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Cat History

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0000

The Abyssinian Cat is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats in the world. Its history dates back to the time of ancient Egypt. With its ticked coat and body shape it has the appearance of an African wild cat. However, like many of its feline cousins, it is intelligent, active and playful and makes a great pet. When you adopt a cat, you are sharing your home with living history! *************************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/06/SpeakingOfPets_20170624_36800.mp3




Take Your Dog to Work Day

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0000

There are a few tips if you want to take your dog to work. First make sure that it's okay with your boss, and that none of your coworkers have pet allergies. Your pet should be healthy and up to date on all its shots, and well behaved. And puppy-proof your work area so your furry buddy doesn't have access to electrical cords or poisonous substances (like plants). ************************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/06/SpeakingOfPets_20170617_36800.mp3




Steve Flowers on Booze and County

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:28:29 +0000

One of the most legendary dirty tricks ever played on a legislator still reverberates 60 years later...


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/06/flowers_booze_and_county_flowers_36850_news.mp3




Steve Flowers on Harry Truman

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:54:43 +0000

The year 1948 was a pivotal year in Alabama and Southern politics...


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Pet Appreciation Week

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0000

We found our little dog, Ivy, sitting in a bed of ivy beside our house when she was a year old - she lived to be about 20. When she was a teenager we would take her to the beach. She loved the warm sand which was easy on her arthritis. She has been gone for a while now, but her picture brings back such good memories! **********************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/06/SpeakingOfPets_20170610_36800.mp3




Huntsville's "Eggbeater Jesus" is Getting a Facelift

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:36:54 +0000

The city of Huntsville is getting ready to temporarily say goodbye to a local icon. Since the 1970's, a mosaic has dominated the skyline downtown. It has also earned a nickname that has been a real head scratcher for those not familiar with the mosaic. The original name for the mosaic is The Cosmic Christ—but, not everyone calls it that. “Most people in Huntsville know it as Eggbeater Jesus.” That’s Travis Collins, he’s the Pastor for The First Baptist Church in Huntsville. “ We don’t call it that, in house, but we also understand that it is what it is. We know that in common, street language it’s Eggbeater Jesus to Huntsvillians.” The image of Jesus, with his arms outstretched, is made up of almost one and a half million tiles. It stretches across the front of the First Baptist Church in Huntsville. Logan Blake has been a parishioner at the church for over a decade. He explains how the Cosmic Christ got its more colorful nickname. “So we call it the Eggbeater Jesus or the Eggbeater


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Raymond and Lily - A Love Story

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Losing a pet you love is traumatic enough, but it's particularly difficult when your pet is 20 years old and handicapped. Of course, the lost pet also may endure hardship - in Lily's case, outside in rain and heat, unable to see or hear. This is one reunion that definitely goes in the miracle column! **********************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/06/SpeakingOfPets_20170603_36800.mp3




Steve Flowers on Race and Religion in Alabama Politics

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:30:05 +0000

Throughout the course of Alabama political history, there have been two pervasive and prevailing issues - race and religion. The race issue has remained dormant in Alabama politics for most of the first half of the 20th century...


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/flowers_race_religion_05242017_flowers_36850_news.mp3




Steve Flowers on John Sparkman

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:22:32 +0000

In 1946, Senator John Bankhead died in office; this created a unique situation for John Sparkman. He sought the vacant senate seat, yet remained on the ballot for his house seat. Sparkman beat the field handily with a strong backing from labor unions - winning both races at the same time - making him the only person in American history to accomplish this feat...


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/flowers_sparkman_05242017_flowers_36850_news.mp3




President Trump's Budget: Who Benefits?

Mon, 29 May 2017 22:48:47 +0000

When Donald Trump won the presidency many were curious to see who would be the big winners and the big losers. It looks like Alabama’s defense industry may do very well when the upcoming budget is hashed out. President Trump issued a preliminary budget a few weeks ago to avoid a government shutdown. The White House wanted to hike Pentagon spending by fifty four billion dollars. However, congress approved a version with less than half that number. Still, that skinny budget, as the early plan was called, made it clear. Trump loves the military. And, it looks like Alabama is going to get a good sized piece of that pie… “Huntsville and everything going on at Redstone Arsenal, to the Anniston Army Depot, to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery to Fort Rucker in Ozark and the great shipyard in Mobile…” That’s Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne. And he’s in a good position to predict good times for the state’s defense industry. Byrne sits on the House Armed Services Committee. He says what’s


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/web_copy.mp3




Pet-in-Hot-Car Bill

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Twenty-four states have laws regarding animals left unattended in hot cars, including two southern states (Tennessee and Florida). That leaves eight states in the south and southeast without legal protection for pets trapped in hot cars, including Alabama. ***********************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/SpeakingOfPets_20170527_36800.mp3




Alabama Midwives Wait To Come Out Of The Shadows

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:36:58 +0000

It looks like the 2017 legislative session ended with big news for expectant mothers in Alabama. After thirteen years of lobbying, lawmakers voted to let midwives can come out of the shadows and practice legally in the state. APR’s Pat Duggins has more as midwives wait for Governor Kay Ivey’s signature to make it all official… We're heading into a collection of shops in downtown Cullman. While business as usual takes place downstairs, something else is going on upstairs. A midwife is at work. Karen Brock uses a hand held heart monitor on today’s clients. James Parker Nelson and his wife Holly are expecting their fourth child. And, Holly says before you ask, yes, they’re repeat customers and so is their extended family… “Well, this midwife delivered my husband’s…two of his siblings. So, we had already heard about her, and she knew his family. And, I guess people who know midwives…I think she comes highly recommended. We all love her!” And, Brock says her resume comes with a specific


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/web_midwives_no_outro.mp3




U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne on Red Snapper Season

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:27:59 +0000

This year’s federal red snapper season on the Gulf Coast is scheduled to begin a week from today. And it’s scheduled to end just 72 hours later. That short season has outraged anglers and business owners on Alabama’s coast – and it has U.S. lawmakers scrambling to do something about it. U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, including the Gulf Coast. He’s been working on the red snapper season for years, and he’s one of five lawmakers currently petitioning Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to intervene and extend the season on an emergency basis.


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Don't Delay - Neuter-Spay

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:45:00 +0000

The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that handling unwanted pet animals costs as much as $1 billion annually in the U.S. But the greatest cost is loss of life. Statistics show that only three of the seven cute puppies in this picture would make it out of an animal shelter alive. Spaying and Neutering would prevent this tragedy. ********************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/SpeakingOfPets_20170520_36800.mp3




Steve Flowers on Lister Hill

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:31:43 +0000

Senator Lister Hill is probably our greatest U.S. senator in history. Most of the rural hospitals in America and Alabama were built during his legislation...


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/flowers_lister_hill_0517_flowers_36850_news.mp3




Be Prepared (The Pet Version)

Sat, 13 May 2017 13:45:00 +0000

The great things about a dog park are the fenced areas where you can play off-leash with your pet. Be a responsible owner by making sure your dog is up-to-date on all shots, and clean up after your pet. Another responsible thing for every owner to do is to be prepared for unexpected emergencies! **************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/SpeakingOfPets_20170513_36800.mp3




Steve Flowers on the Political Boogeyman

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:36:13 +0000

Hired political guns have a reputation for success and meanness. These hired guns would usually find somebody or some entity to create fear and hatred against. In political terms, it's called "finding the boogeyman and running against him..."


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/flowers_boogeymen_flowers_36850_news.mp3




Alabama Coal: More Questions Than Answers

Tue, 09 May 2017 23:54:52 +0000

Coal was once king here in Alabama. But federal regulations and rising prices have forced changes in Alabama’s energy economy. This impacts both the industries that need a source of energy and the coal workers who make a living supplying that need. This second part of a two part series looks at the future of energy and coal communities in Alabama.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/coal_feature_2_for_web.mp3




Alabama Coal: Past and Present

Mon, 08 May 2017 22:23:43 +0000

There were a number of audiences being targeted during the race for the Presidency. One that hits home here in Alabama were coal workers. That energy source was once Alabama’s lifeblood. However, new regulations and new energy sources are changing the story and promises from the White House may not do much to breathe new life into what looks like a struggling industry.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/coal_feature_1_mollenkamp_07235_news.mp3




Allergy Awareness Month

Sat, 06 May 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Pets love to play among the tall grasses, but grass and weed pollen can provoke an adverse reaction in some pets. Paying attention to where your pet has been spending its time will be helpful if you need to figure out the cause of an allergic reaction. ***********************


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wual/audio/2017/05/SpeakingOfPets_20170506_36800.mp3