ALABAMA - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/ALABAMA News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Florida State tops preseason coaches’ poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58247955-77/state-carolina-poll-florida.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58247955-77/state-carolina-poll-florida.html.csp">Florida State tops preseason coaches’ poll</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Staff and Wire Reports </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T23:18:01.546-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 11:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches’ poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season. Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58247955@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:18:01 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58147004-89/utah-com-season-bowl.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58147004-89/utah-com-season-bowl.html.csp">The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 1</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brennan Smith</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T10:13:49.24-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 10:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; The top two seasons are interchangeable for Utah, two great years punctuated by a breakthrough into college football’s elite. Still, 2008 is tops for one reason only: the 31-17 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama when no one outside of the 801 area code expected the Utes to shock the world. Here’s a look at the top Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment: The opening drive of the Sugar Bowl, when Utah marched down the field in a minute and 19 seconds to score. Quarterb...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58147004@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:13:49 MDT Alabama gymnastics coach steps down after 36 years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58186544-77/patterson-gymnastics-alabama-coach.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58186544-77/patterson-gymnastics-alabama-coach.html.csp">Alabama gymnastics coach steps down after 36 years</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T23:08:05.321-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 11:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tusacaloosa, Ala. • Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson is stepping down after leading the Crimson Tide to six national titles in 36 seasons. Patterson announced her decision on Tuesday, leaving a program she took over as a 22-year-old and built into a perennial contender. She has been dealing with degenerative problems in both knees for the past few years. “This is something I have tried to postpone but, through ongoing consultation with my physicians, it has become evident that surgery to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581865442014-07-15T23:08:05.321-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-15T23:08:05.321-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58186544@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:08:05 MDT Jack Daniel opens Alabama barrel-making facility http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58157284-79/daniel-jack-tennessee-whiskey.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58157284-79/daniel-jack-tennessee-whiskey.html.csp">Jack Daniel opens Alabama barrel-making facility</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERIK SCHELZIG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-07T15:14:02.885-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 03:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nashville, Tenn. • The maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey on Monday celebrated the opening of a new cooperage in Alabama to supply its distillery with the American white oak barrels that are toasted and charred to give the spirit its distinctive flavor and color. The facility located in Trinity, Ala. is about 60 miles southwest of the Jack Daniel distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. In the next few weeks, the cooperage is expected to make about 700 barrels per day out of wood from nearby stave m...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581572842014-07-07T15:14:02.885-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-07T15:14:02.885-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Authorities said Lutzenkirchen, 23, was ejected from a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe when it overturned several times near LaGrange early Sunday morning. He was a passenger in the vehicle. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn called Lutzenkirchen “a great player and competitor” and “a great teammate and friend off the field.” “This ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58129402@www.sltrib.com Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:04:19 MDT Alabama bank to pay $51M for faulty accounting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58115155-79/alabama-bank-regions-accounting.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58115155-79/alabama-bank-regions-accounting.html.csp">Alabama bank to pay $51M for faulty accounting</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-25T15:59:01.925-06:00">Updated Jun 25, 2014 03:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Regions Financial Corp. has agreed to pay $51 million in a settlement with federal and Alabama regulators over alleged faulty accounting of loans that inflated the bank’s income in financial reports. Regions, based in Birmingham, Alabama, signed the settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve and Alabama’s Department of Banking. The SEC also agreed not to pursue legal action against Regions, saying the bank had cooperated with the agency’s investigati...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581151552014-06-25T15:59:01.925-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-25T15:59:01.925-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58115155@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:59:01 MDT Ni hao, y’all: U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58103245-79/chinese-china-county-plant.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58103245-79/chinese-china-county-plant.html.csp">Ni hao, y’all: U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL WISEMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T08:57:02.074-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 08:57AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Pine Hill, Ala. • Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs. They’re coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away. Henan’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opened a plant here last month. It will employ more than 300 in a county known less for job opportunities than for lakes filled with bass, pine forests rich with wild turkey and boar and muddy roads bes...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581032452014-06-23T08:57:02.074-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-23T08:57:02.074-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103245@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:57:02 MDT Photos: Southern singer-songwriter Jason Isbell headlines Salt Lake City concert http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58065006-223/isbell-lake-salt-alt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58065006-223/isbell-lake-salt-alt.html.csp">Photos: Southern singer-songwriter Jason Isbell headlines Salt Lake City concert</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-18T09:28:28.546-06:00">Updated Jun 18, 2014 09:28AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Alt-country songwriter Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers, headlined a cool and rainy show Tuesday at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City. In 2007, Isbell left the DBTs and went solo, honoring his Alabama roots by recording at the F.A.M.E. Studios in Muscle Shoals, and assembling musicians there for his backup band, The 400 Unit. He’s currently touring to support his fourth studio album, “Southeastern.” The Lone Bellow, an alt-country, folk rock and blues band from Brooklyn, N.Y., ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58065006@www.sltrib.com Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:28:28 MDT High court says whistleblower testimony protected http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58089023-68/court-lane-public-college.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58089023-68/court-lane-public-college.html.csp">High court says whistleblower testimony protected</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SAM HANANEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T11:33:46.764-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 11:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The First Amendment protects public employees from job retaliation when they are called to testify in court about official corruption, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision cheered whistleblower advocates, who said it could encourage more government workers to cooperate with prosecutors in public fraud cases without fear of losing their livelihoods. The justices decided in favor of Edward Lane, a former Alabama community college official who says he was fired afte...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580890232014-06-19T11:33:46.764-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T11:33:46.764-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58089023@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:33:46 MDT Ruling by end of July in Alabama abortion law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58047811-68/clinics-alabama-abortion-doctors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58047811-68/clinics-alabama-abortion-doctors.html.csp">Ruling by end of July in Alabama abortion law</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PHILLIP RAWLS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-10T09:35:54.004-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 09:35AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Montgomery, Ala. • A federal judge said Monday he intends to rule by the end of July on whether Alabama can enforce a new law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrapped up a three-week trial Monday in Montgomery. He has put enforcement of the law on hold until he rules. In closing arguments, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Alexa Kolbi-Molinas said the law will close three of five of the state’s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580478112014-06-10T09:35:54.004-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-10T09:35:54.004-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58047811@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:35:54 MDT Longest average wait times for VA new patients http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58046933-68/texas-hcs-care-average.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58046933-68/texas-hcs-care-average.html.csp">Longest average wait times for VA new patients</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-09T14:40:01.588-06:00">Updated Jun 9, 2014 02:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Veterans Affairs medical centers have come under criticism for long wait times for care. Here is a list of the facilities with the longest average waits as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialist care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday. ——— NEW PATIENT PRIMARY CARE LONGEST AVERAGE WAIT TIME: 1. Honolulu, Hawaii: 145 days 2. VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend HCS, Harlingen, Texas: 85 days 3. Fayetteville, North Carolina: 83 days 4. Baltimore HCS, Mar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580469332014-06-09T14:40:01.588-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-09T14:40:01.588-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58046933@www.sltrib.com Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:40:01 MDT NCAA softball: Florida beats Alabama to win national title http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58025040-77/florida-alabama-run-gators.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58025040-77/florida-alabama-run-gators.html.csp">NCAA softball: Florida beats Alabama to win national title</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cliff Brunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-03T22:10:06.816-06:00">Updated Jun 3, 2014 10:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Oklahoma City • Florida’s Kirsti Merritt hit a 3-run homer as the Gators beat Alabama 6-3 on Tuesday night to win its first NCAA softball championship. The Gators (55-12) swept the championship series 2-0. Florida was the national runner-up in 2009 and 2011. Jackie Traina, one of the nation’s best pitchers, gave up five runs in 1 1⁄3 innings before getting pulled for Alabama (53-13). Florida coach Tim Walton chose not to start ace Hannah Rogers, but she entered the game in the sixth inning afte...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580250402014-06-03T22:10:06.816-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-03T22:10:06.816-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58025040@www.sltrib.com Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:10:06 MDT Sports briefs: Saban’s new deal worth nearly $7 million a year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58024298-77/million-coach-saban-alabama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58024298-77/million-coach-saban-alabama.html.csp">Sports briefs: Saban’s new deal worth nearly $7 million a year</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-03T21:47:08.408-06:00">Updated Jun 3, 2014 09:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">COLLEGE FOOTBALL • Alabama coach Nick Saban is a mere bonus or two from knocking down another salary barrier and becoming the $7 million man. A unanimous vote by the Alabama system trustees’ compensation committee Tuesday made Saban’s new 8-year, $55.2 million deal official nearly six months after the university announced the agreement. The 62-year-old Saban will make $6.5 million in base pay and what the university describes as a “talent fee” plus a $400,000 completion bonus for each year and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580242982014-06-03T21:47:08.408-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-03T21:47:08.408-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58024298@www.sltrib.com Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:47:08 MDT