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     Attorneys for inmates are asking a federal judge to find the Alabama prison system in contempt of a court order to boost prison mental health staffing. Lawyers wrote in a Thursday motion that the Department of Corrections is "woefully short" of required staffing levels. Attorneys for inmates wrote that a court order requires 263 full time equivalent mental-health positions. The state last month informed the court that it could not comply with the order.

Hurricane season has ended

Dec 3, 2018

   Hurricane season has come to an end. There have been no organized tropical features across the Atlantic basin since Oct.31, and there are no suspect features across the basin that might become organized tropical systems during the post-hurricane season through early December. Looking back on the 2018 hurricane season, there were 15 named tropical storms, eight of which became hurricanes. Of those eight hurricanes, two were major hurricanes. There were four landfalls of tropical storms and hurricanes on the United States this season.

Rosa Parks Day to be celebrated in Montgomery

Nov 30, 2018

   More than 60 years ago Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Tomorrow her legacy will be remembered with the first Rosa Parks Day in Alabama. Earlier this year the state legislature unanimously passed a bill to make the first day in December of each year Rosa Parks Day. It was signed by the governor in April. A day-long schedule of events is set for tomorrow in Montgomery. Alabama State University’s National Center Director Dr. Janice Franklin says ASU is holding a tribute at noon at Tullibody Hall.

Larry Watkins to be enshrined in SWAC Hall of Fame

Nov 29, 2018

   The Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame will add the name of a former Alabama State University player and coach to its annals Friday. Larry Watkins played centerfield for ASU’s baseball team in the early 70s and was a part of the first ASU team to make the NCAA playoffs. He then coached the program for more than 30 years.   Watkins won SWAC Coach of the Year in 1991 and is currently ASU’s special assistant to the athletic director. The induction ceremony is set for 6pm at the Sheraton in Birmingham on Friday.

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Nov 27, 2018

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Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year.

The Google+ social network inadvertently gave app developers access to information on some 52.5 million users — even data that users designated as private — because of a "bug" in its software, Google says. The company had already announced it was pulling the plug on the social network because of an earlier incident, and now says the shutdown will happen four months sooner.

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For December, 3 Romantic Holiday Escapes

Dec 11, 2018

'Tis the season when an escape from holiday madness may be necessary --and these three romance novels will whisk you away to fictional worlds where all the high stakes drama is resolved with true love and happily ever after.

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We have been here before - yet another game of chicken over the budget and the threat of a partial government shutdown.

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In a testy Oval Office exchange with the two top congressional Democrats, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall.

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