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  • Domino's delivery man killed at District at the Summit apartments

    12/22/2014 12:53:38 PM PST · by SonnyBubba · 41 replies
    WBRC ^ | Dec 21, 2014 | WBRC Staff
    BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police are looking for the suspect who beat a pizza delivery man to death at the District at the Summit apartment complex on Sunday night. Police say a Domino's delivery worker was beaten in the head with an object and died from blunt force trauma. His body was discovered in a breezeway in the 900 block of Summit Place around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Police are investigating his death as a homicide. The Jefferson County coroner's office identified the victim as Najeh Sulieman Masaid, 63. Birmingham police say Masaid is from another country. Officials believe the...
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Jeff Sessions out as Budget Committee Chair

    12/19/2014 6:52:10 AM PST · by xzins · 79 replies
    Red State ^ | December 18th, 2014 | streiff
    Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is out as chair of the Senate Budget Committee. **"Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is giving up his bid to become the next Budget Committee chairman — deferring to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and eliminating the only competitive chairmanship battle in the incoming GOP Senate majority. "Sessions has been the panel’s top Republican for the past four years but Enzi technically retains seniority over the Alabaman on the committee and said several weeks ago that he would challenge Sessions for the chairmanship."** This is going to portrayed as a simple matter of seniority. It isn’t. That story...
  • Mike Lee: Charles Krauthammer Does Not Have A Crystal Ball

    12/20/2014 1:53:34 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Patrick Howley
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee defended himself Tuesday against allegations that his point of order vote, which he earned in partnership with Sens. Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions, contributed to President Barack Obama being able to confirm more of his nominees through the outgoing Democratic Senate majority. “Look, I’ve got tremendous respect for Charles Krauthammer, but he does not have a crystal ball,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee said on the Laura Ingraham radio show.
  • As they say in Kentucky; "Cymru am bith".

    08/29/2002 9:51:38 AM PDT · by scouse · 63 replies · 1,787+ views
    News Wales (UK) ^ | 8/26/02 | Unknown
    Did the Welsh discover America? 26/8/2002 A team of historians and researchers announced today that Radio Carbon dating evidence, and the discovery of ancient British style artefacts and inscriptions in the American Midwest, provide the strongest indications yet" that British explorers, under the Prince Madoc ap Meurig, arrived in the country during the 6th Century and set up colonies there. Research team members have known the location of burial sites of Madoc's close relatives in Wales for some time, it emerged today; but they have decided to break their self-imposed silence in order that their research be fully known and...
  • Burglars Regret Returning to This ‘Hood After Heat-Packing Alabama Couple Spoils Their Plans

    12/18/2014 10:43:01 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 12/16/14 | Victoria Taft
    How did this Alabama family handle it when they saw the people who broke into their house and stole their Christmas presents? They drew their pistols, followed the suspected bad guys and stopped them at gunpoint until police got there. On Sunday afternoon, Chris Wyatt and other family members were able to recognize the people who’d broken into their house on that Friday from home surveillance video. The burglars were apparently back in the neighborhood trying to ruin Christmas for a few more boys and girls. Once confronted, of course, the suspects had their own story. Chris Wyatt told WBRC...
  • Cordova student hospitalized, claims he was victim of "knock out game"

    12/17/2014 4:33:11 PM PST · by SonnyBubba · 9 replies
    WBRC ^ | 12/16/2014 | Sherea Harris
    Cordova student hospitalized, claims he was victim of 'knock out game' Posted: Dec 16, 2014 10:29 PM CST Updated: Dec 17, 2014 5:31 PM CST By Sherea Harris CORDOVA, AL (WBRC) - A 15-year-old has been charged with assault after an incident at Cordova High School where a teenager claims he was a victim of the "knockout game." The victim - Matthew Cooper - is home from the hospital after suffering a broken jaw and concussion. The victim, Matthew Cooper, said he believes he was a set up by his own friend. Cooper thinks his friend thought the punch in...
  • Sessions concedes to Enzi after Budget gavel tussle

    12/17/2014 2:16:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 73 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/17/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Wednesday afternoon conceded to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) after a race to become the next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Sessions, currently the panel’s ranking member, said he reached an agreement with his “good friend” Enzi. “We have talked and I am deferring to his seniority so that he can lead the Budget Committee as its Chairman beginning in 2015,” Sessions said in a statement. “Mike graciously deferred to me two years ago after he timed out on HELP as Ranking Member, and it has been my enormous privilege to serve as the panel’s...
  • Cordova teen's jaw broken at school in "knockout game" (Alabama)

    12/16/2014 7:15:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    WVTM-TV ^ | December 16, 2014 | Meg Pace
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CORDOVA, AL - A 15-year-old is recovering from surgery after he was reportedly attacked in his high school's restroom. His parents say he is the victim of what's been called the "knockout game." We understand Cordova police are investigating the attack that happened last Thursday, but the chief has not confirmed that yet. Matthew Cooper says he was hit with a surprise sucker punch by a friend. Now, the teenager has a break and a fracture in his jaw. He can barely open his mouth but that didn't stop him from telling Alabama's 13 News what happened to him, he...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • After Viral Video, Police Officer Delivers 2 Trucks of Groceries to Grandma He Caught Stealing Eggs

    12/14/2014 9:01:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 13, 2014|11:53 am | Leonardo Blair
    A Tarrant, Alabama Police officer who became an Internet sensation after he decided not to arrest a grandmother he caught shoplifting eggs but to buy her some eggs instead, went a step further this week when he delivered two truckloads of food to her home to help her children. "The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12-years-old and staying with my grandmother," 47-year-old mother and grandmother Helen Johnson told al.com Wednesday after the food was delivered to her home. "I've been crying all day." Last Saturday, Officer William Stacy of the Tarrant Police Department was called...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • BREAKING: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions Pushing for Defund Amnesty Vote

    12/12/2014 11:19:15 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/12/2014 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON – Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Jeff Sessions are pushing for a vote to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty in the “Cromnibus” spending bill Friday night, The Daily Caller has learned. The trio of conservative senators is hoping to get the defund vote onto the Senate floor as a “point of order,” which would force a procedural vote on the issue without Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having to introduce it. The senators are pushing hard on Capitol Hill for the measure as of early Friday afternoon. If successful, the vote would take place late Friday...
  • Shotgun-wielding Avondale man saves wife after she is attacked while walking dog

    12/09/2014 10:18:35 AM PST · by boycott · 82 replies
    al.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Carol Robinson
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A woman who just finished walking her dog in Avondale this morning was attacked when a man apparently followed her home and forced his way inside. The woman wasn't injured, and was rescued when her husband awoke. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said the incident happened at 4:56 a.m. The woman was walking her dog in the 3800 block of Fifth Avenue South. When she finished and opened the door to her apartment, the assailant forced his way in behind her. He pushed her down and covered her mouth with his hand to keep her from...
  • SESSIONS ON PLUMMETING DEPORTATION FIGURES: OBAMA HAS 'DESTROYED' IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

    12/06/2014 9:04:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Caroline May
    President Obama has “destroyed” immigration enforcement in the U.S., Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) concluded Friday in reaction to the release of new Department of Homeland Security data. DHS data obtained by The Los Angeles Times reveal that last year’s total deportations represented the lowest of Obama’s presidency, despite a surge of illegal immigration at the border. The decrease in deportations included a 23 percent decline in interior removals since last year and represented fewer than half the interior deportations since 2011, when then-ICE Director John Morton issued the infamous Morton Memos placing restrictions on immigration enforcement. According to Sessions, the...
  • In Top 10 States With Most Abortions, 60% of Babies Killed Were Black or Hispanic

    12/05/2014 2:32:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | 12/5/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    As LifeNews previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its national abortion report last month and the new statistics show the number of abortions in the United States have declined to a historic low. However, unfortunately, a new analysis reveals that out of the ten states where the most abortions occurred, 60.48% of the babies killed were African American and Hispanic. blackbaby6According to the Census Bureau, Blacks and Hispanics comprise only 13.2% and 17.1% of the population respectively; however they get 37.3% and 22% of all abortions. Additionally, while it definitely isn’t news that Planned Parenthood targets minority...
  • Sessions: House GOP Is On the Verge Of Breaking 2014 Campaign Promises

    12/02/2014 3:19:45 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, as evidenced by the legislative text currently being circulated. Sessions said that the proposed language “fails to meet [the] test” established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama’s executive orders. “The executive amnesty language is substantially weaker than the language the House adopted this summer, and does not reject the central tenets of the President’s plan: work permits, Social Security and...
  • ...A Armed Robber's Family Is Angry After He Is Shot Robbing A Dollar Store! (Video) [Nov '13]

    12/01/2014 12:59:44 PM PST · by beaversmom · 33 replies
    News Video via You Tube ^ | November 26, 2013 | Ratchet newz
    The family of a suspected thief is lashing out after their son was shot during an armed robbery. Relatives of Adric White, 18, believe the Good Samaritan who opened fire should have "just left the store." The Good Samaritan told FOX10 News he was shopping at the Family Dollar on Stanton road when he noticed a masked gunman leading one of the employees to the front of the store. "He had the gun to his head. He had him on his knees," said the man. "I drew my gun on him and I said 'Hey don't move.' At that point...
  • Family Of Adric White, Robbery Suspect, Outraged At Good Samaritan Who Shot Him (Year old story)

    11/29/2014 6:43:20 PM PST · by South40 · 70 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 11/22/2013 | Sebastian Murdock
    The family members of a robbery suspect that held a store employee at gunpoint in Alabama are lashing out at the Good Samaritan who shot him and stopped the robbery. Adric White, 18, was shot five times after he allegedly tried to hold up a Family Dollar store in Mobile on Nov. 12. FOX10 spoke exclusively to both the unnamed Good Samaritan and the family members of White. They're livid that their son was shot while pointing a gun in someone's face. “If [the customer's] life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him,...
  • CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November Porker of the Month

    11/28/2014 8:09:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Citizens Against Government Waste ^ | November 2014 | Citizens Against Government Waste
    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) its November Porker of the Month for his second unsuccessful attempt to convince his fellow Republican lawmakers that it would be a good idea to restore earmarks. During a closed-door meeting on November 14, 2014, by a vote of 145-67, House Republicans rebuffed Rep. Roger’s effort to earmark projects for “state, locality, public utility or other public entities.” Rep. Rogers was also named CAGW’s Porker of the Month in April 2012, after his first failed attempt to end the earmark ban on March 30, 2012. Rep....
  • Keep Sessions as Budget Chairman

    11/24/2014 2:19:11 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-24-2014 | The Editors
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE NOVEMBER 24, 2014 4:00 AM Keep Sessions as Budget Chairman By The Editors One of the best advocates Republicans and conservatives have had on Capitol Hill for years has been Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, now the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. It’s unfortunate that there’s a chance he will not become chairman of the Budget Committee next year. Sessions might get bumped from the chairmanship by Senator Mike Enzi. The two entered the Senate the same year, 1997, but Enzi technically holds seniority over Sessions with regard to committees, having gotten the upper hand...
  • Immigrants, activists in Birmingham praise Obama immigration plan, but say it's not enough

    11/22/2014 6:50:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    al.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jon Reed
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- President Obama's executive action Thursday to change immigration policy opens up legal status to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Natividad Gonzalez said her family is one of those, for now, from fear of deportation. Gonzalez, an immigrant from Mexico, is one of nearly a dozen people who gathered at Kelly Ingram Park in downtown Birmingham Friday at a rally organized by the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. She said the new policy will give her some peace of mind. "I don't want my daughters to endure the suffering, the pain and...
  • Alabama politicians react to President Obama's immigration action

    11/20/2014 6:30:54 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    abc3340.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Ben Culpepper
    U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican “It is time to stand strong for the American people. It is time to champion the interests of those constantly neglected on the question of immigration: the men and women and children we represent—the citizens of this country to whom we owe our ultimate allegiance. Every American must ask their Senator where they stand.” U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, Republican “President Obama's plan to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of individuals who have broken our nation's immigration laws is unconstitutional and must not be tolerated. If the President truly believed that this approach was in the...
  • Jeff Sessions dares Obama to veto bill blocking funding for amnesty

    11/13/2014 5:49:22 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/12/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday night said there is growing support in the Senate to deny President Barack Obama the funding he needs to executive his immigration plans, and said Obama’s veto of that legislation would not be supported by the American people. Sessions said on the Mark Levin Show that Republicans will be looking to pass a government funding bill that prevents Obama from using any money to implement an amnesty program for millions of illegal immigrants. Sessions admitted that passage of this language might have to wait until next year, when Republicans take over the Senate.
  • Alabamian’s anti-veterans rant lands him in serious hot water

    11/13/2014 2:29:11 AM PST · by GailA · 71 replies
    Yellowhammernews ^ | 11/12/14 | NA
    It looks like what we have here is a classic case of when “keeping it real” goes wrong. On Veterans Day, while most Americans were thanking members of the U.S. armed forces for their service and enjoying their community’s holiday festivities, Michael Schuette of Anniston, Alabama took to Facebook to explain that veterans are not American heroes. In fact, he believes they “kill for profit,” “terrorize” other countries, have “never sacrificed for this country” and do “nothing for the American citizens.”
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • GOP dominates in Alabama Legislature

    11/05/2014 5:53:47 AM PST · by alancarp · 8 replies
    FOX10TV.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans strengthened their grip on the Alabama Statehouse in a Tuesday election sweep that saw House Speaker Mike Hubbard win re-election despite his indictment on felony ethics charges. The GOP built upon the existing supermajority won in 2010 and increased their numbers in both chambers. Republicans will hold nearly 70 percent of the seats, a formidable number that will allow them to cut off filibusters and push through legislation if they stick together as a caucus. ...[snip]... Republican defeated several Democratic incumbents in the 105-member House of Representatives to boost their numbers from 66 to 72...
  • MSNBC: ‘Old White People’ in the South Who Vote Republican Are ‘Going to Die Someday’

    11/04/2014 7:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 4, 2014 | David Rutz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Liberal MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams said the “old white people” in the South who vote Republican are “going to die someday” and hopefully usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the region. Host Krystal Ball, a former failed Democratic congressional candidate, asked Williams whether white Southerners should just be written off by the party, but Williams said never, saying that since they are “for people” and Republicans aren’t, they would eventually win the day. “Mitt Romney only won South Carolina with 53 [percent], John McCain with 52,” he said. “That’s a changing South. Those old white people? They’re...
  • Huntsville, AL Schools Pay Ex-FBI Officer to Spy On Kids Online Activity

    Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to oversee security improvements, including the investigation of social media activity of public school students. That online snooping effort, according to records provided on Thursday, led to the expulsion of just 14 students last school year. Of those students, 12 were African-American. Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison said the numbers suggest the system is targeting social media activities of black children. "That is effectively targeting or profiling black children in terms of behavior and behavioral issues," said Harrison. But board member Laurie McCaulley, the only African-American member of the...
  • Beshear Says GOP Control of House Would Set Kentucky Back to "19th Century"

    11/02/2014 10:35:40 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    WFPL News ^ | 10/31/2014 | Kevin Willis
    Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky risks running off the “progressive path” it’s on if voters give the GOP a majority of state House seats. Beshear made the comments in Barren County Thursday. Democrats currently hold a 54-to-46 advantage in the chamber, but Republicans have made a major push to win control of the House for the first time in more than 90 years. To help Democratic incumbents, Beshear has been on the road this week, announcing funding for infrastructure projects in districts where these members are facing competitive challenges by Republican candidates. Beshear said if the GOP does gain control...
  • Jeff Sessions: Obama's Impending Amnesty Burdens Americans, Benefits Billionaires

    10/31/2014 7:21:29 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Kassandra Smith
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sounded the alarm today for those concerned about our borders: Obama is helping open borders billionaires while planning “to deny millions of Americans their shot at entering the middle class and a better life.” Sessions posted a statement today in response to the Wall Street Journal’s October 29 report entitled, “Obama May Cut Deportations.” The report revealed that President Obama is likely to announce an executive order that grants amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants as soon as one week after...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit from man who says circumcision went wrong

    10/23/2014 8:53:09 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    CTV News ^ | 10/23/2014 | AP
    A judge in Alabama issued an order Wednesday throwing out the lawsuit filed by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife against a hospital and doctors he says injured him. . . . Banks says he awoke from what should have been a routine circumcision to realize his penis was gone. The hospital and doctors deny any wrongdoing.
  • Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury

    10/20/2014 2:41:12 PM PDT · by sunmars · 73 replies
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value. Hubbard, 52, who led a historic Republican takeover of the state Legislature during the 2010 election, was charged after an investigation in his home county that has lasted more than a year. The charges against Hubbard include 23 class B felonies. Those charges include: Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the...
  • What's in that lunch? Students in Huntsville, Madison still leery of healthier school meals

    10/19/2014 6:09:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Crystal Bonvillian
    Four years into the new, healthier federal guidelines for school lunches, there are mixed feelings about the program. With mandates that they use no salt, butter or margarine, and that they offer the children no fried foods, that task can be difficult. Even the students' milk has limits: 1 percent milk if plain; flavored milk must be fat-free. "We can offer dessert, but you end up where you can't offer it because then you can't meet the calorie limit," Vaughn said. "Basically, school food is now hospital food," Vaughn said. Vaughn said he would like to see flexibility in the...
  • MFR: Possible Ebola Case in Mobile County

    10/14/2014 5:48:10 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 10 replies
    Wala ^ | 10/14/2014 | Cassandra McAboy
    MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Fire-Rescue is taking a woman to USA Medical Center. She earlier came to the Mobile County Health Department, showing some symptoms associated with Ebola. The woman said she has family members who had been to Africa.
  • Possible Ebola case in Mobile County (Alabama)

    10/14/2014 5:12:27 PM PDT · by boycott · 51 replies
    Fox 10 TV ^ | October 14, 2014 | Cassandra McAboy
    MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Fire-Rescue is taking a woman to USA Medical Center. She earlier came to the Mobile County Health Department, showing some symptoms associated with Ebola. The woman said she has family members who had been to Africa.
  • Sharpton friend and gambling company owe $72M in taxes: authorities

    10/13/2014 5:38:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    ny post ^ | October 13, 2014 | Carl Campanile
    An associate of the Rev. Al Sharpton who is trying to open a glitzy upstate casino is an accused tax deadbeat — joining another pal of the preacher and the rev’s own National Action Network as targets of tax collectors. Alabama authorities claim that Greenetrack and its CEO, Luther Winn, Jr., owe $72 million in sales taxes and interest from electronic bingo game revenue in its betting facilities in that state. Winn, who serves on the network’s board, is the lead partner in the bid to open a massive 140-acre Grand Hudson casino resort near Stewart Airport in Orange County....
  • Army Fleet Support lays off workers ( Fort Rucker, Alabama )

    10/12/2014 5:20:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Dothan Eagle ^ | Oct 10, 2014
    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced the layoffs on its Facebook page Thursday night. The initial number reported by the union was 58. ... L-3 Army Fleet Support is reducing its workforce in order to address recent decreases in our customer’s flying-hour program and projected requirements ... Workers at Army Fleet Support went on strike briefly near the end of April... AFS announced layoffs of 50 workers in April of 2013 and 70 workers in August of 2013.
  • 5-Year-Old Shooting a Crayon 'Gun' Forced to Sign No-Kill Contract

    10/12/2014 11:55:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 10-11-2014 | Trey Sanchez
    An elementary school in Mobile, Alabama forced a 5-year-old student to sign a "safety contract" promising not to kill herself or anyone else because the girl allegedly pointed a crayon at another student and said, "pew pew." The girl's mother was summoned to E.R. Dickson Elementary school and told that her daughter had drawn something that resembled a gun and pretended to shoot with the crayon. The mother told Local 15 News that while she waited in the lobby and without her consent, the school gave her daughter a questionnaire evaluating her for depression and suicidal thoughts, and finally forced...
  • Gay Rights Advocates, Dealt a Supreme Court Victory, Focus on Tough Terrain

    10/07/2014 9:23:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | 10/7/14 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    FLORENCE, Ala. — There are countless churches but not much openly gay life in this city by the banks of the Tennessee River. So when Benjamin Newbern, a onetime field organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union, convened gay residents and those he calls “straight allies” for dinner one recent evening, it was a radical act.....
  • Here’s how Alabama’s senators became major players in the GOP’s efforts to retake the senate

    09/25/2014 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    All eyes are on the 35 U.S. Senate seats up for grabs this year. Republicans need to pick up 6 seats to regain the majority and the election map is tilted in their favor. 21 of the 35 seats in play are currently held by Democrats; 7 of the seats held by Democrats are in states that Romney won in 2012; and history shows that the minority Party normally gains 6 or more seats in a midterm election of a president’s second term. (SNIP) Sen. Shelby is a fundraising juggernaut. For decades he has been one of the top fundraisers...
  • Alabama toddler drowned in church's baptismal water: coroner

    09/22/2014 7:22:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 89 replies
    AP ^ | 9/22/2014
    A toddler found submerged in a tank of baptismal water in an Alabama church died of accidental drowning, the local coroner said on Monday. Brayden King, who was two months shy of his second birthday, was under the supervision of a sister in her early teens when he fell into the tank on Friday at the Pentecostal House of Prayer in Decatur, about 75 miles north of Birmingham, said Morgan County Coroner Jeffrey Chunn. The toddler was found in 33 inches of water and declared dead after unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him, Chunn said.
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Missouri, Alabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

    09/17/2014 9:06:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | Victor Skinner
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. And many, like Missouri’s Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands. Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012. At Notre Dame, school officials turned to...
  • Five children aged two to eight found dead in Alabama

    09/10/2014 4:44:27 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/9/2014
    The bodies of five children aged between 2 and 8 were found stuffed into garbage bags on Tuesday near a logging road in Alabama after their father confessed to killing them and led police to the scene, authorities said. Timothy Ray Jones, the father of the children, did not reveal a motive for the killings, which he confessed to authorities in Mississippi, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said.
  • A bullet in his head and a Bible in his pocket, man slain in Birmingham park always served the Lord

    09/01/2014 5:59:55 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 23 replies
    The Birmingham News/AL.com ^ | 9/1/14 | Carol Robertson
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The mother of a man gunned down Friday night during a botched robbery in a Birmingham park said she's thankful to have had her only child for as long as she did, and knows he is now in a better place. "He made me happy,'' 88-year-old Cellie Watson told Al.com today. "I was hurt when I found out, but the Lord knows best." McDaniel "Mac" Watson Jr., 50, was walking with his wife of 13 years in George Ward Park off Green Springs Highway about 10 p.m. Friday when a man approached the couple and demanded Watson's...
  • Letter: Re-enactment could be educational (Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin deaths)

    09/01/2014 9:18:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 1, 2014 | John C. Stevens
    I am having trouble understanding the error the teacher in Selma, Ala., made that was serious enough to warrant suspension without pay (“Sixth-graders re-enact Missouri shooting; teacher suspended,” Reuters article, Aug. 23 Dispatch). It sounds like a good idea to give an assignment requiring students to act out a current event. If the students themselves chose the Ferguson, Mo., shooting and the Trayvon Martin incident, perhaps they gained a deeper understanding of racism, crime and other societal problems. It would be a great exercise in communication, teamwork and addressing emotionally charged issues. The principal at the school was quoted as...
  • 17 Alabama gun owners tell us "Why I Carry"

    08/29/2014 7:29:30 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 49 replies
    The Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | 8/29/14 | Joe Songer
    Reporter: "I wanted to find out why many Alabamians make the important decision to carry a concealed weapon. Over three three weeks, I logged 1,400 miles traveling from Empire to New Market, from Mobile to Dothan, from Oxford to Heflin. In the end, 17 Alabamians posed for portraits and told me why."Lakeisha Kennan-Turner, 33, is a housewife from Birmingham. She has had her concealed carry permit for two years. Kennan-Turner carries a Taurus .38 Ultralight revolver. (Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com) Lakeisha Kennan-Turner, 33, is a housewife from Birmingham and a mother of five. Her motivation is close to home. "I conceal carry...
  • Rep. Mike Rogers touts conservative policies in visit to Opelika

    08/27/2014 1:20:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    oanow.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Patrick Johnston
    Many Americans grumble about what is often described as a “do nothing Congress.” Rep. Mike Rogers, who represents Lee County and much of east Alabama in Washington, counters that Americans actually chose a divided Congress in the 2010 midterm elections. That’s when Republicans won control of the House, breaking Democratic control in the House, Senate and presidency. For now, Rogers said many Americans would rather have a divided Congress that does little instead of a Democratic-controlled Congress that enacts liberal policies. “I believe it’s because (voters) want to put the brakes on,” Rogers said Tuesday afternoon during a town hall...
  • States where you can get a ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ license plate

    08/25/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies
    An Alabama group is working to get an official state license plate featuring the Gadsden flag, the yellow Revolutionary War-era flag with a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me” that has become popular with Tea Party groups. The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based religious liberty group that has taken on cases dealing with abortion, marriage, and public prayer, is working to get 1,000 pre-orders, the threshold that must be reached before the Alabama Revenue Department will manufacture plates, according to the Associated Press. Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia now offer license plates featuring the...
  • UPDATED: Teacher suspended after lesson on shooting [Ferguson]

    08/21/2014 6:56:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Selma (AL) Times Journal ^ | 8/20/2014 | Sarah Robinson
    A sixth grade Brantley Elementary teacher was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a Facebook post revealed the teacher allegedly instructed the students Tuesday to reenact a Ferguson, Mo. shooting known nationwide.Jessica Baughn, the mother of Brantley sixth grade student Jimmy Griffin, posted a complaint Tuesday on the Sound Off Selma Facebook page. In the post, Guaghn expressed her shock after learning a teacher had told the class to reenact the shooting in which an unarmed Mike Brown was shot by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.Students were reportedly asked to research the shooting online, finding out such details...