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APR News Reports



Special features and reports from the APR News team at Alabama Public Radio.



Published: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:22:18 GMT

Copyright: Alabama Public Radio
 



A Supreme Court Case Puts Escambia County at Odds With The Poarch Band Of Creek Indians

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

WindCreek Casino, owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, is at the heart of rising tension between the tribe and Escambia County commissioners. Robert McGhee is the Governmental Affairs advisor for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He says since the casino opened the tribe has experienced a large boon in revenue. McGhee says a fact that hasn't been lost on the county


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1016257/mp3/news/podcast/177/1016257.mp3




University of Alabama names new president

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama Public radio news director Pat Duggins reports on today's vote by the University of Alabama board of trustees to name Dr. Guy Bailey, of Texas Tech, as UA's new president. The appointment is a homecoming for Dr. Bailey, who earned a bachelors degree in Tuscaloosa, and then a masters in 1974.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1015808/mp3/news/podcast/177/1015808.mp3




Uncovering the Dark Secrets of Lincoln Cemetery

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

When you go to any cemetery, you hear the sound of weed cutters and lawn mowers carefully cutting grass around graves for maintenance. But at Lincoln Cemetery, it's a new sound progress.


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"The Black Belt 100 Lenses Project"

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

A project may shed new light on Alabama's Black Belt region. "The Black Belt 100 Lenses Project" showcases the culture of the region through the eyes of high school students. The exhibition at the University of Alabama uses photography and interviews of residents of the Black Belt to document what their culture means to them.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1013989/mp3/news/podcast/177/1013989.mp3




Dr. Don Williamson Discussing Ala. Medicaid Budget Cuts

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

It's been one week since cuts to the state's Medicaid budget took effect. A dire budget shortfall prompted state lawmakers to make spending cuts. Dr. Don Williamson is Alabama's public health officer and is also chair of the Medicaid Transition task force. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked to Wiliamson about the short term and long term impact of the cuts as well as how to fix Medicaid going forward.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1013724/mp3/news/podcast/177/1013724.mp3




Gay Rodeo Supporters React to Alabama Efforts

Thu, 31 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Early on a Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, today's gay rodeo is slowly picking up pace. Competitors quickly move to make it to their event and spectators wander about the arena. William Edlin of Austin, TX is bright-eyed and ready to go.


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Tips From Texas on How To Put On a Gay Rodeo

Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice. "Ladies and Gentlemen! TGRA would like to welcome you to Fort Worth, Texas!" The Texas Gay Rodeo Association is putting on its 29th gay rodeo and more than 100 people are ready to watch or compete.


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Alabama's Quest for Gay Rodeo

Tue, 29 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

More than 100 people gathered in a large arena in Fort Worth, TX to watch and compete in what was called a "traditional" rodeo. However, the term traditional may depend on your point of view. The event is a gay rodeo. It's like a traditional rodeo with bull riding and calf roping, but it's open to the LGBT community.


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Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C

Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

A reported 5 million Americans have Hepatitis C, with 13,000 of those cases in Birmingham alone. And according to a new study, 75% of those patients don't know they have it and baby boomers make up the biggest group. A recent survey of over 1,000 people found that only 5% thought they were at risk for Hepatitis C. Dr. Michael Ryan is a clinical professor with the Eastern Virginia Medical School. APR's Maggie Martin talked with Ryan about why baby boomers are so at risk.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1012751/mp3/news/podcast/177/1012751.mp3




Putting an End to Officer-on-Female Inmate Sexual Violence in Alabama

Wed, 23 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery has asked the Department of Justice to get involved in a serious issue at the Tutwiler Prison for Women. The organization wants the DOJ to look into what they call a widespread pattern of officer-on-inmate sexual violence. Bryan Stevenson is executive director at the Equal Justice Initiative. He talked to me about how the issue got to this point and how his organization got involved.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1012709/mp3/news/podcast/177/1012709.mp3




Tom Coiner Talks About Two Cities Linked By Disaster

Tue, 22 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Today Joplin, Missouri remembers the deadly tornado that ripped through their city killing over 160 people. Alabama recently recognized its own one year remembrance of the devastating April 27th tornadoes. Tom Coiner a film student at the University of Alabama had the unfortunate luck to be tied to both experiences. He went to school here, but he grew up in Joplin. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to talk to Tom about how both events affected him.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1012630/mp3/news/podcast/177/1012630.mp3




The "Right Stuff" for the "Wrong Price?"

Wed, 16 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Last year's retirement of the NASA's Space Shuttle program doesn't mean the end of Congressional budget woes for the U.S. Space Program. The winged spacecraft are being sent to museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In their place, NASA hopes to create a brand new four hundred foot tall rocket called the Space Launch System, or SLS, to carry astronauts on missions far from Earth, perhaps to an asteroid, or maybe to the planet Mars.


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The Battle Over History

Tue, 15 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Walking through Southern Skin Divers Supply in Birmingham it is easy to see Steve Phillips is an unabashed fan of the civil war. In his shop Phillips has some relics from this conflict on display, everything from belt buckles to cannonballs.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1012144/mp3/news/podcast/177/1012144.mp3




Changes to Alabama's Immigration Law: For Better or Worse?

Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama's strict new immigration law has been quite the hot button issue. Since passing House Bill 56 last session, immigrants have left the state in droves as expected, but with all the legal challenges to the law Dorthy McDade like many others thought the evacuation would be temporary...


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1012047/mp3/news/podcast/177/1012047.mp3




Remembering Actor George Lindsey

Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw" are remembering actor George Lindsey. The man known for playing Goober Pyle died Sunday morning in Nashville. In addition to his Hollywood acting credits, the Alabama native is also remembered for his work here in the state. He co-founded the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in 1998. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Cynthia Burkhead, who co-chairs the festival. She says Lindsey will be remembered as a kindhearted, talented man.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1011432/mp3/news/podcast/177/1011432.mp3




Ready...Get Set...Vote!

Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

The starter's flag has already dropped to signal the beginning of this year's race for the White House. We used the imagery of a starters flag since the world of politics and NASCAR will meet here in Alabama on Saturday. A conservative political organization will be at Talladega this weekend to persuade fans to vote. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Ned Ryun, the founder and President of American Majority, to talk about the effort.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1011109/mp3/news/podcast/177/1011109.mp3




Limited Disaster Aid And Its Effect on Rebuilding Communities.

Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT

While 2011 will be memorable for many Alabamian's due to what happened on April 27th, it wasn't the only disaster that took place last year. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires you name it struck the United States last year cutting the available disaster funding pie into ever slimmer pieces. As Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports, finding the necessary funds to rebuild post disaster is a little harder than it used to be.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1011072/mp3/news/podcast/177/1011072.mp3




APR Presents: 4/27--One year since the storms

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

It was one year ago when tornadoes tore through Alabama, killing more than two hundred people. The Alabama Public Radio news team revisited many of the people and places you heard about in the hours and days following the storm. This includes Alberta, and Phil Campbell, which were both hard hit by the weather. APR also ventured to Greensburg, Kansas, which pioneered many of the "green" post-tornado rebuilding ideas Tuscaloosa may use in the future.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1010897/mp3/news/podcast/177/1010897.mp3




The 4/27 Tornadoes - Revisiting Alberta

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Today marks one year since the deadly tornadoes that tore across Alabama on April 27th of 2011. We've been revisiting some of the people we spoke to in the hours following the deadly outbreak including residents of the Tuscaloosa community of Alberta. One year later home owners and area businesses are still attempting to rebuild their community. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez revisits Alberta a year after the historic tornado outbreak to find out how this community is making its way back.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1010721/mp3/news/podcast/177/1010721.mp3




The 4/27 Tornadoes--Emotional Impact

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Today marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. Many storm victims have rebuilt their homes and businesses. But, for some Alabamians, the emotional impact of the storms happens over and over again every day. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports on how survivors continue to cope one year later.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1010665/mp3/news/podcast/177/1010665.mp3




The 4/27 Tornadoes Steve Miller, Then and Now

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. All week long on Alabama Pubic Radio, we'll revisit some of the people we spoke to in the hours following the storm, and look at some of the challenges ahead. That includes Steve Miller, who lost his home in Tuscaloosa's historic Hillcrest district. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin spoke with Miller as he continues to pick up the pieces and rebuild his home and his life.


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Tornado Fire Threat

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

All week long Alabama Public Radio has been looking back at the aftermath of the April 27th tornadoes that hit one year ago this Friday. The effects of violent weather are usually obvious, with damage to structures and even the very landscape. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, last year's tornadoes may have left a problem that can cause danger long after the winds died down


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The 4/27 tornadoes--Greetings from Greensburg

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

All week long on Alabama Public Radio, the news department is revisiting the people we heard from in the hours and days following the April 27th tornadoes that struck the state a year ago. Last night, the Tuscaloosa city council approved rezoning in the areas hit hard by the storm. Pending a final vote, this will set the city's rebuilding plan into full motion. APR's Pat Duggins takes us to the small town in Kansas which helped pioneer the "green" rebuilding ideas that may take root here.


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Phil Campbell: One Year Later

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

All week on Alabama Public Radio, we're revisiting some of the people we spoke to in the days following the April 27th tornadoes and look at some of challenges ahead. Tuscaloosa wasn't the only city to suffer damage from the storms. The town of Phil Campbell was hit hard as well. A-P-R's Stan Ingold has been to Phil Campbell twice before following last April's tornadoes and he just finished a third trip to check on the little town with two names


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1010320/mp3/news/podcast/177/1010320.mp3




The 4/27 Tornadoes--One year later

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through Alabama, killing over two hundred people and disrupting the lives of thousands of families. All week long on Alabama Public Radio, we'll revisit many of the people and places you heard from in the hours and days following the storm. APR news director Pat Duggins has this preview...


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1010174/mp3/news/podcast/177/1010174.mp3




Lila Quintero Weaver On Her New Book and Ala.'s Immigration Law

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Immigration is a hot button issue in Alabama and has conjured up memories of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. A new graphic novelization from Lila Quintero Weaver combines the two concepts. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black And White chronicles the Quinteros immigration from Argentina to Marion, Alabama in the early 60s right in the middle of the civil rights movement. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to talk to Weaver about her book and trhe current immigration issue.


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Alabama School District Allows Same-Sex Couples For Prom

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Tuscaloosa County Schools will allow its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to attend prom with same-sex dates. The school district also agreed to allow students to wear clothing with slogans supporting LGBT people. The district's statement follows a letter the SPLC sent to school officials in January on behalf of Brookwood High School student Elizabeth Garrett. APR's Maggie Martin talks with SPLC'S lead attorney, Sam Wolfe, about the situation.


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UAB's Gary Warner Talks Computer Forensics And Helping The FBI Catch Cyber Criminals

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Think about your most memorable homework session in school. It might have been a book report, or a science project. But, it probably doesn't hold a candle to work done by one group of students at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. These young people study cyber crimes, and their homework assignment was to help the FBI crack an international case. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with Gary Warner, the director of UAB's Computer forensics program.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1007205/mp3/news/podcast/177/1007205.mp3




Alabama's Role In The GOP Presidential Primaries

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talks with APR reporter Stan Ingold about last night's Republican rally in Birmingham ahead of Alabama's primary election. Stan spent the day at the event, attended by candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Ryan and Stan discuss all four of the GOP presidential candidates and what Alabama's primary could mean for the parties eventual nominee.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1006437/mp3/news/podcast/177/1006437.mp3




Pre-Primary GOP Rally in Birmingham

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin talks with APR reporter Stan Ingold about last night's Republican rally in Birmingham ahead of Alabama's primary election. Stan spent the day at the event, which featured comments by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1006357/mp3/news/podcast/177/1006357.mp3




Votes and Ribs

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Republican Presidential contender Rick Santorum stopped by Tuscaloosa ahead of Tuesday's primary election in Alabama, and Mississippi. The former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator pressed the flesh at Dreamland Bar-B-que, as voters prepared to head the polls. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins reports...


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1006337/mp3/news/podcast/177/1006337.mp3




"Eating Alabama" film producer Andy Grace

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT

This year's South by Southwest Film Festival will feature a documentary from Alabama. And, it's about a subject that audiences can really sink their teeth into. University of Alabama film producer Andy Grace and his wife decided to only eat foods grown here in the State, and to make a film about it. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with Grace about "Eating Alabama" and how the project changed during the four years it took to finish it...


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1006118/mp3/news/podcast/177/1006118.mp3




Ala. AG Luther Strange Discussing The Start Of The Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

It's been nearly two years since the disastrous Gulf oil spill threatened the five Gulf Coast states. Now the states are getting their day in court next Monday. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has been appointed coordinating counsel for the Gulf Coast states. Strange talked with Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez about the case and what he hopes the outcome will be.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1004860/mp3/news/podcast/177/1004860.mp3




Biologist Links Burmese Python to Human Heart Disease Research

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

A biologist at the University of Alabama is taking a new approach to understanding heart disease. The research involves comparing the human heart to that of the Burmese python. As Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports, medical experts say the research deserves serious consideration.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1004667/mp3/news/podcast/177/1004667.mp3




Ala. Teen Fashion Designers Compete To Be Birmingham Fashion Week's Rising Design Star

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Say the phrase "designer fashions," and that might conjure up images of supermodels in Paris or New York. Now, clothing designers in Birmingham are getting their chance to spotlight some of their work. The Second Annual Birmingham Fashion Week has grown from humble beginnings last year. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports on how this year's event includes the Rising Design Star Competition.


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Kentuck's Exhibit Featuring Musician Bobby Horton

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Birmingham-native Bobby Horton is a founding member of the band "Three On A String" and has contributed to the soundtracks of 13 Ken Burns films, including "Baseball" and "The Civil War." Tonight, Horton will be performing live at Kentuck's exhibit, "The Music Lives On: Folk Song Traditions Told by Alabama Artists." Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Horton to talk about how American history influences music.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1003439/mp3/news/podcast/177/1003439.mp3




Talking Birmingham Fashion Week With Ninety-Ten.com Founder Carrie Mullins

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Birmingham Fashion Week kicked off last night with a big party at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, but designers and models don't get to strut their stuff on the runways until tonight. Carrie Mullins is founder of Ninety-Ten.dot.com, a Birmingham based online shoe store that gives ninety percent of its profits to charity. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to discuss the weeklong event with Mullins and talk high fashion, Birmingham style.


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Sneak Peek of 2012 Legislative Session

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Alabama state lawmakers are less than two weeks away from the start of this year's legislative session in Montgomery. The GOP-controlled legislature faces a lot of challenges including a tight budget and prison overcrowding. Earlier this week, Tuscaloosa state lawmakers met for a political forum to talk with residents about the issues this year. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin was there and has this report.


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Red Tails and the Tuskegee Airmen

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

January 20th marks the opening of the movie "Red Tails" nationwide. It tells the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first black fighter pilots in U-S military history. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, the original airmen received a special screening in the town where they were trained


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/1001526/mp3/news/podcast/177/1001526.mp3




BCS Showdown: Alabama wins 14th title

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Alabama Public Radio was at the Mercedes Benz Superdome for the Crimson Tide's pasting of the Louisiana State University Tigers. Bama won the BCS National Championship decisively with a score of twenty one to zero. APR's Pat Duggins gathered reaction from former Tide players including Greg McElroy, quarterback of Alabama's 2010 BCS title winning team--and Fred Sington, who was recruited by Coach Bear Bryant in 1958.


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BCS College Football Championship: "Remembering 1992"

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

The Alabama Crimson Tide is facing the Louisiana State University Tigers for the BCS College Football Championship in New Orleans. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Alabama's 1992 championship season, when the team beat Miami at the Louisiana Superdome. The Crystal Football trophy was presented by the Bowl Coalition, which preceded the BCS. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins reports a lot of fans are making a lot of comparisons this year to the 1992 team.


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NASA's future and the "Alabama Connection"

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced this week that he'll bankroll the design and construction of a new space launch system in Huntsville. This is just the latest NASA related opportunity for the Madison County area. Alabama built rockets are already carrying missions to Mars, and manned spacecraft may be next.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/997360/mp3/news/podcast/177/997360.mp3




UA Student Serves As Representative for Climate Change

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A University of Alabama sophomore is back in Tuscaloosa after attending a United Nation's climate-change conference in South Africa. John Canada was one of five students nationwide selected by the American Chemical Society to serve as a representative. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Canada to talk about his part in the project.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/996319/mp3/news/podcast/177/996319.mp3




Storycorps Founder Dave Isay On The National Day Of Listening

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The day after Thanksgiving has been established by Storycorps as the National Day of Listening. The event is an effort to encourage all Americans to honor a friend, a loved one, or a member of their community by interviewing them about their lives. This year Storycorps is encouraging participants to take a few minutes to say thanks to a favorite teacher. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay about this year's theme and the importance of listening.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/994955/mp3/news/podcast/177/994955.mp3




Valor One: Flight of the Not Forgotten

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Earlier this month a Huntsville group took a group of Alabama Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. to see their service memorial. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold went with the group, and as he reports, it was an event many of those involved will never forget


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National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature: Thanhha Lai

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The National Book Foundation honored a writer from Alabama during its annual awards ceremony last week. Thanhha Lai won for Young People's Literature. Lai is the youngest of nine children. She was born in Vietnam and moved to Alabama in 1975. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Lai to talk about her novel "Inside Out and Back Again" how it reflects her own life experiences.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/994856/mp3/news/podcast/177/994856.mp3




National Book Award Winner For Fiction: Jesmyn Ward

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Mississippi native and University of South Alabama faculty member Jesmyn Ward is the recipient of this year's National Book Award for Fiction. Ward's book "Salvage the Bones" looks at a family in a small coastal town in Mississippi in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Ward spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez about her book and her surprise over receiving the National book Award.


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The Iron Bowl Hour

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Alabama Crimson Tide will host Georgia Southern tomorrow for the year's final home game. For many college football fans, however, the game of the year comes next Saturday. That's when Alabama travels to Auburn for the Iron Bowl. The long-time rivalry between these two teams has tempers flaring year round throughout the state. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, there is a television show with an unconventional take on the rivalry


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Turning tornado "chasers" into tornado "spotters"

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The clean up continues following this week's violent weather in Alabama. The storms, which included suspected tornadoes, are considered the worst since the April twisters that killed over two hundred people in the State. Weather forecasters use satellite images and radar to track bad weather. But, as Alabama Public Radio student reporter Dominque Bivins explains, eyes on the ground are important too.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/994350/mp3/news/podcast/177/994350.mp3




Birmingham Business Alliance Pres. and CEO Brian Hilson On The Jefferson Co. Bankruptcy

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Alabama is still reeling after Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy last week. The estimated 4.2 billion dollar filing will be the largest in United States history for a municipality. Brian Hilson is president and CEO with the Birmingham Business Alliance which promotes economic growth in the seven county Birmingham region. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with him about his reaction, and how the bankruptcy effects the perception businesses have of the Birmingham metro area.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/.jukebox/media/wual/994226/mp3/news/podcast/177/994226.mp3




Helping the city of Mobile go "mobile"

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Everyone likes to think they're high tech these days. The city of Mobile is getting the chance to go really high tech, courtesy of the people at Google. The internet giant will bring its expertise to the gulf coast. Alabama Public Radio's Penny Dennis explains, the point is to help Mobile area businesses look better on all those mobile devices everybody carries around.


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Alabama Veterans Await First State Veterans Cemetery

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Today is Veterans Day, where the nation remembers those who served in the U.S. military. Here in Alabama, military families will soon have a new spot where the state's servicemen and women can be laid to rest. The state hasn't had access to a veterans cemetery since 1962, when the first site near Mobile was closed down. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports on the challenges of the project and what a new cemetery means for Alabama veterans and their families.


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Alabama's Ag. Industry Feels The Pinch Of The State's New Immigration Law

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

It's been over a month since portions of Alabama's strict new immigration law went into effect. One state industry feeling the pinch is agriculture. Skilled farm workers have left the state in droves over fears of being detained as illegal immigrants. The state is currently trying to use unemployed workers to help fix the labor drain, but farmers still aren't happy. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on an issue that could cripple the state's agriculture industry in the coming years.


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Jefferson County's financial woes--meet the "man in the middle"

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Jefferson County Commission is still without a resolution to its sewer debt. The Board met with its creditors yesterday to discuss options, including a settlement or bankruptcy. At the center of this drama is Jeffco's new County Manager. Tony Petelos left his job as Mayor of the town of Hoover to take the reins of Jefferson County government. He's been at it for month. Alabama Public Radio asked reporter Gigi Douban to check in on Petelos, and she has this "report card."


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Alabama Ghost Trail Part 3: Old Cahawba

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Old Cahawba is the site of Alabama's first state capital. However, after the civil war it became a ghost town. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold takes us to 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...


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Alabama Ghost Trail Part 2: Selma

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

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. Today, Stan takes a look at why Selma is considered one of Alabama's most haunted cities


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Alabama Ghost Trail Part 1: Ghostbusters

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

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 the Black Belt. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold explains how Alabama's Ghost Trail could provide a much needed financial shot in the arm


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Tannehill Stirs Up Frights for Halloween

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Tannehill State Park in McCalla is holding its 20th annual Halloween celebration on Saturday. Visitors will be greeted by hundreds of campers who arrived months before to claim their spot and put their decorations on display. As Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports, what started as a grassroots effort has grown into the park's biggest event of the year.


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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox - Six Months After April's Deadly Tornadoes

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It has been six months since a devastating tornado made its way through Tuscaloosa killing 52 people and costing 100's of millions of dollars in destruction. Tuscaloosa is in the middle of rebuilding but it's not a quick or easy process. Mayor Walt Maddox sat down with Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez to discuss where the recovery efforts are six months later and what the future holds for Tuscaloosa.


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Six Months After April's Tornadoes

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's been six months since dozens of tornadoes swept through Alabama, killing more than 200 residents across the state. In the north central city of Cullman, an EF-4 tornado damaged more than 900 homes and nearly 100 businesses. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Cullman Mayor Max Townson to talk about where the city stands in the recovery process. He says there's been a lot of progress in the past six months, but there's still a ways to go.


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The Dangers Of Costume Contacts This Halloween

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Halloween is right around the corner and as kids of all ages get their costumes ready for parties or trick-or treating, eye doctors want to get the word out about safety. Dr. Price Kloess is the medical director of the Alabama Vision Center. He joins Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez to talk about some of the dangers of costume contact lenses.


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The late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth-- "Remembering Cousin Fred"

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Funeral services will take place today for the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. The civil rights icon died earlier this month at the age of eighty nine. Today's memorial follows a viewing yesterday at Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute. Among those who came to pay their respects was Lisa Riles. The Dayton, Ohio woman is one of Shuttlesworth's cousins. Riles spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins about the man she knew as cousin Fred.


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Remembering Civil Rights Icon Fred Shuttlesworth

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A series of memorials will be held in Birmingham this weekend for Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. A civil rights leader, he worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and survived numerous beatings and bombings. The Reverend passed away on October 5th. He was 89-years-old. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin spoke with Bishop Calvin Woods. He's pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Birmingham and says he had a close relationship with the civil rights leader.


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Kentuck Artist and the "Moon Winx" connection

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The 40th annual Kentuck Festival for the Arts takes place this weekend in Northport. The show draws folk artists from all the Southeast, but there are local artists as well. Perhaps none is more celebrated than eighty year old Glenn House. Even if you've never seen his art, it's possible you've driven past it. House designed the iconic neon sign outside the "Moon Winx" Lodge in the Alberta neighborhood of Tuscaloosa. APR News Director Pat Duggins sat down with House to talk about it.


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Ala. Ag. Officials To Host Immigration Web Seminar

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The state's agriculture industry has taken a big hit as immigrant labor has dried up over fears about the state's strict new immigration law. The new law has some strict provisions requiring employers to verify the status of workers and harsh penalties for those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked with Brett Hall, Deputy Commissioner for the state's Department of Agriculture and Industries.


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Kentuck Festival of the Arts turns 40

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The 40th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts gets underway this weekend in the town of Northport. The event is one of the leading folk arts shows in the nation, and attracts artists whose work has been featured at the Smithsonian. APR News Director Pat Duggins sat down with executive director Jan Pruitt to talk about the art, and the artists, and a question that comes up often in connection to the Kentuck Festival--what is it with that name?


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State Veteran's Cemetery Good News for Area Veterans

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Construction is slated to begin on Alabama's first state veteran's cemetery this Friday. The groundbreaking ceremony comes just a little more than a month after the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved a $7 million grant for the project. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Colonel Bill Callendar. He's the Cemetery Committee Chairman with the South Alabama Veterans Council and says finding out about the grant approval was welcome news to council members.


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Valor Flight

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Veterans of U.S. combat in Korea often refer to this conflict as "The Forgotten War." An Alabama based organization is making it a point to see the veterans from the early 1950's are recognized for their service. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, the group "Valor Flight" has something special planned


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What Alabama's New Immigration Law Means For Both Citizens And Illegal Immigrants

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today is the deadline for a federal judge to rule on efforts to block Alabama's strict new anti-immigration law. The law was scheduled to go into effect September 1st but a federal judge has temporarily blocked the law to consider lawsuits pending by three separate groups. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on what the law could mean for illegal immigrants and those Alabamians who help them if it is allowed to go into effect.


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Mobile Hopes to Attract New Cruise Line With Museum

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Mobile city leaders may have a big hole to fill in the town's waterfront soon. The Carnival Cruise Ship "Elation" is preparing to set sail for the last time. The strategy to bring in a new cruise line is Mobile's new Maritime Museum. But, as APR's Penny Dennis reports, not everyone is cheering for the new attraction.


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Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The town of Cherokee Alabama is holding a fundraiser today to help restore a historic cemetery. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold Reports, it isn't the final resting place for people- but, rather for a special kind of man's best friend


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Mobile Program Featured on "From the Top"

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A program that teaches classical voice training to children in Mobile will be featured in a classic episode of "From the Top" tonight. Mobile's Singing Children trains kids in grades 2 through 12 in the Mobile area. The organization is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Parent Council President Tish Odom to talk about the program itself.


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Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival and Re-Committed

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The thirteenth annual Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival gets underway this weekend in Birmingham's Theatre District. Filmmakers from near and far converge on the Magic City to take part. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold has this preview, including one home grown success story


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Space Camp's Role In A Shuttle-Free World

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

NASA's space shuttle program came to end last month after 135 missions, and for some it was the end of a dream, a dream of going into space. At Space Camp in Huntsville that dream remains a possibility for the world's next generation of space explorers. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez went to Space Camp recently to find out how interest in space has been affected by the end of the shuttle program.


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Return to Phil Campbell

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

School is getting underway across Alabama. For most kids, it's a matter of registering and buying school supplies. However, in the Northwest Alabama town of Phil Campbell, it's a different story. Following April's tornadoes, there is no high school to return to. City leaders are playing "beat the clock" to find classroom space before the opening bell rings on Monday. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold returned to Phil Campbell and found a work still in progress


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The U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials Come To Mobile

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The road to Olympic glory for American boxers begins this weekend in Mobile. 77 of the nation's best amateur boxers will attempt to take the first step towards making up the United States Boxing contingent for the 2012 London Olympics. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on the event and what it means for the state.


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Program Helps With Emotional Recovery from the Storms

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

April's tornadoes left a devastating mark on neighborhoods and businesses across Alabama. But for some residents, the storms took a toll on their mental health as well. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at a federal program that trains and deploys Alabamians as crisis counselors to assist storm survivors rebuild their lives.


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Discussing the Practice of Judge Overrides In Ala.

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama is one of three states that allow elected trial judges to override a jury's verdict. According to a new report by the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama is the only jurisdiction where judges routinely override jury verdicts of life in prison to impose capital punishment. Bryan Stevenson, is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to talk with Stevenson about the problem of judge overrides in Alabama.


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The Capri Theatre

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

One of Alabama's oldest and longest running movie theatres has a birthday today. The theatre now known as the Capri in historic Cloverdale in Montgomery first opened it's doors seventy years ago...Alabama Public Radio's Stan ingold has more on this milestone...


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High School Journalists and the Alabama Tornadoes

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Alabama tornadoes that hit Alabama attracted reporters from radio, television and newspapers. Now, the story is being told from a different perspective. A group of high school journalists got the chance to come to Tuscaloosa, see the the storm's aftermath first hand, and write about it. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, it was an eye opener for everyone involved...


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The New Battle of Fort Gaines

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Yesterday, APR's Pat Duggins took us to Fort Morgan along the state's gulf coast. That's where the Battle of Mobile Bay took place in 1864. A second fort is located on Dauphin Island. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin travelled there to see how a new battle is being waged to save this piece of civil war history.


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The Stories Behind Fort Morgan

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Civil War history buffs have a reason to head to the Alabama gulf coast this year, and not just for the beaches. Two forts, on either side of Mobile Bay, played a crucial role in the Civil War, which occured 150 years ago. One of those forts may be in trouble. Today, APR's Pat Duggins revisits Fort Morgan, which had the largest number of troops at any fort during the conflict.


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Post-Tornado rebuilding, and what makes Alberta..."Alberta"

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Close to 300 people crowded a ballroom in Tuscaloosa to offer ideas on how the city should look after the rebuilding process following the April 27th tornado. APR's Pat Duggins reports how residents of the Alberta neighborhood want things like more greenspace, affordable housing, and better shopping--while preserving things that give the community its "flavor"--like the 60 year old neon sign outside the "Moon Winx" Lodge.


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"The A.B.C.'s of Mobile"

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama Public Radio is welcoming its newest listeners on WHIL-FM in Mobile. Long before APR began broadcasting along the Gulf coast, our audience knew of Eloise Thomley. The Ono Island resident joined APR as a commentator following the oil spill. We're inviting Eloise back to hear her thoughts on what's going on in Mobile. Today, she takes us on a tour...


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Interfaith Immigration Rally In Birmingham

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Over the weekend an estimated 2,500 people from all faiths and backgrounds joined together in Birmingham for a common cause... to protest Alabama's strict new immigration law. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez was there as the demonstrators gathered, and produced this "sound portrait."


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FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

There's only a few days left for Alabama tornado survivors to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The deadline is June 27th. Tim Tyson of FEMA stopped by the APR studio to talk about the nuts and bolts of the application process. He says If you were impacted by the tornadoes, you should apply for help.


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The Legacy of Kathryn Tucker Windham

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Every Friday morning at 7:35, listeners to Alabama Public radio have tuned in for the commentaries of Kathryn Tucker Windham. This week, however, the focus has been on her and the impact of her tales of life in Alabama. Ms. Windham died last Sunday at the age of 93. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins has more on the legacy of Kathryn Tucker Windham.


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Calling all "Phil Campbells"

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

If your name is Phil Campbell, there is a small Alabama town near the Mississippi border with your name on it. The community is gearing up for the annual Phil Campbell Hoedown. That's when people who share the same name as the town gather to celebrate the fact. This year's event is particularly poignant, since Phil Campbell was among the areas hit hard by the April tornadoes. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold visited Phil Campbell, which is sending the message "We're still here "


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UAB Aids Tornado Survivors With New Loan Program

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

When the April 27th storms swept through Alabama, there were basic needs to be met like food, water and shelter for tornado survivors. Things are slowly getting back to normal but, that doesn't mean every need has been met for those still picking up the pieces. The University of Alabama Birmingham hopes to step in to fill some of that void with a new loan program. In the process, business students are gaining valuable experience. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more


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Tornado Economic Windfall

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins reports on the economic "benefit" from the April tornadoes, and how some industries may be helped more than others. Alabama has an estimated four billion dollars worth of insured damage, and that could mean a lot of cash flowing into the State. Pat examines how natural disasters can help boost business like construction, but maybe not agriculture, including Alabama's poultry industry.


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Be Prepared: A Look At Building Storm Shelters In Ala.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

238 Alabamians died in April's storms. Many more were injured. But, unlike other states in "tornado alley," Alabama doesn't have as many storm shelters and basements for people to take cover. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez takes a look at why that is, and how the recent storms will change that.


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Tuscaloosa Candelight Vigil

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

An estimated one thousand Tuscaloosa residents gathered at Government Plaza for a candelight vigil to remember the people lost during the April 27th tornado. The event was more poignant, since the City officially raised the number of deaths from 41 to 43. Each name was read during the ceremony, which also praised volunteers and first responders. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins was there, and produced this "sound portrait."


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"One Month Later" Part 3

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's been one month since tornadoes swept through Alabama, killing more than two hundred residents across the state. This week, we're talking with mayors statewide about how their city is recovering from the disaster. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sits down with Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale.


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"One Month Later" Part 2

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's been one month since tornadoes swept through Alabama, killing more than two hundred residents across the state. This week, we're talking with mayors statewide about how their city is recovering from the disaster. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sits down with Rainsville Mayor Donnie Chandler.


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"One Month Later"

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's been one month since tornadoes swept through Alabama, killing more than two hundred residents across the state. This week, we're talking with mayors statewide about how their city is recovering from the disaster. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sits down with Mayor Max Townson of Cullman.


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Dealing with Two Tornadoes...not one

Tue, 24 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The town of Joplin, Missouri is recovering from last Sunday's deadly tornado. University of Alabama senior Tom Coiner is heading there to offer advice. He made through last month's twister in Tuscaloosa, and now it's his hometown of Joplin that's suffering. APR news director Pat Duggins spoke with Coiner about how his family is doing...


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"The Katrina Effect"

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

APR News Director Pat Duggins reports on how the University of Alabama is turning the aftermath of last month's tornadoes into a teaching tool. The school is taking inspiration from Tulane University in New Orleans, which created a community service cirriculum following Hurricane Katrina. Students at Tulane are encouraged to take skills they learn in the classroom and use that knowledge to help neighborhoods devestated by the storm. Alabama plans to do something similar.


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Tuscaloosa Crime

Mon, 16 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Natural disasters can bring out the best in a community, but in storm ravaged Alabama, the worst is happening as well. The crime rate is going up in Tuscaloosa and as Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, local police have more to worry about than just the criminals


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Rebuilding Tuscaloosa

Fri, 13 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Cities across Alabama are beginning to pick up the pieces to start and rebuild after April's tornados wiped out neighborhoods and left hundreds homeless. One of the hardest hit city's was Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama. Mayor Walt Maddox has already created a task force to head up reconstruction of the city, but many are concerned about the changes ahead. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at the concerns local residents have.


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An Insurance Company's Role In Disaster Recovery

Tue, 10 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Nearly two weeks after storms ripped through the state of Alabama, many residents are still picking up the pieces. According to the state Department of Insurance, Alabamians have filed 65,000 insurance claims related to the April 27th outbreak of tornados and they expect a second wave this week. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on how residents can find and get help for their damaged property.


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