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Rep. Accuses Judges Of Blocking DUI Law, Risking Lives

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Republican Representative Allen Farley, currently serving his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives, is sounding the alarm bell about repeat DUI offenders. On Memorial Day he spoke out against state judges who refuse to implement a newly passed state law cracking down on drunk driving. The state representative sponsored the Ignition Interlock Bill, which became the law of the land in Alabama as of July 2014. “For those readers not familiar with ignition interlock, it is basically a breathalyzer installed on the vehicle of a convicted DUI offender,” Farley wrote in an editorial. “If the user blows above a 0.02 blood alcohol content, the car won’t start. The new law we passed was a change to existing law, allowing offenders of different degrees to have an ignition interlock device instead of losing their license.” The National Highway...

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Alabama Company to Install Solar Powered Charging Stations in Public Areas

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A local Alabama solar power company is planning on building public charging stations powered by solar energy over the next several years. The Birmingham Business Journal reports that Sun Charge Systems, in Blount County, will build these stations in public areas where conventional electrical outlets are scarce or nonexistent. The company, an offshoot of Hornsby Steel, is currently building a charging station in Palisades Park. The $1 million investment is set to create 15 new jobs as it builds several charging stations throughout the county and beyond. Using solar panels, Sun Charge Systems will convert sunlight into electricity to be used by USB and 12-volt car chargers (among other outlet types). These power stations will be built in areas traditionally void of electrical outlets, especially for devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops. David Hornsby, the founder of Sun...

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University of Alabama in Huntsville Students’ Computer Cooling System Could Save Americans Billions

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A stunning 97% of the 60 billion emails sent each day are spam, but avoiding viruses and malware is far from the only thing that operators of large-scale computer processors need to worry about. That’s because data centers can often consume as much energy as a small town. On average, the amount of energy it takes to keep a data center within an optimal temperature range costs operators more than the actual data center equipment itself. To help solve this problem, a team of researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville recently developed a computer processor cooling system that promises to save American consumers more than $6.3 billion annually in server cooling costs. According to the university’s press release, the cooling system uses convection to circulate a cooling liquid through channels installed within the computer processor, and then...

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Alabama Department of Revenue Considers Taxing Streaming Video and Music

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

In recent years, a growing number of Americans have begun shifting away from traditional sources of music and entertainment, turning instead to internet-based streaming services like Netflix and Pandora. However, a recent proposition has made many Alabamans think about putting down the remote. In April, the state Department of Revenue began considering a plan to tax digital transmissions, including “on demand” movies, television programs and streaming video and audio. Fortunately, a number of legislators have stepped in, stating their opposition to the digital streaming tax. Revenue officials say the planned tax isn’t a new idea, but rather an update to existing tax code, which dates back to the days of corner video stores. At the time, customers would pay a rental tax every time they borrowed a movie to play in their VCR. Now, with more viewers turning to...

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Alabama Eyed as Site of New Aston Martin Manufacturing Plant

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

British luxury sports car maker Aston Martin, which cites James Bond among its most-famous fans, is currently eyeing Alabama as the site of its newest U.S. manufacturing plant. According to the Yellowhammer, the Aston Martin factory would likely produce its new DBX crossover utility vehicle (CUV), a cross between a sedan and sports utility vehicle that was announced in March of this year. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said the company is hoping to set up a foothold near industrial partner Mercedes-Benz’s plant, located in Vance. Such a location would offer convenience and cost-savings, and would allow Aston Martin to equip its newly-produced vehicles with Mercedes technology. An Alabama Aston Martin plant would also make it much easier for Aston Martin owners in the U.S. to get factory repairs; 85% of all cars need some form of repair or...

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Severe Thunderstorm Destroys Houston County, Alabama

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

When the average person imagines a devastating storm, they likely think of the Midwestern states that make up a region known as Tornado Alley. However, one of the nation’s latest natural disasters took place in a far more southern state: on Saturday, April 25, the majority of Alabama’s Houston County was damaged by a savage thunderstorm that damaged thousands of homes and left much of the area in ruins. The late April storm reportedly hit every part of Houston County, from Columbia to Dothan, with many residents calling it one of the worst events the area has seen. Some families reported hiding in their bathrooms and other areas as trees fell through their roofs, while others say they were lucky to only have their yards destroyed. The aftermath of the storm is believed to have been just as bad:...

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