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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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Alabama Midwives Wait To Come Out Of The Shadows

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:30:44 +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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best Documentary "...and justice for all." Alabama Public Radio

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:49:42 +0000

Alabama’s prison system and justice system are in the national spotlight and not for good reasons. The State’s prisons are one hundred percent overcapacity. Alabama is criticized for spending the least amount of money per inmate per day for rehabilitation, housing, and supervision in the nation. This $26 daily amount is blamed for the State’s 30% recidivism rate. Alabama likes to trumpet its Wrongful Incarnation Act, which is supposed to compensate people sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit. However, in the fifteen years since the passage of the Act, only one person has been paid, and that was under a court order. Finally, the Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Alabama Department of Corrections for being indifferent to the mental health needs of inmates. The Alabama Public Radio news team spent six months investigating these issues. Within a month of the initial airing of our coverage, the U.S. Justice Department announced an official investigation into conditions at

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

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:05:08 +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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Lost Pet Bird

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Losing any pet can be a difficult experience, but unlike a furry four-footed friend who may be wearing a collar and tag, your feathered pet is not confined to the ground. It can hide high in a tree, and may be frightened in unfamiliar surroundings. ***************************

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Steve Flowers on How the Legislator isn't a Good Stepping Stone to Governorhsip

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:55:18 +0000

Legislative experience is pretty good training ground for governor, but the legislator is definitely not a good stepping stone to the governorship...

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Steve Flowers on Bucks Pocket

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:49:23 +0000

Some people think it's a myth and some people think it's a legend, but those of us who've been around Alabama politics have always referred to a place knows as Bucks Pocket. For decades, losing political candidates in Alabama have been exiled to Bucks Pocket...

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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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