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Home for the Holidays 2017

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:45:00 +0000

Adopting a pet at Christmas gives both pet and new owner a special gift that keeps giving all year long. If you have room in your life for a new four-footed buddy, adopt one today and share Christmas with your best friend! **********************

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Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Six

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:42:10 +0000

There's never been a man or woman born that loved politics more than George Wallace. He was born to be in politics; he lived it and breathed it...

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Beyond Politics: The Realities of Abortion Access in Alabama...

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:27:38 +0000

We’re one week away from the special General Election to pick Alabama’s next junior U.S. Senate. Republican Roy Moore is refusing to take questions over on-going allegation of sexual misconduct, child abuse, and attempted rape. He is willing to talk about Democrat Doug Jones stance in favor of abortion rights. APR student reporter Allison Mollenkamp looked into what women in Alabama currently face when they choose to end a pregnancy… “We all sat there for nine hours and almost none of us spoke.” That’s Christina Frantom. I meet her in a coffee shop here in Tuscaloosa to hear her story of when she decided to have an abortion. “We had to wait. There was a group of us, probably about twenty women, who had to wait at the clinic for about nine hours in order for the practitioner to arrive.” Twenty women waited for nine hours that day at the Planned Parenthood in Birmingham. It’s one of five clinics that perform abortions in Alabama. That’s a lot fewer than some other states. Florida has

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Christmas Dog Treats - No Chew Bones!

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:45:00 +0000

Giving our pet a treat pleases us as owners. How devastating it must be to give your dog a chew bone treat to be enjoyed, and find out that special treat made your furry buddy sick or even endangered its life. It's up to us to keep our best friends safe! *************************

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Hearst Awards --Best Radio: Miranda Fulmore, Alabama Public Radio

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:33:23 +0000

Please find enclosed Alabama Public Radio’s entry for the Best Student Radio Feature titled “The High Cost of Sugar,” by APR student intern Miranda Fulmore. The University of Alabama is ranked ninth in the nation for “sugar babies,” which are young women and men who seek cash from “sugar daddies,” or “sugar mamas,” often on websites that provide opportunities to “link up.” Sometimes this money is sought to pay off college costs, while others use these dollars to support a preferred lifestyle. Miranda brought this story to my attention and asked to pursue it. On her own initiative, Fulmore arranged interviews with female students who created financial relationships as “sugar babies.” One young woman felt it was an easy way to make money. Another used her “sugaring” payments to pay college costs not covered by the “GI bill” from her military service. Miranda also went to an Atlanta winery where young women received tips from staff members of the website “Seeking Arrangement.” Fulmore

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Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Five

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:06:06 +0000

Wallace went to the historic, black Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery and asked for forgiveness from the African American community of Alabama. His conversion and contrition appeared sincere; they responded with forgiveness and rewarded him with their votes, and elected him their governor...

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Pet-safe Christmas Decorating

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000

Keeping your pet safe during the holidays begins with choosing decorations carefully, and making sure you don't create an environment that will tempt your furry friend to get into trouble. Remember, Santa may be watching! *******************

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Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Four

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000

George Wallace was a legislative genius and master who used his skills to move most of his programs through the legislature. He knew the art of wooing and stacking legislators, and he had them eating out of his hand. ...

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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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Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Three

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000

The words "political animal" were coined with George Wallace in mind; when you couple his desire with a unique, God-given ability to campaign, you have the ingredients for the ultimate political animal...

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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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