Montgomery, AL – Alabama's public school employees won't be paying any more for their health insurance this fall. The Public Education Employees Health Insurance Board Tuesday rejected a staff recommendation to raise the cost of coverage. Teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert also chairs that board. Hubbert says more information is needed before any rates are increased. Governor Riley's spokesperson says cost controls are needed because the amount required for health insurance for public employees has been skyrocketing.
Albertville, AL – Albertville voters have rejected a plan to raise the city's property taxes by six mills to refurbish the local high school. Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election say more than 14 hundred people voted against the tax hike...while just more than 13 hundred voted for it. Superintendent Robert Sparkman says there aren't many other options to cover the $19.3 million cost of fixing up the high school.