The U.S. Treasury Department says Alabamians are still receiving federal benefits though more than 112,000 paper checks each month. They have less than four months remaining to say whether they want to switch to direct deposit or Direct Express debit cards.
The department is moving to all-electronic payments for federal benefits starting March 1, and those who don't select will be switched to Direct Express debit cards so they don't miss a payment.
Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.
Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.
An expert on meteors is visiting Huntsville to discuss the recent meteorite shower in north Alabama.
Marc Fries will speak at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday morning.
Fries is a specialist in finding and recovering meteorites. He still focus on an Oct. 30 shower across the state's northern counties as he talks about using Doppler weather radar to find meteorites on the ground.
Two meteorite fragments have been recovered in Winston County, near Addison.
Alabama voters have approved a measure that Gov. Robert Bentley says will help bring jobs to the state.
Amendment 2 allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama. The constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds to offer as industrial incentives, and the state has issued $720 million.
Alabama voters decided Tuesday to extend the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.
The program, initially approved by voters in 1992, has secured more than 227,000 acres of land for public use through purchases or long-term leases. Land acquired ranges from more than 5,000 acres of fragile marshes on the Alabama coast to more than 16,000 acres at the Walls of Jericho, a dramatic gorge near the Tennessee border.