BC-AL–Alabama News Coverage Advisory, AL

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news covering is shaping up today in Alabama. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Alabama/Georgia News Editor Jim Van Anglen at 404-522-8971 or jvananglen@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

NOTE: The release of Alabama’s September unemployment figure, originally set for Friday, has been delayed due to the partial government shutdown. A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Labor says a new release date has not been set.

UPCOMING TODAY:

TUSCALOOSA ELECTION-GREEKS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A judge in Tuscaloosa is holding a hearing on Wednesday that could overturn a local school board election because of the involvement of fraternity and sorority members at the University of Alabama. By Jay Reeves.

STATE FORESTER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Forestry Commission is looking for a new state forester after the first woman to hold the job submitted her resignation. By Phillip Rawls.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

SELF-DEFENSE COURSE

OPELIKA, Ala. — Investigator Kevin Durick and Cpl. Steven Mills of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office donned thick, red padding from head to toe. The two men stretched and layered on pads, steeling themselves for some big hits. “You catch a good blow,” Mills said. “That’s part of the game.” Durick agreed, wrapping Velcro and pads around his elbows. “It’s hard,” he said. “It takes a lot out of you.” By Sara Falligant. The Opelika-Auburn News. AP Member Exchange. SENT: 850 words, photos pursuing.

HYUNDAI LAND DISPUTE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A jury on Tuesday ruled that the Montgomery Industrial Development Board owes some landowners nearly $5 million for property now used by Montgomery’s Hyundai plant. By Brad Harper. Montgomery Advertiser. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 450 words.

Also:

—MISSING WORKER— Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who hasn’t been seen since he left for work assignment in Alabama.

—SUBURBAN BIRMINGHAM COYOTES— Police in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover say they’ve received several reports of coyotes in several neighborhoods.

—HEALTH OVERHAUL-ALABAMA— A new national report says 270,000 Alabamians are eligible for tax credits under the new federal health care law if they purchase coverage through the new health insurance marketplace. SENT: 130 words.

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If you have stories or regional or statewide interest, please email them to apalabama@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Alabama and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics, such as education, politics and business.

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