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UAH shooting tragedy remembered in Huntsville one year later by AnnistonStar
Feb 12, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The University of Alabama in Huntsville community gathers on campus this afternoon to remember three people killed and two seriously wounded one year ago in a mass shooting in a biology faculty meeting. The Feb. 12 crime quickly made national news because of the six people shot, the suspected mot...
Larger class sizes may result from education budget shortfalls by AnnistonStar
Feb 11, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Bigger class sizes and few­er working days for teachers could be in the works as a remedy to fill the projected shortfalls in the state's 2012 education budget. The state Department of Education is asking for a 5.6 percent increase to make up for just a portion of the feder­al stimulus dollars pu...
Alabama could lose more than 1,000 teacher jobs for lack of money, superintendent says by AnnistonStar
Feb 11, 2011 |  2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama's public schools likely will have at least 1,000 fewer teachers and state two-year colleges and universities will face closing programs and leaving faculty positions vacant if they don't get increases from the state Education Trust Fund next year, education leaders said Thursday.  But sta...
Car thief discovers baby on board, then drops it off at a house before abandining the vehicle by AnnistonStar
Feb 11, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
A thief stole a car from a south side community center Wednesday night with a 6-month-old boy in the back seat. Minutes later, the thief left the infant, still secured in a car seat, on the porch of a home a few blocks away before abandoning the car on another nearby street, police spokesman Offi...
Albertville woman charged in anthrax letters hoax by AnnistonStar
Feb 11, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
A federal indictment charging an Albertville woman with mailing two hoax anthrax letters to the Social Security Administration office in Albertville in 2009 was unsealed Tuesday following her arrest, according to U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Frank Dyer, postal inspector/domicile coordinato...
Alabama foreclosure filings on the decline by AnnistonStar
Feb 11, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Foreclosure filings in Alabama continue to decline, according to data released Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac’s data shows there were 1,642 foreclosure filings in Alabama in January. The company describes a foreclosure filing as a default notice, scheduled auction or ...
1 million fewer people visited Alabama beaches after oil spill, figures show by AnnistonStar
Feb 11, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama’s beaches saw a million fewer visitors in 2010 than the year before, according to the latest state tourism figures, and the impact reverberated across the state.  Many people who visited after the record-setting BP PLC oil spill were attracted by huge discounts. Read the full story from T...
UA reacts to second racial language incident of month by AnnistonStar
Feb 10, 2011 |  2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The University of Alabama is dealing with a second incident of racially insensitive language on its campus in less than a week. Wednesday afternoon, UA vice president Mark Nelson sent an e-mail to students, faculty and staff addressing the chalking of words “that disparaged members of various rac...
Gambling interests spent $6.3M in 2010 elections, analysis shows by AnnistonStar
Feb 10, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Gambling in­terests, including some headed by operators now under indictment, pumped nearly $6.3 million into Alabama's 2010 elections. An analysis by The Birming­ ham News showed that 144 political action committees handled contri­butions originating from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Bir­mi...
Report: More Alabama students taking AP courses by AnnistonStar
Feb 10, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
A growing number of Alabama students are taking and excelling in Advanced Placement courses, according to a national report released Wednesday.  The seventh annual “AP Report to the Nation,” released by The College Board, shows a marked increase in Alabama students’ participation and success in t...

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