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Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee...

Underwater forest hampers search for missing Alabama woman

Jul. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An underwater forest with trees as tall as 60 feet (18 meters) is hampering the nearly 2-week-old search for the body of a woman who was thrown off a boat in Alabama. Many trees weren't cut down when workers created Smith Lake more than 50 years ago, The Cullman Times reported Tuesday....

The Latest: Ed Orgeron, LSU facing championship expectations

Jul. 15, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local): 5:45 p.m. LSU won 10 games last season and even more is expected this fall. Coach Ed Orgeron said Monday he knows what needs to happen if the Tigers want to make that jump. The 58-year-old said LSU must "get better at the lines of...

Sankey talks link between sports gambling, mental health

Jul. 15, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey considers the mental health of athletes an important issue to be considered when it comes to legalized betting on college sports. Sankey opened the league's media days Monday with plenty to say about sports gambling and continuing efforts...

SEC media days kicks off with Sankey in old Alabama home

Jul. 15, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference media days begins at the event's longtime home. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey kicks the four-day event off Monday with his annual media address about the state of the league and college football. Media days returns to the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama after...

Birmingham sees conflict resolution as one way to curb crime

Jul. 13, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham is giving nearly $150,000 to several community organizations with hopes that they can reduce violence by teaching conflict resolution. The effort is similar to one last year that involved 900 young people who were mentored and learned character-building through sports,...

ACC adds Boston, San Diego to bowl destinations for 2020-25

Jul. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

The Atlantic Coast Conference has agreements with 13 bowl games from Boston to San Diego for the 2020-25 seasons. The ACC announced its bowl partners for the next postseason cycle Thursday and they included a few new additions. The conference will now send a team to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and a newly...

Chlorine leak causes scare in suburban Birmingham

Jul. 10, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have asked residents to stay inside after a chlorine leak was discovered near homes and businesses in suburban Birmingham. Pelham Fire Chief Tim Honeycutt says a worker discovered a leaky container containing about 150 pounds of chlorine gas inside a water treatment station...

Alabama woman: Shot that hit pregnant woman was self-defense

Jul. 9, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 23-year-old Alabama woman says she was acting in self-defense when she fired her gun and hit another woman who was later arrested on manslaughter charges for the death of her own fetus. In an interview with AL.com, Ebony Jemison said she was "minding her own business" before a...

AIDS center at UAB getting grant for HIV research

Jul. 7, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $7.5 million grant to help in the fight against HIV. A news release says the money will go to UAB's Center for AIDS Research. It comes as a renewed grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The...