Daily Headlines, Friday, 4/6/2012

Coffee cup Montgomery AdvertiserState and metro briefs: Reward up to $25K in sexual assaults

Montgomery AdvertiserHouse OKs bill to lower legislators’ salaries

Montgomery AdvertiserHouse committee OKs charter school measure

Montgomery AdvertiserEthics Commission refers PSC manager case to AG

Montgomery AdvertiserSchool systems, schools listed as low performing

Montgomery AdvertiserElmore County coroner’s ethics case goes to attorney general

Montgomery AdvertiserJobless claims hit 4-year low

Montgomery AdvertiserAdvertiser Editorial: Stop allowing crime to pay

Huntsville TimesHuntsville High principal to oversee new 9th-grade academies

Huntsville TimesU.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said growing deficit the ‘greatest threat our nation faces’ (updated)

Huntsville TimesKeep dream of spaceport alive (Editorial)

Birmingham NewsBirmingham City Council mulls rewriting neighborhood association bylaws

Birmingham NewsBirmingham school Superintendent Craig Witherspoon’s job on the line Friday in special school board meeting

Birmingham NewsSenate passes plan to change to unemployment-benefit payments

Birmingham NewsAdvocates and opponents respond to proposed revisions in Alabama immigration law

Birmingham NewsUPDATED: Lawmakers file rewrite of Alabama’s immigration law

Birmingham NewsCensus estimates show Alabama metro areas growing

Press-RegisterDespite oil spill, Baldwin boomed as population climbed past 186,000, according to Census Bureau

Press-RegisterFoley agrees to $875,000 oil spill settlement with BP

Press-RegisterReport: Brewton attorney traded legal advice for drugs

Press-RegisterAlabama Legislature passes tax break bill for aircraft renovation and repair

Press-RegisterAlabama slams door on commercial harvest of wild freshwater turtles, their eggs and turtle parts

Press-RegisterAlabama House passes bill to salvage PACT settlement

Press-RegisterEx-Mount Vernon police dispatcher denies allegations of sexual harassment

Press-RegisterFill in ponds on Dauphin Island before hurricane season (editorial)

Press-RegisterAlabama’s intervention eases Mobile-area school transition (editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsBentley to announce new mental health plans Friday

Tuscaloosa NewsCounty seeks millions in grant money for Holt recovery

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: County should increase its E-911 user fee

Anniston StarHealthy living (or not): No surprise - Unhealthiest counties need vast improvement in Alabama

Anniston StarDidn’t say we didn’t warn you

Anniston StarPhillip Tutor: And the poor say – Yea, ‘Bama

Decatur Daily Fixing immigrant law in state

Gadsden TimesHouse passes new felony drug penalty for street-level dealers

Associated PressSummary of action in Alabama Legislature

Associated PressSchools embracing Leader in Me system

Associated PressMayor fined after city resources help youth group

New York TimesSmaller Navy Ship Has a Rocky Past and Key Support

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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