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41 cases of Legionnaires' disease reported in Alabama in 2013; 18 so far in 2014

2014-06-02T14:44:20Z

A large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Photo/CDC)  Last year was the tops in 5 years for Legionnaires' disease cases in Alabama reported to public health officials.The state had 41 confirmed cases in 2013, 15 of those from... A large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Photo/CDC)  Last year was the tops in 5 years for Legionnaires' disease cases in Alabama reported to public health officials.The state had 41 confirmed cases in 2013, 15 of those from...



Alabama's prison health care provider Corizon slammed with big fine for New York prison labor violations

2014-08-12T16:54:01Z

A federal agency slapped Alabama's private inmate healthcare provider Corizon with a $71,000 fine for failing to protect employees from violence at a New York jail, the New York Times reports. A federal agency slapped Alabama's private inmate healthcare provider Corizon with a $71,000 fine for failing to protect employees from violence at a New York jail, the New York Times reports.



Birmingham schools superintendent will open doors to public input on Thursday

2014-07-15T00:28:45Z

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon will hold his third round of open-door meetings on Thursday for residents and other stakeholders to communicate directly with the school system top official. Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon will hold his third round of open-door meetings on Thursday for residents and other stakeholders to communicate directly with the school system top official.



Chuck Hagel, defense secretary, warns of sequester's budget cuts while visiting Fort Rucker

2014-07-11T01:10:32Z

View full sizeDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands and poses for photos with members of the 33rd Fighter Wing during a visit Thursday July, 10, 2014 to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Hagel spoke about the future of the F-35... View full sizeDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands and poses for photos with members of the 33rd Fighter Wing during a visit Thursday July, 10, 2014 to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Hagel spoke about the future of the F-35...



Bodies of kidnapped teens found according to Israeli government

2014-06-30T17:06:31Z

Three teens kidnapped in the West Bank - including one with U.S. citizenship - have been found dead according to the Israeli government. Three teens kidnapped in the West Bank - including one with U.S. citizenship - have been found dead according to the Israeli government.



Obama's historic embrace of transgender rights sparking little fanfare or criticism

2014-06-22T00:49:00Z

Obama became the first chief executive to say "transgender" in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers. Obama became the first chief executive to say "transgender" in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers.



Here's what's trending: Militants move toward Baghdad; priest murdered; O.J. anniversary; World Cup

2014-06-12T11:52:32Z

Thousands flee in Iraq Thousands flee in Iraq



Political Chatter: Is Virginia's Medicaid fight what Alabama would look like with a Democratic governor?

2014-06-09T17:40:38Z

Hillary Clinton kicks off campaign ... err ... book tour. Hillary Clinton kicks off campaign ... err ... book tour.



US job market recovers losses yet appears weaker

2014-06-07T20:45:10Z

Friday's report from the government revealed an economy healing yet marked by deep and lasting scars. The downturn that began 61/2 years ago accelerated wrenching changes that have left many Americans feeling worse off than they did the last time the economy had roughly the same number of jobs it does now. Friday's report from the government revealed an economy healing yet marked by deep and lasting scars. The downturn that began 61/2 years ago accelerated wrenching changes that have left many Americans feeling worse off than they did the last time the economy had roughly the same number of jobs it does now.



Gay couples rush to marry at Wisconsin courthouses

2014-06-07T19:28:41Z

Dozens of gay couples got married at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison early Saturday, taking advantage of what may be a small window in which to get hitched before the state's same-sex marriage ban is reinstated, at least temporarily. Dozens of gay couples got married at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison early Saturday, taking advantage of what may be a small window in which to get hitched before the state's same-sex marriage ban is reinstated, at least temporarily.



Study: Number of Americans believe government involved in 9/11, that vaccines cause autism

2014-06-05T03:43:40Z

A percentage of Americans aren't sure that the government is telling the truth when it comes to things like lightbulbs, vaccines and more. A percentage of Americans aren't sure that the government is telling the truth when it comes to things like lightbulbs, vaccines and more.



Amid outcry, auction house cancels planned sale of Civil War soldier's skull

2014-06-05T02:08:20Z

The planned auction of the skull of a Civil War soldier unearthed decades ago at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been cancelled after an outcry from historians and the National Park Service. The planned auction of the skull of a Civil War soldier unearthed decades ago at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been cancelled after an outcry from historians and the National Park Service.



Watch a six-minute documentary about Alabama's debtors prisons

2014-06-04T23:14:48Z

A new mini-documentary, "To Prison for Poverty," sets its sights on Judicial Corrections Services, a private probation company that operates throughout Alabama and is blamed for creating "debtors prisons." A new mini-documentary, "To Prison for Poverty," sets its sights on Judicial Corrections Services, a private probation company that operates throughout Alabama and is blamed for creating "debtors prisons."



Convicted U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to be released from Montgomery prison three months early

2014-06-05T11:32:39Z

Convicted Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to leave a Montgomery federal prison three months early, the Chicago Tribune reports. Convicted Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to leave a Montgomery federal prison three months early, the Chicago Tribune reports.



Luther Strange seeks judge's recusal in educator's ethics case

2014-12-15T13:29:43Z

View full sizeFILE - This Jan. 26, 2012 file photo shows Deann Stone. The former Alabama education official and her husband are facing felony ethics charges over the handling of federal stimulus funds. State Attorney General Luther Strange said a... View full sizeFILE - This Jan. 26, 2012 file photo shows Deann Stone. The former Alabama education official and her husband are facing felony ethics charges over the handling of federal stimulus funds. State Attorney General Luther Strange said a...



Three out of four say Bible is connected to God but fewer see it as God's literal word

2014-06-04T20:31:45Z

In news sure not to disappoint here in a Bible Belt state like Alabama, a Gallup survey has found that 75 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is in some way connected to God. Some 28 percent of that... In news sure not to disappoint here in a Bible Belt state like Alabama, a Gallup survey has found that 75 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is in some way connected to God. Some 28 percent of that...



GOP incumbents score almost clean sweep against challengers in Alabama Senate races

2014-06-11T17:49:48Z

MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Tuesday's primary was good for incumbents in the Alabama state Senate. Nine Republican senators had challengers in Tuesday's primary and eight came out on top, according to Associated Press voting results. The only exception was Sen. Jerry... MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Tuesday's primary was good for incumbents in the Alabama state Senate. Nine Republican senators had challengers in Tuesday's primary and eight came out on top, according to Associated Press voting results. The only exception was Sen. Jerry...



Hometown of freed American soldier cancels celebration, Army vows 'comprehensive' investigation

2014-06-04T20:08:20Z

The hometown of freed American soldier Bowe Bergdahl has cancelled his homecoming celebration. The hometown of freed American soldier Bowe Bergdahl has cancelled his homecoming celebration.



'Blowing off Medicaid' billboards make statement on Red Mountain Expressway

2014-06-24T15:58:57Z

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Those blowing by in their cars on the Red Mountain Expressway can see a new digital message on a billboard that says something about "Blowing off Medicaid Expansion." The full message: "Blowing off Medicaid Expansion Blows our... BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Those blowing by in their cars on the Red Mountain Expressway can see a new digital message on a billboard that says something about "Blowing off Medicaid Expansion." The full message: "Blowing off Medicaid Expansion Blows our...



Bentley wins, Oden wins, Hubbard wins grueling fight, runoffs galore: Talking Alabama politics

2014-06-04T19:53:40Z

Paul DeMarco, left, and Gary Palmer are in a run-off for the Republican nomination for Alabama's 6th Congressional district. The run-off is Tuesday, July 15, 2014.Frank Couch | AL.com  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- It's the day after the primary election day... Paul DeMarco, left, and Gary Palmer are in a run-off for the Republican nomination for Alabama's 6th Congressional district. The run-off is Tuesday, July 15, 2014.Frank Couch | AL.com  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- It's the day after the primary election day...



Hashing the AL-06 runoff: GOP commentators talk DeMarco, Palmer, fundraising, and the road ahead

2014-06-04T19:28:02Z

n Monday, conservative blogger and YellowhammerNews.com founder Cliff Sims told AL.com that Alabama 6th Congressional District candidate Gary Palmer "has an opportunity to kind of pull a Bentley, where the other candidates have blown each other up to the point that he may have an opportunity to skate through to the run-off by avoiding any direct confrontation with any of those folks fighting over second place." n Monday, conservative blogger and YellowhammerNews.com founder Cliff Sims told AL.com that Alabama 6th Congressional District candidate Gary Palmer "has an opportunity to kind of pull a Bentley, where the other candidates have blown each other up to the point that he may have an opportunity to skate through to the run-off by avoiding any direct confrontation with any of those folks fighting over second place."