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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

1 month ago

Senate committee advances bill to trim death penalty appeals

(Wikicommons)

A legislative committee has approved a bill that would shorten appeals in death penalty cases.

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bill by State Sen. Cam Ward on a 4-3 vote.

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It moves to the full Senate.

The legislation would remove having appeals considered by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and instead send them straight to the state supreme court.

Ward said he believes condemned inmates still had plenty of avenues to appeal their cases, including the federal courts.

The proposal drew criticism from a defense lawyer who said inmates have been exonerated but those cases took years.

(Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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1 month ago

ASU event marks 60th anniversary of sit-in against segregation

(ASU/Facebook)

A three-day event is marking the 60th anniversary of the first Alabama sit-in against racial segregation.

Five of the surviving demonstrators will be on hand Monday for a remembrance at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Civil rights lawyer Fred Gray also will participate.

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A student sit-in began on Feb. 25, 1960, at the Montgomery County Courthouse snack bar.

Thirty-five black women and men asked to be served in defiance of the city’s segregation law.

They were inspired by similar sit-ins in North Carolina.

Then-Gov. John Patterson made Alabama State expel any students who participated by threatening its state funding.

 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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2 months ago

Senate committee votes down payday loan restrictions

(Tony Webster/Flickr)

An Alabama Senate committee has voted down a proposal to give payday lending customers longer to repay their loans.

Lawmakers voted 6-8 against the bill that would give borrowers 30 days to repay a loan instead of as little as 10 days.

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Senators who opposed it said they believed people would turn to internet lenders if the payday lending stores weren’t available in the state.

The committee vote was a blow to groups that have been seeking more restrictions on the industry.

Republican Sen. Tom Butler said the loans become debt traps for families.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

More Alabama schools take time off because of flu outbreak

(CDC, YHN)

More Alabama schools are calling off classes because of a flu outbreak.

Two Pickens County schools will reopen on Monday following a two-day shutdown because of the illness.

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WIAT-TV reports that teachers and staff members spent Thursday wiping down locks, desks and mopping floors to help disinfect the high school.

The principal at Pickens County High School says 70 students went home sick with flu symptoms Wednesday.

Pickens County is located along the Mississippi line in west Alabama.

Schools are closed in the south Alabama town of Opp because of the flu.

Lamar County schools also shut down because of the illness.

(Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Alabama fire chief confirms 8 deaths in boat dock fire

(CBS 42/YouTube, YHN)

The fire chief in Scottsboro, Alabama, says at least eight people were killed in an explosive fire that consumed at least 35 vessels along the Tennessee River.

Chief Gene Necklaus said all eight people who were known to be missing are confirmed dead, and “that number could go up,” because they do not know how many were on boats that sank.

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At least seven people were sent to hospitals suffering from exposure to the water or flames.

The fire quickly consumed the dock as people were sleeping, cutting off their escape routes and raining debris into the water.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston donates $50K to Miles College

(Miles College/Facebook, YHN)

The football program at Miles College is getting a boost thanks to a donation from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

WRBC-TV reports Winston, a Hueytown, Alabama, native, on Wednesday presented Miles College President Bobbie Knight and Athletic Director Reginald Ruffin a check for $50,000, which will be used for upgrades within the Alabama school’s program.

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Earlier this month, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley donated $1 million to the school, a private historically black liberal arts college in Fairfield, Alabama.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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2 months ago

Birmingham launches anti-littering campaign

(Wikicommons, YHN)

An Alabama city has kicked off a new anti-littering campaign.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin launched his “Don’t be a D.U.M.M.Y.” campaign.

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D.U.M.M.Y. stands for Dumping Ugly Mess in My Yard.

The mayor and people in various Birmingham communities are tired of illegal trash dumping, WBRC-TV reported.

First-time offenders will face a $500 fine.

For a second or subsequent offense, the fine doubles to $1,000.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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2 months ago

Alabama voting rights activist jailed on drug charges while on bond for capital murder charge

(Dothan Police Department)

An Alabama activist is jailed on assault and other charges.

Records show 54-year-old Kenneth Glasgow was being held without bond at the Houston County Jail on Tuesday.

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He was arrested Saturday on charges including drug possession, assault and evidence tampering.

Police tell news outlets that Glasgow struggled with an officer who tried to arrest him after finding crack inside his pocket.

Glasgow has worked for years to register prisoners to vote inside Alabama jails and prisons.

He was charged with capital murder in 2018 after a fatal shooting but was out on bond.

He’s the half-brother of nationally known activist Al Sharpton.

 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

RELATED: Al Sharpton’s half-brother, already facing Alabama capital murder charges, arrested again

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3 months ago

Alabama’s largest airport records busiest year in a decade

(Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport/Facebook)

Federal Aviation Administration data shows 2018 was the busiest year on record for Alabama’s largest airport.

The latest data available from the federal agency shows more people boarded flights at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth in 2018 than in any year since 2008.

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About 1.46 million people flew out of Birmingham total, followed by about 581,000 outbound passengers from the Huntsville International Airport, the second busiest air hub in the state.

Birmingham’s Airport Authority President Ronald Mathieu attributed the increase to the economy doing well.

He says that growth is expected to be reflected in 2019’s numbers, too.

 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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3 months ago

Alabama prison study group to make recommendations

(Gov. Bentley/Flickr)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s study commission on criminal justice policy will make recommendations that could include sentencing changes and expanding the use of pretrial diversion programs.

The panel met for the final time Tuesday and will submit recommendations ahead of the legislative session that begins Feb. 5.

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State Sen. Cam Ward is a Republican from Alabaster.

He says he expects a package of four to five bills to be introduced in the session.

Family members of inmates held a rally before the meeting, urging the state to do more to address conditions inside prisons.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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3 months ago

Sentencing set for officer found guilty of manslaughter

(Montgomery County Jail/Contributed)

A judge later this month will sentence a former Alabama police officer who was found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin set a Jan. 29 sentencing date for former Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith.

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A jury in November found Smith guilty of manslaughter for the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn.

Smith shot and killed Gunn after he fled from a random stop-and-frisk.

The defense maintained that Smith fired in self-defense because Gunn was grabbing a painter’s pole from a porch, but prosecutors said Gunn was never a threat.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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3 months ago

Canadian eagles migrate to the warmth and Alabama

(NPS/Contributed, YHN)

Golden eagles are back from Canada, spending the winter in the eastern U.S.

Researcher Trish Miller says that when she and her husband began studying golden eagles east of the Mississippi River, scientists had not realized how many there were — particularly in Alabama.

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The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says four tagged birds are back in Alabama wintering grounds and a fifth is on the way.

About 5,000 of the golden eagles winter in Eastern parts of the US.

Scientists keep tabs on golden eagles in two ways: fitting them with cellular tracking tags and setting out bait monitored with motion-sensitive game cameras.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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3 months ago

Mobile Mayor: Officer’s post ridiculing homeless was inappropriate

(Sandy Stimpson, Mobile Police Department/Facebook, YHN)

The mayor of the South Alabama city of Mobile said a police officer’s social media post appearing to ridicule homeless people was inappropriate and said the city is taking corrective steps.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson wrote on social media Tuesday that the post reflected poorly on the city.

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He said the city is taking corrective action, but did not elaborate.

The Facebook post showed two Mobile Police officers, holding what the post called a “homeless quilt” made of cardboard signs that apparently had been confiscated from panhandlers around the city.

The city police chief apologized for the post.
 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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4 months ago

Stolen gaming console offers serious break in Mobile murder case

(Mobile Police Department/Contributed, YHN)

A prosecutor in Alabama says authorities were able to trace a stolen gaming console to two suspects accused of shooting an Alabama college professor to death last month.

A Mobile County Assistant District Attorney said during a bond hearing Monday that a Nintendo Switch system belonging to University of South Alabama Professor Matthew Wiser was connected to a network by one of the suspects, allowing police to track it to Derric Scott and Tiquez Timmons and make their arrests.

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The 20-year-olds are set to be arraigned on felony murder charges Wednesday.

Mobile investigators said they think Wiser was killed during a home invasion robbery.
(Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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4 months ago

Two officers on leave amid investigation into inmate’s death

(ALDOC/Facebook)

Two Alabama prison officers are on leave as the department probes the use of force in the death of a state inmate.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said it is investigating the alleged use of force that resulted in the death of an inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility inmate.

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Fifty-five-year-old Michael Smith of Fairfield, died Dec. 5 after being removed from life support following a November incident at the prison.

The prison system said it is also investigating the death of another inmate at Holman Correctional Facility.

 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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4 months ago

City of Auburn probes halt on student housing projects

(Auburn University/Flickr)

A college town in Alabama has proposed temporarily halting construction on any new student housing developments amid concerns the number of existing facilities exceeds the amount of students in the city.

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders proposed an ordinance at last week’s city council meeting that would stop new student housing developments for about 90 days to give leaders time to figure out a long-term solution.

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Data from a city task force showed the number of beds designed specifically for students in the city is too high at approximately 37,000, and Auburn University officials say the school isn’t forecasted to see major enrollment growth.

The ordinance will be introduced Dec. 17.

 (Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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4 months ago

This weekend’s comprehensive college football TV schedule

(Pixabay)

For a printable version, click here. Pro tip: Save the image below to your phone for quick and easy access all weekend.

(Note: All times are Central)

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