Alabama

3:23pm

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Homebrewing: Soon To Be Legal In All 50 States

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 6:13 pm

Home brewing will become legal in all 50 U.S. states, if Alabama's governor signs a recently passed bill. In March, Mississippi approved a bill that will take effect this summer.
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The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had been forbidden in the state. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as is expected, home brewing will soon be legal in all 50 states.

Alabama lawmakers voted on the bill to legalize home brewing months after it was first introduced. And while it met with earlier debate and resistance, the arrival of the legislation — House Bill 9 — for a vote Tuesday night seems to have come to its supporters as a pleasant surprise.

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11:28am

Wed May 8, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: From Kicking A Football To Kicking Meth

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am

Frankie Lewchuk had been a high school football star whose picture was in his hometown newspaper every week. Now, after struggling with a crystal meth addiction, he is trying to repair his life.
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Name: Frankie Lewchuk

Hometown: Mentone, Ala.

Current city: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Occupation: Car stereo installer

Then:

"I used to be a wimp in school. ... Since I started playing football in 9th and 10th grade, all I did was get a haircut, start wearing decent clothes and play sports. Now I'm a popular person... and I want to keep it going that way."

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10:18am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Justices Let Stand Block On Alabama's Tough Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 2:57 pm

People lined up to enter the U.S. Supreme Court building last week.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a lower court ruling that effectively bars Alabama from enforcing an anti-immigration law that was considered one of the toughest in the nation.

In an 8-to-1 vote, the justices let stand the lower court decision that prevents the state from enforcing the 2011 law. Justice Antonin Scalia was the sole dissenter, and did so without comment.

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8:23am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Fire Out After Fuel Barge Explodes In Alabama

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:09 am

A huge fire triggered by explosions aboard two fuel barges moored in Mobile, Ala., has been put out, but three people have been left with critical burns, The Associated Press reports. The blaze forced the evacuation of a nearby cruise ship.

Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said in a statement that the cause of the fires, which broke out Wednesday night on the east side of the Mobile River, had not been determined.

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9:48am

Fri April 12, 2013
Music Interviews

Dale Watson: A Honky-Tonk Man With An Outlaw Spirit

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 9:34 pm

Dale Watson (second from left) and His Lonestars. Their new album is titled El Rancho Azul.
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Honky-tonk veteran Dale Watson has an impressive white pompadour and arms that tell his story: flag tattoos of Alabama, where he was born, and Texas, where he lives. Musical notes circle his biceps. And he has an inked portrait of his first musical inspiration — his late father, a truck driver and sometime country singer who passed on to Dale his love of traditional country, from Hank Williams to Lefty Frizzell.

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