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Alabama license plate historian recounts 'Heart of Dixie' history

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Zoos and Climate Change

From The New York Times:

THE ANIMAL LIFEBOAT: Intriguing Habitats, and Careful Discussions of Climate Change

Many zoos are fearful of alienating visitors with tours or wall labels that dwell bleakly on damaged coral reefs, melting ice caps or dying trees.

http://nyti.ms/PhbrAy

NYTimes: Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)

From The New York Times:

BITS: Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)

In taking a forced break from her smartphone and social media, a writer reclaims a sense of serenity.

http://nyti.ms/U1YLMS

Alabama to receive federal grant to restore longleaf pine forests | al.com

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Alabama to receive federal grant to restore longleaf pine forests | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --- Alabama will receive an $874,327 federal grant to restore longleaf pine forests on public and private land, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday.
Once the dominant tree species from the Coastal Plain to the edges of the Appalachians, longleafs were treasured for their tough, rot-resistant timber and were nearly logged out of existence
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Birmingham Water Works Board votes to buy iPads for its members | al.com

Birmingham Water Works Board votes to buy iPads for its members | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Birmingham Water Works Board Thursday authorized spending almost $10,000 to buy up to 10 iPads for its board members and executives to help distribute materials.

The move, billed as a "green initiative" that will save paper and printing costs, will cost more than the current system for producing and hand-delivering booklets to board members. But proponents say it will make it easier to organize and search data.
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EPA wants more study before it issues construction OK for Birmingham Northern Beltline | al.com

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EPA wants more study before it issues construction OK for Birmingham Northern Beltline | al.com: The EPA made the request in a letter sent last week to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is considering an application from the Alabama Department of Transportation to begin building the first 3.4 mile segment of the beltline. The road is a planned 52-mile interstate connector that would arc from Interstate 59 in the northeast corner of Jefferson County to I-20/59 at its junction with I-459 in the southwest corner of the county.
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Volunteers sought for community cleanup of Valley Creek in Midfield, Bessemer | al.com

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Volunteers sought for community cleanup of Valley Creek in Midfield, Bessemer | al.com: MIDFIELD, Alabama -- Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson waded across Valley Creek in Midfield today carrying an algae-covered DVD player.
In the clear water at his feet, a small bass swam against the current, moving between channels carved in the limestone of the streambed. There were small pods of minnows, scattered shells of snails and mussels, and, at a wary distance, a heron prowled the shallows.

Candidate Mitt Romney blasts Obama, raises $2 million at Birmingham fundraiser | al.com

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Candidate Mitt Romney blasts Obama, raises $2 million at Birmingham fundraiser | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised more than $2 million during a brief visit to Birmingham Wednesday evening, highlighted by a speech to supporters at The Club in which he blamed Obama administration policies for leaving the country stuck in an economic mire.
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About 75 people, mostly Hispanic, protest during Mitt Romney visit to The Club in Birmingham (video) | al.com

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About 75 people, mostly Hispanic, protest during Mitt Romney visit to The Club in Birmingham (video) | al.com: HOMEWOOD, Alabama -- About 75 to 100 protesters, mostly Hispanic, chanted and held signs this evening at the entrance to The Club, a private club in Birmingham where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is holding a fundraising dinner and reception.

Birmingham's Complete Streets policy recognized in national report | al.com

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Birmingham's Complete Streets policy recognized in national report | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The City of Birmingham's policy planning streets friendly to cars, walkers and bicyclists has earned the city recognition in a a new nationwide analysis conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition.
The report looks at the national trend toward adopting transportation design and building practices aimed at accomodating all users regardess of their mode of transportation.
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Alabama lags in incentives for solar power | al.com

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Alabama lags in incentives for solar power | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Bart Slawson is one of only 27 residential customers of Alabama Power selling solar electricity back to the grid.
An environmental lawyer, Slawson had his 3 kilowatt system of solar panels installed in 2005. He didn't do it initially to save money, but because, first, he'd been fascinated by the idea since he was a kid and, second, he wanted people to be provoked into asking the same question he had: "I wondered why there is no photovoltaic presence in Alabama and it is full of sun," he

Snail thought extinct found in the Cahaba River | al.com

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Snail thought extinct found in the Cahaba River | al.com: BIBB COUNTY, Alabama -- Using the gastropod equivalent of dental records, a University of Alabama graduate student has positively identified a snail, declared extinct in 2000, as being alive in a small but thriving colony in the Cahaba River.
Researchers believe the find may be a sign that pollution reductions resulting from the Clean Water Act as well as improvements made to the river by conservationists may be paying off.
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As Newspapers Shrink, Public Officials Worry

As Newspapers Shrink, Public Officials Worry: A big concern is how the cutbacks could affect the role of newspapers as government’s watchdog. Louisiana was ranked by Governing as the most corrupt state in the country, based on the number of public corruption convictions. Alabama was ranked eighth. If two states needed more reporters and pages of newsprint, not fewer, they would be Louisiana and Alabama.

States and fishing groups push back against federal mandate to remove idle oil and gas platforms (gallery, video) | al.com

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States and fishing groups push back against federal mandate to remove idle oil and gas platforms (gallery, video) | al.com: Industry analysts say as many as 600 of the roughly 3,000 platforms remaining in the Gulf are slated for removal by 2015. A total of 265 platforms were removed in 2011, according to the Department of Interior.