Daily Headlines, Friday, 5/4/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserJustice Department sends letter on immigration law; protesters seek repeal

Montgomery AdvertiserLegislature targets looting

Montgomery AdvertiserBill on defining personhood faces fight

Montgomery AdvertiserDrought conditions continue in Alabama

Montgomery AdvertiserPolice: Montgomery crime rates down

Montgomery AdvertiserApril retail sales worst since 2009

Montgomery AdvertiserU.S. economy recovering but not accelerating

Huntsville TimesHuntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has cautious eye on TVA-in-lieu-of-taxes bill

Huntsville TimesGOP committee to hear challenge to candidacy of Madison County District Judge runoff winner Chris Messervy

Huntsville TimesSeveral hundred Athens city voters getting new voter identification cards

Huntsville TimesGov. Robert Bentley should flunk state school calendar bill and send it back with a veto (editorial)

Huntsville TimesText this: No more texting while driving in Alabama (editorial)

Birmingham NewsFilibuster blocks vote on abortion bill in Alabama House of Representatives

Birmingham NewsAlabama House approves bill to require insurers to more clearly disclose coverage

Birmingham NewsAlabama House passes bill to raise court costs for traffic tickets, other cases

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Mobile lost 12 percent of construction workers in past year, AGC says

Birmingham NewsSenate revises Jefferson County tax plan

Birmingham NewsJudge overturns guilty verdict, acquits Birmingham man in kickback case

Birmingham NewsAlabama Senate gives its OK to Jefferson County tax plan

Birmingham NewsJefferson County sewer hearing ends with no ruling on rate increase

Birmingham NewsMarshall director to lawmakers: Space exploration part of Alabama’s past and future

Birmingham NewsTrayvon Martin’s parents visit Birmingham, march to King statue in Kelly Ingram Park (slideshow)

Birmingham NewsOwner of slain puppy questions Birmingham police procedure

Press-RegisterUSA employees raise $1 million for faculty fund campaign

Press-RegisterPrichard council delays lease agreement with youth boot camp

Press-RegisterEx-BP engineer pleads not guilty in spill probe

Press-RegisterEight Mile residents complain of symptoms linked to mercaptan exposure

Press-RegisterMobile DA announces winners in anti-bullying music video contest (Videos)

Press-RegisterMobile legislators consider proposed court fee increase

Press-RegisterBaldwin County sewage spills reported

Press-RegisterBaldwin County teacher quits over cheating allegation

Press-RegisterA time to reflect on choices, consequences (Editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsThree confirmed for UWA board of trustees

Tuscaloosa NewsNo arrests in protest against Alabama immigration law

Tuscaloosa NewsBill to reauthorize coal severance tax

Tuscaloosa NewsCharter schools plan excludes county

Tuscaloosa NewsCommission denies funding request for mental health court

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: School start bill offers families convenience

Anniston StarAlabama’s cruel summer: Has the tourism industry put one over on us?

Anniston StarFoolish prognostication

Anniston StarPhillip Tutor: Alabama’s culture gets the shaft

Decatur Daily Riverboat an Ingalls dividend

Gadsden TimesLegislature establishes crime of looting

Associated PressAlabama streamlining tax filings for businesses

Associated PressAL prof elected to National Academy of Sciences

Associated PressBentley to visit Ala troops giving health care

Associated PressSummary of action in Alabama Legislature

Associated PressRoll call vote in Ala. House to raise court fees

Associated PressAlabama House Democrats delay legislative action

Associated PressAla. gov vetoes bills dealing with county tax fund

Associated PressAla auto plants now regional job hubs

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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