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

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:14:16 +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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Spay Day 2017

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

This momma cat's litter may seem small, but it's the start of something that could become overwhelming when you start counting possible future litters. Spaying the Momma Cat will go a long way toward helping to stem the tide of pet overpopulation.


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Best News Operation-- "Alabama 2016" Alabama Public Radio

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:58:36 +0000

Please find enclosed Alabama Public Radio’s entry for the AP's Best News Operation. Our submission is titled “Alabama 2016.” Examples of APR's web presence are at the bottom. The four members of the Alabama Public Radio news team provides in-depth, statewide radio features, documentaries, and daily web coverage, while also delivering one hundred and seven minutes of newscasts every week. 2016 saw high profile court trials of two powerful Alabama politicians and a sex scandal involving the Governor. Alabama Public Radio was the only radio news operation “on the scene” to cover the ethics trial, guilty verdict, and expulsion of State House Speaker Mike Hubbard. APR also brought its listeners the trial and suspension of State Chief Justice Roy Moore for ordering Alabama’s county Probate judges to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage. Alabama Public Radio also covered the indictment of a former NASA astronaut for the fatal traffic accident that killed two girls


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

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:07:56 +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 House and Senate bills have been introduced 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


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State Senate Approves Bill Revising Alabama Accountability Act

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:40:48 +0000

The Alabama State Senators have approved a bill that will revise the Alabama Accountability Act. The Alabama Accountability Act is a thirty-million dollar program was implemented in 2013. It is the nation’s first refundable tax credit for educational expenses. The act provides state income tax credits for donations to scholarship granting organizations. The proposal for the revisions of the act resulted from a drop in donations. The revisions will provide expanded options for tax credits for donors to the scholarship program. This was changed to ensure students who receive scholarships from the act will not lose them later due to funding. State Senators narrowly approved the bill today by a vote of seventeen to fifteen, and will now move to the House.


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Steve Flowers on Rankin Fite

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:41:19 +0000

The Northwest corner of Alabama has been the home to some of the most legendary legislators in Alabama history...


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Steve Flowers on Name ID Polls

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:00:03 +0000

We've got one of the best political years you've ever seen in your life coming up in the next year and a half. The 2018 elections are going to be some of the best we've ever seen...


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Steve Flowers on Goat Hill Sayings

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:53:15 +0000

Some of ya'll might wonder why Alabama is called the "Heart of Dixie?" Well, we call it the Heart of Dixie because of bank notes issued by the Citizens Bank of Louisiana before the Civil War...


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Steve Flowers on Ham Benderson

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:47:55 +0000

Judge Howell Heflin had several stories about Ham Benderson, his favorite character he probably made up...


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Steve Flowers on Albert Brewer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:40:30 +0000

The passing of former Alabama governor Albert Brewer marks the passing of an era in Alabama politics...


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Steve Flowers on Politicians from Mountain Brook

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:36:45 +0000

Mountain Brook is the second richest place in the whole South. Only some place in Dallas, Tx. has got more millionaires than Mountain Brook...


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Steve Flowers on Howell Heflin

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:31:45 +0000

Howell Heflin was one of Alabama's most legendary senators...


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Steve Flowers on the Heflins

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:29:02 +0000

One of Alabama's most colorful U.S. senators may have been "Cotton" Tom Heflin. Ironically, 50 years later, his nephew Howell Heflin took that same seat in the senate and he served with distinction...


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Steve Flowers on More Dead Politicians

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:21:29 +0000

We lost several Alabama political icons in 2016. We also had some major deaths on the national level...


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Steve Flowers on Dead Politicians

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:16:28 +0000

At the close of every year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political players from the political stage in Alabama...


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Steve Flowers on 4th Congressional District

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:05:09 +0000

The traditional 4th Congressional District has produced some of Alabama's most legendary and powerful congressmen...


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Steve Flowers on the Bankhead Family

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:01:05 +0000

The Bankheads of Jasper is likely to be the most prominent political family in Alabama history...


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Steve Flowers on the Iron Bowl

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:45:02 +0000

The Iron Bowl is one of the most fierce of college football rivalries in the nation...


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Steve Flowers on Sam Rayburn

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:36:45 +0000

Sam Rayburn ruled as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives during the Franklin Roosevelt-Post Depression and World War II Era...


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Steve Flowers on Richard Shelby

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:26:08 +0000

Alabama Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby currently reigns as Alabama's most prominent political figure...


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