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The Alabama House has approved a bill to give adoptive parents a $1,000 tax credit to make it financially feasible for more people to adopt.
The House approved the bill 72-23 Wednesday, and it now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Lee of Dothan, is an adoptive parent. He says the income tax credit would apply to a private intrastate adoption and the adoption of an Alabama foster child where both the birth mother and the adoptive parents are from Alabama.
Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says he's looking at running for higher office to make sure black voters turn out for the November general election.
Ford said that he is considering running for the state Senate seat held by Democrat Billy Beasley of Clayton if Beasley runs for governor. If Beasley runs for re-election, Ford says he will consider running for secretary of state.
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the fourth meeting day of the regular session:
—Passed a bill to make it a crime for a state or local tax official to audit a group because of its political views. Goes to Senate.
—Passed a bill to allow health care workers to decline to participate in an abortion, sterilization, cloning or human stem cell research if they have moral, religious or ethical objections. Goes to Senate.
Republican legislators concerned about the federal debt are trying to set up the guidelines for Alabama to participate in a state-led constitutional convention.
Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur have introduced bills setting up how Alabama's delegates would be chosen and the limits they would operate under if there is ever a state-led constitutional convention called under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
A former Halliburton manager faces a possible prison term when a federal judge sentences him for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Anthony Badalamenti is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Another blast of arctic air is expected to move into the state, bringing temperatures as low as 10 degrees to parts of northern Alabama and high winds across most of the state.
By early Friday morning, low temperatures are expected to drop to around 10 degrees in the Florence, Gadsden and Huntsville areas. Temperatures early Friday morning in Birmingham are expected to drop to 15 degrees.
High winds are expected to accompany the bitterly cold temperatures.