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Governor Bentley Announces Solution for General Fund Budget Shortfall

February 27, 2015

MONTGOMERY—With a focus on tax fairness and debt repayment, Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced his solution to fill a $700 million funding shortfall in the General Fund Budget. The General Fund supports most non-education related functions of state government. For decades, problems have existed in the way funding was appropriated to the General Fund […]

68% of Bald Eagle Deaths Are Caused by Humans

February 27, 2015

When we look at the average lifespan of bald eagles, bald eagle facts show that they live on average to be 20 years old in the wild. Some individual bald eagles in the wild have lived for as long as 26 years. Bald eagles in captivity tend to live longer lives, and one bald eagle […]

34% of Dogs are Overweight or Obese

February 26, 2015

Humans are not the only ones who are overweight – our pets are, too! A little over 34% of adult dogs handled by private veterinarians in the United States are overweight or obese. Studies show that this varies by gender, although female and male dogs that are spayed and neutered are more obese on average […]

First Video Game…..Name It If You Can

February 25, 2015

Before the era of electronic ping pong, hungry yellow dots, plumbers, mushrooms, and fire-flowers, people waited in line to play video games at roller-skating rinks, arcades, and other hangouts. More than fifty years ago, before either arcades or home video games, visitors waited in line at Brookhaven National Laboratory to play “Tennis for Two,” an […]

Winter Weather ….. Snow This Time It’s For Real …. 1 – 5″ Predicted

February 24, 2015

TENNESSEE VALLEY-Will We need salt for the streets, snow blowers for the sidewalks, or maybe a snowplow to clear major roads?  We here at the Quad Cities Daily think not….but the National Weather Service says we should expect snow…lots of it for the deep south (as in 1-5 inches)… in the words of Fred Sanford […]

How Big Is Big In The Flower World?

February 24, 2015

The largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi, weighs 7 kg (15 pounds) and grows only on the Sumatra and Borneo islands of Indonesia. Its petals grow to 1.6 ft (1 metre) long and 1 inch (2,5 cm) thick. There are 16 species of rafflesia, found in Sumatra, Malaysia, Philippines and Borneo. The species […]

Say It Ain’t So….Snow…..Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

February 23, 2015

TENNESSEE VALLEY– A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for central Alabama as well as for Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, and Morgan Counties in the Tennessee Valley from 3 p.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Monday. A light wintry mix will move in from northern and central Mississippi Monday afternoon. Up to a half-inch of snow […]

More To This Bark …..Or Maybe Less

February 23, 2015

The Antpitta avis canis Ridgley is a bird that looks like a stuffed duck on stilts and barks like a dog. The bird was discovered by ornithologist Robert S. Ridgley in the Andes in Ecuador in June 1998. Thirty of these long-legged, black-and-white barking birds were found. It apparently had gone undetected because it lives […]

And The Oscar Goes To…..

February 22, 2015

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was established in May 1927 as a non-profit corporation to promote the art of movie making. In the first year, the Academy had 36 members, with Douglas Fairbanks Sr as president. The first Academy Awards, now better known as the Oscars, were presented at a private dinner […]

Who invented the paperclip?

February 21, 2015

It is thought to be Johann Vaaler. Drawings of his design date to early 1899, but since Norway had no patent law at the time he had to seek patent rights in Germany and the US in the following years. Johann Vaaler was born on 15 March 1866 in Aurskog, Norway. Known as an innovator […]

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