Daily Headlines, Wednesday, 6/6/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserReport: Alabama slid into recession in 2011

Montgomery AdvertiserPike Road, Montgomery school officials meet on future of town’s system

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery City Council: Work under way to put some teeth in dog ordinance

Huntsville TimesSchool lunch, breakfast prices to go up in Madison County schools

Huntsville TimesNew report takes a look at Madison County’s young professionals

Huntsville TimesHudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology receives $125,000 grant to look for causes of ALS disease

Huntsville TimesArab City Council approves flagpole prayer event

Huntsville TimesNew superintendent says he’s a ‘good fit’ for Limestone County Schools

Huntsville TimesBaby ward expands health services in the new Madison Hospital (editorial)

Birmingham NewsBenjamin Russell Hospital for Children expected to be 10th busiest children’s hospital in U.S.

Birmingham NewsIrondale City Council adds Presa Canario as second banned dog breed; the other is pit bull

Birmingham NewsAlabama Superintendent Tommy Bice says he will have recommendation to state school board within week about Birmingham’s finances

Birmingham NewsRefunds reach $11M mark in 2009 Jefferson County occupational tax refunds

Birmingham NewsBirmingham City Council seats members of new panel to revise neighborhood association bylaws

Birmingham NewsBentley seeks support for constitutional amendment

Birmingham NewsJefferson County to renegotiate contract with Clastran

Press-RegisterSam Jones endorses sales tax holiday for disaster preparedness supplies

Press-RegisterBaldwin County plans to open Inspiration Oak Park after being closed for nearly 20 years

Press-RegisterSpanish Fort eyes banning electronic signs to keep drivers safe

Press-RegisterDauphin Island Town Council picks Darryl Wilson as new police chief

Press-RegisterBP lawsuit settlement administrator promises ‘claimant-friendly assistance program’

Press-RegisterCommittee requests $750,000 for Fairhope public schools

Press-RegisterAlabama Gov. Robert Bentley won’t propose tax hikes if voters reject plan to help General Fund on Sept. 18

Press-RegisterBaldwin County commissioners warn of subversive ‘Agenda 21′ initiative

Press-RegisterIngram plans exit from Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance

Press-RegisterPassenger rail worth studying despite ‘ifs’ (editorial)

Press-RegisterA Wise Choice: 180 calendar days for the school year

Tuscaloosa NewsHomegrown Alabama celebrates 5 years

Tuscaloosa NewsJim Walter mine’s violation order is lifted after spill

Tuscaloosa NewsCandidate likes pride county has in schools

Tuscaloosa NewsGrant adds costs, time constraints to road project

Tuscaloosa NewsHistoric district buffer rules not discussed at city council meeting

Tuscaloosa NewsCouncil may limit power of planning commission

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Anti-fraud reforms pose fictitious threats

Anniston StarA letter to Mitt: Republicans ignore Ledbetter’s efforts on behalf of equality bill

Anniston StarThe power of a Bentley veto: Once again, state’s 1901 Constitution plays mean role in Montgomery

Anniston StarPause about prisons: Allegations of abuse, increased violence real concerns in Alabama

Gadsden TimesDeal with ALDOT will move U.S. 411 project forward

Gadsden TimesHoward named to city school board

Opelika-Auburn NewsAuburn council approves adjustments to budget

Opelika-Auburn NewsOpelika approves updated weed ordinance

Washington PostPaycheck fairness: Lilly Ledbetter is the bridge between women and the economy

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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