An Alabama Senate Committee voted to allow local school systems to opt out of the Common Core curriculum standards, but the legislation still faces a bleak future.
Bill sponsor Sen. Scott Beason said local school systems should have the choice to decide what is best for their students. The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday morning to approve the bill
However, Senate President Del Marsh said he did not think the bill had the support to get through an inevitable filibuster on the Senate floor. Marsh is a co-sponsor of the bill.
The Legislature's effort to rewrite the lengthy Alabama Constitution article by article has stalled
A Senate committee delayed action Wednesday on four proposed constitutional amendments that would rewrite four articles of the Constitution. Committee members say the issue is over for now, with only seven meeting days remaining in the 2014 legislative session.
He doesn’t get as much attention as Charles Darwin. But the work of Alfred Russel Wallace is perhaps just as important in building evidence for the theory of evolution through natural selection. A talk Thursday night at the University of Alabama will focus on Wallace’s work. Dr. James Costa is a biology professor at Western Carolina University. He helped publish one of Wallace’s field notebooks that he says suggests his discovery wasn’t just an accident, as some have speculated. He’ll be highlighting that work for his audience.
Southwest Airlines has barred its pilots from landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.
A spokeswoman for the Texas-based airline, Jenna Williamson, said Tuesday the passenger carrier took that action because pilots were getting cockpit alerts warning they were too close to the ground on approach.
Williamson says Birmingham's Runway 18 is no longer authorized for Southwest landings, but pilots can still use it for takeoffs.
Southwest's decision was first reported by Al.com.
Alabama’s reputation as one of the leaders in the space industry is continuing to grow. A private company building vehicles for space travel is expanding its work in Huntsville. Sierra Nevada Company announced it’s teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and an engineering company. Mark Sirangelo is Sierra Nevada’s corporate vice president. He says they’re expanding in Huntsville to tap into the wealth of knowledge there.
A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.
Republican Sen. Paul Sanford says he will join other advocates to announce the changes Tuesday and he hopes it will improve the bill's chance of passing.
Sanford's bill was on the Senate's work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he expects it to be back on the work agenda on Tuesday.
The City of Selma observed the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday over the weekend. It was on March 7, 1965 when state and local lawmen attacked protesters on the Edmund Pettus bridge. The demonstrators were marching for voting rights. Four days of events concluded yesterday in Selma that drew civil rights leaders from across the country. One was the Reverend William Barber. He's head of North Carolina’s NAACP. Barber says he looks at the event as not only a remembrance but a call to action. He says there's been progress, but we have a long way to go.