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Alabama city studies gun ban at water park

Aug. 18, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city is trying to figure out how to ban guns from a water park were two people were shot. The Decatur Daily reports that officials say they need a change in state law before banning visitors from bringing guns into Decatur's Point Mallard water park. But a state lawmaker...

Auditions for "American Idol" being held Tuesday in Alabama

Aug. 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — "American Idol" producers say auditions will be taking place in Mobile at the GulfQuest maritime museum. Auditions will be Tuesday for the show's 18th season, which will air on ABC. People planning to audition can register in person on Tuesday, or in advance via...

Deadline passes for new Democratic Party elections

Aug. 18, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A deadline has passed for the Alabama Democratic Party to elect new leaders. National party officials had given the state party until Aug. 17 to hold new elections for chairman and vice chairman and to adopt new bylaws and encourage participation by more minorities. The directive...

Company says it can safely mine near Georgia wildlife refuge

Aug. 18, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Ga. (AP) — The president of an Alabama company says he's confident that his firm can mine land just east of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge without polluting the water or soil, despite concerns expressed by a federal agency. Twin Pines Minerals President Steve Ingle made the comments at...

Company marks local fame with historic green benches

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Simply mention the name Buettner Brothers around these parts, and the iconic Cullman business with some of the community's deepest roots needs no further introduction. However, you'll likely get a comment about the historic green benches still be found near and far. Buettner Brothers...

Old Harmon School remains treasured remnant of an era

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Tucked away in the old "timber country" of Pansey past thousands of acres of farmlands, pastures, hayfields, and woodlands are the remnants of a beloved historical red-brick schoolhouse. Harmon School was built in 1936 in an unincorporated territory in the middle of the Wiregrass'...

Alabama crayfish clings to survival amid weaker protections

Aug. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The slenderclaw crayfish is barely surviving in northern Alabama. The tiny animal is now known to survive in just two creeks near Sand Mountain, where they burrow under rocks in shallow, slow-moving waters, Al.com reported. The animal lost most of its original habitat when the...

New program introducing diving in Africatown community

Aug. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — There's a new recreational program for young people in coastal Alabama who live in a community formed by freed slaves after the Civil War. Organizers say the Africatown Swim-to-Scuba Diving Program launches Saturday at a YMCA in Mobile. One goal is to introduce diving to young residents...

Matching pets with owners designed to 'clear the shelters'

Aug. 17, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Humane societies in Alabama and Georgia are among many participating in this weekend's "Clear the Shelters" events. The events are aimed at finding owners for the animals. In eastern Alabama, the Lee County Humane Society is participating in Saturday's event for the first time. It will...

Analysis: Toughest schedule? So. Carolina can make the claim

Aug. 17, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

South Carolina has the type of brutal schedule that could help the Gamecocks be a better team that winds up with a worse record than last year. The Gamecocks host both of the participants in last year's College Football Playoff championship game: Clemson and Alabama. They also travel to Georgia, the runner-up in...