Daily Headlines, Monday, 12/5/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserPrimary could decide race for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice

Montgomery AdvertiserFood bank urges donors to give nutritious items

Montgomery AdvertiserVolunteers spruce up nonprofit’s landscape

Montgomery AdvertiserRants and Raves: Learn to read

Huntsville TimesAlabama to stop immigration checks for government transactions, but fed help may be months away

Huntsville TimesHuntsville-area businesses find various ways to give back to the community

Huntsville TimesCASA of Madison County depends on businesses to help “deliver our mission”

Huntsville TimesRetirements due to PEEHIP changes not as prevalent as feared

Huntsville TimesLet the voters judge Tom Butler (editorial)

Birmingham NewsJudge asked to hold Shelia Smoot in contempt for not giving documents, depostion in SEC case

Birmingham NewsMust-see video: Kayakers go over Noccalula Falls

Birmingham NewsAlabama immigration law: Long waits face many who wish to immigrate

Birmingham NewsBankrupt Jefferson County has spent $800,000 on advisers for money saving tips

Birmingham NewsBell Curve leaves Birmingham City Council flailing

Press-RegisterMobile City Council members say cuts are the mayor’s responsibility

Press-RegisterFaulkner tennis player settles suit with Baldwin sheriff’s officers over alleged jailhouse rape

Press-RegisterRobertsdale gets $100,000 grant for LED streetlights

Press-RegisterSilverhill residents work to save Little Hall

Press-RegisterNeediest Families: Education important to mother of three

Press-RegisterAlabama’s rich fish harvest unquestioned, but some question impact of gill net fishing

Press-RegisterExpert: Alabama’s ethics laws unusual for limiting teacher gifts

Press-RegisterBaldwin fair grounds agreement must be clear, public (editorial)

Press-RegisterWhy we must dare to raise the questions (Frances Coleman)

Press-Register‘Occupy’ protesters have common goals (Insight)

Press-RegisterGive specifics, financial data on city finances (editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsCentral school zone could see hefty changes

Anniston StarClass time for police: Training for law enforcement needed before law began

Anniston StarNo need for more Moore: Chief justice with an agenda would do Alabama no good

Anniston StarH. Brandt Ayers: Iron Bowl – A holy rite

Decatur Daily Come on, Rolando

Decatur Daily Welfare for the rich

Gadsden TimesEthics Commission to explain new law involving giving gifts to public officials

Gadsden TimesChristmas gifts for teachers OK, but limited under ethics law

Gadsden TimesPostal cuts to slow first-class mail delivery

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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