Daily Headlines, Thursday, 5/31/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserStudy: RSA investments have paid off for state

Montgomery AdvertiserFormer Alabama congressman Davis says he would shift to GOP if he ran for election again

Montgomery Advertiser17 state veteran service offices closing

Montgomery AdvertiserTVA inspector: Agency withheld information

Montgomery AdvertiserBentley signs bill on investing rules

Montgomery AdvertiserGovernor vetoes bill on tax appeals

Montgomery AdvertiserSchools handle new calendar differently

Montgomery AdvertiserRoby: Afghan forces growing, but ‘sustainability’ still an issue

Montgomery AdvertiserCaucus letter states peanut growers’ case

Montgomery AdvertiserCities move ahead with feasibility study on bringing back passenger rail lines

Montgomery AdvertiserLincoln Cemetery authority honored

Huntsville TimesChildren, parents urged to enter Healthy Lunch Challenge this summer

Huntsville TimesSurvey finds military families more engaged in civic, volunteer activities (with survey)

Huntsville TimesUA System chancellor describes concerns raised by Huntsville as ‘wake-up call’

Birmingham NewsBirmingham city schools lay off 60 teachers (with slideshow and video)

Birmingham NewsUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers receive more than $1.5 million in grants

Birmingham NewsAlabama speller advances to semifinals of National Spelling Bee

Birmingham NewsBirmingham Public Library supporters urged to rally to restore proposed funding cuts

Birmingham NewsCouncil moves to annex park land

Birmingham NewsGroups offer $3,500 reward in case of dog skinned alive in Chilton County

Press-RegisterFairhope park supporters squabble over playground control

Press-RegisterRoy Moore: Secular government will lead to Sharia law in the U.S.

Press-RegisterSam Jones’ bills square with finance reports, but is he paying for the right meter?

Press-RegisterFirst day of shrimp season finds the biggest shrimp farther south

Press-RegisterOmar Hammami is alive in Somalia, grants interview to Current TV

Press-RegisterFederal flood insurance program gets 60-day extension

Press-RegisterGulf Coast coalition urges Congress to pass RESTORE Act

Press-RegisterMobile smoking ordinance stalled as anti-smoking groups push for comprehensive ban

Press-RegisterTim Cook, bring some of those Apples home to Alabama (Press-Register editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsAlabama has begun using national grad rate formula

Tuscaloosa NewsCity reaches $28.5M settlement with insurance provider

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: State should take allegations seriously

Anniston StarHarvey H. Jackson: Changes in the newspaper … Mama ain’t gonna like this

Anniston StarPitting textbooks against charter schools

Decatur Daily Pavilion deal fair

Opelika-Auburn NewsWednesday marks key deadline for Opelika election

Washington PostPrepaid tuition plans flawed due to state governments’ shaky finances; can still work for some

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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