Daily Headlines, Tuesday, 11/13/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserState briefs: Alabama EMA workers helping in New York

Montgomery AdvertiserMore Alabama students taking college test prep classes

Birmingham NewsHomewood City Council reschedules meetings, declares that new rec plans will be available to public

Birmingham NewsDemocrats still hold most Alabama courthouse offices, but GOP makes gains

Birmingham NewsU.S. Supreme Court decision to review Shelby County voting rights challenge draws national attention

Birmingham NewsMore Jefferson County sewer bondholders ask judge for help in their quest for higher customer sewer rates

Press-RegisterDespite ‘power struggle,’ Jerry Carl says he’s ready to be Mobile County Commission president

Press-RegisterAuburn University investigation of landfill regulations comes to Birmingham

Press-RegisterCorpse flowers, ethereal and otherworldly, bloom in Alabama’s woods

Tuscaloosa NewsPolitician leaves a legacy of leadership

Anniston StarPaying for education: State Board should adopt measures that increase spending on schools

Decatur Daily Hartselle, Priceville: difference in vision

Daily Headlines, Monday, 11/12/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserResearch could help ID, count number of black bears in Alabama

Montgomery AdvertiserFossils found along banks of Alabama River a treasure trove

Montgomery AdvertiserAla. man finally gets Bronze Star earned in WWII

Montgomery AdvertiserMoore to work with lawmakers on court funding

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama GOP looks ahead to elected leadership in counties

Montgomery AdvertiserNew Prattville council deals with lack of experience

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery City Council wants panel to reconsider recommending liquor license

Birmingham NewsAlabama joins states petitioning to secede from U.S.

Birmingham NewsLeeds City Council to consider resolution to terminate contract on City Hall addition

Birmingham NewsAlabaster’s leaders start their new terms in elected office

Press-RegisterLaw enforcement, funeral home employees unite to bury violence (photo gallery)

Press-RegisterSandy’s wrath stirs painful Katrina memories, which spur volunteers

Press-RegisterBaby mama, cast out thy post-election demon (Frances Coleman column)

Tuscaloosa NewsAnimal shelter renovations await contract approval

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Changing name of street won’t solve problem

Anniston StarThe Monday Hot Blast: Your guide to politics and punditry

Gadsden TimesLittle progress seen on Interstate 759 project

Gadsden TimesFour proposed routes for I-759 are somewhat different

Gadsden TimesSenators propose comprehensive changes to immigration laws

Daily Headlines, Sunday, 11/11/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserJosh Moon’s Just Saying: Reason tossed aside after election outcome

Montgomery AdvertiserAl Benn’s Alabama: WWII nurse recalls what makes Veterans Day special

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama in health care quandary

Montgomery AdvertiserVietnam: 50 years later: Time doesn’t heal all wounds

Montgomery AdvertiserVietnam: 50 Years Later: Wanda Lloyd: Finally, permission to be proud of serving

Montgomery Advertiser‘I’m not angry’: Vietnam veteran, greeted by silence upon his return home, says he would do it all over again

Montgomery AdvertiserLanier High School to participate in dropout prevention research project

Montgomery AdvertiserCrime continues to decline in Capital City, data shows

Huntsville TimesUAH Foundation wins tax dispute with Alabama Revenue Department over Coca-Cola distribution proceeds

Birmingham NewsJefferson County Commission reaches midway point of term; next 24 months crucial

Birmingham NewsUA graduate Michael Vickers on short list to replace David Petraeus at CIA

Tuscaloosa NewsAmendment 4s power

Anniston StarH. Brandt Ayers: The fog is still there

Gadsden TimesNew Guard unit to locate in Gadsden

Opelika-Auburn NewsSheila Eckman ready to change government posts

Daily Headlines, Saturday, 11/10/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserU.S. Supreme Court to hear Alabama voting rights challenge

Montgomery AdvertiserFuneral services set for civil rights activist Zecozy Williams

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery City Council wants panel to reconsider recommending liquor license

Huntsville TimesMarshall County DA announces statewide ‘anti-smurfing’ campaign to restrict ephedrine sales and stop meth

Huntsville TimesHuntsville named state’s best place to make transition from military to civilian life

Huntsville TimesHundreds of meteorites may be on the ground near Addison, but can they be found? (video)

Birmingham NewsFor National Guard family, deployments are hard but love perseveres

Birmingham NewsKimberly, Morris, Warrior working together

Birmingham NewsPhone problems fixed at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, county managers says — UPDATE

Birmingham NewsFrom West Point to the White House, a Bessemer son has done it all

Press-RegisterAlabama agencies, cities to split $8 million in BP tourism grants (updated)

Press-RegisterBackstage battle brewed on Mobile County Commission over presidency

Press-RegisterCity clerk axed in Daphne

Press-RegisterFormulas helped local schools meet state academic standards under NCLB (updated)

Press-RegisterNick Saban or Chipper Jones for president? Election officials mine through write-in votes

Tuscaloosa NewsAlabama preps for health care changes

Gadsden TimesBoaz school board interviews superintendent candidates

Daily Headlines, Friday, 11/9/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserPanel looks at pros, cons of expanding Medicaid in light of Obama’s re-election

Montgomery AdvertiserTuskegee Airman Herbert Carter dies

Montgomery AdvertiserCivil rights activist Zecozy Williams dies

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama Board of Education to recommend rehiring 450+ teachers in its 1st post-recession schools budget

Huntsville TimesAthens elementary school principal fired

Huntsville TimesHuntsville community gathers at first forum for John Hunt Park master plan

Huntsville TimesMadison County Volunteer Lawyers honor attorneys who went ‘above and beyond’ for poor clients

Huntsville TimesAlabama not ready for Amazon wine deliveries, at least not without permission slip from ABC

Huntsville TimesTommy Ragland thought he’d lost race for probate judge until getting call from his son (updated)

Huntsville TimesAfter GOP shutout of 2010, Huntsville again picking from both parties (Our views)

Birmingham NewsAlabama industry report: State exports on the rise this year, led by autos, iron and steel

Birmingham NewsBirmingham Education Foundation summit outlines challenges and opportunities for city schools

Birmingham NewsBearden, longtime Shelby County commissioner, died earlier today

Birmingham NewsHomewood City Council approves financing for new rec center building

Birmingham NewsBentley, other governors discuss looming ‘Obamacare’ deadline

Birmingham NewsFinanced mostly with federal funds, National Guard has huge economic impact in Alabama

Birmingham NewsBirmingham minister among those arrested in prostitution sweep

Birmingham NewsBy the numbers, few states have felt greater impact from wars than Alabama

Press-RegisterFederal judge urged to approve BP settlement

Press-RegisterNew Prichard mayor warns of “viable threat” to city finances if Water Board is dissolved

Press-RegisterAmendment 5 passing was ‘a miracle,’ according to state Sen. Vivian Figures

Tuscaloosa NewsAlabama preps for health care changes

Tuscaloosa NewsTuscaloosa receives demographic report on 2011-12 teachers

Anniston StarPhillip Tutor: Learn, baby, learn

Anniston StarOur responsibility to educate

Decatur Daily Medicaid leadership needed

Gadsden TimesMeans busy making changes as Attalla mayor

Gadsden TimesWork on Interstate 59 resurfacing nears completion

Gadsden TimesQuality of Life opens clinic in Geraldine

Daily Headlines, Thursday, 11/8/2012

Coffee cup Montgomery Advertiser‘Bama-Obama enters Round 2: State’s Republicans in Congress predict more budget battles

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery City Council proposes ordinance that would tow uninsured vehicles

Montgomery AdvertiserWetumpka City Council holds first meeting with new members

Huntsville TimesAstronaut says Huntsville’s space station job tougher than Houston’s (video)

Huntsville TimesRepublican Patty Demos seeks “peace of mind” recount after losing close race for Madison County probate judge

Huntsville TimesUAH & Princeton astrophysicists got every state right, except (probably) Florida

Huntsville TimesAfter GOP shutout of 2010, Huntsville again picking from both parties (Our views)

Huntsville TimesJess Brown: Alabama Democrats — A Future? (Commentary)

Birmingham NewsPresidential politics lifts Jefferson County Democrats to victory (analysis)

Birmingham NewsGov. Robert Bentley determined to remove racist language from Alabama’s constitution

Birmingham NewsHomewood’s new city council members not comfortable with rec center financing, delay vote

Birmingham NewsAge, income, race factor into Romney’s Alabama win

Birmingham NewsPresident Obama’s big win means better days ahead for, yes, even Alabama (Joey Kennedy)

Press-RegisterThe Prichard Water Board could take its fight for survival to court, fighting Amendment 5

Press-RegisterPrichard Water Board used public money to finance effort to defeat Amendment 5

Press-RegisterDemocrats see opening in Mobile County results; Baldwin County gets redder

Press-RegisterFrozen drinks aside, Gulf State Park has big plans for spring — including beer

Tuscaloosa NewsHale County probate judge race unresolved

Tuscaloosa NewsDemocratic Party chairman vows to unseat Republicans

Anniston StarHarvey H. Jackson: Let’s kiss and make up

Anniston StarThe GOP’s future: Stronger Republican Party can emerge from this loss

Anniston StarAnd then there was one

Gadsden TimesStraight-ticket voting helps GOP in Etowah County

Opelika-Auburn NewsOpelika gauges effectiveness of solar panel use

Daily Headlines, Wednesday, 11/7/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserObama wins 2nd term

Montgomery AdvertiserLocal voters return incumbent congressional leaders to Washington

Montgomery AdvertiserALABAMA CHIEF JUSTICE: Roy Moore wins old job back

Montgomery AdvertiserCavanaugh wins Public Service Commission presidency

Montgomery AdvertiserAla. voters [...]

Daily Headlines, Tuesday, 11/6/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserEssential voting information for the Nov. 6 general election

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama expects high voter turnout

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery BOE amendment doesn’t mention ‘school board’

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery County Commission considers refinancing bonds to save $4.5M

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Daily Headlines, Monday, 11/5/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserState briefs: Alabama farmers report healthy peanut, cotton yields

Montgomery AdvertiserWrangler plant’s return a hopeful sign for town destroyed in April 2011 tornadoes

Montgomery AdvertiserNew Montgomery technical high school offers different pathway to success

Huntsville TimesUnions sending [...]

Daily Headlines, Sunday, 11/4/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserMoore, Vance battle for Alabama chief justice

Montgomery AdvertiserState Farm prediction: Deer/auto crashes likely to rise in Alabama

Montgomery AdvertiserShelby raises $2M to help Republican candidates in 11 states

Montgomery AdvertiserState briefs: Casino developer gets prison delay


Daily Headlines, Saturday, 11/3/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserFormer Alabama lawmaker convicted of misconduct with student

Montgomery AdvertiserLuther Strange: 350 bingo machines, cash seized from Southern Star in raid

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama has 11 constitutional amendments on ballot

Montgomery AdvertiserPoll: Republicans well-positioned ahead of Tuesday election


Daily Headlines, Thursday, 11/1/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserBonner: No tax breaks for BP oil spil fines

Montgomery AdvertiserJury may get ex-Alabama lawmaker’s sex abuse case today

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery considered for Wright Brothers museum

Montgomery AdvertiserPoarch Creek tribe restarts casino work

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Legislative Dispatch

A Look from the Rearview Mirror

This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session.  For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end.  For others, it was one that ended much too quickly.  It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.


Putting Students First

As you know, a very important piece of legislation will be presented for our consideration in the House tomorrow in Montgomery – Senate Bill 310 – the “Students First” tenure and fair dismissal reform bill. Like me, many House members have been inundated with phone calls and emails from opponents of this bill, and some have been [...]

Legislative Transparency

There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]

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