Dothan, AL – The Dothan city school board has decided students must have written permission from a doctor before they can consume cough drops at school. The system passed a policy this week that requires the doctors' notes, and students are NOT allowed to take the cough drops themselves even with a note. Violators can be suspended or sent to alternative school. Dothan city school officials say the changes fall under a new medication policy required by the state.
Montgomery, AL – The State Board of Education is proposing a nearly three-point-seven billion dollar budget for the next fiscal year. That's about about 250 million dollars more than the current budget. State Superintendent Joe Morton has said this budget could improve each school in this state. The board's budget proposal asks the governor to request money from the Legislature to hire 676 additional teachers, assistant principals, counselors and librarians.
Albertville, AL – A new poultry processing plant is opening in Albertville. It's expected to bring about 650 new jobs to the area. Governor Riley joined executives from AlaTrade Foods at Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony for the company's third plant in Marshall County. The company already has two similar facilities in Boaz that employ about 500 workers. Company officials say they expect to create the 650 new jobs when the plant reaches full production in three years.
Washington, DC – Congressman Spencer Bachus is now one of the newest members of a powerful congressional committee. He's on the Republican Steering Committee of the House of Representatives. His colleagues elected Bachus to the position this week. He'll represent Region Nine which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. The G-O-P Steering Committee is responsible for determining the committee chair of the House of Representatives and all Republican committee assignments for the next Congress.