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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has set a special election to fill the Alabama House seat vacated by the death this month of Republican state Rep. Ron Johnson of Sylacauga. reports Ivey set the special primary for House District 33 for Oct. 6, the primary runoff, if necessary, for Nov. 3, and the general election for Jan. 19.

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Blue Bell Creameries is recalling a batch of ice cream made at an Alabama plant over concerns it may contain pieces of plastic.

The agency made the announcement Wednesday. News outlets report about 1,700 half gallons of Butter Crunch ice cream produced at the Sylacauga, Alabama, plant on Aug. 26 may be contaminated.

Another Recall for Blue Bell in Alabama

Sep 22, 2016

Blue Bell Creameries is once again recalling certain flavors of ice cream made in Alabama and distributed across the South after discovering an ingredient from a third-party supplier was potentially contaminated with listeria.

The ice cream manufacturer issued a statement yesterday saying it's recalling half gallons and pints of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and half gallons of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step from its Sylacauga creamery. That's after intensified internal testing found the cookie dough sourced from Garner, Iowa-based Aspen Hills Inc. potentially tainted.

Blue Bell Creameries is looking to set the record straight regarding new reports of listeria in production facilities.

Multiple media outlets recently reported that Blue Bell had once again found the bacteria in its plants, as the company works to overcome a listeria outbreak that killed three people and forced the company to recall its entire product line.

Thousands of workers who had lost their retirement benefits in the wake of Walter Energy’s bankruptcy will soon be getting them back.

The Birmingham Business Journal reports that federal agency Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation will be taking over paying benefits for more than 2700 current and future retirees of Hoover-based Walter Energy.

The agency is stepping in as Walter plans to sell the majority of its assets. The company has had a hard time finding buyers, and any potential buyers say they won’t take over the pension plan.

Blue Bell is beginning a trial run of ice cream production at its Sylacauga plant after a national recall due to a series of listeria illnesses.

Alabama Health Officer Don Williamson said yesterday that Blue Bell notified his department that it will begin a trial run of production later this month. The ice cream will not be sold to consumers. Williamson says both state health officials and Blue Bell will test the product for listeria.

The U.S. Supreme Court passed a sweeping ruling Friday effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, but not everyone has been able to benefit. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on one Tuscaloosa couple’s struggle to get married.

“Hi. We’d like to request a marriage license…”

We met Jennifer Kenney and Hali Felt on Friday. The Tuscaloosa couple wanted to join the thousands of happy couples marrying after the Supreme Court’s ruling, but they were told they’d have to wait.

VA Hiring Freeze, Sylacauga WWII Burial

Jun 29, 2015

The Central Alabama Veterans Affairs hospital system has stopped hiring medical support staff in order to cope with a national $2.6 billion budget shortfall.

The hiring freeze in the Central Alabama system affects human resources personnel and customer service workers. It does not affect doctors, nurses or other health care service providers.

VA spokesman Amir Farooqi says the freeze also does not affect staffers who help veterans schedule their doctor appointments.

Blue Bell Creameries announced Thursday it will be closing all its facilities including a plant in Sylacauga, Alabama for cleaning and retraining in response to a listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream.

The company says the program comes after a thorough review of all its internal operations and discussions with expert microbiologists.