Hicks Di Bona
Alex AuBuchon / APR

SantaCon is coming to town!

The annual pub crawl is a fundraiser and toy drive in which dozens of people dress up as Santa Claus and head out for a night on the town. This year's event will feature stops at seven Tuscaloosa bars. Event organizers say costumes are required to participate, and those taking part are strongly encouraged to bring an unwrapped and unopened toy for a toy drive.

Alabama Democrats -- "Life After The Midterms..."

Dec 12, 2018
APR Student Reporter Jessica Rendall

The dust is still settling on the midterm election in Alabama. The winners are basking in victory and the losers are dealing with defeat. APR’s student reporter Jessica Rendall reports on what’s next for one group of candidates that came up short…

In the span of three hours at a southwest Alabama prison, one inmate was fatally stabbed and another was seriously wounded after being stabbed in a separate fight.

Eighteen inmates have been killed by other inmates since October of 2016, according to statistics and news releases from the state Department of Corrections.

A newly formed group at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama's capital city is aiming to improve the education options for military families stationed there.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the group plans to tackle a variety of topics, including: Increasing attendance at the on-base school; streamlining the application process for Montgomery's magnet schools; and providing school choice options for military families.

Exploring the possibility of charter schools in the area is part of the discussion.

Stressed Out Pets

Dec 8, 2018
toritoons (Tori Behr) [Flickr]

During the holidays, a pet owner may forget that changes in routine and activities can make your furry companion anxious and uneasy, which could leave both of you feeling, well, less than festive.   Giving your pet a little extra time and attention may help ease the stress for you and your best friend.

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Orange Bowl committee

The Orange Bowl Committee today announced that it will add former Alabama running back Shaun Alexander to the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. The presentation will be made December 28th, when the Alabama Crimson Tide faces Oklahoma in one of the two semi-final games leading to the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game in Santa Clara, California. Alexander was a standout for the Tide during the 2000 Orange Bowl against Michigan. Orange Bowl Committee member Larry Gautier was in charge of hosting Alabama and remembers the game…

whitehouse.gov

Alabamians are remembering Former President George H.W. Bush today. David Alsobrook worked for the National Archives and was the director of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas. Alsobrook, who now lives in Mobile got to know the Bush family and A-P-R’s Stan Ingold took some time to discuss with him what President Bush was like as a person…

A man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving is asking for police video of the entire incident, which ended with police shooting and killing another man.

An attorney for 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown of Bessemer made the request in a court document filed late Tuesday. It comes as protesters and relatives of the man killed by police, 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford, Jr., continue asking to see any video of the confrontation.

Grantt Culliver
ADOC

A high-ranking Alabama prison official has retired in the midst of a misconduct investigation.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says ADOC Associate Commissioner Grantt Culliver has retired after having been on leave for several months.

The department placed Culliver on leave in September pending the outcome of an investigation into misconduct allegations.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall say they are dissatisfied with the parole board's improvement plan. They are asking the board to make additional changes and provide more information.

Ivey and Marshall intervened earlier this year after prosecutors and victim advocates expressed concerns over who was being released from prison and the number of people being paroled earlier than normal.

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