Gov. Robert Bentley may have no way to give education employees the 2 percent pay raise he has recommended.
Bentley recommended a 2 percent raise at the start of the legislative session. The Senate reduced Bentley's pay raise bill to a one-time bonus of 1 percent. That bill stalled in the House budget committee Wednesday. Bentley said Thursday he needs a pay raise bill of some type to amend the amount to 2 percent. He said he can't enact a raise by adding language to the state education budget.
The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to extending the waiting period for an abortion in the state.
The Senate Health Committee voted 7-1 Wednesday to approve a bill that extends the waiting time from 24 hours to 48 hours after a woman receives information from an abortion clinic about the procedure and associated risks. Republicans senators cast the yes votes, and Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley cast the lone nay vote.
Southwest Airlines has barred its pilots from landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.
A spokeswoman for the Texas-based airline, Jenna Williamson, said Tuesday the passenger carrier took that action because pilots were getting cockpit alerts warning they were too close to the ground on approach.
Williamson says Birmingham's Runway 18 is no longer authorized for Southwest landings, but pilots can still use it for takeoffs.
Southwest's decision was first reported by Al.com.
A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.
Republican Sen. Paul Sanford says he will join other advocates to announce the changes Tuesday and he hopes it will improve the bill's chance of passing.
Sanford's bill was on the Senate's work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he expects it to be back on the work agenda on Tuesday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state senator who has sought to repeal the Common Core school standards says he now wants to give local schools system the ability to opt out of them Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale said Friday that he is working on legislation that would give systems the ability to choose not to use Common Core. The state school board adopted the standards in 2010. Beason say locally elected school boards should be able to decide what is right for their students.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Carnival celebration is in full swing along Alabama's coast this weekend. This coming Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and thousands of people in coastal cities are turning out for the final parades and get-togethers before the end of the season. Nine different parades are planned Saturday in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Float riders will be tossing colorful beads and moon pies from Mobile to Gulf Shores. Sunday marks what's traditionally the largest day for Mardi Gras in Mobile.