Daily Headlines, Friday, 10/19/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery mayor asks media to ‘shut up’ about grade-change allegations until investigation complete

Huntsville TimesBullying again at heart of Huntsville board meeting as Grissom JROTC cadets defend instructor

Huntsville TimesFriday last commission meeting for Mike Gillespie, Faye Dyer, Jerry Craig

Huntsville TimesDemocrat in Alabama uses Facebook to imply GOP congressional opponent is gay

Birmingham NewsAlabama industry report: New Norfolk Southern rail hub draws interest from manufacturers, distributors and Walmart

Birmingham NewsA snapshot of the Birmingham area’s homeless population (video, slideshow)

Birmingham NewsDeadline for Alabama’s absentee ballots for military and overseas voters extended

Birmingham NewsSurvey ranks University of Alabama, Auburn University alumni among nation’s 10 most conservative

Birmingham NewsJefferson County’s top lawyer, who makes $375,000, could leave in dispute over pay raise

Birmingham NewsIrondale City Council approves ban on front-yard parking

Birmingham NewsSen. Jeff Sessions post lunch speech to business group likely heartburn creating

Birmingham NewsJose Antonio Vargas wants a conversation, not a confrontation, with immigration town hall (Joey Kennedy)

Press-RegisterMobile Public Library looks at cutting hours, bookmobile amid budget cuts

Press-RegisterRosinton Elementary supporters to Baldwin board: Please don’t close our school

Press-RegisterBP confirms Macondo wells are secure, inspection attributes surface sheens to leaking cofferdam

Press-RegisterCouncil runoffs set in Elberta and Robertsdale on Tuesday (updated)

Press-RegisterAmendment 5: Finally some relief in sight for parched Prichard (Editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsTuscaloosa City superintendent gets goals from BOE

Tuscaloosa NewsDowntown renewal project could be scaled back

Tuscaloosa NewsAlabama voters to decide union organizing issue

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Caring Days provides important service

Anniston StarReading, writing and rights: Why shouldn’t Alabama children have the right to an education?

Anniston StarPhillip Tutor: Education on the cheap carries costs

Gadsden TimesGasoline prices finally begin to slide

Gadsden TimesLittle River Preserve to celebrate 20th anniversary

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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