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Happy (Safe) Thanksgiving for Pets

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000

Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers around eating, but a lot of the food we enjoy can pose health risks for our furry friends. Protecting your pet from some of the common food hazards can help to keep you at home enjoying family, friends and football, and not making an emergency trip to the veterinarian! ****************

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Doug Jones and Roy Moore = Slow Political Change in Alabama?

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:30:25 +0000

It was a weekend of denials following reports in the Washington Post about Roy Moore. The paper quotes four women from Alabama who say the Republican candidate pursued them sexually when they were teenagers. One of these women was just fourteen years old at the time and Moore was thirty two. Supporters of the twice-removed Alabama Chief Justice are lining up behind while GOP leaders in Washington are keeping their distance. Other observers are watching something else in Moore’s race against Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat. APR’s Pat Duggins reports they’re seeing small signs of political change in this conservative state… “I just…I’m hoping for the best," says Bill Eubanks from Pinson. He’s also a voter with something specific in mind… “That we’ll get someone in office who is honest and reputable and will do the right thing regardless of their personal motivations.” Eubanks is talking about the race for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat. And, considering the

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Animal Shelter Appreciation Week 2017

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000

Until we are able to control the pet overpopulation problem, we will have a need for animal shelters, and for the dedicated people who work or volunteer there. ***********************

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Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Two

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:18:44 +0000

When George Wallace graduated from law school in 1942, the only job he could find was driving a dump truck for the state highway department in Tuscaloosa...

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Adopt a Senior Pet

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Dogs tend to show their age because their muzzles go gray. It's harder to tell with cats. A cat may never go gray (unless that's its original color, like Sasha here) but its fur may thin out and it may move a little slower as it ages. But older pets make the best companions! ************************

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Help Wanted: Alabama's Rural Health Care Crisis

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:58:26 +0000

“I hurt so bad, and I just stayed in bed like, for years I stayed in bed. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t wait on myself.” We’re sitting at the dining table with Fay. She asked us not to use her real name. During our visit, one of her favorite songs plays in the background on an old portable CD player. Fay is seventy two and following her first ever mammogram in the year 2000, she found she had breast cancer. “And then they told me I had the worst kind," says Faye. "And, I said ‘cancer? What is the worst kind? It’s bad no matter you look at it.” It didn’t stop there. “It masticized to my spine," she says. "My back kept hurting and kept hurting, and I kept running to the doctor.” For Fay, running to the doctor takes explaining. That’s because of where she lives in rural Alabama. The nearest cancer specialist is in Tuscaloosa. That’s an hour and a half away by car and Fay didn’t have one. She scraped together six hundred dollars for a used truck. Her latest checkup meant hitting

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Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part One

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:04:55 +0000

George Wallace was born to a farming family like most people in that generation, in 1919. The young Wallace was born in Barbour County, the home of Alabama governors. He was destined to be the king of Alabama politics and the most prolific governor and politician in Alabama history...

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Rural Health: Homegrown Doctors

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:52:26 +0000

All year long the APR news team has been looking at rural health across the state. One of the major problems is that rural residents lack access to medical care. A big reason for this is a lack of doctors. However, there is an effort underway to try to address the issue. The University of Alabama has something called the rural medical scholars program and it is bringing the next generation of doctors who will be practicing in rural Alabama. A lazy barn cat keeps at least one eye on the chickens scratching around a farm in rural Perry County. This is where we met Hannah Zahedi. She grew up in and around Marion. Life on this farm in rural Alabama looks like something out of the TV classic “Green Acres.” But Zahedi says she watched another show that gave a hint as to where she wanted her life to go… “I was a fan of “Gray’s Anatomy,” but that didn’t really lead me there. All throughout college I told people I wanted to do medicine and it kinda just became a self-fulfilling prophecy. I

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Alabama Ghost Trail: St. Stephens

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:23:56 +0000

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought this story from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011. Halloween is almost upon us and the increased popularity of haints and haunts is inevitable. Some in Alabama are using people’s fascination with the paranormal to conjure up tourism into one of the state’s most economically depressed areas. Alabama’s Ghost Trail could provide a much needed financial shot in the arm… “People are very open to talking about ghosts… you can be sitting around anywhere and if you sit long enough the topic gets around to ghosts. That’s Linda Vice the director of the southwest Alabama office of tourism and film. She says that fascination lead to the creation of Alabama’s Ghost Trail in the southwestern portion of the state. Vice says the trail was formed as an alternative economic development program for the region… “It has really helped us in the past few years. We have to take what we

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Alabama Ghost Trail II: Selma

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:23:40 +0000

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought up this story from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011. Selma is one of Alabama’s oldest cities, as well as one of the most historic. During this Halloween season, a number of ghost stories include Selma. Yesterday, Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold told us about efforts to popularize the state’s so called ghost trail. Selma is considered one of Alabama’s most haunted cities… The city of Selma sits right in the middle of Alabama’s ghost trail. It saw one of the final battles of the American civil war, and Selma was one of the focal points in the civil rights movement. People come here to experience the history and architecture, but for many, there is something else that draws them in… “Selma is a hot bed for paranormal activity… we have everything from in 1854 when Orion Williamson vanished in a loud boom and a flash of light in front of 50 slaves, his wife, child

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Alabama Ghost Trail III: Old Cahawba

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:23:17 +0000

Editor’s Note: Since it is Halloween, APR brought up some stories from our archives to take a look at the haunted history of the state. This story first aired in October of 2011. Old Cahaba is the site of Alabama’s first state capital. However, after the civil war it became a ghost town. On our final stop on the state’s ghost trail, there is a concerted effort being made to preserve this historic site, and how it’s supposedly haunted past may play a role… Jonathan Matthews is the assistant site director at Old Cahawba historical site, and he’s leading a group on an old cotton wagon on a haunted history tour… “The first place we’re going is a cemetery, and I’ll drop you off there where you’ll spend about thirty minutes,…in half an hour I’ll be back to pick up the survivors.” It’s very dark outside at this point and the guests are lead along a candle lit pathway in the old cemetery to various stations where volunteers wait to tell some of the old ghost stories circulating around Old

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Abigail Is the 2017 Hero Dog!

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:45:00 +0000

As the Hallmark Channel says, the Hero Dog Awards "is a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable ways they enrich protect and save lives every day...often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things." ***************************

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Steve Flowers on Jim Main

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:28:49 +0000

Current Alabama Supreme Court Justice Jim Main tells a great story that involves Governor John Patterson and dates back to his experiences as a boy when he was a senate page...

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Rural Health: Connecting Doctors and Patients

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:24:29 +0000

All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’ve been looking at rural health care. Advocates of rural health in Alabama say one of the biggest issues is access to health care in rural areas. The state is facing a massive shortage of physicians, and the doctors we do have are largely concentrated in metropolitan areas. The situation gets worse when it comes to specialty and subspecialty care. The vast majority of the state’s specialists are in Birmingham, Huntsville or Mobile. But doctors are now starting to use technology to bring specialty care into rural Alabama.

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Prison Reform: Health Care in Alabama's Prisons

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:08:40 +0000

Alabama’s prison system has been in the news a lot this year, and not for good reasons. Violence, inmate riots, allegations of mismanagement and corruption and a failed prison building plan in the state legislature have all pointed out plenty of problems. The Alabama Public Radio news team spent several months in a national award-winning effort examining what happens as people go into the state’s prison system and what happens when they come out. Today, APR’s Alex AuBuchon looks at the quality of prison health care in Alabama and examines a large federal lawsuit challenging whether inmates receive the minimum care guaranteed in the Constitution. “It hurts. He was my best friend…” Eryka Fykes is talking about her father Phillip Anderson. She’s his youngest daughter. Anderson was arrested in Tuscaloosa in early February last year. Prosecutors say he missed a child support hearing. A week later, he was dead. “We went down thinking he was fine, because the chief told us he was fine.” That

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Talking to My Dog

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:45:00 +0000

When talking to your dog, it's not just what you say but how you say it. Using praising words in an upbeat, positive tone of voice, activates your furry friend's pleasure center. What a great thing to do for your best friend! ********************

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Steve Flowers on Shorty Price

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:20:28 +0000

Alabama has had it's share of run-for-the-fun-of-it candidates. Our most colorful of all these perennial candidates was Shorty Price...

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ASPCA's Find Your Fido

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:45:00 +0000

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month, the perfect time to find a new companion to keep you company. You'll be a hero to your new friend by saving its life and giving it a loving home. You may not change the world, but it can make a world of difference for one dog. *************************

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BAMA champs fighting for Brielle

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:29:38 +0000

During today's University of Alabama homecoming, members of the 1992 championship football team will be recognized for the 25th anniversary of their victory over Miami. Not every reunion of the 92' team was to bask in past gridiron glory. Click here for this APR story from 2012. Pat D. Not every lesson on the football field involves passing or blocking. John Copeland and Derrick Warren have a lot in common. Both men are high school teachers now. Warren works in Central Florida, and Copeland is defensive coordinator for Tuscaloosa Academy’s varsity football team. Each man also played for the Alabama Crimson Tide under football coach Gene Stallings in the early 1990’s, with Copeland playing a key role in Bama’s 1992 championship season. The two former players joined forty or so former members of the Tide to sign autographs and mingle with fans to support research into a rare ailment called Alexander’s disease. Derrick Warren’s two year daughter Brielle has the condition. Experts say even

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Steve Flowers on Jim Allen

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:45:02 +0000

As one of America's most conservative states, we in Alabama have a history of electing very conservative senators. A conservative that served 10 years in the senate from 1968 to 1978 was the great Jim Allen.

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