Daily Headlines, Tuesday, 5/1/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserProgram brings free health care to Ala. Black Belt

Montgomery AdvertiserPro-life groups worried about Ala. bills failing

Montgomery AdvertiserCity of Prattville makes $900,000 bond payment

Montgomery AdvertiserConsumer spending slowed in March

Huntsville TimesTornado Masters customers could get some money back, court-appointed receiver says

Huntsville TimesSTEM education focus of congressional hearing at Madison’s Bob Jones High

Huntsville TimesFort Payne Seven earns Merit Award during Real World Design Challenge in Washington D.C.

Huntsville TimesVeteran helping veterans: American Freedom Festival Huntsville a start of something ‘bigger, stronger’

Huntsville TimesEDITORIAL: A lifeline for Alabama Medicaid

Birmingham NewsAlabama school year proposal’s legality questioned

Birmingham NewsSouthside Birmingham abortion clinic blocked from remaining open by Alabama (gallery)

Birmingham NewsBirmingham school board president questions state’s authority to probe board business

Birmingham NewsJefferson County creditor asks bankruptcy judge to require county raise sewer rates

Birmingham NewsFormer Regions Bank employee in Jefferson County pleads guilty to bank fraud scheme

Birmingham NewsU.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus cleared in ethics investigation

Birmingham NewsBirmingham City Council president: freeze extra spending on nonprofits

Birmingham NewsJefferson County’s request for mediator to help draft personnel board consent decree denied

Press-RegisterMore than double the typical number of pink slips for Mobile County teachers, employees

Press-RegisterMobile Bay bull redfish die-off not cause for concern — yet

Press-RegisterAttorneys pick racially diverse jury in Bayou La Batre corruption case

Press-RegisterLegislation aimed at relieving Alabama’s overcrowded prisons would limit sentences

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Fishing trash out of lakes a worthy cause

Anniston StarBest choice for the animals: State Senate should pass this spay/neuter bill

Anniston StarIn this case, Bo does know best

Decatur Daily Medicaid cuts cost money

Decatur Daily Drug court works

Gadsden TimesAviation unit recognized for emergency rescue response

Gadsden TimesLegislative session in home stretch; budgets, immigration on agenda

Opelika-Auburn NewsLee County engineer planning to retire

Associated PressAlabama preps for yard sale from Ga. To Miss.

Associated PressPrisoners to clean up Coosa River

Associated PressUnion challenges Ala. immigration law under NAFTA

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.

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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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