News archive from 18 December 2013

Construction yet to begin on Tutwiler prison camera system

Construction yet to begin on Tutwiler prison camera system

slideshow MONTGOMERY — Construction has yet to begin on a system of security cameras for Tutwiler Prison for Women, the state facility that was rocked by sexual abuse allegations last year, but a prison official says the project is not behind...

 
Fourth candidate in running for Anniston superintendent job

Fourth candidate in running for Anniston superintendent job

slideshow An educator with experience improving academically troubled schools is the fourth candidate seeking the Anniston school system’s top job. Gregory King is known in the Detroit school system as a “turnaround principal,” his job being part of a...

 
Calhoun County Schools CFO leaving job for new role at Institute for Deaf and Blind

Calhoun County Schools CFO leaving job for new role at Institute for Deaf and Blind

slideshow Calhoun County Schools is searching for a new chief financial officer. Leslie Bollendorf, who has worked the with the school board for three years, handed in her resignation last week to accept a similar position at the Alabama Institute for...

 

EPA: Chevron violated law at California refinery

RICHMOND, Calif. -- Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA filed a formal notice...

 

Howard Pepper still running strong in his 72nd year in the tree business

Howard Pepper has been selling Christmas trees since he was nine years old, and in his 72nd year, he is still as jolly as ever. The Cullman resident has camped out his Christmas tree lot next to Bill Smith GMC in Cullman and with his 53-year-old son...

 
They believe: Children journey from Metro Airport to North Pole

They believe: Children journey from Metro Airport to North Pole

The Boeing 757 thundered down a Metro Airport runway today, soared to an ultra-high altitude reserved for supersonic travel and touched down at the North Pole — all in just about one hour. You have to believe, you see. The elves on board did. The...

 

Vote on Broward school-construction outsourcing postponed

The Broward school district's plan to privatize its school construction department has been pushed back by a month after district administrators postponed a vote scheduled for Tuesday. The key issue: Broward's teachers union has not received the...

 

Costa Luminosa now sailing from Miami

Costa Cruise Lines is back in Miami for the season. The 2,260-passenger Costa Luminosa started sailing from PortMiami on Dec. 7 for its winter Caribbean season. At a press event Tuesday at the port, Scott Knutson, North American vice president of...

 

Heico reports record quarter, year

Heico Corp., a niche technology company with headquarters in Miami and Hollywood, reported record sales and profits for the fourth quarter and fiscal year on Tuesday. Net sales increased 19 percent over last year to more than $287 million for the...

 

Eagles' pass defense to face true test vs. Bears

PHILADELPHIA -- PHILADELPHIA _ The Eagles are hoping that the way their secondary played in Sunday's loss to the Vikings was an aberration, even if they entered the game with one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. In this Sunday's visit by the...

 

Mexico rights body warns of vigilantes growth

MEXICO CITY Mexico's human rights body says the government shouldn't be allowing the formation of vigilante groups in some parts of Mexico where people have risen up to battle drug gangs. It says they could lead to more violence and undermine the rule...

 

UN: Hundreds estimated killed in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS U.N. diplomats say hundreds of people are estimated dead in violence in South Sudan. Diplomats said Tuesday they were told that local sources in the country's capital put the death toll at 400 to 500, but that figure could not be...

 
2014 Hyundai Equus: Can an upscale model overcome a middling make?

2014 Hyundai Equus: Can an upscale model overcome a middling make?

Updated for 2014, the Hyundai Equus gives luxury flagships a run for their money - and at a handsome discount - but its brand remains a mammoth obstacle to its consumer appeal. Hyundai officials point to the enormous cost of launching a separate...

 

Mexico rights body warns of vigilantes growth

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's human rights body says the government shouldn't be allowing the formation of vigilante groups in some parts of Mexico where people have risen up to battle drug gangs. It says they could lead to more violence and undermine the...

 
Skinny jeans almost ruined the U.S. dollar

Skinny jeans almost ruined the U.S. dollar

Women breathed a sigh of relief when stretchy jeans became fashionable, but some important players in paper money world weren't so happy. All U.S. money has been printed on the same kind of cotton-blend paper since the late 1800s. And Crane, a...

 

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