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  • Tuberculosis

    Alabama governor authorizes tuberculosis response funding

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has authorized more than $200,000 in emergency funding to help public health officials continue responding to a tuberculosis outbreak in Perry County. Bentley said in a statement Friday that his office is authorizing $235,000 to help the Alabama Department of Public Health continue testing and treatment programs in Marion. Officials have said an outbreak of the airborne bacterial infection has killed three people since 2011, prompting aggressive screening efforts in Marion _ […]

  • Tire Recall

    Bridgestone-Firestone recalls over 36,000 truck tires

    DETROIT (AP) – Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail. The recall covers 22.5-inch Firestone FS561 replacement tires made from Jan. 25, 2015 to Jan. 27, 2016. The company says in documents filed with the government that the recall covers tires used on trailers. Tread separation can cause sudden loss of air pressure and increase the risk […]

  • Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper

    A timeline of crimes authorities blame on Missouri couple

      Law enforcement officers have linked Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper to a spree of abductions and robberies in Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A timeline of the crimes, from interviews with law enforcement by The Associated Press and its member news organizations and statements by local police and the U.S. Marshals Service. JAN. 22: The couple is suspected of stealing guns from a house in their hometown, the southwest Missouri city of Joplin. Joplin police Cpl. Chuck Niess […]

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    FDNY: 1 dead, 2 serious after crane collapse in Lower Manhattan

    NEW YORK (AP) — The FDNY says it’s at the scene of a crane collapse in Lower Manhattan. According to the fire department’s twitter account, one person is dead, two others are in serious condition. #FDNY on scene of crane collapse at 40 Worth St & W Bdwy in Manhattan. 1 patient confirmed DOA, 2 serious pic.twitter.com/NLGhUGgTgI — FDNY (@FDNY) February 5, 2016 #FDNY on scene of crane collapse at 40 Worth St & W Bdwy in Manhattan. 1 fatality […]

  • More than 1,000 people have been tested for tuberculosis at the Perry County Health Department. (Photo: ABC3340.com)

    2 more cases of tuberculosis diagnosed in Perry County

    MARION, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Department of Public Health officials say two more people have tested positive for tuberculosis in Perry County. Division of tuberculosis control Director Pam Barrett said in a statement Thursday that one case of the airborne bacterial infection was diagnosed in a child less than 15 years old. Officials have said an outbreak in the rural Alabama county killed three people since 2011, prompting more aggressive screening efforts in Marion. Those efforts included paying residents to […]

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    IRS resolves computer problems after outage

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns. In a statement on Thursday, the agency says it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. Eastern, a day after a “hardware failure” forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says taxpayers should see little, if any, impact on their returns or refunds. He says […]

  • Derrick Henry and President Barack Obama do the 'Heisman Pose' at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo: U.S. House of Representatives)

    Derrick Henry poses with President Obama at National Prayer Breakfast

    WASHINGTON, DC – Alabama football player and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry delivered the closing prayer at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. After the prayer, Henry, whose twitter handle is @KingHenry_2, posed for several pictures. That included several with President Obama who took a serious picture… then showed off his Heisman pose. Henry also posed with lawmakers from Alabama: .@KingHenry_2 did a fantastic job delivering the closing prayer at today's #NationalPrayerBreakfast! #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JyBUUpIfMM — Rep. Bradley Byrne […]

  • Tennessee state flag

    Tennessee lawmakers approve ‘atomic bomb of politics’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers have joined four other states in calling for a national convention on amending the U.S. Constitution that one supporter called the “atomic bomb of politics.” The resolution sponsored by Republican Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia passed on a 59-31 vote in the House on Thursday. The Senate previously voted 23-5 in favor of the measure. Butt said the convention would be limited to focusing on adding fiscal and jurisdictional restraints on the federal government […]

  • Takata airbag logo

    Honda to recall 2.2M vehicles for Takata air bag trouble

    DETROIT (AP) – Honda is recalling another 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver’s air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall is a big chunk of the 5 million additional vehicles to be repaired for Takata inflator problems that U.S. safety regulators announced last month. Honda’s recall includes older model years dating to 2005, but also has some newer vehicles from as recently as the 2015 and 2016 […]

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    IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS says it has stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the IRS says it doesn’t anticipate “major disruptions.” The agency on Wednesday experienced what it is calling a “hardware failure.” The e-file system and the “where’s my refund” service are among the affected areas. The IRS says some systems will remain out of service at least until Thursday. Taxpayers can continue […]

  • Rep. Mike Hubbard (Photo Courtesy: Glenn Baeske/The Huntsville Times 2011)

    Judge sets hearing in Hubbard misconduct claim

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge has set a hearing on indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s claim of prosecutorial misconduct in his ethics case. Circuit Judge Jacob Walker set a Feb. 10 hearing in Opelika. Hubbard on Tuesday filed a renewed motion to dismiss the charges after a political consultant said he communicated regularly about the case with prosecutor Matt Hart. Baron Coleman wrote in an affidavit that he used the information to start a “whisper campaign” during the election. […]

  • Alabama State Capitol

    Bentley proposes mix of budget cuts, education funding shift

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing a mix of budget cuts and a shift of education funds to address a shortfall in the state’s general fund. Acting Finance Director Bill Newton on Wednesday briefed reporters on the governor’s budget plan. The governor is seeking to shift $181 million in use tax funds from the education budget to the general fund. He is simultaneously seeking to tap $181 million from an education savings account so there’s no […]

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