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Auburn spends nearly $3M on BCS national championship trip by AnnistonStar
Mar 04, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Ever wonder how much it would cost to get a football team, coaching staff, school officials, cheerleaders and a band to a national championship and keep them there for up to nine days?  About $3 million.  Auburn spent $2,901,706 on its nine-day trip to Glendale, Ariz., in early January according ...
Man, daughter face charges connected to alleged sex abuse by AnnistonStar
Mar 03, 2011 |  1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A 68-year-old man and his 35-year-old daughter have been arrested after the woman’s 15-year-old daughter allegedly was sexually abused by her grandfather and given alcohol by her mother, Southside police investigator Clay Johnson said. The man is charged with second-degree sex abuse and the woman...
Alabama legislative panel delays voting on illegal immigration bill by AnnistonStar
Mar 03, 2011 |  2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A legislative committee on Wednesday delayed voting on a bill under which an illegal immigrant would be guilty of trespassing, a crime punishable by as much as a year in jail, simply for being in Alabama. At a public hearing on the bill, supporters said they're tired of illegal immigrants taking ...
Alabama may drop the DROP program by AnnistonStar
Mar 03, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Two things seem certain about the fate of Alabama's Deferred Retirement Option Plan. It will either be eliminated, or it will be changed significantly to save the state money. Read the full story from The Montgomery Advertiser.
Group of senators propose legislative pay cut to match budget cuts by AnnistonStar
Mar 02, 2011 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Instead of repealing a controver­sial legislative pay increase, a bi­partisan group of state senators said Tuesday that it will support a resolution that, beginning next year, would cut the pay of state leg­islators equal to the level of budget cuts declared by the governor. But some Republicans ...
Legislative Democrats vow they will fight public benefit cuts by AnnistonStar
Mar 02, 2011 |  1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Legislators reacted Tuesday to Gov. Robert Bentley’s first State of the State speech, a somber reality check that all is not well in the fiscal state of Alabama. “Join with me in leading our state by doing what we must do to budget responsibly,” Bentley said to close his speech to a joint legisla...
Man in custody in 10-year-old Gadsden capital murder case by AnnistonStar
Mar 02, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
José Louis Ramirez was booked into the Etowah County Jail on a domestic violence charge in Gadsden on Aug. 5, 2001 — a month before José A. Garcia was killed in a drive-by shooting in Attalla. It was Stephen Hooks’ job to book him at the jail. Ramirez was in the United States illegally and that w...
UAB grad and employee Joe Henry completes 500-mile run for world hunger by AnnistonStar
Feb 28, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Running a 26.2-mile marathon is difficult enough for anyone to imagine. Now consider what University of Alabama at Birmingham grad and current UAB employee Joe Henry did: He ran 32 miles a day for 17 straight days. Henry, a weight-room manager at the UAB Campus Recreation Center, on Friday comple...
Marshall lawmaker files bill to ban elective abortions after 20th week based on fetus pain by AnnistonStar
Feb 28, 2011 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A Marshall County legislator has prefiled a bill that would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on what he called "scientific evidence" showing an unborn fetus feels pain. The bill by newly-elected Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, would require abortion practitioners to d...
Use of wiretaps focus of hearing in Alabama bingo vote-buying case by AnnistonStar
Feb 28, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Defense lawyers in Alabama's bingo vote-buying case are trying to stop prosecutors from using wiretapped phone calls at the trial, arguing federal investigators overstepped their bounds and listened too freely to conversations. The wiretaps are a key piece of evidence for prosecutors alleging tha...

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