Daily Headlines, Thursday, 8/18/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserPoll shows Alabamians have doubts schools will improve

Montgomery AdvertiserJudge discusses moving corruption trial to January

Montgomery AdvertiserFormer DA hams it up on local stages

Montgomery AdvertiserAla. gets $5.4M for transportation projects

Montgomery AdvertiserBusinesses told penalties severe if they don’t comply with immigration law

Huntsville TimesLegislative cuts leave Alabama A&M scholarship students without funds

Huntsville TimesNRC confirms earlier harsh safety finding for Browns Ferry Unit 1

Huntsville TimesMadison named one of America’s Top 100 Places to Live by Money Magazine

Huntsville TimesUAH recognized as elite research school by Carnegie Foundation

Huntsville TimesAsk Us: Why does it take so long to get a pistol permit in Madison County?

Huntsville TimesHuntsville superintendent, board discuss priorities for district

Huntsville TimesPassing the buck on meth (editorial)

Huntsville Times‘Fix’ needed to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Huntsville (editorial)

Birmingham NewsB&A Warehouse owner upset about Birmingham ballpark plan; Mayor William Bell vows to be fair to businesses

Birmingham NewsFBI opens civil rights investigation in death of black man run over by truck

Birmingham NewsJefferson County occupational tax case lawyer tells judge: Winners, their lawyers got too little money

Birmingham NewsCummings director to take key Birmingham job

Birmingham NewsPoll: 76 percent favor indoor smoking ban in Jefferson County workplaces, bars, restaurants

Birmingham NewsOUR VIEW: The government would be wrong not to retry the State House bingo corruption case

Birmingham NewsOUR VIEW: A new poll shows voters in Jefferson County overwhelmingly support strong smoke-free laws, so the county’s cities should respond

Press-RegisterFeds award $4 million for improvements to I-10 corridor in Mobile, Baldwin counties

Press-RegisterAustal union election result contested by Sheet Metal Workers

Press-RegisterReader comment: Not providing homeless with shelter leads to crime, vagrancy and vandalism

Press-RegisterGulf Shores envisions new Intracoastal waterfront bustling with business

Press-RegisterStephen Nodine case: Special grand jury said to be convened

Press-RegisterBaldwin beach revenue sees another spike

Press-RegisterThomasville hospital shuts down

Press-RegisterGrowing an all-star sports destination

Tuscaloosa NewsPrincipals give a passing grade to school realignment

Tuscaloosa NewsSexual abuse case investigated at Partlow

Tuscaloosa NewsWhite House Black Market among five stores opening in Midtown

Tuscaloosa NewsSexton announces candidacy for probate judge

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: State keeps quiet about alleged abuse

Florence TimesDailyBusinesses, law enforcement must adjust to new changes

Florence TimesDailyLibrary may get funding increase

Anniston StarA war that won’t end: Alabama, Georgia and Florida sharing fault for water tussle

Decatur Daily President has some convincing to do

Decatur Daily Immigrants face awful decisions

Gadsden TimesAttalla schools in good shape financially

Opelika-Auburn NewsRed light traffic cameras coming to Opelika

Associated PressRaptors to be released into the wild in Opelika

Associated PressTourism makes strong gains on Alabama coast

Associated PressMobile, Ala. officials get iPads from city

Associated PressHouston County school system grants raises

Los Angeles TimesImmigration: Alabama goes down the wrong path

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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