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Opposing a Strip Club

March 22, 2010 - 11:42am

stip clubThe cities of Birmingham, Trussville and a group of citizens have appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court the recent Jefferson County Circuit Court decision that allowed a strip club to operate.  Records show the cities and the Citizens to Protect Derby Parkway filed three separate appeals with the state's high court on March 11. ...Read more

Undelivered Mail

March 22, 2010 - 11:39am

mail post office stampAn Alabama judge has sentenced a husband and wife who worked as contract drivers for the U.S. Postal Service to probation for failing to deliver thousands of pieces of mail.  Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. Monday sentenced 28-year-old Jeffrey M. Brown and 27-year-old Cassie L. Brown to probation for delay or destruction of the mail. ...Read more

Missing Info for Gun Sales

March 22, 2010 - 11:32am

Information missing from a state crime database is allowing some people to buy guns in Alabama when the purchases should be barred.  The Press-Register of Mobile reported Sunday that a database at the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center has 2.7 million arrest records that don't reflect case outcomes.  Sometimes, people can buy guns when previous court cases should bar the deals. In Mobile, a man who purchased a military-style rifle despite a marijuana arrest was later sentenced to prison for possessing the weapon. ...Read more

Bingo in Bama?

March 22, 2010 - 11:25am

bingoThe future of the governor's gambling task force is now in the hands of the Alabama Supreme Court. The court is considering arguments over whether the task force's commander, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, has legal authority in the post.  A Macon County judge blocked the task force March 5 by ruling that Tyson only has authority in Mobile County. ...Read more

Tax Time Tips

March 22, 2010 - 11:23am

taxThe annual tax deadline is quickly approaching.  If you're worried about how you'll pay for your taxes, you're not alone.  There are some options, but only if you file your taxes. ...Read more

Student Killed after Volunteering

March 22, 2010 - 11:04am
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A North Dakota girl who volunteer in West Alabama Tuesday was hit and killed by a car in Florida Wednesday.  Sarah Martinsen, 21, was traveling around the country with 40 other students doing community service work during spring break.  North Dakota State University in Fargo says Martinsen was hit by a vehicle while jogging.  The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. ...Read more

Gag Order Issued in UAH Shooting

March 22, 2010 - 10:48am

The judge set to preside over accused UAH shooter Amy Bishop's upcoming preliminary hearing Tuesday on capital murder and attempted murder charges issued a gag order in the case Thursday.  District Judge Ruth Ann Hall barred attorneys for both the prosecution and defense as well as law enforcement personnel from talking to the media. ...Read more

Natalee Holloway Remains?

March 22, 2010 - 10:26am

A newspaper is reporting that a Lancaster County couple believes an underwater snapshot they took off the coast of Aruba reveals human remains on the ocean floor.  The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported Thursday that the photo taken by John and Patti Muldowney of Manheim last fall has been turned over to the FBI.  Patti Muldowney took the shot while snorkeling near the Caribbean island. ...Read more

Alabama Prison Population

March 22, 2010 - 10:23am

prison jail inmateA new report shows Alabama's prison population continued to increase last year while the number of inmates declined nationwide.  The report by the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States shows the number of inmates housed by the state was 31,561 on January 1, an increase of 3.5 percent from a year earlier. ...Read more

H1N1 Death in Alabama

March 22, 2010 - 9:51am

h1n1 swine fluThe Mobile County Health Department says the February 27 death of a 6-year-old boy is being attributed to swine flu. Health officials say the death brings the number of H1N1 flu fatalities among Mobile County residents to four. The first ...Read more

No $40Billion Contract for AL

tanker kc-45 boeing northropNorthrop Grumman Corp. has decided not to compete against Boeing Co. for the $35 billion the U.S. Air Force will spend to buy its own fleet of refueling tankers. Congressional and industry officials confirmed the decision Monday. ...Read more

"Bloody Sunday" Anniversary

March 8, 2010 - 12:27pm
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Events are under way in Selma commemorating the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march.  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was the keynote speaker Sunday morning at the Martin and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast in Selma.

The event kicked off the day-long observance ...Read more

UA Championship Team Meets the President

alabama football crimson tide bamaPresident Barack Obama honored the national championship Alabama football team at a White House event where the president proclaimed, "The Tide is back."  The president capped his remarks by declaring "Roll Tide" to the applause of dozens of Alabama fans in attendance. ...Read more

Keeping Guns in Your Car

February 25, 2010 - 3:28pm

gun; bill; law; legislation; fire armTwo weeks after the fatal shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Alabama Senate has passed legislation that would make it easier for people to keep guns in their cars. Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville got the Senate tovote 26-2 for his bill Thursday. ...Read more

Mental Health as a Business?

February 25, 2010 - 10:12am

brain, mentalA House committee is considering a bill that would require the Alabama Department of Mental Health to get permission from three-fifths of the House and Senate before privatizing care for mental health patients.  The House Government Appropriations Committee delayed action Wednesday on the bill by Democratic Rep. Alan Harper of Aliceville.  Committee chairman Democratic Rep. ...Read more

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