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The businessman trying to buy a mothballed nuclear power plant from Tennessee Valley Authority has been given an extension to complete the $111 million purchase.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Franklin Haney signed an agreement on Nov. 14, 2016, that gave the former real estate developer two years to complete the purchase of the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in north Alabama.

TVA has now extended the deadline to Nov. 30.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was on hand in Mobile, Alabama, to christen a U.S. Navy ship.  

Al.com repoertsthat the USNS Puerto Rico was christened Saturday at the Austal USA shipyard, where it was built. Sotomayor broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow, a Navy tradition.

The Puerto Rico was the 11th of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport ships to be built by Austal under a $1.9 billion contract.

Alabama's growing population means state driver licenses will get an additional digit.  

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says it's adding an eighth digit to all new driver licenses issued by the state beginning Dec. 1.

The department says people who hold the roughly 5.9 million valid licenses already issued by the state won't be affected by the change. Their seven-digit licenses will remain valid.

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Some people may have a negative attitude toward animal shelters, but for homeless dogs and cats a shelter may be their only refuge from hunger, fear and unforgiving elements.  If you have the chance, say "thank you" to a shelter worker for caring about these often forgotten animals.

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Protesters across Alabama marched in support of special counsel Robert Mueller. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on marches in Tuscaloosa as well as in Birmingham, Florence, Fairhope, Huntsville, and Montgomery.

Alabama's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to deter opioid abuse.

AL.com reports Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama announced earlier this week that it will stop covering the standard formulation of OxyContin and its generic variation, oxycodone ER, on January 1, 2019. The changes are part of the insurer's opioid management strategy for commercial members.

Republican Kay Ivey won a full term as Alabama Governor over Democrat Walt Maddox. The state’s second female head of state ran a campaign that emphasized the state's recovering economy and restoring trust to state government. Ivey’s victory dashes Democrats' hopes of making gains in the deeply red state. Republicans swept all statewide offices and contested congressional seats and unofficial returns showed Ivey capturing almost sixty percent of the vote in the gubernatorial contest. Ivey had been lieutenant governor, became governor nineteen months ago when then-Gov.

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Alabamians head to the polls tomorrow for the midterm elections, but political observers will likely tell you that many of the races were really decided back in June, during the party primaries.

Alabama is one of the reddest states in the country – Republicans currently hold every statewide elected position and have supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature. But what does party affiliation and identity really mean in Alabama – and how does the party structure work? APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more.

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Alabama has a long and complicated history with the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament of the Bible. This election day, voters will decide if that relationship will continue as is. 

           When actor Charleton Heston delivered the Ten Commandments in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille movie classic, his Moses didn’t seem interested in politics. Two thousand years later, here in Alabama, things are different…

APR's Pat Duggins

Alabama voters head to the polls in less than three weeks. They’ll pick a governor, members of the cabinet, and a lot of state house and senate seats. One thing that may stick out on the ballot is that many of the candidates are women. Glamour Magazine published an article on the eighteen African-American Alabama women running in the midterms. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on the campaigns of another twenty three female candidates in Alabama which are being fueled by a statewide initiative…

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