Montgomery, AL – Currently military personnel must cast votes and apply for ballots through the mail. The bill was pre-filed by Senators Gerald Dial, a Lineville democrat, and Montgomery republican Larry Dixon. Dial says he believes the bill would eliminate delays that have caused some military ballots to arrive after election day. Dixon says the bill would assure that votes by military personnel ``will be counted.'' The bill will be considered during the regular session of the Legislature, which begins in January.
Montgomery, AL – Two-year college system Chancellor Roy Johnson says the resignation of Snead President Devin Stephenson is unrelated to an unfavorable September 30th audit he received for not seeking bids before authorizing a 182-thousand dollar renovation of his campus residence. The resignation was approved Thursday by the state board and is effective December 31st.
Montgomery, AL – A survey by the Alabama Department of Public Health and other state agencies also shows a record number of people in Alabama are putting children in child restraint seats. The survey shows 82 percent of residents are wearing seat belts when they drive or sit in the front seat. That's compared to 80 percent in 2004. The survey found that 92 percent of young children riding in vehicles in Alabama were in child restraint seats, compared to 83 percent last year. That's up from seven percent in 1981.
Montgomery, AL – Officials say the prevalence of the sexually transmitted disease was actually on the rise. Maxie Fleming directs the Alabama Department of Public Health's S-T-D Division. She says a new chlamydia test recently instituted statewide has already revealed a 50 percent rise over past figures. Fleming says the state's increased chlamydia rates is on par with the rest of the country. Alabama is the last state to use a urine-based test, which is more sensitive to the disease than swab tests the state used before.