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Taking a Look at Confederate Holidays in Alabama

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:36:41 +0000

Today is Confederate Memorial Day. Many across the South will recognize Confederate soldiers who fell during the Civil War. It’s one of three of these uniquely Southern holidays. There is some controversy that surrounds these days of observance in Alabama and elsewhere in the South. Confederate Memorial Day and the birthdays of Robert E. Lee Day and Jefferson Davis make up the trio of holidays related to the Civil War. Steve Murray is the director of the Alabama Archives and History. He says Confederate Memorial Day has a long history… “Unofficially, there are accounts of events happening as early as 1867 here in Montgomery where the ladies of Montgomery would hold events at cemeteries and other locations, affairs that remember those who died in service to the Confederacy.” Jimmy Hill plans to observe Confederate Memorial Day. He’s the Alabama Division Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Hill says his group uses Confederate Memorial Day as a way to continue that tradition…

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Trap-Neuter/Spay-Release Week

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Cats that have been neutered or spayed as part of a TNR program will have one ear "tipped". The veterinarian will trim the tip of an ear so that if the cat is picked up in the future it can easily be identified as a one that has already had the surgery. ***********************

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Honda STEAM Connections Tour Visits UA

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:42:57 +0000

The Honda STEAM Connections Tour raced to the University of Alabama today to expose local students to science and engineering. The Honda STEAM Connections Tour and the UA College of Engineering invited over three hundred middle and high school students tour engineering facilities and hear from engineering students and professionals. The event is meant to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering. Many of these fields support motorsports. UA students also shared their work on competition teams. The Crimson Racing Formula SAE team revealed their twenty seventeen car. Sean Devey is a junior in aerospace engineering major and a member of the Tuska Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team. He explained to a tour group one of the uses for the team’s drone. “Basically we flew like above the rec fields and above parts of campus and we were able to take a bunch of pictures. And we were able to do that and do kind of surveying of the drought conditions that were on campus. So we worked with the

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Easter Pets

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Like most holidays, Easter is filled with risks to our pets. The chocolate and the artificially sweetened treats containing Xylitol are pet hazards lurking in the Easter basket. along with the colorful plastic grass that can cause major intestinal problems if your pet eats it. The Easter Lily is especially toxic to cats. But Easter pets like bunnies, chicks and ducklings have no place in the Easter basket - unless you intend to raise rabbits, chickens and ducks. ********************

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Alabama Public Radio-- "Civil Rights Radio"

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:42:54 +0000

“For me, it was just a day of resolve and resolution, and I said ‘sign me up,” says James Stewart “Well, the first thing I tell them is that I went to jail, and they go ‘Oooh, Grandmama,” and I say well, let me explain…” recalled Eloise Gaffney. “It was just…you knew God was on your side,” says Washington Booker. “And we knew that it didn’t matter what we were facing. You knew if God was on your side, you’d overcome it.” Stewart, Gaffney, and Booker are all in their early sixties. They’re all from Birmingham. They’re all African American. And fifty years ago, they made national news. On May 2, 1963, they were among the teenagers who took part in what became known as the “children’s march.” It was a protest against segregation in Birmingham. If you ever saw the film footage of Negro protesters being me with fire hoses and police dogs, that’s it. Back then, these kids were just kids. Thousands of them were inspired by civil rights leaders like the Reverend Fred Shuttles worth, James

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Civil Rights Tourism: Birmingham

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:42:01 +0000

All year long on Alabama Public Radio we’re looking back on pivotal moments in the fight for civil rights. Many of the landmarks in the battle against segregation can voter discrimination are now tourist attractions. We have already looked at sites in Selma and Montgomery on Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and now we head to Birmingham. The first place we stopped was the old Birmingham jail where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was held after being arrested during a protest. People gathered to see the unveiling of a historic marker showing this as the location where King wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” City and state officials were in attendance as well, but the keynote speaker was Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice King. She says having a marker outside the old jail helps people understand her father’s letter and can make the experience seem more real. “It leads you, OK let me go and read about this letter. The letter, I think, speaks to all generations,” says

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Justice Reform: When the jury says "life in prison," and the judge says "death..."

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:30:10 +0000

Alabama’s prison system has been in the news a lot this year, and not for good reasons. Inmate riots, allegations of mismanagement and corruption, and a failed prison building plan in the state legislature have pointed out plenty of problems. The Alabama Public Radio news team has spent the past several months examining what happens as people go into the state’s prison system and what happens when they come out. I looked into the on-going complaints over how Alabama judges sentence people to death.   “I just want what’s right for my brother,” says Jodi Kirkland of Andalusia. Her brother Roy Doster is on Alabama’s death row. “Because he didn’t kill that man. I don’t know about the one in Texas,” she says. “But, Texas ain’t trying to kill him.” Putting it lightly, the Alabama Judicial system doesn’t consider Roy Doster to be a boy scout. Both killings occurred after he broke out of jail in Covington County. That’s why Doster is on death row… “It’s total misery. It’s like being in a

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Steve Flowers on Legislative and Governmental Experience

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:18:30 +0000

We've got one of the best governor races in state history looming for next year. But, Alabamians have had a history of electing governors who have basically had no governmental experience, much less legislative experience...

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Steve Flowers on William Ralph "Shorty" Price

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:02:16 +0000

Alabama has had its share of what I call "the run for the fun of it" candidates. Our most colorful of these candidates is William Ralph "Shorty" Price...

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Governor Bentley's Resignation...A possible end to Alabama jokes on late night TV?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:35:56 +0000

Alabama’s newest Governor is settling into office. Republican Kay Ivey became Alabama’s second female Governor after Robert Bentley resigned over an alleged sex scandal. His departure marks the end of a trio of legal tangles involving some of the most powerful people in the state. APR’s Pat Duggins has more on the national coverage that went along with it. … If Alabama has to attract national attention, this probably isn’t what the legislature had in mind… “For now, let’s move onto to what’s going on in Alabama,” said John Oliver a year ago. He’s host of the satirical news show This Week Tonight on HBO. “…a state whose flag is the universal symbol of ‘no! absolutely not! Under no circumstances…” He spent three and a half minutes lampooning House Speaker Mike Hubbard, State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, and Governor Bentley and those infamous recordings with top aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason… “He says that like an eighth grader trying to convince the boy’s locker room like he’s

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Governor Kay Ivey Assumes Office

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:20:41 +0000

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is out and Governor Kay Ivey is in. After Bentley announced his resignation ahead of an impeachment hearing, his successor would become the state's second female governor and the first to rise through the political ranks on her own. Kay Ivey is the first Republican woman elected lieutenant governor of Alabama and the first Republican to hold that office for two straight terms. Alabama's first female governor was Lurleen Wallace. She was wife of four-term Governor George C. Wallace. She ran as a surrogate for her still-powerful husband in 1966 when he couldn't seek re-election because of term limits. She won, but died in office in 1968. Her husband regained the governor's seat in 1970. Click here to listen to Ivey's first speech after taking the oath of office.

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Governor Bentley Resigns

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:34:39 +0000

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating state campaign finance law. The attorney general's office announced the resignation with a plea deal. Bentley's voice began choking with emotion as he addressed reporters at the Alabama Capitol. He said he always tried to live up to the high expectations placed on the person who holds the esteemed office. He apologized for mistakes. Click here to listen to Governor Bentley's resignation address...

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Dog Bites

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 9-15, 2017. Remember that any dog can bite if it is frightened or provoked enough. Consider ways that you can keep your pet safe from any situation which could harm it or threaten it. That's the best way to prevent dog bites! *************************

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Hero Dogs and APR

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Roselle, a guide dog, led her blind owner down almost 1,500 steps to escape Tower One of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The fact that they both managed to make it out safely was a testament to her intelligence and ability and to her owner's trust. For her bravery, Roselle became the first Hero Dog of the Year for 2011, and set a great example for all the Hero Dogs to follow. *********************

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Poison Prevention Week

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:45:00 +0000

A pet investigates its world by smelling and tasting and picking things up with its mouth. Safely storing foods and household items that could pose a danger, or putting plants out of reach, helps to make for a healthy pet (and a happy owner)! *****************

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Steve Flowers on First Monday Trade Days

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:06:44 +0000

First Monday Trade Day was a must event for any serious, statewide political aspirer, especially for the advent of television...

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Steve Flowers on Small Town Boys

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:48:35 +0000

Small-town boys dominate in Alabama Politics and the governor's office. The only city governor of Alabama in the last 66 years is Don Siegelman, who is from Mobile...

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Steve Flowers on Fuller Kimbrell

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:34:25 +0000

Back in bygone days, Alabama had some legendary and colorful characters. One of the most legendary was a guy named Fuller Kimbrell from Northwest Alabama...

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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Pets (and many people) are happier when they have a regular routine. Sometimes, though, things happen that disrupt or adjust our routines, and it may take a little time to adapt to the change. ******************

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"...and justice for all." -- A Series by Alabama Public Radio

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:57:24 +0000

The four person Alabama Public Radio news team, with no budget, spent six months researching and producing this series on justice and prison reform. Within weeks of airing the first parts of this series, the U.S. Justice Department announced an investigation into Alabama's prison system, and a lawsuit over inmate mental health care was granted class action status. The chief inmate witness in the case against the Alabama Department of Corrections committed suicide shortly after testifying. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey just signed a bill to revoke the Judicial death penalty override law. WHAT'S THREE YEARS ON DEATH ROW WORTH?/Pat Alabama’s prison system has been in the news a lot this year, and not for good reasons. Inmate riots, allegations of mismanagement and corruption, and a failed prison building plan in the state legislature have pointed out plenty of problems. The Alabama Public Radio news team has spent the past several months examining what happens as people go into the state’s

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