Daily Headlines, Monday, 5/14/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserStudy: Redstone has $11.47B impact on state

Montgomery AdvertiserBiologists find creek is full of life, diversity

Montgomery Advertiser‘There’s a reason I’m still here’: Mom of three recovering from severe burn wounds

Huntsville TimesNew school start law has Huntsville-area districts ripping up 2012-2013 calendars

Huntsville TimesState budget delays irresponsible (editorial)

Huntsville TimesHuntsville’s Redstone Arsenal is a gem for Alabama’s economy (editorial)

Birmingham NewsBirmingham Water Works Board weighs options to help more customers pay

Birmingham NewsJefferson County fiscal agreement stymied by 2 key issues

Birmingham NewsAdvocates for insurance reform disagree about need for special session

Birmingham NewsU.S. Bankruptcy Administrator recommends three Jefferson County creditors for committee

Birmingham NewsBirmingham city schools praise Teach for America (slideshow, video)

Birmingham NewsBeware the ideas of DeMarco

Press-RegisterBeating the odds: Davidson senior earns softball scholarship despite obstacles (Gallery)

Press-RegisterChickasaw officials seeking students for new school system

Press-RegisterPortions of Mobile Bay reopened to oyster harvesting; public oyster reefs still closed

Press-RegisterBaldwin testing shows arsenic in landfill groundwater ‘naturally occurring’

Press-RegisterBark at the Moon Pie, church bus politics, chaos coming and more (Political Skinny)

Press-RegisterFifth real estate investor pleads guilty to rigging foreclosure auctions

Press-RegisterMedicaid crisis is real and affects all of us (Insight)

Press-RegisterConstitution mandates sufficient court funds (Insight)

Anniston StarThe end of days: 2012 regular session looks to end neither with a bang or much of a whimper

Decatur Daily A clash of special interests

Gadsden TimesCity, students to honor Reagan with monument at park

Gadsden TimesReapportionment may solidify GOP gains

Gadsden TimesBlack bear spotted in Etowah County

Associated PressAla. mayor says men set fire to city vehicles

Associated PressAla. sewage problems threaten downstream areas

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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