The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school.
A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said Wednesday that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.
However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools.
2015 could mean higher power bills for customers of Alabama Power. The utility is planning a rate hike that will mean a monthly increase of close to seven dollars for the average household. Alabama Power says the increase is due to higher costs including overhauling its coal fired plants to reduce pollution. Alabama Power is allowed to file for yearly adjustments. The last one was in 2011. The increases will begin in January unless staff at Alabama Public Service Commission staff object to the company's calculations.
Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is the new minority leader in the Alabama Senate. The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that it picked Ross to replace Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, who did not seek another term. The caucus said Figures will become the group's treasurer.
Ross is taking over the leadership of a smaller minority. Going into the Nov. 4 election, Democrats held 12 of the 35 seats in the Senate. They now have eight.
UAB is shutting down the football program. The university announced the decision Tuesday minutes after President Ray Watts met with the Blazers players and coaches. UAB made the decision after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year. Watts says financial realities "are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater good of the athletic department and UAB." He says UAB subsidizes two-thirds of the $30 million annual operating budget.
The National Labor Relations Board says the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa did violate federal labor laws. The panel upheld a ruling that Mercedes broke the law when it kept UAW supporters from handing out leaflets. The ruling by the three-member panel means Mercedes to update its employee handbook to allow union activities and to post notices admitting it did wrong. Mercedes has long declared that it is neutral on union questions. The UAW has been ramping up unionization efforts.
The Alabama Crimson Tide is setting its sights on the SEC Championship in Atlanta after the highest scoring Iron Bowl game ever. Alabama came from behind to beat Auburn after a lackluster first half where the Tigers led twenty six to twenty one at half time. Tide receiver Amari Cooper helped lead the team to victory with thirteen catches and over two hundred yards. Head coach Nick Saban says it was definitely a come from behind win…
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new report from a child advocacy group shows Alabama's children are making improvements in early education, fewer are being born to unwed teens, and less are dying from preventable causes. But the report also shows more are living in poverty and much remains to be done for Alabama to catch up with most other states. The Montgomery-based advocacy group VOICES for Alabama's Children issued the Kids Count Data Book with the help of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation ranks Alabama 44th among the states in child well-being.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Amari Cooper tied his own school record with 224 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes in No. 2 Alabama's 55-44 comeback victory over No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl. Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) turned to the Heisman Trophy candidate for touchdowns of 39 and 75 yards in the third quarter. Alabama had already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game against No.
Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions. So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The chaos of Black Friday appears to have come on Thursday. From Huntsville to Mobile, bargain hunters lined up hours ahead of Thanksgiving night openings in search of deep discounts on flat-screen televisions, computers and toys. Some shoppers said they even began camping out Wednesday night to make sure they were among the first in the stores. That left thinner crowds Friday morning and a quieter shopping experience on what has traditionally been the busiest shopping day of the year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Ebola scare is subsiding in the United States, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Dennis Sanders of Kappler Inc. says the Guntersville company has about 75,000 protective suits on back order. He says workers will stay busy filling orders through April. Kappler typically gets only a few orders annually for the type of suit needed by health workers who are in contact with Ebola patients. Sanders says that changed once the disease showed up in Texas.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — As the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide prepare to face off on the football field, the mayors of their towns have made a friendly wager. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Auburn Mayor Bill Ham Jr. and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox have bet $100 on Saturday's Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa. The money will be donated to a charity chosen by the winning team. If Auburn University wins, the money will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County. If the University of Alabama wins, the money will go to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama-based Civil Air Patrol will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., next month. The Civil Air Patrol said in a statement that the award is being given in honor of the organization's founding members for their role in protecting the U.S. against German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other wartime domestic missions. The Congressional Gold Medal ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
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