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The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun a scheduled outage at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama to prepare it to generate additional electricity.

The utility recently issued a news release saying it will install 332 new nuclear fuel assemblies and perform a final round of modifications. Browns Ferry Unit 1 will be the second of three Browns Ferry units to generate an additional 155 megawatts of electricity.

Unit 3 began operating at the new power rating in July. Final modifications will be installed on Unit 2 next spring.

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…

Sheriff's deputies in one of Alabama's largest counties are now armed with body cameras.

Jefferson County deputies are now officially wearing the equipment after nearly a year of testing and evaluating the technology.

Supporters say recording encounters between citizens and officers reduces police violence and protects officers by providing objective video evidence.

Skeptics argue body cameras create privacy concerns for both officers and citizens.

President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster aid relief for four Alabama counties affected by Hurricane Michael.

The emergency disaster declaration covers Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties, which are near the Florida panhandle where the hurricane made landfall last week.

Gov. Kay Ivey recently issued a news release saying Saturday's declaration means the counties will get funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program to help local governments cover costs associated with preparing for and responding to Michael.

Work is set to begin soon on a "mega sports complex" in northeast Alabama. The Gadsden Times reports work to clear the land for construction on the one hundred and thirty nine acre site is set to begin this month. Supporters want the facility to have up to fourteen soccer fields to accommodate the nine hundred soccer players in Etowah County's two soccer leagues. The fields also can reportedly serve as playing grounds for other sports, and softball and baseball.

Stranded people - stranded animals - all need help after a disaster like either of the two hurricanes that have caused such catastrophic damage in Florida and the Carolinas.  

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The U.S. Senate has confirmed a man from north Alabama to serve on the federal bench in the state.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said Thursday the Senate had confirmed Liles Burke of Arab to serve as a federal judge for the northern district of Alabama.

Burke is currently an associate judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He has authored decisions by that court in more than 1,200 cases.

He was nominated by President Trump in September 2017.

Before his service on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, he was a District Judge in Marshall County.

Industry insiders, students, and many others will be gathering in Tuscaloosa today to talk insurance.

Today is I-Day, or Insurance Day, at the Bryant Conference Center at the University of Alabama. The event has been going on for 35 years and offers insurance professionals the chance to learn from leaders in their field.

This year’s theme is Insurance Evolution: Resilience in a Tech-Disrupted World.

A search and rescue team from Tennessee has been deployed to Alabama ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Michael.

The Memphis Fire Department says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked Tennessee Task Force Type 3 to report to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

The department says a team of 80 firefighters, doctors, engineers and dog handlers departed Tennessee yesterday.

The task force will be responsible for wide-area and swift water search and rescue efforts.

A nonprofit organization in Alabama has some tough news about kids in Alabama.

VOICES for Alabama’s Children has released its annual Kids Count Data Book, aimed at helping lawmakers and advocates understand the issues facing Alabama’s kids. The report says child poverty is on the rise, with 26.5% of Alabama’s children now living in poverty.

Infant mortality in the state is also high, at 9.1 per 1,000 live births compared to the national average of 5.6 per 1000 live births.

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