The Alabama Senate has again passed a bill to ban smoking in many work places and in many businesses.
Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures guided her bill through the Senate on a 21-8 vote Tuesday. Figures has passed similar legislation in the Senate before, only to have it die in the House. Figures is uncertain how it will fare in the House this time.
Her bill bans smoking in most businesses, but bars and private clubs are excluded. It also does not affect smoking in homes, unless the homes provide day care services.
Gov. Robert Bentley says two National Guard wreckers have been dispatched to Interstate 65 near Cullman to help clear jackknifed 18-wheelers that blocked northbound traffic.
The governor says one lesson learned from the Jan. 28 ice storm was to get National Guard wreckers organized early to pull stalled vehicles to the side of the road until the weather clears and the owners can reclaim them.
Alabama Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Harris says the state has brought in contractor crews to assist with snow removal across north Alabama counties.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Forecasters say they're expecting a major winter storm in the Tennessee Valley region along with snow and freezing rain in north central Alabama this week. The National Weather Service says a winter storm watch will be in effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Forecasters are expecting snow and sleet from 3 p.m. Monday to noon on Tuesday. Forecasters are expecting between 2 and 4 inches of snow in parts of north Alabama. Officials say they expect the winter weather to impact road conditions throughout the state's northern regions.
Westminster Kennel Club has a tradition that goes back more then 130 years, but in 2014 it's not the purebred dogs that are capturing news headlines but the mutts that are making a showing in the WKC's first time ever agility competition.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Sen. Scott Beason is making another run for Alabama's 6th District congressional seat, adding a high-profile tea party name to a large GOP field. Beason announced his campaign Friday, the final day to file qualifying papers. So far seven Republicans are contending for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus. Beason was behind Alabama's sweeping immigration bill, considered the toughest in the nation before it was largely gutted by the courts. He was also the sponsor of Alabama gun legislation last year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill pending in the Legislature would establish a gradually increasing minimum wage in Alabama. WAKA-TV reports Alabama is one of five states without any minimum wage law, but legislation in the House would change that. The bill would allow Alabama to set its own minimum wage instead of relying on the federal government. The current minimum wage set by the federal government is $7.25 an hour. The bill would gradually increase the minimum wage in Alabama to $9.80 an hour by 2016. Democratic state Rep.
Sunday marked fifty years since the Beatles first performed on the Ed Sullivan show, signaling the start of what became known as “Beatlemania” in the U.S. The band’s debut album, “Please, Please Me” came the year before in 1963. One of the tracks was a cover of a song titled “Anna,” by Muscle Shoals singer and songwriter Arthur Alexander. APR’s Pat Duggins spoke with Dick Cooper, curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, who says the “fab four” from Liverpool admired the Alabama musician…
Known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in his state's judicial building, Alabama's chief justice is jumping into the national gay marriage debate. Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman. Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.