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It's still legal in Alabama: What's your view on corporal punishment? Should unruly students be paddled in school?
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Medicare dollars have been cut. Medicaid is a money loser for hospitals. The trend toward high deductibles is leaving more patients with the inability to pay their bills. These factors and more put pressure on hospitals.

Read more about why 10 Alabama hospitals have closed since 2011, and what the future may hold:
Physicians Medical Center Carraway closed Oct. 31, 2008 It's a long list with some familiar names: Chilton Medical Center, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, Hartselle Medical Center, Infirmary West.All gone. Joined by ... Florala Memorial, Elba General, Searcy, Greil Memorial Pscyhiatric,...
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What was your first job? Did you love it or hate it?
Yesterday I asked AL.com readers to share their first jobs, good and bad. Below are a sampling of the answers I got via comments, Facebook and Twitter.Which is your favorite? Commenter corblib: ;"1st job, newspaper delivery, ;second job pumped gas at a...
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Golf cart attendant at my home course.  The pay was horrid but it was the best job I ever had.....I worked 4 days a week and clocked out at 2 pm each day.THE BONUS----FREE GOLF-CART-RANGE. 
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When Sharon Beecher lost her daughter Kelly Lynn Wiseman to a car accident, she found comfort in a dream and a garden.

A year later, the Kelly Lynn Daylily - an earthly reflection of heavenly beauty using Kelly's favorite colors - is in the making.
A vision of Heaven sustained Sharon Beecher through the nightmare of her daughter's death. Now Beecher is hoping to name a new daylily, an earthly reflection of heavenly beauty, in her late daughter's honor.
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The threat warns of a "rampage" on April 16, 2014.

Classes will resume Thursday at 7:15 a.m.
Samford Hall on the campus of Auburn University. (File photo) ;AUBURN, Alabama -- Auburn University officials have cancelled classes and all other campus operations until Thursday due to a threat found on a wall of a campus building.A notice sent out...
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Stupid, I hope that they find out who would do such a ignorant thing.
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Where is your favorite outdoor place in Alabama?

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
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Alabama is getting fatter, even while many people are getting fitter.

How did your county do?
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Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education ended systemic segregation in public education, many schools are returning to their Jim Crow past.

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What has been your experience with opportunity, race and public education? Tell us in one sentence in the comments.
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Some are because Alabama has all those "academies". Where only one race attends. That was the reason for their creation... to stay segregated. There is 67 counties in Alabama. I am sure there is atleast 67 academies or more. Kinda sad really.
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The 86 trainees are much-needed additions to a department with an inmate-to-security officer ratio of about 11-to-1, compared to a national average of 5-to-1.
The first corrections class of 2014 will graduate during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center Auditorium in Selma.
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"One of the first questions we ask is 'what's your allegiance? Alabama or Auburn?'" said the homeowner.

Why? Coach Paul Bear Bryant once lived in the historic home -- and that's either a selling point or a deal-breaker, depending on who you ask.

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For just under $700,000, you too can walk the steps Bear Bryant once did.
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