Birmingham News – Alabama’s volunteer fire departments, serving almost half of state’s population, struggle for funding, equipment.
Birmingham News – Advocates say anti-bullying efforts aimed at creating safe environment for students ignores gays.
Birmingham News – PSC approves rules aimed at ending billing of consumers for unauthorized phone services.
Birmingham News – Commentary by Linda Tilly of VOICES for Alabama’s children finds bright spots in recently released Kids Count.
Mobile Press-Register – Commentary by Gary Palmer of the Alabama Policy Institute discusses “low civic literacy,” concluding that knowledge of nation’s history has been “widely displaced by an emphasis on politically correct indoctrination.”
Decatur Daily – The Decatur Daily comments on just-concluded trial of former director of state’s Fire College, saying that trial revealed “the appetites for tax dollars.”
Montgomery Advertiser – “Capitol Beat,” Sebastian Kitchens’ weekly political roundup for readers of The Montgomery Advertiser.
Montgomery Advertiser – Governor exploring possibility of alternative fuel plant.
Montgomery Advertiser – Business groups pleased with success in passing health insurance tax breaks for small businesses may turn attention to education and training programs in next regular session.
Montgomery Advertiser – The Montgomery Advertiser looks at tax breaks approved during recent session, finding that they “made sense.”
Tuscaloosa News – Chief Justice wants to take revamp state’s indigent defense system.
Tuscaloosa News – The Tuscaloosa News says that reports that legislator’s son failed to register as a lobbyist is another indication that Alabama’s ethics laws need reform.
Tuscaloosa News – “Alabama Exposure,” Dana Beyerle’s weekly political roundup for readers of the NYTimes regional papers.
Daily Home – The Daily Home says that once the state weathers the economic downturn impacting budgets that funding for pre-k should be on “the fast track.”
Times Daily – State ranks high in occurrence of deadly diseases.
Birmingham News – Alabama’s aerospace communities await outcome of tanker contract protest.