The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Republican governor a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.
The House voted against the governor's proposal 57-10 Monday. Then the Senate agreed 19-15 at the urging of the architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. Republicans provided the decisive votes.
Vivian Davis Figures, leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus, says the failure to expand Medicaid and the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act made this the worst legislative session she can remember.
Democrats in the Alabama Legislature failed to achieve their top goal for the 2013 session.
When the session began in February, Democratic legislators said their No. 1 goal was expanding Alabama's Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. But they conceded on the session's last day Monday that their goal had failed. A bill to expand the program drew opposition from Gov. Robert Bentley and never went anywhere.
A new exhibit at a southeast Alabama museum includes dozens of photographs from World War II.
The exhibit, "Memories of World War II Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press," will be on display at the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan now through July 14.
The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/14nBr1z) that the museum becomes one of more than 20 museums throughout the U.S. that have shown the exhibit since it originally opened to the public on May 24, 2004, at Washington's Union Station.
Alabama community colleges are expanding their course offerings that prepare students to start and run their own businesses.
Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/10MrpTO ) the Alabama Community College System plans to add classes in entrepreneurship and support programs. Gadsden State Community College this semester rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.
Two stars from the popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" are planning to attend an event in Auburn.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/11QbYRb) that Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson and Alan Robertson, both from the A&E cable show, are among celebrities set to appear at the Aug. 24 event at Auburn Arena.
Tickets for the event are being sold through Youth First and Youth for Christ in Auburn, with proceeds from the event going toward Youth for Christ.
Alabama legislators are getting ready for the final day of their 2013 session.
The Legislature convenes at 9 a.m. Monday. Both chambers will have to decide whether to accept or reject the governor's proposal to delay tax credits for private school attendance for two years.
Pending in the House is a bill that would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while on the job. The House could also consider a bill requiring drug testing for welfare applicants if they have had a drug conviction in the last five years.
Motorist traveling along Interstate 65 between Baldwin County and Montgomery on Wednesday afternoon will see plenty of state troopers, National Guard personnel and state Transportation Department workers.
A restaurant from Eufaula has won Alabama's BBQ Sauce-Off Championship.
A panel of judges picked Phil's BBQ as the best sauce during a tasting Saturday in Birmingham. Phil's was one of four regional winners that ended up in the state contest organized by the Alabama Tourism Department.
Contest Coordinator Brian Jones said Alabama has a great barbecue culture and the Tourism Department is highlighting it during its Year of Alabama Food promotion.
Some residents near a proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain are getting organized to oppose the project.
The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/189DqYI ) reports that about 35 residents met Saturday to share their opinions about the project planned by Pioneer Green Energy of Austin, Texas.
Resident Brandon Balenger said the project shouldn't be so close to people who live at the base of the mountain. Chris Lipscomb said his house is about 1,900 feet from the project, and he expects it to cut his home value in half.
Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and technical experts from across the U.S. are meeting in Alabama.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/18Thpic ) the Mercedes-Benz Club of America chose Alabama for its StarTech 2013 event, which brings together experts in Mercedes restoration, maintenance and performance for seminars and workshops. The four-day event began this weekend and runs through Tuesday.
Gov. Robert Bentley is spending the weekend trying to round up legislative support for his proposal to delay Alabama's new private school tax credits for two years.
Bentley spoke Saturday at the Alabama League of Municipalities convention in Montgomery and urged several hundred city officials to contact their legislators before the Legislature's last meeting day on Monday. Bentley said he's also contacting legislators by letter and in person.