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July 29, 2014


New numbers correct undercount of rapes in Alabama

New crime numbers, released Friday by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, show the number of rapes in Alabama surging by 56 percent in 2013 — not because of a crime spree, but because of a change to a long-standing rule that described rape more narrowly than the popular definition of the term.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Alabama 21: Civic spirit amid peacocks, dogs
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 12:19 pm

ATMORE — If Foster Kizer isn’t Atmore’s First Citizen, he’s at least this place’s biggest cheerleader, honest critic and eternally hopeful civic romantic. He moves about his homestead with a graceful ease, slow and peaceful, his three dogs (and one cat) following him from room to room.

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Sunday 07/27/2014
Superspeedway and Red Cross team up to put the 'fun' in fundraising
Updated: July 27, 2014 - 12:49 am

"It's a legal mechanical drug," said David Barnes, the driver of the Lotus, a man who said he has driven a race track before. "It's highly addictive."

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Saturday teamwork helps keep Coldwater Trail safe for cyclists
Updated: July 27, 2014 - 12:59 am

"These are game changers," said Keith Lyles, trail director for the association, pointing to the Anniston Fire Department vehicles bought specifically to help rescue people from the mountain.

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Alabama 21: From panhandle to Piedmont, it's a route of history
Updated: July 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

 Atmore Mayor Jim Staff mostly just thinks about the parts of Alabama 21 that matter to him — in his town, it’s called Main Street. Before a phone call Thursday, he said he’d never considered that there was a town something like his at the other end of the line.

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Friday 07/25/2014
State panel to review child support payments
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 7:20 pm

A state advisory board voted Friday to find an outside company to study Alabama's guidelines governing how much divorced parents have to pay for child support.

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Pro-expansion panel tries to get Medicaid message across
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 1:54 am

"The non-disputed facts are about 300,000 people would receive coverage, 80 percent of whom would be newly insured," said Dr. David Becker, who authored the study, called An Economic Evaluation of Medicaid Expansion in Alabama.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Governor: School fund safe from business incentive program
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 6:52 pm

On his Wednesday night stop in Oxford, Bentley said he had no intention of drawing incentive money from the education budget:  "We’re not going to ever do anything that does not improve our Education Trust Fund."

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Ideas for Oxford’s downtown flow at Wednesday meeting
Posted: July 23, 2014

The meetings will wrap up Friday with the presentation of a rough plan of action to transform downtown Oxford, which has seen its share of customers decline with the rise of the city’s bustling Oxford Exchange shopping center.

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Alabama governor considering special legislative session
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Gov. Robert Bentley might call a special session of the Alabama Legislature to discuss incentives to bring industries into the state, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
State job growth lagging behind the nation
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 7:20 pm

While economists agree the slow job growth is an issue, they argue as to the causes and solutions to the problem.

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Alabama ranks 44th in nation for child well-being
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Alabama ranked 44th among the states in child well-being for the second year in a row, according to the latest version of an annual study released Tuesday.

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Providers continue talks to secure SEC Network
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 6:19 pm

As ESPN prepares to launch the new SEC Network on Aug. 14, some television service providers are in last-minute negotiations to bring a 24-hour SEC experience to their viewers.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Executive order bans LGBT discrimination by employers doing federal contract work
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 8:48 pm

It’s too early to tell what a presidential order protecting the rights of gay and transgender employees hired by companies that contract with the federal government might mean for local employers, experts and representatives of local businesses said Monday.

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Alabama's incomplete storm prep to-do list
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Storm prep to-do list

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Sunday 07/20/2014
UAB study: Residents more tornado-ready than in 2011
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 1:23 am

In 2010, the state’s Department of Public Health asked a randomly-selected group of Jefferson County residents if they had on hand specific items needed for a storm readiness kit.

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Three years after tornadoes, work remains on Alabama’s storm-preparedness to-do list
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 1:45 am

Ron Gray, a member of the recovery council, said the panel proposed a mix of simple and complex resolutions, some that could be implemented reasonably quickly and some that would require more time.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Calhoun County jobless rate jumps to 7.9 percent in June
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 1:19 pm

The county's unemployment rate increased to 7.9 percent in June from 7.1 percent in May, continuing a trend of rising unemployment in recent months and negating job gains the area made late last year. 

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Law enforcement seminar focuses on domestic extremism
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 6:24 pm

The event was paid for and organized by the Oxford Police Department, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Numerous speakers were featured at the event, with the common theme focusing on the protection and promotion of domestic security.

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Remodeling under way in Alabama Senate
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Workers this week have been ripping up the 35 desks where members of the Senate sit during the Legislature's annual session.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
ACA case could have major impact on Alabama
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 6:51 pm

The case could see potentially 100,000 Alabamians and 5 million people nationwide lose access to Affordable Care Act subsidies.


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