Daily Headlines, Monday, 5/21/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserState leaders pin hopes on voters, amendment

Montgomery AdvertiserBRIEFLY: Testing, data helping students, teachers improve

Montgomery AdvertiserYoung illegal immigrants coming out

Montgomery AdvertiserFreedom Riders roll into Montgomery again

Montgomery AdvertiserPackard announces run for Prattville City Council

Huntsville TimesJames Dawson remembered as an advocate as elementary school takes his name

Huntsville TimesAlabama GOP selection of Madison County judge will occur in Montgomery, behind closed doors

Huntsville TimesHuntsville 2010 census a portrait in black and white; Our future will be determined how we respond to the data (By Jerry Mitchell)

Birmingham NewsUAB initiative seeks clean air for Birmingham

Birmingham NewsAlabama Tornadoes: USS may launch 350 homes in Birmingham’s storm-torn Pratt City

Birmingham NewsRetired federal judge blasts direction of U.S. Supreme Court

Birmingham NewsIf voters reject oil-gas fund bailout that is linchpin of state budget, crisis forecast for Medicaid

Birmingham NewsKimberly gambling case unfolds with Mayor Craig Harris as key informant

Press-RegisterMobile Bar honors slain police officer; Bobby Lowder’s hidden hand and more (Political Skinny)

Press-RegisterJudge to hear allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in Stephen Nodine case (with poll)

Press-RegisterBaldwin County school board votes to nix Foley janitorial contract

Press-RegisterJudge sentences convicted ‘stateless’ Palestinian, but defendant may be undeportable

Press-RegisterWhere’s the oversight at Prichard boot camp? (editorial)

Press-RegisterIn his soul, Bentley knows it’s a bad bill (Frances Coleman)

Press-RegisterAgencies making a big mistake with sea walls (Insight)

Press-RegisterFeds should prosecute, jail some BP execs (Insight)

Tuscaloosa NewsRace for Northport mayor looks like 2008

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Redistricting proposal should pass muster

Anniston StarLiberty at stake: Supreme Court has opportunity to properly handle Siegelman’s case

Anniston StarSame as it ever was: You may ask yourself, can Montgomery change its ways?

Decatur Daily McClain’s wasted potential

Associated PressJefferson Co. sees spike in heroin deaths

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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