City allows abortion clinic to relocate
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An abortion clinic in Huntsville has won permission to relocate so it can comply with new state restrictions.
WAAY-TV reports the city zoning board approved the relocation of the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives during a meeting Tuesday night. It's the state's only abortion clinic north of Birmingham.
Abortion opponents tried to block the move but lost. They now plan to file a lawsuit.
The clinic operated in a downtown building until June. But administrators surrendered their license saying the location couldn't meet new state building requirements.
Operators plan to relocate to a building that used to be a medical clinic and can meet the provisions of the law. They still have to get a state license.
6 Tuskegee students finally home from Liberia
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Six Tuskegee University students are home after being stranded in Liberia for weeks because of the Ebola outbreak.
The school issued a statement Tuesday night saying the students arrived at the Atlanta airport. They are all healthy with no quarantine restrictions.
Most of the students went home with relatives since they missed the start of the fall semester. They're excused from classes for now.
The school says the students will be monitored for three weeks when they return to campus to make sure they're not showing signs of illness.
The six students went to Africa as part of a summer program to study abroad. Their return to the United States was delayed because of travel restrictions linked to the outbreak of the deadly disease in West Africa.
Authorities ID 2 people killed in helicopter crash
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities identified two people killed when a helicopter crashed in western Alabama as 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa; and 51-year-old Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia.
Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips said Wallace worked for a private company contracted to work with Alabama Power. WSB-TV reports that Wallace, a pilot, worked at the Atlanta station as a helicopter operator from 1997 to 2003.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that Carson was an Alabama Power employee.
Phillips said the men were conducting maintenance on a high-voltage power line when the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the chopper went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa County Chief Deputy Ron Abernathy said the crash site was in a heavily wooded area.
New book tells story of Tuscaloosa tornado
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A new book tells the story of the tornado that pummeled Tuscaloosa during the outbreak of April 27, 2011.
Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson of Birmingham has written "The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa."
The 240-page book was released Tuesday. It tells the story of the twister that killed more than 50 people in Tuscaloosa and how the University of Alabama football team tried to help the community heal.
The book also details how the twister and its aftermath helped inspire the team to repeat as national champions and win its third national championship in four years.
Dozens of twisters tore through the state during the outbreak of severe weather, killing more than 250 people in all.
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New lab being built at Dauphin Island
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - The state marine laboratory at Dauphin Island is expanding.
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has started work on a new research center for the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Network director Ruth Carmichael says Alabama has historically had a lack of resources to deal with stranded marine animals including whales, dolphins and manatees.
She says the new lab will help researchers answer questions about what causes strandings and deaths of marine mammals on the Alabama coast.
The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network began in 2011. Since then it has responded to 126 strandings to gather information about what kills marine mammals.
The new center is supposed to open mid-2015.
Bench trial in endangered frog habitat suit
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog.
An estimated 100 to 200 dusky gopher frogs live in Mississippi, with fewer than 900 more in zoos.
The Pacific Legal Foundation sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year for the Louisiana landowner. Attorney Reed Hopper calls the designation unreasonable and illegal since no frogs live there and the landowner won't make changes needed to make it suitable for the frogs.
The land was the frogs' last known breeding ground in Louisiana. It holds five temporary ponds - the sort in which gopher frogs spawn - close to each other.
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