking the Alabama and U.S. Supreme Courts not to delay the execution Thursday of one of the longest serving men on Alabama's death row.


Bobo Retrial Begins Thursday in Tuscaloosa (2007-07-25)
A Tuscaloosa doctor goes on trial again tomorrow (Thursday) on Medicaid fraud charges in a case that raised questions about ethics in the administration of former Governor Don Siegelman, who has since been convicted and imprisoned on unrelated charges.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, July 24 (2007-07-24)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, July 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Union Workers Blame Colombian Authorities for Trial Delays (2007-07-24)
The union activists suing Birmingham-based Drummond Company in the 2001 murders of three labor leaders say deliberate foot-dragging by Colombian authorities is preventing the jury from hearing their star witness.


Dozens Show Up for Steel Open House (2007-07-24)
Scores of residents braved an evening thunderstorm to attend an open house hosted by ThyssenKrupp (TISS-en-krup) at the Mount Vernon Community Center.


Mental Health Hearing for Man Who Shot Officers (2007-07-24)
A judge will decide whether a man with a history of mental illness is competent to stand trial in the shooting deaths of two Athens police officers.


Critics Dispute DOC Report on Prison Farm Land (2007-07-24)
State Representative Ralph Howard, whose district includes the Farquhar State Cattle Ranch, urged Gov. Bob Riley and corrections officials to call off the planned sale of the farm on Monday, saying money for capital improvements should be raised in other ways.


Airport Runway Credited With Securing Military Unit (2007-07-24)
Military and other officials cut three ribbons to dedicate the two thousand-foot extension to Birmingham airport's east-west runway.


Thompson Raises Funds in Alabama (2007-07-24)
Potential presidential candidate Fred Thompson drew some of the state's top Republicans to his first Alabama fundraiser.


State Worker Benefits Surpass $2 billion (2007-07-24)
The state government's cost of providing health insurance and retirement benefits to active and retired school workers and state employees will top $2 billion next year, according to state budget forecasts.


Grayson Makes Last Minute Appeals (2007-07-24)
An Alabama death row inmate scheduled to die Thursday is pursuing last-minute appeals at the state and U.S. Supreme Courts, including seeking more time to argue that Alabama's lethal injection procedures are unconstitutionally cruel.


Edwards, Giuliani Leading Fundraising in Alabama (2007-07-23)
Alabamians have doled out more than one-point-two (m) million dollars to presidential candidates so far, with Democrat John Edwards and Republican Rudy Giuliani leading the fundraising in Alabama.


Study Criticizes Minority Aid in US Farm Policy (2007-07-23)
Minority farmers get few benefits from U.S. farm policy, which favors large producers and landowners, according to a recent study.


New Crowd Control Measures and Attractions for Tide Football Fans (2007-07-23)
A sports events firm with a $25,000 contract to ease crowd problems at Crimson Tide football games has some street-closings, more restrooms and big-screen TVs in its game plan.


State Will Spend $2B on Insurance, Benefits (2007-07-23)
The state government's cost of providing health insurance and retirement benefits to active and retired school workers and state employees will top two (b) billion dollars next year, according to state budget forecasts.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, July 23 (2007-07-23)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, July 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


School official accused of threats wrote Justice Department first (2007-07-23)
A school administrator was no stranger to the U.S. Justice Department when he was arrested for making terrorist threats to a Mobile TV station.


UA Programs Support Rural Doctor Recruitment (2007-07-23)
As a physician in a rural area, Dr. Deanah Maxwell knows there are times she'll be stopped in the grocery store or at church for advice sometimes not even medical advice. But for her, that's half the appeal of being a small-town doctor.


Pool Work Costs State $75K (2007-07-23)
Rebuilding the leaking Alabama-shaped pool at the Governor's Mansion is costing the state a little more than 75-thousand dollars.


Woman Walks to Protest Execution (2007-07-23)
A Brewton woman is walking to Montgomery on U.S. 80 to ask Governor Bob Riley to delay Thursday's execution of Darrell Grayson.


Drought aid available for livestock producers (2007-07-23)
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said immediate steps are being taken to provide additional hay and forage to livestock producers in drought-stricken states, including Alabama.


GA Governor Says AL Already Getting Too Much Water (2007-07-20)
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is responding to the Alabama governor's request for more water in an ongoing dispute involving the two states.


Siegelman aides contradict main part of Simpson affidavit (2007-07-20)
An affidavit by a campaign worker in Republican Bob Riley's race against Don Siegelman, has set off controversy over its statement indicating GOP political operatives played a role in the Justice Department's pursuit of the former Governor.


Rare Blood Disorder Threatens Huntville Newborn (2007-07-20)
About 10 minutes after Maddox Locke was born July 2, an innocent-looking red bump appeared on his smooth skin.


Sorry no Alabama Headlines on Friday, July 20th. (2007-07-20)
Sorry no Alabama Headlines on Friday, July 20th. AH returns Monday, July 23rd.


FEMA Memo Fuels Controvery on Trailer Safety (2007-07-20)
Lawyers for the government's disaster relief agency discouraged officials from pursuing reports that trailers housing hurricane victims had dangerous levels of formaldehyde, according to documents released Thursday.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, July 19 (2007-07-20)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, July 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Dadeville Soldier Dies in Iraq (2007-07-19)
A 19-year-old soldier from Dadeville who recently arrived in Iraq was killed by a roadside bomb.


Thomas Ethics Trial Delayed (2007-07-19)
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary agreed Wednesday to delay the ethics trial of Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas.


Catching Fireflies -- Commentary (2007-07-18)
On the parents' list of favorite summer activities for their children, perhaps catching fireflies is somewhere in the top 10. For commentator Lisa Davis, it's a family affair.


Rail Car Plant Coming to Shoals Area (2007-07-18)
Colbert County in northwest Alabama landed a rail car manufacturing plant Wednesday that is expected to employ 18-hundred workers.


Corps Denies Withholding Water (2007-07-18)
The Army Corps of Engineers said the government has not illegally withheld water from a Georgia reservoir that is sought by drought-stricken Alabama, despite claims by Gov. Bob Riley.


Auto Supplier Chooses Dadeville for Plant (2007-07-18)
A new automotive supplier will soon move into the William T- Thweatt Industrial Park in Dadeville, bringing about 300 jobs.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, July 18 (2007-07-18)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, July 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Scrushy Transferred to Oklahoma Prison (2007-07-18)
Former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy has been moved out of a federal penetentiary in Atlanta and taken to a federal prison system transfer facility in Oklahoma City.


Governor Urges GA Water Release (2007-07-18)
Governor Bob Riley has asked Army Secretary Pete Geren to order the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from a federal reservoir in Georgia to help bring drought relief in Alabama.


Tuscaloosa Area Bike/Pedestrian Plan Unveiled (2007-07-18)
Tuscaloosa Area planning officials are seeking public comment on the latest version of their non-motorized transportation plan. A public meeting is set for 10 AM Friday at the West Alabama Regional Commission.


Prototype -- July 18, 2007 (2007-07-18)
In the eighteenth edition of Prototype, we hear a report about a novel written by a mother and daughter about the south in the early 20th century. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Ruling Protects Farms From Air Pollution Lawsuits (2007-07-18)
Farms can't be sued over the pollution or odors they emit as long as they have entered into an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. That ruling came yesterday from a federal appeals court in Washington D-C.


Siegelman Moved to Louisiana Prison (2007-07-17)
Federal prison officials say former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has arrived at a minimum security federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana.


Congress Considers Fair Pay Legislation (2007-07-17)
A Jacksonville, Alabama woman whose discrimination lawsuit made it all the way to the U-S Supreme Court, is the impetus for a new fair pay measure making its way through Congress.


Group Upset Over Street Name (2007-07-17)
A civil rights group is complaining about a decision by the city of Athens to name a new street in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


AL Death Row Inmate Appeal Dismissed (2007-07-17)
Alabama death row inmate Darrell Grayson lost a federal court appeal Monday that could have delayed his scheduled execution in 10 days. His execution remains set for next Thursday evening (7/26).


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, July 17 (2007-07-17)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, July 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Environment Chief Attends Game on Power Company's Dime (2007-07-17)
The head of Alabama's environmental agency enjoyed a little baseball over the weekend from the private stadium box of one of the companies his office regulates.


McCain's Campaign Holds Up in Alabama (2007-07-17)
Senator John McCain's Republican presidential campaign is having a tough time nationally, but it's mostly holding together in Alabama.


New Industry Coming to Shoals (2007-07-17)
There's word of a major new industry headed to Florence. Development officials have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to make what they call a ''major announcement'' for the Shoals.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, July 16 (2007-07-16)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, July 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Rain Offers Little Help for Catfish Ponds (2007-07-16)
The two to five inches of rain that has fallen in the Black Belt during the last two weeks has been welcome relief, but it's had little effect on catfish ponds that are suffering from low water levels.


Siegelman Conviction Draws More Critics (2007-07-16)
Forty-four former state attorneys general have asked Congress to investigate whether politics at the Justice Department influenced the prosecution of former Alabama Govovernor Don Siegelman on corruption charges.


Riley: No Plans to Sell Bryce Hospital (2007-07-16)
Governor Riley is responding to speculation about the possible sale of Alabama's old mental hospital to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.


UA Considering Purchase of Bryce Hospital Property (2007-07-16)
No agreement has been reached, but University of Alabama officials appear interested in buying Bryce Hospital property from the state mental health department. Talks on a possible land deal began in late 2005.


Professor Suspends Book Deliveries to Iraq (2007-07-16)
A Jacksonville State University professor is suspending a program that shipped more than 55-thousand books and journals to universities in Iraq.


IRS Asking Nonprofits for Tax Returns (2007-07-15)
The Internal Revenue Service is getting ready to tell nonprofit organizations to send them a tax return. Dan Boone, an I-R-S spokesman in Birmingham, said the agency is NOT taxing the groups, but asking for the information so they can keep on file.


Judge Dismisses Suit Against Housing Commission (2007-07-15)
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a trucking company challenging the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission's right to regulate transportation of manufactured housing in the state.


Peanut Farmers Wary of New Farm Legislation (2007-07-14)
Southern peanut farmers who produce about three-fourths of the nation's crop don't like what they're seeing in draft farm legislation that could determine how much cash support they get from the federal government over the next five years.


Southern Cotton Crop Loses Ground (2007-07-14)
Dry parts of the mid-South and Southeast have led to a drop of one-point-three (m) million bales in the nation's cotton production from last month.


Southern Children Don't Walk or Bike To School (2007-07-14)
Fewer than half of American children who live close to school regularly walk or ride a bike to classes, according to a new study that highlights a dramatic shift toward car commuting by kids.


Two Charged with Voter Fraud in South Alabama (2007-07-13)
An unsuccessful candidate in an Alabama House race and a nursing home worker were arrested and charged Thursday with multiple counts of voter fraud.


Governor Changes Prison Land Sale Funding Plans (2007-07-13)
Governor Bob Riley and Prisons Commissioner Richard Allen announced yesterday that money raised from selling state land would be used for capital improvements instead of operating costs.


Ala. Farmers Ask for Drought Help (2007-07-13)
Alabama farmers have asked the federal government to provide emergency assistance to help them recover from what they describe as a devastating drought.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, July 13 (2007-07-13)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, July 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Auburn Fund Raising Hits $500 Million (2007-07-13)
$500 million and counting. Auburn University officials say that how much the school's capital campaign has raised - nine months ahead of schedule.


W.C. Handy Festival - Interview (2007-07-12)
The W.C. Handy Festival is set to begin July 20th with its usual musical offerings in jazz and blues. It honors the man who helped popularize both genres of music.


Rain Helps But Doesn't Relieve Drought (2007-07-12)
The latest U-S Drought Monitor Survey shows that the recent rains have helped relieve some of the worst drought stricken areas in Alabama, but it has not gone away.


Union Official Testifies in Drummond Case (2007-07-12)
A mining union official testified today that the head of Drummond coal in Colombia threatened him after the killings of three labor leaders whose families blame the company for the murders.


Mercedes Celebrates 10 Big Years in Alabama (2007-07-12)
On the 10th anniversary of Mercedes' first assembly plant in the United States, a sprawling white complex at Vance, economic researchers released a report Wednesday outlining its nearly $7 billion annual impact on Alabama.


Regions Closes at 2 PM Thursday to Make Switch (2007-07-12)
Regions Bank offices across Alabama and Florida will close at 2 p-m Thursday as the bank prepares to switch to AmSouth Bank's computer system as part of a 10 (b) billion dollar merger.


Construction Worker Dies At RSA Tower (2007-07-12)
Authorities have identified a construction worker who fell to his death Wednesday from a building under construction near downtown Montgomery.


Life Expectancy in Alabama Among Lowest in Nation (2007-07-12)
Hawaii residents live longer than people anywhere else in the country and residents of Alabama are among those with the shortest lives.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, July 12 (2007-07-12)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, July 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Wow, I Didn't Know That! - Sneezing (2007-07-11)
Did you know that sneezing is also known as ''sternutation?'' It used to be considered as the body's method of expelling evil spirits, and thus the response ''God Bless You!''


Siegelman Moved to Another Prison (2007-07-11)
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has been transferred out of the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. He has been held at the Atlanta prison since he was sentenced on June 28th.


Alabama, Other States Reach Deal With AOL (2007-07-11)
Alabama is among 47 states to join a settlement with A-O-L, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, July 11 (2007-07-11)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, July 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


No Burn Restrictions Reduced (2007-07-11)
The Alabama Forestry Commission on Tuesday downgraded a no-burn order in north Alabama to a fire alert and cleared counties in south Alabama to resume normal burning practices.


Alabama Tests Newborns for Genetic Disorders (2007-07-11)
Early detection of rare but devastating genetic disorders is the first step to keeping babies alive and well. And a report says nearly 90 percent of newborns are being checked for such disorders.


Judge Drops Felonies Against Worley (2007-07-11)
A judge has dismissed felony election law charges against former Secretary of State Nancy Worley but left intact misdemeanor counts in the case.


School Board Considers Flexible Schedules (2007-07-10)
The state board of education has taken the first step toward approving a new policy that would restrict the way system employees use flexible work schedules.


FBI: E-mail Threat is a Scam (2007-07-10)
If you receive an e-mail message threatening you with death by a hit man, the F-B-I says its an extortion scam.


Siegelman Spends 23 Hours a Day in Cell (2007-07-10)
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman once lived in the governor's mansion and crisscrossed the state on airplanes to announce new industries and meet with civic leaders.


Carnival Cruise CEO Plans to Retire (2007-07-10)
Carnival Cruise Lines president and chief executive Robert Dickinson is retiring at the end of the year.


$17 Million in Federal Drought Aid Requested (2007-07-10)
Alabama's congressional delegation requested $17 million in federal aid Monday for farmers affected by the severe drought, which a state climatologist says is the state's worst in more than a century.


Health Workers Trace E-Coli Outbreak (2007-07-10)
An E-Coli outbreak has sickened 14 to 15 people in north Alabama and health officials are focusing on a Huntsville restaurant where most of them ate.


Kennedy Will Stay at Bishop State to Write Book (2007-07-10)
Yvonne Kennedy will remain at Bishop State Community College to write a book on the school's history after she retires as president at end of the month, but her lawyer and two-year chancellor Bradley Byrne disagree on what her duties will be.


Obama Returns To Bama (2007-07-10)
Senator Barack Obama kicked off his Democratic presidential campaign in Alabama with appeals to both high-dollar donors and average voters Monday.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, July 10 (2007-07-10)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, July 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Jury Selection May Begin in Worley Trial (2007-07-09)
Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley returns to a Montgomery courtroom today, as jury selection in her trial could begin.


Alabama last in state and local taxes per-capita (2007-07-09)
Alabama reportedly ranks last in the amount of sales and local taxes collected per person, a position it is accustomed to.


Land Values Drop With Lake Levels (2007-07-09)
A longtime real estate agent says the value of land on Lake Martin has fallen with the lake's water level.


Civil Rights Publisher Dies Over Weekend (2007-07-09)
Charles Tisdale, an Athens, Alabama native who fought for civil rights as owner and publisher of Mississippi's oldest black-owned newspaper, died Saturday at the age of 80.


Worley Trial Begins Today (2007-07-09)
Trial begins today (Monday) in Montgomery for former Secretary of State Nancy Worley, who spent four years as Alabama's chief election official.


Siegelman Won't Pay Restitution (2007-07-09)
A federal judge says former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman does not have to pay more than 181 thousand dollars in restitution to a state agency as part of his punishment in a government corruption case.


Prototype -- July 11, 2007 (2007-07-08)
In the seventeenth edition of Prototype, we take a look back at one of the most listened to stories from the first half of the year - a personal story about the city of Enterprise. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Court Upholds State Ballot Access Laws (2007-07-06)
Three independent candidates lost a challenge to Alabama's ballot access laws. The 11th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state's ballot access laws are reasonable and do not violate the constitutional rights of independent candidates.


Alabama's Ballot Access Laws Upheld (2007-07-06)
Three independent candidates lost a challenge to Alabama's ballot access laws, which are among the toughest in the nation.


School Will Be First With Hispanic Majority (2007-07-06)
A school in north Alabama could make state history this fall by becoming the first school in Alabama to have a Hispanic majority.


Secretary of State Website To Offer New Service (2007-07-06)
A division of the secretary of state's office used by hundreds of people each day is going online.


Civil Rights Museum Gets $1 Million (2007-07-06)
A second museum for the Selma-to-Montgomery Historic Trail was given a one million dollar boost Thursday, courtesy of Congress.


Congress Considers Name for New Hall (2007-07-05)
''Emancipation'' is a hot word in Washington these days. Democratic Alabama Congressman Artur Davis and Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus favor Congress re-naming the entrance to the U-S Capitol Visitors Center as ''Emancipation Hall.''


Good News Concerning Drought (2007-07-05)
There's some good news regarding Alabama's drought. The latest survey released Thursday from the U-S Drought Monitor shows the area of Alabama affected by the worst drought condition is now about 42 percent.


Deceased Soldier Awarded Silver Star (2007-07-05)
An Alabama soldier who died after covering a grenade to protect four fellow soldiers has been awarded a Silver Star.


Movie Gallery Considers Future (2007-07-05)
Movie and video game rental chain operator Movie Gallery said it is evaluating its strategic options, including a possible sale, after being unable to meet certain financial obligations.


Ala. Power: Lake Levels Will Drop (2007-07-05)
Alabama Power says water levels at several Alabama lakes are expected to drop significantly over the coming weeks as the utility takes steps to protect water quality and navigation threatened by the current drought.


Not Everyone Gets UA Football Tickets (2007-07-05)
Overwhelming demand for 2007 UA football tickets has left thousands of University employees without a seat.


Microbrewery Burns in Huntsville (2007-07-05)
An early morning fire in Huntsville gutted a micobrewery. Firefighters were unable to save the Olde Towne Brewing Company on Holmes Street.


Congressional Pork in Tuscaloosa (2007-07-05)
The Army Corps of Engineers doesn't necessarily need a new field office in Tuscaloosa.


Cheaha State Park Dealing With Water Shortage (2007-07-04)
Cheaha Resort State Park is trying to stay open with the recent drought drying up the water supply. For nearly a week, the park has trucked in 40-thousand gallons of water a day from Heflin.


Health Officials Urge Safety With Fireworks (2007-07-04)
Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations, but in dozens of Alabama cities possessing, storing and selling fireworks is illegal.


Alabama Headlines - On Temporary Hiatus (2007-07-04)
Alabama Headlines with Brandon Hollingsworth will be on hiatus until Monday, July 9th.


Alabama Inmates Will Get Job Training (2007-07-03)
The Alabama Department of Corrections has finalized an agreement with a New Jersey-based company for a training center that will prepare inmates to rejoin the work force, but an opponent says the plan puts the community in danger.


Prototype -- July 3, 2007 (2007-07-03)
In the sixteenth edition of Prototype, we hear about sneezes and the history of this bodily action. Have a listen or take a sniff...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Judge Wallace, Brother to Governor, Died (2007-07-03)
Retired Barbour County Circuit Judge Jack Wallace, the brother of four-time Alabama Governor George Wallace, died Monday after suffering a stroke in May. He was 84.


Alabama Soldier Buried in Enterprise (2007-07-03)
Army Sergeant William Edward Brown, who died in a mortar blast in Iraq, was buried with full military honors Sunday in Enterprise.


Congress Update - Tuesday, July 3 (2007-07-03)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the federal government's ban on Chinese seafood products and how that may affect Alabama farmers.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, July 3 (2007-07-03)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, July 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


More Guard Members Prepare to Deploy (2007-07-03)
Some two-hundred Alabama National Guard members are mobilizing for duty in Iraq and are expected to deploy overseas this summer.


Artillery Shell Project Continues (2007-07-03)
The Army says it is making progress on a year-long project to destroy 100 pound artillery shells.


Popular Snack Food Recalled Nationwide (2007-07-03)
A popular snack food is being recalled because of fears it could be contaminated with salmonella.


Richardson Preparing to Leave Auburn University (2007-07-02)
Dr. Ed Richardson is thinking about life away from the Auburn University president's office.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, July 2 (2007-07-02)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, July 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Troopers Prepare for July 4th Holiday (2007-07-02)
Alabama Public Safety Director Colonel Christopher Murphy says extra troopers will be on the highways during the Fourth holiday, focusing on speeders, drunk drivers and seatbelts use.


Fire Destroys Boats in Guntersville (2007-07-02)
A Monday morning fire destroyed more than a dozen boats at a marina on Lake Guntersville.


Florence City Council Considers Draft Beer Ordinance (2007-07-02)
The Florence City Council votes Tuesday on an ordinance allowing draft beer sales by September First, with beer distributors already getting prepared.


Six Qualify for Special Senate Election (2007-07-02)
Five Republicans and one Democrat qualified for the special election to replace Republican Bradley Byrne in the Alabama Senate.


Decatur Preps for Spirit of America Festival (2007-07-02)
Decatur is preparing for the Spirit of America festival, an annual Fourth of July celebration at Point Mallard Park.


UNA Receives Major Endowment (2007-06-30)
The Virginia Bayless O'Connell estate has announced a $300,000 scholarship endowment for the University of North Alabama.


Siegelman and Scrushy are behind bars (2007-06-29)
A federal judge sentenced former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy to prison last night denying defense pleas to let them remain free on appeal.


Siegelman & Scrushy Sent to Prison - Analysis (2007-06-29)
Alabama Pubilc Radio's Brett Tannehill speaks with University of Alabama political science professor emeritus Dr. William Stewart about factors involved in the sentencing of former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy


Arnetts Respond to Gees Bend Quilter's Lawsuit (2007-06-28)
Two Atlanta art collecters accused of defrauding quilters in Gees Bend say one of the lawsuits is baseless and have returned the quilts in question.


Kennedy, Rogers Retire After School Scandals (2007-06-28)
The state school board voted Thursday to accept the retirement of Bishop State Community College President Yvonne Kennedy and Shelton State President Rick Rogers, despite calls for their firing over financial scandals on their campuses.


Judge Increases Possible Sentence for Siegelman (2007-06-28)
A federal judge increased the possible sentence for former Gov. Don Siegelman from more than 10 years to more than 15 years Thursday, saying he believes Siegelman's actions damaged the public's confidence in state government.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 28 (2007-06-28)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Sentencing Guidelines Set for Siegelman and Scrushy (2007-06-28)
A federal judge has set sentencing guidelines for former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy that could send both men to prison for 10 years.


U.S. Supreme Court Declines Alabama Case (2007-06-28)
The U-S Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to Alabama's property tax system that was filed by plaintiffs in the state's long-running higher education desegregation case.


Officials Worry About Moving Guards to Another City (2007-06-28)
North Alabama officials are worried whether their area will be adequately prepared for a disaster after hundreds of National Guard positions are moved from Huntsville and Decatur.


Innkeeper Recalls Finding Confederate Documents (2007-06-28)
What some historians consider a Confederate goldmine will have a permanent home in South Carolina following a surprising discovery in Alabama's port city.


Congress Update - Thursday, June 28 (2007-06-28)
Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the defeat of President Bush's immigration bill in the US Senate, a big political day for Senator Jeff Sessions and a looming showdown between the White House and Congress over subpoenaed records.


Judge Adopts Sentencing Guidelines for Siegelman, Scrushy (2007-06-27)
A federal judge adopted sentencing guidelines Wednesday that could send former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman to prison for more than 10 years and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy for more than eight years.


Young Professionals Network, Serve Community (2007-06-27)
Young professionals in the Shoals area banded together a year ago to start an organization that would only allow them to network while giving back to their community.


Hearing Continues for Scrushy, Siegelman (2007-06-27)
A sentencing hearing is continuing in federal court in Montgomery for former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy.


Steel Dust Recycler Coming to Lamar County (2007-06-27)
Steel Dust Recyling, a company that recycles steel mill dust, has announced plans to build a 35 (m) million dollar plant in Lamar County, in west Alabama.


Employees Insurance Board Considering Senate's Request (2007-06-27)
The State Employees Insurance Board will hold a special meeting in the next few weeks for a showdown between Governor Riley's administration and the state Senate over providing health insurance for senators at little or no cost.


Missile Defense Command Now Housed at Redstone (2007-06-27)
The Army Space and Missile Defense Command headquarters was officially transferred to Redstone Arsenal Tuesday.


Tuscaloosa Gets Cool Designation (2007-06-27)
Tuscaloosa has become a ''Cool City.'' The designation became official when Mayor Walter Maddox announced the city's fleet of vehicles has been converted to use bio diesel fuels.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 27 (2007-06-27)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Drought Causing More Insect Infestations (2007-06-27)
The lingering drought has resulted in wilting plant and water restrictions. But there's another problem - more unwanted creepy crawlers around homes across the Southeast.


Alabama Soldier Killed in Iraq (2007-06-27)
An Army sergeant from Phil Campbell was killed when Iraqi insurgents attacked his unit over the weekend.


Sentencing Hearing Begins for Siegelman, Scrushy (2007-06-26)
A sentencing hearing has begun that will determine if former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy remain free or spend much of the rest of their lives in prison.


Mobile: Pay Fine and We'll Forget Jail (2007-06-26)
It's either pay up or go to jail. Mobile officials say they will cancel arrest warrants for citizens who pay fines and court costs in full by July 31st.


Alabama Ag Interests Wrapped Up in Cuba Debate (2007-06-26)
In Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to ease trade restrictions with Cuba. That would benefit Alabama's agricultural producers.


Riley Urges Insurance Board to Reject Senators' Request (2007-06-26)
Governor Riley has urged the State Employees Insurance Board to reject an application from the Alabama Senate that could mean a significant reduction in the cost of health insurance for senators.


Ethics Commissioner Defends ''Roach'' Comment (2007-06-26)
Some two-year college presidents who took exception to comments made by Alabama Ethics Commission Director Jim Sumner confronted him during a seminar this week, saying his remarks likening administrators to roaches were hurtful.


Congress Update - Tuesday, June 26 (2007-06-26)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the U.S. Senate's newest member and Senator Jeff Sessions' continuing efforts to defeat the immigration bill.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 26 (2007-06-26)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Candidate List Grows in B'ham Mayor Election (2007-06-25)
The list of candidates in the Birmingham mayor's race is growing less than four months before the election.


Ham Radio Operators Have a ''Field Day'' (2007-06-25)
Saturday (6/23) was sunny and hot across west Alabama, and that made it perfect for a disaster drill. But there were no sirens, no emergency crews dashing back and forth, and no actors playing injured citizens.


College Enrollment Among Blacks Improving (2007-06-25)
For the first time, blacks are as well represented on college campuses in the South as they are in the region's population.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 25 (2007-06-25)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 25th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Siegelman, Scrushy Back in Court Tuesday (2007-06-25)
Two men once considered the brightest stars of Alabama's political and business worlds will face a federal judge Tuesday who could order them to prison for much of the rest of their lives.


Enterprise Receives $6M Check to Rebuild Schools (2007-06-25)
The city of Enterprise has six (m) million dollars to use to rebuild its storm damaged high school and elementary school.


Sessions Will Use ''Every Effort'' to Stop Immigration Bill (2007-06-25)
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions pledged to use ''every effort'' to slow President Bush's plan to reform immigration laws and enforcement.


Delphi Closing Limestone County Plant (2007-06-25)
A union leader said Monday Delphi will close an auto parts factory in Limestone County by March 2009 and cutbacks will begin almost immediately.


Three Arrested in Check Forging Case (2007-06-25)
Three people are in a Tuscaloosa jail, each charged with cashing counterfeit checks and forging Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox's signature.


AMA Journal to Study Disaster Response (2007-06-24)
The American Medical Association has introduced a new medical journal billed as the first of its kind devoted to the science of disaster planning and response.


Baptist Denomination Urges Goals for Black Churches (2007-06-24)
A leader of one of the nation's major black Baptist denominations is calling on black churches to set goals for addressing social problems.


Delphi Reaches Agreement With UAW (2007-06-23)
Delphi, the struggling auto parts maker, has reached a tentative wage-cutting agreement with its largest union.


ACHE Will Allow One More Nursing Program (2007-06-23)
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education voted 6-to-4 Friday to uphold its decision to allow one additional doctorate of nursing program in the state and placed a three-year moratorium on others, despite calls for more programs and no delay.


Probation Extended at Bishop State (2007-06-22)
Bishop State Community College will remain on probation for another six months. The decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools cited failures in financial and academic areas.


Forty Counties Now on No-Burn List (2007-06-22)
Seven more counties, mostly in west Alabama, were placed under a drought emergency or no burn order Friday - bringing the total number to 40.


Congress Update - Friday, June 22 (2007-06-22)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the president's fundraising prowess, a split decision from Alabama's U.S. senators on the federal Energy Bill, and a look ahead to next week's immigration battle.


Crowds Gather to See President (2007-06-22)
President Bush made stops in north Alabama and the southern part of the state Thursday (6/21) to promote his approach for cutting gasoline consumption and to campaign for one of Alabama's U-S senators.


American Village Scraps Fireworks Display (2007-06-22)
Drought conditions and the risk of fire have prompted officials with the American Village in Montevallo to scrap plans for its Fourth of July fireworks display.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 22 (2007-06-22)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Survey Shows Drought Has Worsened (2007-06-22)
The Drought Monitor survey released Thursday shows almost 43 percent of Alabama is now in the worst drought conditions in the country.


Congress Reexamines Deal With Black Farmers (2007-06-22)
Democrats say a deal the government reached with black farmers over decades of discrimination is broken and needs another chance.


State Will Offer HPV Vaccine This Fall (2007-06-22)
State Health Officer Don Williamson says plans are still on for the state to offer a a cervical cancer-prevention vaccine to girls and young women.


Group Wants Zoo to Shut Down Elephant Exhibit (2007-06-22)
An animal protection group said today the Birmingham Zoo should shut down the pen where an elderly Asian elephant named Mona lived alone before being euthanized because of poor health.


Appeals Court Refuses to Dismiss Judge (2007-06-21)
A federal appeals court has refused to order U-S District Judge Mark Fuller to step down from presiding over the sentencing hearing for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy.


Ala. Homeland Security Chief Testifies Before Congress (2007-06-21)
Alabama's homeland security chief told national lawmakers Wednesday that state agencies are much better prepared to handle a disaster than they were two years ago when Hurricane Katrina struck.


Interview with NPR White House Correspondent David Greene (2007-06-21)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with NPR White House Correspondent David Greene. David is accompanying President Bush as he travels through Alabama on Thursday, June 21st.


Bush Touts Future of Nuclear Power (2007-06-21)
President Bush praised Browns Ferry workers for bringing the plant fully on line for the first time in a generation and held out Browns Ferry as a model for a nuclear renaissance in the U-S.


Opelika Guard Unit Prepares for Iraq Duty (2007-06-21)
One-hundred and seventy soldiers assigned to Opelika-based 206th Transportation Company are preparing for deployment to Iraq.


Little Will Chair Committee to Review Senate Fight (2007-06-21)
The state Senate's Democratic majority leader, Zeb Little, will serve as chairman of the Senate committee reviewing a Republican senator hitting a Democratic senator.


Alabama Ranks Low for Educating Students with Disabilities (2007-06-21)
The U-S Education Department says Alabama is among four-fifths of the states falling short of federal requirements for educating students with disabilities.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 21 (2007-06-21)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 21st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Storm Spawned Tornado in Trinity (2007-06-21)
A fast moving storm that swept across Morgan County Wednesday spawned a small tornado.


State Supreme Court Hears ''English Only'' Case (2007-06-21)
The Alabama Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the state from giving its driver's test in multiple languages. The suit seeks a return to English only.


Obama Plans Another Alabama Visit (2007-06-20)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Birmingham on July ninth for a fund-raising reception that's designed to attract average citizens.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 20 (2007-06-20)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Huntsville Residents Asked to Conserve Water (2007-06-20)
Huntsville Utilities is asking its customers to take voluntary measures to conserve water because of the severe drought.


Bush Administration Delays Passport Requirements (2007-06-20)
The Bush administration will delay -- for at least six months -- a rule that Americans must present passports when crossing the U-S border by land or sea.


Decision Expected Soon on Fireworks Ban (2007-06-20)
Despite the worsening drought situation in Alabama, state officials may recommend easing some of the restrictions on the use of fireworks during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.


Numbers Show Many Gaurd Members Being Redeployed (2007-06-20)
Nearly 17 percent of about 640 Alabama Army National Guard soldiers expected to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistant from six state Guard units later this year are returning for at least a second tour.


Riley Vetoes Ethics Bill (2007-06-20)
Governor Riley has vetoed an ethics bill that passed the Legislature without a dissenting vote.


Congress Update - Wednesday, June 20 (2007-06-20)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the president's trip to Alabama, testimony from the state's homeland security director, and a member of Congress who's on a dubious list.


Vance Will Move Civil War Cemetery (2007-06-19)
The city of Vance plans to relocate the remains of a small Civil War cemetery late this summer as part of its efforts to build a municipal park.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 19 (2007-06-19)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Tyson CEO Assures Albertville, Blountsville (2007-06-19)
Tyson Foods C-E-O Richard Bond flew from Tyson's corporate headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, to assure Albertville and Blountsville leaders of their commitment to each community.


Public Service Commission Approves Rate Hike (2007-06-19)
The Alabama Public Service Commission has given Alabama Power Company permission to raise its rates by five-point-six percent.


President Bush to Tour Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (2007-06-19)
President Bush will make a stop in the Tennessee Valley to tour the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens on Thursday.


Officials Ask Riley to Deal With Drought (2007-06-19)
More than 50 government officials and concerned citizens, including 25 mayors, have signed a letter asking Governor Bob Riley to help deal with the state's drought.


Helen Keller Festival This Week (2007-06-19)
Each year, Tuscumbia hosts a festival to honor the birthday of Helen Keller. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Sanders spoke with Kim Parker about what's happening at this year's Helen Keller Festival ...


Man Arrested for Threatening TV News Workers (2007-06-18)
38-year-old Daniel Leonard of Mobile was arrested following a joint city police and FBI investigation into threatening e-mails sent to a Mobile TV station.


Government Warns Mine Operators About Safety (2007-06-17)
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says it has warned eight mining operations across the country, including in Alabama, that they may face sanctions as repeat violators of health and safety rules.


Riley Blocks Insurance Bill (2007-06-16)
Governor Riley has decided to block legislation that would have raised the minimum amount of liability insurance that Alabama motorists must buy.


Jury Rejects Harassment Charges (2007-06-16)
A Madison County Circuit Court jury has found a Country Day School teacher and soccer coach NOT guilty of harassment for poking a ten-year-old girl in the arm and stomach with a pen.


UA Will Request Tuition Increase (2007-06-15)
University of Alabama administrators will ask trustees Friday to raise tuition for the coming academic year by eight percent for all students and more for law school students.


Folsom Says Senate Shouldn't Tolerate Violence (2007-06-15)
Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Junior says the state Senate can't tolerate one member striking another and it must take action.


McCain Plans Friday Visit to Birmingham (2007-06-15)
The presidential campaign is returning to Alabama. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is due in Birmingham Friday.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 15 (2007-06-15)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Checks Had Forged Signature of Tuscaloosa's Mayor (2007-06-15)
The city of Tuscaloosa is out nearly 10-thousand dollars after someone forged checks with the signature of the mayor.


Unemployment Rate Up in May (2007-06-15)
Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 3-point-5 percent in May. That's the highest figure of the year but it's still below the national rate.


Congress Update - Friday, June 15 (2007-06-15)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the return of the immigration bill, political fundraising in Alabama, and money to rebuild Enterprise High School.


Most Ala. Congressmen are Millionaires (2007-06-15)
Financial disclosures released this week in Washington show that most Alabama members of Congress are millionaires.


Renovation Plans for I-65 in Montgomery (2007-06-14)
''Project 65'' is being called Governor Bob Riley's largest road construction project.


Residents Complain About Lack of Warning (2007-06-14)
Some residents living near the site of a now-closed brass foundry in Lincoln are upset after learning that state environmental officials knew three years ago that hazardous debris was on the site.


Former Fire College President Denies Allegations (2007-06-14)
Former Alabama Fire College president William Langston, through his attorney, is denying allegations in an indictment accusing him.


School Board Considers Soda Restrictions (2007-06-14)
The issue of healthier drink choices in school vending machines will be discussed Thursday by the state school board.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 14 (2007-06-14)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, June 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Riley Supports Delta Service to China (2007-06-14)
Ten Southern governors, including Alabama's Bob Riley, are backing a bid by Delta Airlines to offer nonstop flights to China from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Drought Intensifies Water Fight (2007-06-14)
The drought that's ruining crops across the south is intensifying a battle for water resources among Alabama and some of its neighbors.


Feud Could Threaten Law Center Funding (2007-06-14)
A political feud in Washington appears to threaten federal funding for a new law enforcement training center in Hoover.


AU Professor Sues to Recover Salary (2007-06-14)
An Auburn University professor who was suspended with pay in December while an investigation into grading irregularities is conducted has sued the school after officials stopped paying him his annual salary.


Family Gets Home Two Years After Katrina (2007-06-14)
It has been almost two years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Alabama coast, and many people who live in hard hit south Mobile County continue to recover.


Riley Plans Trip to France (2007-06-13)
Governor Riley and a congressional delegation are going to France later this week to pursue an airplane plant for Mobile.


Barron Says Senate Should Punish Bishop (2007-06-13)
State Senator Lowell Barron says he doesn't plan to file charges or a lawsuit against state Senator Charles Bishop for hitting him in the head, provided the Senate punishes Bishop.


Siegelman, Scrushy Ask Court for Leniency (2007-06-13)
Former Governor Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth boss Richard Scrushy have made personal pleas for mercy in arguing that prison terms recommended by prosecutors in their corruption case would be ''life sentences.''


TB Case Prompts Health Officials to Search for 28 Alabamians (2007-06-13)
Health departments across the state are working to contact 28 passengers from Alabama who were on the trans-Atlantic flight to Paris from Atlanta with Andrew Speaker, the 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer now known to have an extremely drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.


Judge Delays Worley Trial (2007-06-13)
A Montgomery judge has postponed the trial of former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley a month.


Classes Resume at UNA After Bomb Threats (2007-06-13)
Summer classes resumed Wednesday at the University of North Alabama in Florence.


Congress Considers Gender Pay Differences (2007-06-13)
Jacksonville resident Lilly Ledbetter took her discrimination case before the U-S Supreme Court. She lost. Now she is asking Congress to step in.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 13 (2007-06-13)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 12 (2007-06-12)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Utility Will Lower Water Levels on Three Lakes (2007-06-12)
Alabama Power will lower Jordan, Lay and Mitchell Lakes by one-to-two feet this week.


Wildfire Rages Near Ragland (2007-06-12)
Authorities are struggling to contain a raging wildfire in western St. Clair County that has scorched hundreds of acres since Sunday.


Gov. Riley Promotes Alternative Auto Fuel (2007-06-12)
Gov. Bob Riley filled up a Chevrolet Impala at the state motor pool with a fuel that's 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.


UPDATE - Authorities Find No Bombs at UNA (2007-06-12)
APR's Pat Sanders reported at 4:50 PM Tuesday that University of North Alabama spokesperson Terry Pace says authorities searched the UNA campus and found nothing.


Worley's Attorneys Seek Trial Delay (2007-06-12)
Attorneys for former Secretary of State Nancy Worley have asked a judge to delay her criminal trial, which is scheduled to start next Monday.


Bill Would Help Fund Prosecution of Unsolved Civil Rights Cases (2007-06-12)
Congress is considering new legislation that could provide Alabama authorities with more money to pursue unsolved civil rights cases.


Congress Update-Tuesday, June 12 (2007-06-12)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about Monday's unsuccessful ''no confidence'' vote against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.


UPDATE - UNA Campus Cleared, Classes Will Resume Wednesday (2007-06-12)
APR's Pat Sanders reported at 4:50 PM Tuesday that University of North Alabama spokesperson Terry Pace says authorities searched the UNA campus and found nothing.


Questions Surround Dorm Project (2007-06-12)
A dormitory built and financed by an Anniston architect with ties to the former head of Alabama's two-year colleges would cost the state more than a typical dorm.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 11 (2007-06-11)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Former Shoals Mayor Mitchell Died Saturday (2007-06-11)
Former Muscle Shoals Mayor Charles Mitchell, whose career included staff positions with several U-S senators, died Saturday at Shoals Hospital. He was 79.


Budget Cuts Will Affect Weatherization Plans (2007-06-11)
Officials who manage the state's Weatherization Assistance Program say budget cuts mean about 200 fewer elderly and low-income residents will be helped this year.


Lead Contamination Found in Soil (2007-06-11)
Federal environmental officials are planning a cleanup of lead contaminants found in soil around an abandoned brass foundry in Lincoln.


Madison County Commission Considering Tax Hike (2007-06-11)
Madison County residents could learn Monday afternoon if they'll soon be paying a half-cent more in sales tax.


Healthier Food Choices Expected at State Schools (2007-06-11)
Alabama public school students could be finding fewer unhealthy drink choices when they return to school next year.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 8th (2007-06-08)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 8th (2007-06-08)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Congress Update-Friday, June 8 (2007-06-08)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Todd Zwillich about the death of the Immigration Bill, the government's passport debacle, and the upcoming ''no confidence'' vote against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, June 8th (2007-06-08)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, June 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Hammett Still Considering Run for Governor (2007-06-08)
Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett says he expects to make a decision by next summer on whether he will run for governor in 2010.


Deployment Ceremony for Dothan Area Guard Unit (2007-06-08)
Another group of soldiers assigned to an Alabama National Guard unit were placed on active duty this week and await deployment to Iraq.


General Fund Signed, Tuscaloosa County Loses Road Funds (2007-06-08)
Governor Bob Riley has signed a $1.8 billion Fiscal Year 2008 General Fund budget, but not without exercising his line-item veto power.


Senate Punch Gives Alabama Black Eye (2007-06-08)
A Republican senator slugging a Democratic senator gave the Alabama Legislature a national black eye. The much talked about punch has become fodder for T-V comics and commentators.


Punch Thrown in Alabama Senate Scuffle (2007-06-07)
Harsh words gave way to a punch being thrown in the Alabama Senate Thursday morning.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, June 7th (2007-06-07)
Alabama Headlines will resume on Friday, June 8th. Thanks for listening.


Historic Area in Talladega Burns (2007-06-07)
An early morning (Thursday) fire has heavily damaged a historic part of the city of Talladega.


Alabama Farmers Watching Federal Farm Bill (2007-06-07)
Alabama is running in the middle of the pack among states when it comes to raking in federal agriculture dollars.


Gees Bend Quilter Sues for Fraud (2007-06-06)
One of the world-famous Gees Bend quilters is suing an Atlanta family who helped promote the hand-woven crafts claiming she was cheated financially.


$20 Post Office Robbery Could Bring 25 Years (2007-06-06)
A post office in the tiny community of Ralph got an unexpected surprise yesterday morning at around 8-15.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, June 6th (2007-06-06)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, June 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Berg Steel Plant Comes to Alabama Coast (2007-06-05)
A massive industrial site along the Mobile riverfront that has been vacant for several years will come back to life. Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold reports from Mobile ...


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, June 5th (2007-06-05)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, June 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


First Lady Unveils Parenting Assistance Line (2007-06-05)
It's been said time and time again ... raising children is the toughest job of all. Now, Alabama parents can call a new, free service for helpful information and support. First Lady Patsy Riley unveiled the Parenting Assistance Line during a recent trip to Mobile. She spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Chris Newbold. He files this report ...


Inmates Return to Dale Co. Jail After Brawl (2007-06-05)
More than 50 inmates are now back in Dale County Jail following a violent incident last month.


Work Continues on Interstate 22 (2007-06-04)
A new 13-mile stretch of Corridor X, later to be called Interstate 22, will open this month.


Alabama Headlines returns on June 4th (2007-06-04)
Alabama Headlines will return to its normal weekday schedule on June 4th. Thanks for listening!


Alabama's Hispanic Student Population Increases (2007-06-04)
There was an 11% increase in the number of Hispanic students in Alabama public schools for 2006-2007.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, June 4th (2007-06-04)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, June 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


AL Seeks More Water From GA (2007-05-31)
Drought conditions that have gripped the South are also ratcheting up the water-sharing battle between Alabama and Georgia.


Riley Signs Slavery Apology (2007-05-31)
Today, Governor Bob Riley signed a legislative resolution that apologizes for Alabama's past participation in slavery.


AL Seeks More Water From GA (2007-05-31)
Drought conditions that have gripped the South are also ratcheting up the water-sharing battle between Alabama and Georgia.


Dallas County Inmate Dies; Prompts Investigation (2007-05-29)
A formal inquiry has been launched into the death of 35-year-old Michale Stallworth, who was found dead in his Dallas County Jail cell on Sunday


Prison Sentences Recommended for Siegelman and Scrushy (2007-05-28)
Former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy face heavy penalties proposed by prosecutors.


Drought Advisory for 37 Counties (2007-05-28)
Drought warnings have been issued for 37 counties by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Office of Water Resources.


Congress Update-Friday May 25th (2007-05-25)
Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill speaks with Todd Zwillich, a reporter with the Capitol News Connection in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and the week's events on Capitol Hill.


School Board Approves Byrne as Chancellor (2007-05-24)
The state school board voted 8-to-1 Thursday to hire state Senator Bradley Byrne as chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.


Congressional Delegates Split on Gouging Bill (2007-05-24)
Members of Alabama's House delegation were split on a measure that would impose stiff penalties for those found guilty of gasoline price gouging.


National Guard Commander Resigns (2007-05-24)
Major General Mark Bowen has resigned as the commanding general of the Alabama National Guard.


Howard Dean Visits Alabama (2007-05-24)
Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will make two fundraising stops in Alabama Thursday.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, May 24 (2007-05-24)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, May 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State Senate Moves Toward Passing Budgets (2007-05-23)
The Alabama Senate took another step Wednesday toward passing the state budgets in the closing days of the legislative session.


House Refuses to Honor Pulitzer-Winning Reporter (2007-05-23)
The Alabama House has balked at passing a resolution that would have praised Birmingham News reporter Brett Blackledge.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, May 23 (2007-05-23)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, May 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Folsom Breaks Senate Deadlock (2007-05-23)
Democratic Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Junior ignored the shouts of Republican senators Tuesday and helped break through GOP stalling tactics that had threatened passage of the state budgets.


Wildfire Smoke Blows Into Alabama (2007-05-23)
The odor of smoke is strong today (Wednesday) across most of Alabama and it's coming from those huge wildfires in southeast Georgia and north Florida.


Prototype -- May 23, 2007 (2007-05-23)
In the fifteenth edition of Prototype, we hear about what it is like to live in a tourist town. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Judge Denies Effort to Block Byrne's Appointment (2007-05-23)
A Montgomery County judge has refused to stop the Alabama Board of Education from naming state Senator Bradley Byrne the state's new two-year college chancellor.


Alabama Soldier Killed in Iraq (2007-05-23)
An Army sergeant from Pelham was among six soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq over the weekend.


Board Recommends Limiting Deer Kills (2007-05-22)
A state advisory board has recommended a change in Alabama's conservation law that would limit hunters to killing only three male deer during the upcoming season in hope of the state producing bigger, better bucks.


Spelling Champ Preps for National Tournament (2007-05-22)
Grace Pyo has spelling words on her i-Pod and practices spelling about two hours daily.


TVA Restarts Nuclear Reactor (2007-05-22)
The Tennessee Valley Authority has restarted its oldest nuclear reactor.


Congress Update - Tuesday, May 22 (2007-05-22)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with Todd Zwillich, a reporter with the Capitol News Connection in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and the week's events on Capitol Hill.


Complaint Seeks to Block Byrne's Appointment (2007-05-22)
A circuit judge has been asked to block the selection of state Senator Bradley Byrne as chancellor of the state's two-year college system and reopen the selection process for applicants.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 22 (2007-05-22)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Seat Belt Campaign is Underway (2007-05-22)
Better buckle up over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Alabama law enforcement agencies -- state, county and local officers -- are participating in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" enforcement blitz.


Riley Announces School Bond Agreement (2007-05-22)
Governor Bob Riley said Monday he has reached an agreement with House and Senate budget committee chairmen that will allow the state budgets and a more than one (b) billion dollar bond issue for school construction to pass.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, May 21 (2007-05-21)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, May 21st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Student Never Missed Class (2007-05-21)
There were about two-thousand-285 school days during Sosthenes Sealy's 13 years from kindergarten through 12th grade.


Military Academy Will Stay Open Another Year (2007-05-21)
Trustees will keep Lyman Ward Military Academy open for one more year in an attempt to boost enrollment.


Poll: Residents Split on Slavery Apology (2007-05-21)
A statewide survey found Alabamians are equally divided about whether the Legislature should pass a resolution apologizing for slavery.


Cameras on Tasers? (2007-05-21)
Mongtomery police want cameras mounted on stun weapons to record what happens when one of the weapons is used during an arrest.


Democrats Edwards, Dean Plan Stops in Alabama (2007-05-21)
Alabama is set for another round of presidential politics on Thursday when former North Carolina Senator John Edwards visits Montgomery to speak to legislators and attend a fundraising reception.


Judge Dismisses Dozens of Indictments (2007-05-20)
A Blount County judge threw out about 70 indictments this week because grand jury witnesses had been sworn in by a bailiff instead of the district attorney or the jury foreman.


King Plans to Appeal Ruling on Mobile Co. Commissioner (2007-05-20)
Attorney General Troy King said he plans a U-S Supreme Court appeal of a three-judge federal panel's order that removed a Republican from a Mobile County Commission seat in a heavily Democratic district.


Unemployment Rate Fell During April (2007-05-19)
Alabama's unemployment rate fell slightly in April to 3-point-3 percent, with 57-hundred jobs added over the previous month.


Davis Calls for No Confidence Vote Against Gonzales (2007-05-19)
Representative Artur Davis, a Democrat from Birmingham, said Friday he is pushing for a "no confidence" vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.


Slavery Apologies Likely Will Be Combined (2007-05-18)
Alabama legislators with competing resolutions apologizing for slavery have decided to stitch their resolutions together in hopes of winning approval in the closing days of the legislative session.


Congress Update - Friday, May 18 (2007-05-18)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with Todd Zwillich, a reporter with the Capitol News Connection in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and the week's events on Capitol Hill.


Sessions Says He'll Scrutinize Immigration Plan (2007-05-18)
President Bush praised the work of Senators that hammered out an immigration deal announced Thursday.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, May 18 (2007-05-18)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, May 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Report: Nation's Schools Aren't Prepared (2007-05-18)
The nation's schools aren't making the grade when it comes to preparing for emergencies.


Firefighters Return to Alabama (2007-05-18)
Ten personnel from the Alabama Forestry Commission finished their two-week detail fighting the huge, persistent wildfires in Southeast Georgia.


Entire State Under Fire Alert (2007-05-18)
Alabama's lingering dry weather has prompted the Alabama Forestry Commission to place all 67 counties under Fire Alert status.


Research Will Focus on Southern Babies (2007-05-17)
Babies born in the South are more likely to be born premature and underweight than those born elsewhere in the country.


Food Costs More This Month in Alabama (2007-05-17)
Just like gasoline, Alabama shoppers are paying more for food this month. The Alabama Farmers Federation said the average cost of 20 market basket items averaged 49 dollars, 3 cents in May.


Congressman Bachus Plays Romeo in Parody (2007-05-17)
Shakespeare wrote that "All the world's a stage." And that includes the U-S House and Senate. Last week (5/7), Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus of Alabama joined fellow lawmakers to perform a parody of "Romeo and Juliet."


Hoover Officer Honored for Heroism (2007-05-16)
A Hoover police officer who confronted three armed robbers and exchanged fire with them in a parking lot shootout has been honored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.


Senate Nears Agreement to End Stalemate (2007-05-16)
The Alabama Senate is nearing an agreement that could end weeks of stalling and salvage the state budgets in the closing days of the legislative session.


School Construction Bond Gets Committee Approval (2007-05-16)
A House Committee has approved a bond issue of more than one (b) billion dollars that would provide funds for construction in every public school district in the state.


Debate Over Cuba Embargo (2007-05-16)
Some members of Congress say its time to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba. That could potentially benefit Alabama farmers, but some of the state's representatives in Washington oppose any changes.


Agriculture Dept. Approves Disaster Request (2007-05-16)
U-S Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has approved Alabama's request for a crop disaster declaration in 55 counties for farmers who suffered losses due to a late spring freeze.


Alabama Soldier Buried in Arlington Cemetery (2007-05-16)
An Alabama soldier killed in Iraq will be laid to rest Wednesday near the nation's Capitol.


Prototype -- May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
In the fourteenth edition of Prototype, we hear about a fresh, creative way some freshman students at the University of Alabama are using to cope with their first time being away from home. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Crackdown on Underage Drinking in Tuscaloosa (2007-05-16)
The head of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board says a crackdown on underage drinking will continue in Tuscaloosa despite requests from City Hall to curb the arrests, including at the Strip near the University of Alabama campus.


Byrne Will Take Chancellor's Job May 24th (2007-05-15)
State Senator Bradley Byrne says he tentatively plans to resign his state Senate post and become Alabama's new junior college chancellor on May 24th.


Nuclear Agency Gives Final Approval for Reactor Restart (2007-05-15)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given final approval for the Tennessee Valley Authority to restart its oldest nuclear reactor after a 22-year shutdown.


Landmark Hotel Reopens in Mobile (2007-05-15)
After being shuttered for more than three decades, a downtown Mobile landmark has been brought back to life.


Congress Update - Tuesday, May 15 (2007-05-15)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with Todd Zwillich, a reporter with the Capitol News Connection in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and this week's events on Capitol Hill.


Rev. Jerry Falwell Has Died (2007-05-15)
A Liberty University executive says the Reverend Jerry Falwell has died.


Howard Dean Plans Visit to Alabama (2007-05-15)
Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, plans two fundraising stops in Alabama on May 24th.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 15 (2007-05-15)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Century Old Bridge Gets New Home (2007-05-15)
A 100-year-old bridge, nicknamed "The Haunted Bridge," has found a new home at Noccalula Falls thanks to a joint effort between the city of Gadsden and the Etowah County Commission.


Riley, Barbour Discuss Job Opportunities (2007-05-14)
The governors of Mississippi and Alabama said Monday the economically depressed regions along the border between the two states can benefit from recent announcements of new industries if workers can be trained to do the jobs.


Deadly Bank Robbery in Bessemer (2007-05-14)
A gunman shot two people to death and wounded two others in the robbery of a Wachovia Bank branch Monday morning before being shot and captured while taking a woman hostage.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, May 14 (2007-05-14)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, May 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Final Appeal in Sex Toy Case (2007-05-14)
The owner of adult stores in Alabama launched her final appeal today against a state ban on selling sex toys, asking the U-S Supreme Court to throw out the law as an unconstitutional intrusion into the bedroom.


New Postal Rate Starts Monday (2007-05-14)
The cost of mailing a card or letter goes up two cents Monday to 41 cents.


High Court Asked to Hear Alabama Inmates' Case (2007-05-14)
Three former Alabama Supreme Court justices are asking the nation's highest court to hear the case of Alabama death row inmates who say they don't have adequate legal representation.


No Marker for Wallace's Assassination Attempt (2007-05-14)
In Laurel, Maryland, many older residents can point to the precise spot in the shopping center where Arthur Bremer's gunshots paralyzed Alabama Governor George C. Wallace and cut short his campaign for the White House in 1972.


Raise Dispute Continues in Birmingham (2007-05-14)
Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid unveils his 2008 budget Tuesday. But the spotlight is still on an unresolved dispute over 15 percent pay raises for police and firefighters.


AG Issues Opinion Concerning Two-Year College Employment (2007-05-13)
The attorney general issued an advisory opinion this week saying the state Board of Education has the legal authority to adopt the governor's proposed policy banning legislators from working for two-year colleges.


Football Player Donates Home in Selma (2007-05-13)
Like a lot of pro athletes, Chris Samuels talks about giving back to the community. But instead of a few dollars or a few hours, the Washington Redskins' Pro Bowl left tackle has a more tangible gift in mind - one with walls and a roof.


Mail Carrier Drive Set for Saturday (2007-05-12)
The 15th annual mail carrier food drive will be held Saturday. The food is donated to local charities.


Postal Rate Goes Up Monday (2007-05-12)
You only have through the weekend to mail letters and parcels for 39 cents. Beginning Monday, the rate increases to 41 cents.


Gov. Riley Praises Steel Plant Announcement (2007-05-11)
Alabama will be home to a multi-billion dollar steel plant. The project is considered to be one of the largest private industrial investments in the United States in decades.


Congress Update - Friday, May 11 (2007-05-11)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with Todd Zwillick, a reporter with the Capitol News Connection in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and the previous week's events on Capitol Hill.


Lawyer Seeks to Dismiss Charge Against Retired Trooper (2007-05-11)
A lawyer representing former state trooper charged with murder in the 1965 shooting death of a black man said he will seek to have the charges dismissed.


Byrne Picked as New Two-Year System Chancellor (2007-05-11)
The state school board picked Senator Bradley Byrne Thursday to be chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.


Senators Stop Feud to Celebrate Steel Plant (2007-05-11)
Feuding members of the Alabama Senate have taken a break from their rules fight to celebrate a German company's decision to locate a giant steel mill near Mobile.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, May 11 (2007-05-11)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, May 11th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Steel Plant Comes to Mobile (2007-05-11)
German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp (TISS-en-krup) chose Alabama over Louisiana for its three-point-seven (b) billion dollar steel plant - the first large-scale project of its kind in the United States in decades.


Battle House Hotel Reopens Friday (2007-05-11)
Mobile's historic Battle House Hotel, battered by fire, hurricanes, termites and hard times since 1852, reopens Friday.


Vanity Fair Cuts Jobs at Monroeville Plant (2007-05-10)
Vanity Fair Brands is cutting 210 jobs from its Monroeville operations, leaving about 700 workers to run its operations.


Giuliani Defends Donation to Pro-Choice Group (2007-05-10)
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday denied there was anything inconsistent about him donating money to an organization that performs abortions and saying he personally opposes the procedure.


Cultural Crossover - France (2007-05-10)
In this May 10th - and final - edition, Courtney Bowland speaks with a woman from France who talks about her current life in Alabama.


State Names Teacher of the Year (2007-05-10)
Spain Park High School teacher Pamela Harman was named Alabama Teacher of the Year.


Port Authority Gets $3M Grant (2007-05-10)
Governor Riley says the Alabama Port Authority soon will be able to enhance security at its rail facility with the installation of a closed-circuit television system.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, May 10 (2007-05-10)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, May 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


South Leads Nation in Pre-K Education (2007-05-10)
The South, which has lagged for decades in most areas of education, is leading the country in early childhood education enrollment and quality.


House Rejects Hate Crimes Bill (2007-05-10)
The Alabama House voted Thursday not to consider a bill to add crimes against people because of their sexual orientation to the state's hate crimes law.


Giuliani, Clinton Coming Back to Alabama (2007-05-09)
Alabama has become a regular campaign stop for Presidential candidates.


Indictment in 42-Year-Old Shooting (2007-05-09)
A Perry County grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday after meeting behind closed doors for two-hours to review the 1965 shooting death of a black man by a state trooper.


More Indictments at Bishop State (2007-05-09)
A criminal investigation into wrongdoing at an Alabama two year college is widening.


Professor Disciplined for Extra Points Request (2007-05-09)
A university official said disciplinary action has been taken against an Alabama A-and-M University professor who offered to raise students' grades for donations to a fund for victims of the recent Virginia Tech shootings.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, May 9 (2007-05-09)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, May 9th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Web Site Informs About Health Insurance (2007-05-09)
A new Web site has been created to inform Alabama consumers about health insurance.


Prototype -- May 9, 2007 (2007-05-09)
In the thirteenth edition of Prototype, we hear an update about the tornado stricken city of Enterprise, Alabama. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Coastal Property Insurance Goes Up (2007-05-09)
The cost of property insurance along the Alabama coast is rising like the tide.


Guiliani Talks Votes and Football (2007-05-09)
Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani appealed for Republican votes and campaign donations in Alabama Wednesday morning using the state's universal language - football.


Soldier's Funeral Scheduled for Saturday (2007-05-09)
An Alabama paratrooper killed in Iraq will be remembered at a memorial service this weekend in his hometown of Montgomery.


Landfill Developer Agrees to Pay Restitution (2007-05-08)
Landfill developer and lobbyist Lanny Young, a key witness against former Governor Don Siegelman, has agreed to pay more than 389-thousand dollars in restitution as part of his sentence for bribery and other charges.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 8 (2007-05-08)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama's Development Office Recognized (2007-05-08)
Site Selection magazine has recognized Alabama for having the best state economic development agency.


Gas Prices Keep Going Up (2007-05-08)
Motorists are already reeling from rising gasoline prices. Now, it's time for more sticker shock.


House Votes to Repair Judicial Building Leaks (2007-05-08)
The Alabama House has voted to spend up to seven point five million dollars to repair leaks and do other maintenance on the state judicial building.


Culverhouse Resigns as Interim Chancellor (2007-05-08)
Renee Culverhouse cited health reasons for stepping down as interim chancellor of the state's troubled two-year college system Tuesday.


Legislature Plans to Borrow Money for Schools (2007-05-08)
Alabama lawmakers are almost ready to begin work on a plan to borrow as much as one (b) billion dollars to build new schools and fix old education buildings across the state.


Congress Update - Tuesday, May 8 (2007-05-08)
APR News Washington Bureau reporter Todd Zwillick briefs us on some of the expected Congressional issues for the Week of May 7th.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, May 7 (2007-05-07)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, May 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Birmingham Begins Removing Homeless (2007-05-07)
Homeless people camped beneath Birmingham's overpasses and railways were warned to move out before the city evicts them, starting this week.


Fire at Space Flight Center (2007-05-07)
Two original artifacts and a building at the U-S- Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville were destroyed Monday afternoon when a fire started in the center's bus maintenance workshop.


Alabama Nuclear Reactor Will Open Soon (2007-05-07)
America's nuclear energy program is being revived at the site of one of its worst accidents.


Steel Company Will Announce Location This Week (2007-05-07)
Louisiana and Alabama will find out Friday which one will be the site for a new two-point-nine (b) billion dollar steel plant.


Shoplifters Forced to Wear Public Sign (2007-05-07)
Two convicted shoplifters were sentenced to wear a sign saying, "I am a thief, I stole from Wal-Mart," and stand for four hours in front of the Attalla store.


Congress Update - Friday, May 4 (2007-05-04)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with Todd Zwillick, APR's bureau reporter in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and the previous week's events on Capitol Hill.


Alabama Lawmaker Request Crop Help (2007-05-04)
U-S Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says he will expedite Alabama's request for a crop disaster declaration in up to 41 counties.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, May 4 (2007-05-04)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, May 4th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Pentagon Calls More Alabama Soldiers (2007-05-04)
Another group of Alabama's citizen-soldiers soon will deploy to Iraq.


Birmingham School Board Fires 397 (2007-05-04)
In an effort to cut spending, the Birmingham Board of Education voted Thursday afternoon to fire 397 employees.


Lyman Ward on Verge of Closing (2007-05-03)
One of Alabama's oldest schools is having financial problems and there's a possibility it could be closed in the near future.


Alabama Soldier Being Remembered (2007-05-03)
Adam Loggins' father remembers his son as a fun-loving young man who was serious about serving his country as a U-S Marine.


Cultural Crossover - Colombia (2007-05-03)
In this May 3rd edition, Courtney Bowland speaks with a woman from Colombia who says she misses her home country's food.


Controversy Over Ethics Hotline (2007-05-03)
Interim Chancellor Renee Culverhouse told school board members this week that a contract to install an ethics hot line for the two-year system will not be canceled as planned.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, May 3 (2007-05-03)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, May 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Senate Struggle Stalls Steel Mill Tax Breaks (2007-05-03)
Governor Riley says time is running out for the feuding state Senate to pass tax breaks that will keep Alabama in the competition for a huge German steel mill.


Nuclear Reactor Could Restart Soon (2007-05-03)
The third and final reactor at T-V-A's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant will be producing electricity again by the end of May if all goes as planned.


Prototype -- May 3, 2007 (2007-05-03)
In the twelfth edition of Prototype, we hear about the future of the Strip in Tuscaloosa. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Train Derails With NASA Cargo (2007-05-02)
Marengo County sheriff's investigators are working a train accident in the Myrtlewood community Wednesday.


Metro Birmingham Air Quality Ranks Low (2007-05-02)
Tuesday's (5/1) report from the American Lung Association gave parts of Alabama failing grades on air quality.


Veto Eliminates Crop Aid Provision (2007-05-02)
Federal aid for specialty crops such as Georgia peaches and Alabama blueberries that were damaged in an April freeze has fallen victim to the Iraq war debate.


Birmingham's Crime Rate Stays Steady (2007-05-02)
Birmingham's crime rate for the first quarter of 2007 shows neither an increase nor decrease in criminal offenses.


Mobile Tightens Building Code Enforcement (2007-05-02)
Officials in south Alabama's largest city are targeting building code violators. The month-long campaign is aimed at fostering downtown re-investment.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, May 2 (2007-05-02)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, May 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Cloyd, Moseley Avoid More Prison Time for Church Fires (2007-05-02)
Two former Birmingham college students already sentenced to ten years behind bars for setting fire to several rural Alabama churches avoided additional prison time today after pleading guilty in a Sumter County courtroom to three of the church arsons.


Alabama Firefighters Will Help Georgia (2007-05-02)
The Alabama Forestry Commission will dispatch another group of its firefighters to southeast Georgia Wednesday to help battle devastating wildfires.


Congress Update - May 1 (2007-05-01)
Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain speaks with Todd Zwillick, a reporter with the Capitol News Connection in Washington, DC, about Alabama's congressional delegation and the week ahead in Washington.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, May 1 (2007-05-01)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, May 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Cities Among Most Polluted (2007-05-01)
Metro Birmingham is listed as number 4 on the American Lung Association's most polluted U-S urban areas by year-round particle pollution.


Tight School Security After Weekend Arrests (2007-05-01)
Security was increased at Northview High School and some parents checked their children out of classes Monday following the weekend arrests of four students accused of making terrorist threats on a social networking Web site.


Soldier Will Be Buried in Huntsville (2007-05-01)
Funeral services for an Alabama Marine killed in Iraq will be held Thursday in Huntsville.


Study: More Tooth Decay in Babies (2007-04-30)
A new study shows tooth decay in children's baby teeth is on the rise -- a worrying trend that signals the preschool crowd is eating too much sugar.


Auburn Athletes Help with Tornado Cleanup (2007-04-30)
Fifty-two Auburn University student-athletes demolished two tornado-wrecked houses in Enterprise Saturday.


Lawmaker Wants Audit of Riley's Aircraft Use (2007-04-30)
A state legislator has introduced a resolution in the House that seeks an official audit of Gov. Bob Riley's use of state aircraft.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 30 (2007-04-30)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Tuskegee Airmen Museum Planned in Detroit (2007-04-27)
Plans are under way for a Tuskegee Airmen museum at Detroit's Coleman A. Young International Airport.


Bus Crash Victims will be Remembered at Prom (2007-04-27)
Four Lee High School juniors who were killed when their school bus fell from an interstate overpass last fall will be remembered at the school's senior prom Friday night.


Frat Member Gets Probation for Hazing (2007-04-27)
One of five Kappa Alpha Psi members at the University of South Alabama was sentenced to probation and required to pay restitution to a pledge injured in a fraternity hazing incident.


Alabama's Delegates Split on Iraq Vote (2007-04-26)
Alabama's seven Congressmen split along party lines in Wednesday's House vote approving a 124 (b) billion dollar Iraq spending bill that would order President Bush to start pulling troops out of Iraq by October first.


House Committee Passes Education Budget (2007-04-26)
A record six-point-seven (b) billion dollar state education budget was approved Wednesday by a House committee.


Cultural Crossover - Saudi Arabia (2007-04-26)
In this April 26th edition, Courtney Bowland speaks with two gentleman from Saudi Arabia about living in Alabama and how their culture differs with America's.


Students Rally for Constitution Change (2007-04-26)
About 120 college students from across Alabama rallied on the steps of the state Capitol to urge legislators to begin the process of rewriting the 105-year-old state constitution.


Government Agents Execute Raids in North Alabama (2007-04-26)
Federal and state agents arrested five men and seized firearms and explosives during a series of raids in northeast Alabama Thursday morning.


Sen. Sessions Will Visit Iraq (2007-04-26)
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions says he's heading to Iraq this weekend to get a first hand look at the war effort.


Date Set for Siegelman, Scrushy Sentencing (2007-04-26)
A federal judge set a June 26th sentencing date Thursday for former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy.


Rare Alabama Habitat Now Open (2007-04-26)
Hundreds of acres of a rare, wet pine savanna habitat in Alabama's north Baldwin county are now open to the public.


Sparks Bans Chinese Catfish in Alabama (2007-04-25)
Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks Wednesday announced a stop sale order in the state for all catfish from China after antibiotics banned in the United States were found in Chinese catfish.


Delta Center Opens in South Alabama (2007-04-25)
Nature-based tourism along the Alabama coast is expanding thanks to what some people call Alabama's gateway to the Delta.


Riley's Double Dipping Bill Appears Dead (2007-04-25)
Governor Riley's bill to ban double dipping by legislators got an extremely chilly review during a public hearing by a state Senate committee Wednesday.


Prototype -- April 25, 2007 (2007-04-25)
In the eleventh edition of Prototype, we hear about the historical mural paintings in Downtown Dothan. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss. Also, check out the pictures for this story: http://www.flickr.com/photos/apr/


Summary of Tuesday's Legislative Action (2007-04-25)
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 14th meeting day of the regular session.


Legislature Apologizes for Slavery (2007-04-25)
The Alabama House and Senate approved separate resolutions Tuesday that apologize for slavery.


No Alabama Headlines (2007-04-25)
Alabama Headlines with Brandon Hollingsworth will resume Monday, April 30th.


Report: Hyundai Will Build New Vehicle in Alabama (2007-04-25)
A trade publication reports that Hyundai Motor Corporation may start to produce a third vehicle at its assembly plant in Montgomery.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 24 (2007-04-24)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth ... sorry, no headlines on the 25th, 26th and 27th.


Cusseta is Alabama's Newest City (2007-04-24)
Alabama has added another city to its ranks ... but it's not exactly a new city.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 23 (2007-04-23)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Hospice Growth Under Scrutiny (2007-04-23)
It was just a few years ago when surveyors with the Alabama health department were struggling to keep up with annual inspections at the 60 or so outpatient hospices scattered throughout the state.


APR Wins Associated Press Awards (2007-04-23)
Alabama Public Radio's news department has been honored with three awards by the Associated Press of Alabama.


Partnership Hopes to Attract Steel Plant (2007-04-23)
A multi-county partnership is discussing how to share the cost of incentives needed to bring the ThyssenKrupp AG steel plant to Alabama.


Cultural Crossover - Kazakhstan (2007-04-20)
In this April 19th edition, Courtney Bowland speaks with a gentleman from Kazakhstan about life in America and a recent movie that highlighted his country.


Public and Education Employee Raises Have Support (2007-04-20)
Governor Bob Riley appears to support a 3.5% raise for state workers and a 7% raise for education workers.


Federal Judge Refuses to Stop Execution (2007-04-19)
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has refused to stop the May 3 execution of Aaron Lee Jones, calling the legal challenge "dilatory."


Prison Land Bought By Hale County Catfish Farm (2007-04-19)
A 540-acre tract of state prison system property will likely be purchased by a high bid from Double K Farms LLC of Greensboro.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, April 19 (2007-04-19)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, April 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, April 18 (2007-04-18)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, April 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Meet Plant Explorer Hayes Jackson (2007-04-18)
Calhoun County extension agent and world-travelled plant explorer Hayes Jackson is speaking at the Alabama Master Gardeners conference this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Reporter Brett Tannehill interviewed him recently about his travels and work ...


Prototype -- April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
In the tenth edition of Prototype, we hear about Auburn University's Rural Studio and its re-design of Lions Park in Greensboro. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Prototype -- April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
In the tenth edition of Prototype, we hear about Auburn University's Rural Studio and its re-design of Lions Park in Greensboro. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Meet Plant Explorer Hayes Jackson (2007-04-18)
Calhoun County extension agent and world-travelled plant explorer Hayes Jackson is speaking at the Alabama Master Gardeners conference this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Reporter Brett Tannehill interviewed him recently about his travels and work ...


Meet Plant Explorer Hayes Jackson (2007-04-18)
Calhoun County extension agent and world-travelled plant explorer Hayes Jackson is speaking at the Alabama Master Gardeners conference this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Reporter Brett Tannehill interviewed him recently about his travels and work ...


Meet Plant Explorer Hayes Jackson (2007-04-18)
Calhoun County extension agent and world-travelled plant explorer Hayes Jackson is speaking at the Alabama Master Gardeners conference this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Reporter Brett Tannehill interviewed him recently about his travels and work ...


Prototype -- April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
In the tenth edition of Prototype, we hear about Auburn University's Rural Studio and its re-design of Lions Park in Greensboro. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Prototype -- April 18, 2007 (2007-04-18)
In the tenth edition of Prototype, we hear about Auburn University's Rural Studio and its re-design of Lions Park in Greensboro. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


State Officials Test Hurricane Preparedness (2007-04-17)
State, federal and local officials prepared Monday for a worst-case-scenario hurricane and found that their hurricane preparedness, while good, can always use some improvement.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 16 (2007-04-17)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 17 (2007-04-17)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Guard Exceeds Troop Goals (2007-04-14)
The Alabama Army National Guard paid $20 million last year in bonuses. Now that investment apparently is showing results. The Guard has exceeded its troop strength goal for the current fiscal year.


Former Commerce Director Given Suspended Sentence (2007-04-14)
Former Greenville Chamber of Commerce president Carol Lee has been given a suspended prison sentence and probation for stealing more than $8,000.


Prosecutors Appeal Decision Concerning Scrushy (2007-04-13)
Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to allow former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to remain free on bond until his sentencing in a federal bribery case.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, April 13 (2007-04-13)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, April 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Tuscaloosa Tire Plant Will Get More Employees (2007-04-13)
Tuscaloosa's BFGoodrich tire plant will gain 50 jobs from Michelin North America's decision to close a specialty tire plant in Ohio.


Eufaula Guard Unit Activated Again (2007-04-13)
A National Guard unit from Eufaula in being activated for the second time to support the war in Iraq.


Cultural Crossover - Scotland (2007-04-12)
In this April 12th edition, Courtney Bowland speaks with a gentleman from Scotland (and the Loch Ness Monster only comes up very briefly).


House Leader Quits Shelton State Job (2007-04-11)
House Majority Leader Ken Guin has resigned from a position at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa that paid him $49-thousand-677 a year.


Lions Park in Greensboro Reborn! (2007-04-11)
This weekend (4/13 - 4/15), the largest public park in west Alabama debuts the first stage in a major renovation effort mounted in part by Auburn University's Rural Studio. Take an audio tour of Lions Park in Greensboro the site and meet some of those involved with the project.


Groups Rally to Raise Minimum Wage (2007-04-11)
Groups representing the poor and union workers rallied on the Statehouse steps Tuesday in support of legislation that would raise the minimum wage in Alabama.


Phoenix Fire Museum Rises Again (2007-04-11)
The Phoenix Fire Museum in downtown Mobile is once again welcoming visitors more than a year and a half after the storm ripped its roof off and flooded the historic building.


Audit Finds Theft at Birmingham Schools (2007-04-11)
An audit of Birmingham schools has some disturbing findings of theft.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, April 12 (2007-04-11)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, April 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Senate Committee Rewrites Campaign Bill (2007-04-10)
A House-passed bill to make it clearer who's financing Alabama campaigns got rewritten by a Senate committee Tuesday.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 10 (2007-04-10)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 10th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Three Men Sentenced in '06 Church Fires (2007-04-10)
Three former college students were sentenced to prison Monday for a series of rural church fires that began as a prank during a night of drinking.


Showdown Expected Over Gambling Bill (2007-04-10)
Legislators are gearing for an expected showdown in the House Tuesday over a proposal that will allow electronic gambling at the Birmingham and Mobile dog tracks.


Giuliani Makes First Prez Trip to Alabama (2007-04-10)
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made his first presidential campaign trip to Alabama Tuesday. Giuliani portrayed himself as a fiscal conservative and aggressive terrorism fighter who has a lot in common with Alabama.


Hip Hop Violinist Composes Special Program (2007-04-10)
The University of Alabama has commissioned a special musical performance to celebrate its desegregation 44 years ago. The concert is scheduled for Tuesday night (4/10) in Tuscaloosa, and it features a nationally known composer and performer.


Volunteer Firefighters Resign in Protest (2007-04-10)
Several Sylvania volunteer firefighters have resigned in protest over the volunteer chief's suspension for allegedly diverting city funds into a private account.


Three Men Sentenced to Prison for Church Fires (2007-04-09)
A federal judge sent three former college students to prison on Monday for a series of rural church fires last year.


Dozen Counties Still Under Burn Ban (2007-04-09)
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is reminding Alabamians that there's still an open burning ban in place for 12 counties.


Recap of Freezing Weekend Weather (2007-04-09)
Freezing conditions remained in the Sunday night forecast for north Alabama, but forecasters did not expect it would be as cold as the record lows set in some cities overnight Saturday.


Report: Isuzu Coming to Alabama (2007-04-09)
Isuzu Motors is planning to begin construction of an assembly plant in Pinson this year to make commercial trucks, according to newspaper reports.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 9 (2007-04-09)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 9th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Enterprise High Celebrates Prom (2007-04-06)
Enterprise High students came together Thursday night for one of the most ordinary of high school rituals -- the senior prom.


Alabama-Made Dog Biscuits Added to Recall (2007-04-06)
The recall of pet foods and treats contaminated with an industrial chemical was expanded Thursday to include dog biscuits made by an Alabama company.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, April 6 (2007-04-06)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, April 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Funding an Issue at Higher Ed Rally (2007-04-06)
Most colleges and universities in Alabama have rivalries over football, academics or size, but one thing can bring them all together: more funding for higher education.


New Law Helps Rebuild Enterprise City Schools (2007-04-06)
Gov. Bob Riley has signed into law a bill that appropriates 32 million dollars to rebuild two Enterprise schools destroyed by tornadoes.


Aderholt Splits With Bush Over Syria Visit (2007-04-05)
Three Republican congressmen who parted with President Bush by meeting with Syrian leaders said Wednesday it is important to maintain a dialogue with a country the White House says sponsors terrorism.


Renewed Effort to Rewrite Constitution (2007-04-05)
Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood is sponsoring bills to rewrite the portions of the 1901 Constitution that deal with banking and corporations.


Cultural Crossover - South Africa (2007-04-05)
In this April 5th edition, Courtney Bowland speaks with a student from South Africa about life there and the recent changes her country has experienced.


Cold Weather Moves Into Alabama (2007-04-05)
Keep those jackets and sweaters handy. A two-week long warm spell has ended.


Prototype -- April 4, 2007 (2007-04-04)
In the ninth edition of Prototype, we hear about the metal art program at Birmingham's Sloss Furnace. Then, we take a look at the world of fantasy sports. Have a listen...this is a show you don't want to miss.


Battle of Selma Set for April12th-15th (2007-04-04)
Events commemorating the Battle of Selma will be held April 12th-15th, including a re-enactment of the battle on the 15th.


Alabama Artist's Egg Chosen for White House - UPDATE (2007-04-04)
One of the decorated eggs in this year's State Egg Display at the White House was created by a Geneva County artist.


Lawmakers Debate Immigrant Voting Bill (2007-04-04)
A bill to make it a felony crime for illegal immigrants to attempt to vote touched off a heated debate in a House committee.


Judge Arrested on 56 Counts (2007-04-04)
A Jefferson County judge was arrested after being indicted on 56 counts of tax evasion, ethics charges and election violations.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, April 4 (2007-04-04)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, April 4th with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Senator Helps Fund School While on Payroll (2007-04-03)
A state senator has been paid 665 dollars a month by a private military school and at the same time sponsored legislation to help the school receive state funding.


Montgomery Cracks Down on Noise (2007-04-03)
Noise pollution has gotten the attention of police in Alabama's capital city.


Overfishing of Sharks Risks Ecological Damage (2007-04-03)
Many people fear them, but researchers along the Alabama coast believe sharks serve a vital purpose.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, April 3 (2007-04-03)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, April 3rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Scottsboro Jail Remains Open For Now (2007-04-03)
The Scottsboro City Jail remains open, at least for the time being.


Little Southern Clout in Congress (2007-04-02)
In 1965, Southerners chaired about two-thirds of the committees in the House and Senate. But Dixie's heyday in Congress has come and gone.


Eastern Bypass Needs Funding (2007-04-02)
Supporters of an Eastern Parkway linking Interstate 20 to the intersection of U-S 431 and Alabama 21 must find a way to pay for it.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, April 2 (2007-04-02)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, April 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth


VP Cheney Visits Birmingham - Update (2007-04-02)
Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out at Democrats in the House and Senate Monday, accusing them of undercutting U-S troops by trying to impose limits on the military in Iraq.


Mistrial Granted in Beating Death Case (2007-03-30)
Talladega County Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth granted a defense motion and declared a mistrial in the case of a former Lincoln police officer accused of beating a Louisiana man to death in a Burger King parking lot.


Former Chief Justice Joining Law Firm (2007-03-30)
Former Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers will soon join a Birmingham law firm.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, March 30 (2007-03-30)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, March 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Legislature Considers Gambling Issue Again (2007-03-30)
A favorite hot button issue -- gambling -- is back on the table in the Alabama Legislature.


Tuskegee Airmen Honored in Washington (2007-03-30)
The surviving members of the U-S Army's Tuskegee Airmen were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor at the U-S Capitol Thursday.


State Superintendent Says Portables Always Needed (2007-03-29)
State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton reported to the Legislature yesterday (Wednesday) that Alabama schools are using more than 13-hundred portable classrooms for student instruction.


Drought Conditions Grip Alabama (2007-03-29)
Portions of Alabama are experiencing drought conditions. And in some areas of the state - it is the driest it has been in decades.


Thousands Will Lose Medicaid Services (2007-03-29)
About 86-hundred Alabamians who receive Medicaid to pay for health care services will lose their coverage on Sunday because they didn't provide proof of their U-S- citizenship and identity.


Cultural Crossover - Romania (2007-03-29)
In this March 29th edition, Courtney Bowland talks with a gentleman from Romania about his home country and his life in Alabama.


Advocates for Disabled Rally (2007-03-29)
Hundreds of disabled adults, their advocates and caretakers gathered on the steps of the Statehouse Wednesday for the 4th Annual "We Can't Wait Rally."


Sessions, Shelby Vote Against War Spending Bill (2007-03-29)
Alabama Republicans Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions were on the losing end of the Senate's 51-to-47 vote Thursday to adopt a war spending bill.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, March 29 (2007-03-29)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, March 29th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Officers Want Scrushy Confined (2007-03-29)
Federal probation officers have asked that former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy be confined to his home and that a monitoring device be used to keep track of his movements.


Employee Sues Pilgrim's Pride (2007-03-28)
An employee at a Pilgrim's Pride poultry processing plant in Russellville is suing two managers claiming-they knowingly hired illegal immigrants who earned depressed wages.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, March 28 (2007-03-28)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, March 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Committee Considers Election on Mardi Gras (2007-03-28)
Is it possible to throw a really big party and have an election on the same day?


Prototype -- March 28, 2007 (2007-03-28)
In the eighth edition of Prototype, we hear about a major stress in the lives of many college students. And, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about some exciting events that you don't want to miss!


FEMA Reslease More Disaster Aid (2007-03-27)
Jefferson County residents will be eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of the March first severe storms and tornadoes.


City Requires Contractors to Sign Pledge (2007-03-27)
Beginning today (Tuesday), the Athens City Council will require contractors to sign statements saying they are not employing illegal aliens on any city-related projects.


Bill Would Restrict Payday Loan Businesses (2007-03-27)
A state senator has crafted legislation which would put tighter restrictions on Alabama's pay day loan industry.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, March 27 (2007-03-27)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, March 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


VP Cheney Will Visit Birmingham (2007-03-27)
Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Birmingham on Monday for a one-thousand-dollar per-person fundraising luncheon for Republican U-S Senator Jeff Sessions.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, March 26 (2007-03-26)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, March 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Poll: Alabamians Know the Bible (2007-03-26)
Most Alabama residents say they have a religious faith and a majority in a new poll showed they have a basic knowledge of the Bible.


Eluding Police Could Bring Years in Prison (2007-03-26)
Videos of police chases have caught the public's fancy in this age of reality TV.


Some Counties Complain About Sex Offender Law (2007-03-26)
Officials in counties with state prisons say they are being burdened by an unexpected side effect of the law that requires sex offenders to give authorities a valid address 45 days before they are released from prison.


Groups Target New Abortion Requirements (2007-03-24)
Alabama groups divided on abortion are united in opposition to new requirements state health officials are proposing for doctors who perform the procedure.


Green, Former State Senator, Has Died (2007-03-24)
Aubrey D- Green, the former Alabama state senator whose leadership in the state senate led to the founding of the University of South Alabama died Thursday.


Ala. Congressmen Toe Party Line on Iraq (2007-03-24)
Alabama's seven member delegation voted along party lines as the House voted to require President Bush to bring combat troops from Iraq next year.


Former Transportation Director Died (2007-03-23)
Former state Transportation Director Ray Bass, who filled a prominent role in Governor George Wallace's administrations and oversaw some of the state's biggest highway projects, died Thursday.


Three Counties Show Big Population Gains (2007-03-23)
Shelby, Baldwin and Madison counties posted the most population gains among Alabama counties, according to U-S Census figures.


House Passes Another Election Reform Bill (2007-03-23)
The Alabama House continued its efforts to reform the way election campaigns are financed.


Tri-State Water War Suits Get Combined (2007-03-22)
The tri-state water battle that's been fought in four different courts for the past 17 years could be decided in Florida with one judge -- from Minnesota.


Cultural Crossover - Lithuania (2007-03-22)
In this March 22nd edition, Courtney Bowland talks with a woman from Lithuania about her experiences living in Alabama.


Tyson Will Sell Two Alabama Plants (2007-03-22)
Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat company, announced today (Thursday) that it plans to sell two Alabama plants as part of an effort to reduce its production of fresh poultry.


Southern Baptists Choose New President (2007-03-22)
A Southern Baptist missions board chose a new president nearly one year after the previous chief quit amid criticism of his management style.


Congress Tackles Guest Worker Program (2007-03-22)
Congress created the H2 Program in 1943 when Florida sugar cane growers need temporary foreign workers to cut their crops. Today the guest worker program is used across the country, including in Alabama.


APR Reporter Remembers Enterprise High School (2007-03-22)
Alabama Public Radio News Reporter Kristen Taylor traveled to Enterprise the day after a deadly March First tornado destroyed Enterprise High School. Covering a tornado is a tough assignment for any journalist, but it was a special challenge for her.


Bill Targets Child Predators (2007-03-21)
Persons convicted of using a computer to solicit a child could end up losing their computer, their house and their car.


PAC Bill Gets New Committee (2007-03-21)
A House-passed bill to ban PAC-to-PAC transfers of campaign funds got assigned to a fresh committee in the state Senate yesterday (Tuesday) by two leaders pushing for its passage.


Appeals Court Hears Ballot Access Arguments (2007-03-21)
Former third-party and independent candidates from several Southern states are hoping a case before the federal appeals court in Atlanta could bring easier access to ballots.


Prototype -- March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)
In the seventh and special edition of Prototype, we go to Selma for the 42 annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. Reporter Brett Tannehill gives us a report on the event. Later in the podcast, he gives is a personal story from his time in the press pool at the event.


Deadly Tornado's Strength Upgraded (2007-03-20)
The tornado that struck Millers Ferry on March first was upgraded to an E-F-Four.


Smokestacks Bite the Dust (2007-03-20)
Onlookers described it as "spectacular." One of Tuscaloosa's familiar landmarks - a pair of 200-foot tall smokestacks - were imploded yesterday (Monday) and are now a pile of red bricks.


Riley Vetoes Lawmaker Pay Raise (2007-03-20)
Governor Bob Riley vetoed a 62 percent pay raise for legislators today (Tuesday), saying he feels most people in Alabama believe the amount is "excessive."


Movie Gallery Will Offer Online Rentals (2007-03-20)
Dothan-based Movie Gallery plans to offer an online video rental service by late this year, complementing its retail store business.


Lawmakers Override Riley's Veto (2007-03-20)
The Alabama Legislature have voted to override the governor's veto to give themselves a 62 percent pay raise.


Debate About Legislative Pay Hike Amount (2007-03-19)
When Alabama legislators were criticized for voting themselves a 61 percent pay raise, some said it was only fair since most employees in state government had received substantial pay raises since lawmakers last hiked their compensation in 1991.


No Alabama Headlines March 19 - 23 (2007-03-19)
There will be no Alabama Headlines with Brandon Hollingsworth for the week of March 19th. Alabama Headlines will resume Monday, March 26th.


Effort to Fight Rabies Starts Again (2007-03-19)
Alabama's annual campaign to combat the spread of rabies in raccoons gets underway today (Monday) in several counties.


Alabama Soldiers Mobilize for Iraq (2007-03-19)
The war in Iraq enters its fifth year today (Monday) and another group of Alabama-based soldiers are preparing to deploy to the war-torn nation.


Alabama Legislative Summary for March 15 (2007-03-16)
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the fourth meeting day of the regular session.


State Senate Battles Over Tornado Relief (2007-03-16)
The state Senate met for nearly three hours yesterday and spent much of that time arguing over emergency funds intended to help the tornado-ravaged city of Enterprise.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, March 15 (2007-03-16)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, March 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Worley Indicted on Ten Charges (2007-03-15)
A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted former Secretary of State Nancy Worley on charges related to her unsuccessful campaign for re-election last year. Worley faces five felony counts and five misdemeanor counts.


Church Arsonists Seek Youthful Offender Status (2007-03-15)
Three men who pleaded guilty to a string of church arsons last year will seek youthful offender status as their case moves along.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, March 14 (2007-03-14)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, March 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


PAC to PAC Transfer Bill Passes House Again (2007-03-14)
State lawmakers in the Alabama House voted 103-0 Tuesday to ban the practice of transferring campaign donations from one political action committee to another.


State Lawmakers Get to Work (2007-03-14)
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the third meeting day of the regular session.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, March 13 (2007-03-13)
Sorry, there are no Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, March 13th.


Demopolis Marks Heritage This Weekend (2007-03-13)
The biannual Historic Demopolis Pilgrimage is happening this weekend.


520 New Jobs Coming To Montgomery (2007-03-13)
The Montgomery-area will get about 520 new jobs following an announcement from Hyundai that it will open a new auto supply factory.


Pyo Wins Alabama Spelling Bee (2007-03-12)
Nearly five hours into the state's 80th annual spelling bee, the word "sempiternal'' - defined as eternal, everlasting in Round 14 - took on a special meaning for the audience.


Guard Unit Deploys to Iraq (2007-03-12)
Another group of Alabama National Guard personnel are headed to Iraq.


Weapons Incinerator Reaches Milestone (2007-03-09)
Workers at the Anniston Army Depot's chemical weapons incinerator reached a milestone Thursday night.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, March 9 (2007-03-09)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, March 9th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Time Changes This Weekend (2007-03-09)
Daylight-saving time arrives this weekend. And this year it comes earlier than it has been.


IRS Offers Extension for Storm Victims (2007-03-09)
The Internal Revenue Service announced special tax relief for Alabama taxpayers in the disasters areas that were struck by severe storms and tornadoes on March first.


Clinton, Giuliani Lead in Alabama Poll (2007-03-08)
A poll released Thursday today shows Senator Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani gaining support in Alabama with eleven months to go before the state's presidential primary.


Riley Threatens Veto of Legislative Pay Raise (2007-03-08)
Governor Bob Riley says he will veto a legislative pay raise that was approved Thursday in the House and Senate.


Enterprise Announces School Plans (2007-03-08)
School administrators in tornado-damaged Enterprise have announced plans to get students back into the classroom.


Cultural Crossover - Germany (2007-03-08)
In this March 8th edition of Cultural Crossover, Courtney Bowland talks with a man from Germany who accepted an unexpected opportunity to study at The University of Alabama.


Auto Supplier to Build Plant in Autauga County (2007-03-07)
Another auto supplier is building a plant in Alabama.


Prototype -- March 7, 2007 (2007-03-07)
In the sixth edition of Prototype, we hear about the deadly tornado that swept through Enterprise, Alabama last week. Then, we look at a Japanese festival that took place in Tuscaloosa last weekend. And, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about some exciting events that you don't want to miss!


Bush Approves Federal Disaster Funds for Alabama (2007-03-07)
Federal disaster aid soon will be available to residents in several tornado-damaged counties in Alabama.


Alabama Headlines -- Wednesday, March 7 (2007-03-07)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, March 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Chief Justice Cobb Rescinds Appointment (2007-03-06)
Retired Circuit Judge Bobby Aderholt of Haleyville, the father of Congressman Robert Aderholt, has had his appointment as a special judge rescinded by Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, March 6 (2007-03-06)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, March 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Text of Gov. Riley's State of State Speech (2007-03-06)
This is the text of Governor Bob Riley's 2007 State of the State Address as delivered by the governor's press office.


Legislature Begins Regular Session (2007-03-06)
The Alabama Legislature has begun its 2007 regular session.


Groups Discuss Train Crossing Safety (2007-03-06)
Train companies and government officials met yesterday (Monday) to discuss making Alabama's railroad crossings safer.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, March 5 (2007-03-05)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, March 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Bloody Sunday Anniversary March (2007-03-05)
About a thousand people took part in yesterday's (Sunday) Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, including presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.


Red Cross Offering Physical, Mental Help (2007-03-05)
The Red Cross is not just providing food, shelter and financial assistance to the victims of the tornado in Enterprise, they are also offering people mental help.


Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma (2007-03-05)
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton crossed campaign paths for the first time yesterday (Sunday) as they paid homage to civil rights activists who they said helped give them the chance to break barriers to the White House.


President Bush Visits Enterprise (2007-03-03)
In a sorrowful South, President Bush today (Sunday) saw disheartening devastation from killer tornadoes and wandered through the shattered Enterprise, Alabama school where eight students died.


Storms Rip at least 13 Alabama Counties (2007-03-02)
Damage assessment teams are busy across the Deep South this morning following yesterday's round of severe weather. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill spoke with Jim Stephkavich with National Weather Service about the storms ...


APR News Reporter Describes Enterprise Damage (2007-03-02)
APR News Reporter Kristen Taylor is in Enterprise today (Friday) reporting on the deadly tornado that struck that city on Thursday.


APR's Taylor, Newbold Report on Severe Weather (2007-03-02)
Alabama Public Radio's Kristen Taylor speaks with Luke Burbank, host of NPR's "Day to Day" news program, about Thursday's deadly tornado in Enterprise.


Legislature Wraps Up Special Session (2007-03-02)
The Alabama Legislature today (Friday) wrapped up its special session, approving a $400 (M) million dollar industrial incentive package designed to lure a German steel mill to Mobile County.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, March 2 (2007-03-02)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, March 2nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Enterprise Tornado Update - Audio (2007-03-02)
Alabama Public Radio's Kristen Taylor spent Friday reporting on the deadly tornado that struck Enterprise on Thursday. This is her Friday evening report.


Film Festival in Florence - w/ Audio (2007-03-02)
APR's Pat Sanders reports on the tenth annual George Lindsey-UNA Film Festival.


President Offers Condolences to Tornado Victims (2007-03-02)
President Bush today (Friday) offered condolences to victims of violent storms and tornadoes that roared through several southern states.


Thursday Storm Recap (2007-03-02)
A violent storm system ripped apart an Alabama high school as students hunkered inside and later tore through Georgia, hitting a hospital and raising the death toll to at least 20 across the Midwest and Southeast.


Enterprise Officials Knew About Weather Threat (2007-03-02)
Administrators at Enterprise High School -- where eight students died in yesterday's tornado -- were warned about severe weather nearly three hours before the twister struck.


Enterprise School Damaged (2007-03-01)
An apparent tornado damaged a high school in Enterprise today (Thursday) as a violent storm front moved across the state. There were no immediate reports of injuries, state and weather officials said.


Shoals Area Seeks Heritage Designation (2007-03-01)
Congressman Bud Cramer recently used Helen Keller's birthplace, Ivy Green, as a backdrop for what National Heritage Area funds could mean to the Shoals area.


Cultural Crossover - Japan (2007-03-01)
In this March 1st edition of Cultural Crossover, Courtney Bowland talks with two women from Japan who are currently studying at The University of Alabama.


Selma's Highway 80 Will Close for Sunday's March (2007-03-01)
Officials will close U-S- Highway 80 from State Highway 41 and across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to State Highway 14 on the north side of Selma at eight a-m- Sunday.


Madison Co. Sheriff is Moving Inmates (2007-03-01)
The Madison County Sheriff's Department plans to move prisoners to lockups elsewhere in Alabama.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, March 1 (2007-03-01)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, March 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Deadly Storms Move Through State (2007-03-01)
Alabama emergency management officials say at least 20 people were killed in apparent tornadoes, including 8 at a high school in Enterprise.


Enterprise School Damaged (2007-03-01)
An apparent tornado damaged a high school in Enterprise today (Thursday) as a violent storm front moved across the state. There were no immediate reports of injuries, state and weather officials said.


Severe Storms Expected Thursday (2007-03-01)
Forecasters have issued a tornado watch until six p-m- for much of Alabama today (Thursday) as thunderstorms move into the state.


Seatbelt Study Group to Release Findings (2007-02-28)
Findings of the Governor's Study Group on School Bus Seat Belts will be presented to Gov. Bob Riley on Wednesday.


Alabama Docks to Get Nearly $10M (2007-02-28)
The federal Department of Transportation will release nearly $10 (M) million dollars for projects at the Alabama State Docks.


Prototype -- February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
In the fifth edition of Prototype, we hear about a homeless awareness event at the University of Alabama. Then, we look at a special library collection dealing with alcohol abuse. And, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about some exciting events that you don't want to miss! - Bobby Puppione Host, Prototype


Legislature Asked to Focus on Existing Businesses (2007-02-28)
The Legislature's special session to recruit new industries has brought up calls from legislators for Alabama to do more to keep existing industries.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Feb. 28 (2007-02-28)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 28th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Contract Committee Chair Issues Warning (2007-02-28)
The chairman of the Legislature's contract review committee has warned state agencies not to bypass his panel by arranging contracts through four-year colleges and universities.


Engineering Center Opens in Mobile (2007-02-28)
Mobile's goal of landing an aircraft assembly plant has moved a step closer to reality with the opening of a high tech engineering center.


Obama, Clinton Plan to Attend Selma Anniversary (2007-02-28)
An event steeped in civil rights symbolism offers rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama an opportunity to show unity with the black community.


Corts Resigns as Two-Year Chancellor (2007-02-28)
Thomas Corts resigned as Interim Chancellor of the state's two-year college system today, nearly a week after members of the Alabama Board of Education expressed concerns about his leadership.


Auburn Gets Auto Supplier (2007-02-27)
A new automotive supplier is coming to Auburn. It will bring about 170 new jobs to the area.


Proposal Would Widen Rural Roads (2007-02-27)
More than 800 (m) million dollars in road improvements are being proposed for rural west Alabama.


House Committee Approves Incentives Amendment (2007-02-27)
A House committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to raise by 400 million dollars the amount the state can borrow to offer incentives to lure new industry.


Riley Says Miss. Plant Good for Ala. (2007-02-27)
Governor Riley says he tried to help Mississippi land a Toyota assembly plant because it will provide jobs in Alabama.


Legislature Tackles Incentives Package (2007-02-27)
Governor Riley's legislation to create 400 (M) million in industrial incentives to help land a steel plant for Mobile County will get its first test in legislative committees today (2/27).


Shoals Foundry Gets Scrapped (2007-02-27)
The Foundry of the Shoals made iron for household products like skillets for almost 115 years in Florence.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Feb. 27 (2007-02-27)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 27th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


State Now Taking Online Teaching Applications (2007-02-27)
Would-be teachers in Alabama no longer need to fill out a paper application when seeking a job.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Feb. 26 (2007-02-26)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 26th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Special Session Opens Monday (2007-02-26)
The Alabama Legislature meets in special session today (Monday).


Alabama Scientists Consider Asteroid Impacts (2007-02-26)
You probably don't spend much time worrying about the possibility of a huge asteroid hitting the Earth.


Obama, Clinton Will Visit Selma (2007-02-26)
Two major Democratic presidential candidates will be in Alabama this weekend.


Water War Heats Up Again (2007-02-23)
Alabama and Georgia officials are opposing a proposal by Florida to extend its environmental review authority into their states.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, Feb. 23 (2007-02-23)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, February 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Southern Baptists Concerned About Sexual Abuse (2007-02-23)
The head of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination plans to teach churches how to conduct background checks.


Legislators Consider School Construction Bond (2007-02-23)
An Associated Press survey of the Alabama Legislature finds overwhelming support for a bond issue for school construction projects.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, Feb. 22 (2007-02-22)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Foresters Still Searching for Arsonist (2007-02-22)
Authorities say someone deliberately set dozens of wildfires last weekend in rural Mobile County and they're offering a five-thousand dollar reward to catch the culprit.


Greensboro Hopes For Downtown Rebirth - w/ video (2007-02-22)
Alabama cities continue to embrace the relationship between restoring cultural resources and improving downtown economies.


Mardi Gras Draws Hundreds of Thousands (2007-02-22)
Mobile's three-week Mardi Gras celebration drew an estimated 877,825 revelers, according to police estimates.


Prototype -- February 21, 2007 (2007-02-22)
In the fourth edition of Prototype, we hear from some international exchange students at the University of Alabama. Then, we stay at the Capstone to look at the women's wheelchair basketball team. And, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about some exciting events that you don't want to miss! - Bobby Puppione Host, Prototype


Woman Charged With Bomb Threat (2007-02-22)
A Birmingham woman accused of threatening to blow up a school in Jefferson County is out of jail on three-thousand dollars bond.


Young Girl Killed During Mobile Mardi Gras (2007-02-21)
A young girl was hit by a car and killed during the Mardi Gras festivities in Mobile Tuesday, police said.


Changes Considered for Safer Driving (2007-02-21)
A committee is working on a package of bills for the upcoming legislative session. The package could have an impact on what you do behind the wheel of your car.


Ala. Delegates and Iraq Resolution (2007-02-21)
The U.S. House passed a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush's plan to increase troops in Iraq. Matt Laslo reports on the diverse views espoused by members of the Alabama delegation.


Prototype -- February 21, 2007 (2007-02-21)
In the fourth edition of Prototype, we hear from some international exchange students at the University of Alabama. Then, we stay at the Capstone to look at the women's wheelchair basketball team. And, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about some exciting events that you don't want to miss! - Bobby Puppione Host, Prototype


State Observes Severe Weather Awareness Week (2007-02-21)
Forecasters at the National Weather Service says its time for Alabamians to review their safety plans for severe weather in preparation for the spring tornado season that runs from March through May.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Feb. 21 (2007-02-21)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 21st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Gas Prices Continue Climbing (2007-02-21)
Gasoline prices rose for the third week in a row to an average of about 2 dollars, 27 cents a gallon nationwide.


War Hits Small Towns Hardest (2007-02-20)
A new study shows populations of small towns may be shouldering a disproportionate brunt of US active military forces.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Feb.20 (2007-02-20)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 20th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Feb.19 (2007-02-19)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Early Environmentalist Passes (2007-02-19)
One of Alabama's environmental pioneers has passed away.


Autauga County Opposes Nearly Nude Dancing (2007-02-19)
The Autauga County Commission could ask the Alabama Legislature to approve a law making it more difficult for businesses to offer entertainment featuring nearly nude dancers.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, Feb. 16 (2007-02-16)
Brandon Hollingsworth is off today, so there will be no Alabama Headlines segment. He will return Monday, February 19th.


State Continues to Issue Rotavirus Vaccine (2007-02-16)
State Public Health officials will continue to dispense more than 50 thousand doses of an early childhood vaccine against rotavirus.


Riley Calls Special Legislative Session (2007-02-16)
Gov. Bob Riley has called the Alabama Legislature into a special session to begin Feb. 26 to approve multimillion-dollar incentive measures to lure industries to Mobile County and other areas of the state.


Compass Accepts Offer from Spanish Bank (2007-02-16)
Compass Bancshares Inc., which operates banks from Arizona to Florida, said Friday that it is being purchased by Spain-based Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. in a cash and stock deal valued at about $9.6 billion.


Ag Commissioner Worried About Chinese Poultry (2007-02-16)
Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks says he's worried about chickens from China.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, Feb. 15 (2007-02-15)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 15th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Riley, Folsom Return from Recruitment Trip (2007-02-15)
Gov. Bob Riley and Lieutenant Gov. Jim Folsom Junior are back on Alabama soil today following a two-day industry hunting trip to Europe.


Georgia Artist Inspired by His Surroundings (2007-02-15)
Scrap metal, rusted pipes and discarded barrels may be considered junk to some people. But an artist in north western Georgia is turning these items into artwork worth thousands of dollars.


Investigators Find More Tornado Damage (2007-02-15)
Tuesday's round of severe weather did result in the formation of tornadoes.


Prototype -- February 14, 2007 (2007-02-15)
In the third edition of Prototype, we look at the real workings of Congress. Then, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about some exciting events that you dont want to miss! - Bobby Puppione Host, Prototype


Hyundai Promotes Convicted Executive (2007-02-15)
Hyundai Motor Co. on Thursday announced the promotion to president of a top executive convicted this month for assisting Chairman Chung Mong-koo in embezzling company funds.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Feb. 14 (2007-02-14)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 14th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alito Discusses Challenges as Newest Supreme Court Justice (2007-02-14)
Justice Samuel Alito says he has a hard time getting in a word during oral arguments as the newest member of the Supreme Court.


Seat Belt Task Force Meets Wednesday (2007-02-14)
The governor's seven-member seat belt task force meets today (Wednesdday) at the Alabama State House.


Ala. Delegates React to Bush Admin. Budget (2007-02-14)
Last week Congress received the president's proposal for the 2008 budget. The Alabama delegation had a mixed reaction to the Administration's plan.


Marshall County Commissioner Threatened (2007-02-14)
Authorities are trying to find a woman who phoned in a death threat to the chairman of the Marshall County Commission and missed a Tuesday deadline to apologize.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Feb. 13 (2007-02-13)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 13th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Boeing Unveils Redesigned Aircraft (2007-02-13)
Boeing has unveiled a newly redesigned K-C-767 as its proposed aircraft for a 40 (b) billion dollar Air Force contract competition to replace 179 refueling planes.


Supreme Court Justice Alito Visits Tuscaloosa (2007-02-13)
U-S Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito visits the University of Alabama Law School today (Tuesday).


Fort Rucker Pilot Remembered (2007-02-13)
Army helicopter pilot Keith Yoakum is remembered as a model for others who fly choppers in combat, protecting ground troops, as well as a loving father who looked forward to teaching his daughters to fly.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Feb. 12 (2007-02-12)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 12th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


ACHE Recommends Bigger Budget (2007-02-12)
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has recommended a higher education budget totaling nearly two (b) billion dollars.


Center Will Help Expand Minority-Owned Businesses (2007-02-12)
A new center in Mobile is expected to work at expanding minority business ventures in Alabama and portions of two other states.


VA Will Begin Notifying Veterans About Missing Info (2007-02-12)
The Department of Veterans Affairs this week will begin notifying thousands of individuals whose sensitive information may be on a portable hard drive missing and possibly stolen from the Birmingham V-A office.


Illegal Immigration Linked to Hate Group Resurgence (2007-02-12)
Organizations that track hate groups and officials of the groups themselves say fears over illegal immigration are fueling a resurgence in membership to the Ku Klux Klan.


UAB Researchers Head to Antarctica (2007-02-08)
Two UAB researchers are going to icy Antarctica in an attempt to find chemicals that may help battle diseases such as cancer.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, Feb. 8 (2007-02-08)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 8th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


More Alabama Guard Members to Depart for Afghanistan (2007-02-08)
Officials said Wednesday a new group of Alabama Army National Guard soldiers is set to deploy to Afghanistan soon.


Bonner Named to House Ethics Committee (2007-02-07)
Alabama Congressman Jo Bonner is the newest member of the House Ethics Committee.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Feb. 7 (2007-02-07)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, February 7th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Prototype -- February 7, 2007 (2007-02-07)
In the second edition of Prototype, we visit with a west Georgia man who collects scrap metal from junkyards and creates art that sells for thousand of dollars. Then, at the end of the podcast, we will remind you about exciting event happening this weekend that you dont want to miss! - Bobby Puppione Host, Prototype


Helium Shortage May Affect Valentine's Day Wishes (2007-02-07)
As Valentine's Day draws near, balloon retailers are fretting over a helium shortage that could leave bunches of red balloons in short supply.


ADECA Awards Grant to Build Helicopter Plant (2007-02-06)
The state has awarded a development grant to Aerospace Integration Corporation to build a 100-thousand square foot plant at the Albertville Municipal Airport.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Feb. 6 (2007-02-06)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, February 6th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Retired Judge Dies (2007-02-06)
Retired Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Judge William E. ``Bill'' Robertson, who served as presiding judge of the court for 10 years, died Monday. He was 67.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Feb. 5 (2007-02-05)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Feb. 5 (2007-02-05)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, February 5th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Discussion Begins on School Bus Seat Belts (2007-02-05)
Governor Bob Riley has formed a task force to investigate the idea of making school bus seat belts mandatory.


Legislator Lawsuit Set for April 2nd (2007-02-05)
A lawsuit filed by a challenger to Senator Larry Means goes to trial on April 2nd.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, Feb. 1 (2007-02-01)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, February 1st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Riley Considering Bond Increase (2007-02-01)
Governor Riley says he may be willing to increase the size of his proposed bond issue to repair and build new schools from 500 (m) million to as high as 750 (m) million dollars.


FEMA Increases Share of Hurricane Relief Funding (2007-02-01)
While it may take another year to fix all of Hurricane Katrina's damage in Alabama, FEMA has agreed to pay a larger share of the estimated $110 (M) million recovery cost for 22 counties that qualify for the aid.


Saban Explains Derogatory Remark (2007-02-01)
As an audiotape spread on the Internet, Alabama coach Nick Saban Wednesday acknowledged using a term considered derogatory to Cajuns but said he doesn't condone such language and merely was repeating something a friend told him.


Alabama Lawmakers Discuss Congressional Reform (2007-01-31)
Ethics reform is one of the prime issues lawmakers are grappling with in the opening days of the Democratically-controlled Congress.


Tax Deadline Gets Pushed Back (2007-01-31)
Alabama taxpayers can wait until April 17th to file their 2006 income tax returns and pay taxes owed.


Prototype -- January 31, 2007 (2007-01-31)
In this first podcast of 2007, we will hear an interview news director Butler Cain conducted with a member of the jazz quintet -- Karen Johns and Company. After that, commentator James Hardy gives us a report on the welcoming of new University of Alabama head football coach, Nick Saban. After that, we will have some information on events across Alabama that you will not want to miss. -- Bobby Puppione Host, Prototype


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Jan. 31 (2007-01-31)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, January 31st, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Body of Alabama Soldier Returned Home (2007-01-31)
The body of a fallen Alabama soldier has come home. 20-year-old Army Private Jonathan Millican was one of four American soldiers abducted during a sneak attack in Karbala, Iraq, last week.


Second Suit Filed Over School Bus Crash (2007-01-31)
A second lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Huntsville school bus crash in November.


President's Health Plan May Have Little Impact (2007-01-30)
Policy experts say a health care plan like the one President Bush proposed last week would have little impact in moving roughly 650-thousand uninsured Alabamians into coverage.


Riley Unveils New Studen Loan Program (2007-01-30)
Teachers, nurses and members of the Alabama National Guard are now eligible for interest-free student loans under a new program announced Monday by the governor.


Blood Banks Report Shortages (2007-01-30)
Blood banks in central Alabama need donations. LifeSouth Community Blood Bank and the American Red Cross are both in dire need of Oh-positive and Oh-negative blood.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Jan. 30 (2007-01-30)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, January 30th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Congressman Davis Gets More Authority (2007-01-30)
Democratic Alabama Congressman Artur Davis has moved into two new positions in Congress that promise to increase his political stature among his peers.


HealthSouth to Sell Clinics (2007-01-29)
Moving ahead with plans to focus solely on post-acute care as it recovers from a massive fraud, HealthSouth announced Monday it will sell about 600 outpatient rehabilitation centers in 35 states to Pennsylvania-based Select Medical Corporation for about 245 million dollars.


Edgar Meyer, Double Bassist -- Interview (2007-01-29)
MacArthur Grant recipient and Grammy-award winning double bassist Edgar Meyer recently performed in Tuscaloosa.


Immigration to be a Major Issue in Legislature (2007-01-29)
The influx of Hispanic immigrants into Alabama communities is expected to be a major issue in the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature. A number of measures are being drafted to curb it.


Indian Tribes Oppose Bid to Change Gaming (2007-01-29)
The pinging on electronic bingo machines at the always-open Poarch Creek entertainment center in south Alabama keeps players busy and the parking lot crowded.


Karen Johns, Jazz Singer -- Interview (2007-01-29)
Karen Johns and Company is a jazz quintet based in Nashville. The group toured through Alabama recently.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Jan. 29 (2007-01-29)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, January 29th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Sheriff Gets Military Hand-Me-Downs (2007-01-26)
An Alabama sheriff is getting a share of the Pentagon's free hand-me-downs. The list includes two helicopters for the Jefferson County sheriff's department.


Elastic Corp Will Lay Off 250 Workers (2007-01-26)
Hundreds of workers at a Shelby County plant are losing their jobs.


Businesses Concerned About Immigration (2007-01-26)
Business lobbyists believe federal lawmakers will ultimately strip from the Senate minimum wage legislation any sanctions against companies caught hiring illegal immigrants.


Small Fire at Anniston Chemical Agent Facility (2007-01-25)
A small fire at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility early Wednesday morning was quickly put out by employees.


Riley Fills Calhoun County Circuit Judge Vacancy (2007-01-25)
Governor Bob Riley appointed Mannon Bankson Junior to the position of Calhoun County circuit judge, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jack Hughes.


Sessions Supports Bush's Plan for More Troops (2007-01-25)
US Senator Jeff Sessions says he will support the President's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Jan. 24 (2007-01-24)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, January 24th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Medicaid Agency Issues New ID Numbers (2007-01-23)
The state Medicaid Agency has begun issuing new identification numbers to all Medicaid recipients to protect their privacy.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Jan. 23 (2007-01-23)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, January 23rd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Judge Splits Lawsuits Over Senate Elections (2007-01-23)
A Montgomery judge has split two lawsuits challenging the election of five Democratic state senators.


Lawsuit Filed in Huntsville Bus Crash (2007-01-23)
A lawsuit was filed Monday in Madison County Court on behalf of the son of one of the four Lee High School students killed in a school bus crash in Huntsville in November.


Alabama Headlines - Monday, Jan. 22 (2007-01-22)
Alabama Headlines for Monday, January 22nd, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Alabamians Split on Additional Troops (2007-01-22)
Alabamians are nearly evenly split on President Bush's decision to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, according to a new survey.


Alabama to Get Federal Grant Money (2007-01-19)
Three Gulf Coast states whose health care networks were depleted or disrupted by Hurricane Katrina can get 175 (m) million dollars in grants in the coming weeks.


Shelby Continues Efforts to Protect Mass Transit (2007-01-19)
The safety of America's mass transit systems was the focus of a Senate hearing in Washington Thursday (1/18). And despite the political "sea change" in Congress, Alabama's senior senator remains at the center of the Federal effort.


Alabama Headlines - Friday, Jan. 19 (2007-01-19)
Alabama Headlines for Friday, January 19th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Jobless Rate Rose Slightly Last Month (2007-01-19)
Alabama's unemployment rate rose to three-point-six percent in December.


Huntsville's Fire Chief Resigns (2007-01-19)
Huntsville's top firefighter has resigned after only eighteen months on the job.


Riley Made Few Cabinet Changes (2007-01-18)
Governor Riley officially installed his Cabinet for his second term Wednesday.


Miners Will Get Pay Raise Under New Contract (2007-01-18)
Almost a thousand miners working at three Jim Walter Resources coal mines in Alabama will get 20 percent pay raises and one-thousand-dollar bonuses under a new, five-year contract announced Wednesday.


Pompeii Exhibit Opens in Mobile (2007-01-18)
Artifacts from the ancient Roman city of Pompeii were under cover for almost 2-thousand years. Now, the priceless artifacts are expected to attract thousands of visitors to Alabama's port city.


TB Cases Drop to Record Low (2007-01-18)
Health officials say fewer than 200 cases of tuberculosis were reported in Alabama last year for the first time since records began being kept in 1923.


Alabama Headlines - Thursday, Jan. 18 (2007-01-18)
Alabama Headlines for Thursday, January 18th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Child Welfare Case Concludes (2007-01-17)
A federal judge released Alabama from nearly two decades of court control over its child welfare system Tuesday, ruling that the depraved conditions that triggered the litigation no longer exist.


Alabama Senate Still Divided (2007-01-17)
The new Alabama Senate is so sharply divided that it split 18-to-17 over whether to quit work Tuesday. The narrow vote ended the Legislature's organizational session.


Alabama Headlines - Wednesday, Jan. 17 (2007-01-17)
Alabama Headlines for Wednesday, January 17th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Compass Will Repay Unmarried Car Loan Customers (2007-01-17)
Compass Bank will pay up to one-point-75 (m) million dollars plus interest to non-married car loan customers who were charged higher interest rates than married couples.


Riley Tells Citizens to Believe in Brighter Future (2007-01-16)
Republican Governor Bob Riley began his second term Monday by celebrating the good times the state is enjoying ... and predicting they will be better if Alabamians address their problems with courage.


Groups Seek to Close Women's Prison (2007-01-16)
An Atlanta-based law firm that has fought to improve conditions at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka is now shifting its focus to shutting down the prison altogether.


Alabama Headlines - Tuesday, Jan. 16 (2007-01-16)
Alabama Headlines for Tuesday, January 16th, with Brandon Hollingsworth.


Aging Inmates, Healthcare Costs Grow (2007-01-16)
Alabama's elderly inmate population has nearly tripled over the past decade putting a strain on the prison system's health care budget.


Inauguration Viewers Express Hopes for Next Four Years (2007-01-16)
Governor Bob Riley and other state officials were sworn into office Monday (1/15) in Montgomery. Alabama Public Radio's Kristen Taylor and Brett Tannehill spoke with people who attended the inauguration about what they hope to see in the next four years.


Hammett Considers Future in Public Service (2007-01-15)
Three times may be enough for House Speaker Seth Hammett, who was sworn-in last week to a record-tying third four-year term as speaker.


Alabama Power Crews Head West (2007-01-15)
Contract utility crews from Alabama are heading to the Midwest to help ice storm victims struggling to stay warm.


Riley Celebrates Good Times in Speech (2007-01-15)
Republican Governor Bob Riley began his second term Monday by celebrating the good times the state is enjoying and by predicting they will be better if Alabamians address their problems with courage.


Students Gather Books for Africa (2007-01-15)
Students at the University of Alabama have the opportunity to help out students who live half a world away.


Gov. Riley's Inauguration Speech - Audio (2007-01-15)
Audio and text of Governor Bob Riley's inaugural address titled "Believe in Alabama."


Cramer Excited About New NASA Mission (2007-01-15)
NASA's announcement to return to the moon and build a permanent outpost there excites Democratic northern Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer.


Riley Directs Focus to Second Term (2007-01-15)
Bob Riley adds the title of two-term governor today (Monday).


Click This Headline to View APR's Web Entries (2007-01-12)
Please click this headline to view Alabama Public Radio's web entries for the Associated Press Awards Competition for 2006.


Alabama Lawmakers Respond to Bush's Address (2007-01-11)
President Bush's call Wednesday night to send more troops to Iraq was received with skepticism by several Alabama lawmakers who have ardently supported President Bush on the Iraq war.


Seat Belt Commission Holds First Meeting (2007-01-11)
Governor Riley wants to know if seat belts on school buses would make children safer.


House Republican Loses Key Committee Seat (2007-01-11)
The Republican leader in the Alabama House has been removed from an important budget committee and he says it was a partisan political move by Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett.


Baxley Won't Attend Senate Opening (2007-01-09)
Outgoing Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley won't attend Tuesday's opening of the organizational session of the state Senate.


Mitchem Wins Top Job in Alabama Senate (2007-01-09)
Republican Governor Bob Riley's effort to organize the new state Senate collapsed Tuesday when senators elected Democratic Senator Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove to the top leadership role of president pro tem.


Alabama Soldiers Mobilize for Overseas Duty (2007-01-09)
Fifty members of the U-S Army Reserve's 1190th Deployment Support Brigade, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will gather Friday to mobilize for duty in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and the Netherlands.


Tornadoes Confirmed in Sunday's Storms (2007-01-09)
A storm system that swept across Alabama on Sunday spawned at least two tornadoes in east Alabama.


Hammett Wins Third Term as House Speaker (2007-01-09)
The Alabama House elected Democrat Seth Hammett of Andalusia Tuesday to serve a third consecutive term as speaker.


Auburn, South Alabama Cooperate on Pharmacy Degree (2007-01-09)
Two south Alabama universities are coming together to fill a much needed prescription - the need for more pharmacy professionals in many parts of the state.


Alabama-Built Vehicles on Display (2007-01-08)
Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai are displaying their Alabama-built vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.


DOT Suit Ends After Two Decades (2007-01-08)
A racial discrimination lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Transportation is ending after more than 21 years, with legal battles that cost the state more than 200 (M) million dollars.


Sunday Storms Caused Damage (2007-01-08)
Severe storms swept through Alabama on Sunday, spawning possible tornadoes, damaging homes and bringing the threat of flooding, but no injuries were reported.


Cramer Gets Seat on Powerful Subcommittee (2007-01-05)
Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer has won a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.


Severe Weather Moves Through Alabama (2007-01-05)
Unseasonably warm weather spawned severe thunderstorms across Alabama Friday morning.


Texas Man Gets Prison for Transporting Illegal Immigrants (2007-01-05)
A Texas man has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation for transporting illegal immigrants for profit.


Public Education Ranks Low in Alabama (2007-01-04)
A national study by Education Week Magazine shows Alabama is still struggling to keep up with the rest of the nation in public education.


Constitutional Reform Advocate Has Died (2007-01-04)
Former Shelby County Probate Judge Conrad Fowler has died at age 88.


Saban's Press Conference (2007-01-04)
Newly hired Alabama football coach Nick Saban held his first news conference Thursday morning in Tuscaloosa.


UA Officially Welcomes Saban (2007-01-04)
Thursday morning (1/4), the University of Alabama officially announced that it had hired Nick Saban as the school's new football coach. Saban takes the job under an estimated 8-year, 32-million dollar contract.


East Alabama Gets Good and Bad Security News (2007-01-04)
A Department of Homeland Security survey released Wednesday found there's good news and bad news for emergency agencies in an Alabama region extending east from Birmingham.


Saban Gets Star Treatment in Tuscaloosa (2007-01-04)
Hours after Nick Saban left the N-F-L for Alabama, he got a dose of just what he likes about college football.


Saban Accepts Alabama Coaching Job (2007-01-03)
Nick Saban is 'Bama bound. Ending five weeks of speculation and two days of deliberation, Saban decided to accept a job from Alabama and abandon his bid to rebuild the Miami Dolphins after only two seasons.


Churches Continue Recovering from Fires (2007-01-03)
It has been nearly eleven months since nine Alabama churches were set on fire by three Birmingham college students, but there remains a lot of rebuilding work ahead.


Progressive Farmer Magazine Sold (2007-01-03)
The Birmingham-based Progressive Farmer magazine, which is has been published for 120 years, has been sold to a Nebraska company by Time Inc.


Leaving Cuba for a New Life (2007-01-02)
You never know who you'll meet on an airplane. Former Alabama Public Radio reporter Gina Smith met a Cuban-American with a unique story during her return home from a trip to Havana last summer.


Saban Still Considering Alabama's Offer (2007-01-02)
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban wants more time to consider a job offer from Alabama.


Hard Feelings at Goodyear (2007-01-02)
Hard feelings remain among some Goodyear Tire and Rubber workers as they prepared to head back to work Tuesday following a three-month strike.


Scrushy's Charity Targets Churches, Religious Groups (2007-01-02)
The Richard M. Scrushy Charitable Foundation handed out 716-thousand dollars during 2005.


Indian Tribe Links Up With Boeing (2007-01-02)
The only federally recognized Indian tribe in Alabama is joining forces with an aerospace giant.


Nucor Makes Offer for Harris Steel (2007-01-02)
North Carolina-based steel products maker Nucor says it is offering to pay nearly one-point-one (b) billion dollars Canada's Harris Steel Group.