Independence Day

July 4th Celebration

Jul 4, 2020
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Keeping your pet safe during July 4th celebration might mean confining it indoors, keeping it calm when the fireworks begin - and making sure it always has some form of ID, such as a microchip, or tags on the collar,  so your best friend can find its way home.

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The Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday on the roads, according to new research done at The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety.

“We found that New Year’s Eve and New Year’s, which used to be considered to be a really bad time, is really not nearly as bad as the Fourth of July,” researcher David Brown said.

He pointed to Independence Day being an isolated day off in the middle of summer as a potential reason for the results.

Steve Flowers on the 4th of July

Jul 3, 2018

Otto Whittaker wrote the following essay, "I am the Nation," in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway company magazine. The message found in Mr. Whittaker's essay is still appropriate for this Independence Day; it goes like this...

Workers in the Tuscaloosa area spent their holiday weekend dealing with a massive sewage spill that could pose a serious threat to area waterways.

Officials with the city of Northport say four pump stations were forced to close Saturday in order to perform emergency repairs on the main sewer pipeline. Those stations overflowed, leaking an unknown amount of raw sewage into three area creeks and the Black Warrior River.

Alabama has agreed to make changes at state prisons to accommodate inmates with disabilities.

A federal judge gave a preliminary approval to a lawsuit settlement agreement between inmates and the state prison system last month. The state will have 32 months from final approval to make sure disabled inmates can access education programs and other facilities.

The claims are part of a broader lawsuit over prison medical care.

A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage. APR’s Stan Ingold reports U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Judge Granade says state probate judges can't discriminate against gay couples because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage is legal everywhere. But her order doesn't affect counties that have stopped issuing all marriage licenses.

The judge had put previous decisions on hold to allow time for the justices to rule.