Daily Headlines, Saturday, 4/21/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserSantorum’s Alabama delegates will back nominee

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama high court OKs city bankruptcies to proceed

Montgomery AdvertiserLobbyist faces ‘precedent-setting’ hearing over alleged conduct

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama’s jobless rate falls

Montgomery AdvertiserWetumpka woman celebrates 107 years

Montgomery AdvertiserElmore County students get lessons in local government

Huntsville TimesMadison Board of Education won’t face Discovery Middle School shooting lawsuit

Huntsville TimesCity of Huntsville expects bond refinancing to save $3M in interest payments

Huntsville TimesSomerville benefit to help Steven Waddell, who suffered brain injury

Huntsville TimesEDITORIAL: New campaign finance law falls far short

Birmingham NewsFairfield City Council votes to refinance $12 million in city debt

Birmingham News2 teams complete Alabama State Park 2012 Geocaching Challenge in less than 4 days

Birmingham NewsAlabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs film project incentives legislation

Birmingham NewsSpecial formula gasoline won’t be required in Jefferson County this summer

Birmingham NewsEx-Shelby County corrections officer charged with custodial sexual misconduct

Birmingham NewsJefferson County nursing home director resigns

Birmingham NewsBirmingham’s performance gauged in first Blueprint Summit (slideshow, video)

Birmingham NewsAlabama state parks now offer campers free Wi-Fi access

Birmingham NewsImmigration officials say they’ve tried to remove convicted criminal from the U.S. but no country will take him

Press-RegisterBaha’i community on Gulf Coast is small but active with historic roots in area

Press-RegisterNo BP oil spill settlement for recreational fishermen

Press-RegisterMobile Baykeeper launches free swim guide app for water conditions

Press-RegisterVolunteers spend Friday sprucing up, making minor repairs for United Way (photo gallery)

Press-RegisterDrinking water warning issued for Prichard and Chickasaw residents

Press-RegisterPrichard bankruptcy wouldn’t jeopardize agreement with pensioners

Press-RegisterLet’s hear more about the Prichard boot camp (editorial)

Press-RegisterIgnore the bully and unite for insurance reform (Editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsTuscaloosa County jobless numbers stabilize

Tuscaloosa NewsBill will let York vote on Sunday alcohol sales

Tuscaloosa NewsPresident Obama honors Alabama on 14th national championship

Tuscaloosa NewsCity school board examines “gender nonconformity”

Anniston StarExplanation needed: Why are we selling oil and gas leases in Talladega National Forest?

Gadsden TimesAuto parts supplier to build $15 million plant in Albertville

Gadsden TimesGasoline prices going down; is the worst over?

Opelika-Auburn NewsTrustees approve tuition hikes for AU, AUM

Associated PressClay closes road to finish tornado cleanup

Associated PressAla. first lady releases weather preparedness PSA

Associated PressBill passes setting up rating system for schools

New York TimesWhen Pineapple Races Hare, Students Lose, Critics of Standardized Tests Say

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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