Daily Headlines, Thursday, 12/29/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserVeterinarian wouldn’t trade time in Afghanistan

Montgomery AdvertiserBentley: State agencies should reduce use of energy

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama among states with new laws set to take effect in 2012

Montgomery AdvertiserParents appeal tax ruling to federal court

Montgomery AdvertiserNew Lee County school district lines approved

Montgomery AdvertiserHouse minority leader slams budget proposal

Montgomery AdvertiserPartlow closes after almost 90 years

Montgomery AdvertiserReport: Tornado cleanup a bright spot for state

Montgomery AdvertiserPike Road Town Council OKs $2.2M budget

Montgomery AdvertiserIt’s official: Interim removed from Circuit Judge Bailey’s title

Montgomery AdvertiserNew program, One Harvest Food Ministries, filling needs of families

Montgomery AdvertiserAdvertiser Editorial: Learning gains at risk

Huntsville TimesThird Huntsville school employee regains job after layoff appeal

Huntsville TimesHuntsville police review board clears officers in shooting of Samuel Ward

Huntsville TimesGreen Progress Report highlights several Huntsville-area environmental projects

Huntsville TimesHow has Huntsville’s new superintendent fared in his first six months?

Huntsville TimesNew 938 area code that led to 10-digit dialing is rarely used

Huntsville TimesJustice Department not ready to sign off on Huntsville redistricting plan

Huntsville TimesThe ‘Hunt’ for better parks and recreational offerings (editorial)

Birmingham NewsAlabama voters often in the dark on judicial races

Birmingham NewsInsurers pay at least $2.2 billion in claims from Alabama tornadoes (slideshow)

Birmingham NewsCopper thieves get more brazen nationally; in Alabama moves afoot to track sales, toughen penalties

Birmingham NewsCrumbling infrastructure in metro cities such as Birmingham overwhelming residents, study finds

Birmingham NewsIncident at Edge 12 movie theater could bring worries over flash mobs closer to home

Birmingham NewsBiologists in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama to monitor bats

Press-RegisterTenth Alabama Regiment cemetery in Virginia uncovered 150 years later

Press-RegisterFEMA attempting to collect $385 million in improper payments from victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma

Tuscaloosa NewsPartlow center closes after 88 years

Tuscaloosa NewsEngineer to seek county panel job

Tuscaloosa NewsProbate judge Hardy McCollum announces re-election bid

Tuscaloosa NewsDrummond helps workers find jobs, car-makers find workers

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Law should require attention to driving

Anniston StarDebating ideas, but do they stink?

Anniston StarHarvey H. Jackson: Alabama at end of the year

Decatur Daily How much will Carpenter cost?

Gadsden TimesDowntown Gadsden shows growth in 2012

Gadsden TimesCity Council approves lawsuit settlement

Gadsden TimesAEA’s Reed has been effective for half-century

Gadsden TimesHubbert has made mark on Alabama

Associated Press5-year-old beats chess players 6 times his age

Associated PressAla. countyen#39;s money woes expected to continue

Los Angeles TimesImmigration laws pose a test of states’ rights in Supreme Court

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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