Alabama farmers say they're trying to cope with several weeks of cool temperatures and excessive rainfall, which has oversaturated the soil.
Agriculture experts say that has slowed farming across the state, which could threaten yields.
Farmer Keith Bryant tells The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/13ls16h) that he's being slowed down in his efforts to plant 400 acres of cotton this year. But he said his cotton harvest will be fine as long as he can plant by May 15.
Alabama voters will have a much easier time following campaign donations in the 2014 elections for state offices.
The Alabama secretary of state's office plans to launch a searchable online database of campaign donations by the end of May. It will replace the old system of paper documents and scanned-in documents, and it will premier in time for the start of fundraising for the 2014 elections.
Gov. Robert Bentley's state finance director, Marquita Davis, is leaving for a new job in Birmingham.
Bentley's press secretary, Jennifer Ardis, said Davis has accepted a job as executive director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity. She will move to her new job after the current legislative session ends later this month.
Davis served as director of the state Department of Children's Affairs in Gov. Bob Riley's Cabinet and in Bentley's Cabinet before he made her finance director in August 2011.
The Alabama legislature has paved the way for a new resort to be built on 29 acres of state-owned land at Gulf Shores State Park.
The bill allows Gov. Robert Bentley flexibility to work with a projects committee to decide the best way to build a major resort that would replace the state-owned lodge that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Tuscaloosa County officials could soon adopt a policy guiding decisions on where to place "speed tables" aimed at slowing down drivers.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/ZrZybe) that there's policy regulating speed tables in unincorporated areas of Tuscaloosa County.
County commissioners propose placing the tables -- which are similar to speed bumps with flattened tops -- based on requests from their constituents. The requests then must be approved by the full commission.
The Alabama House has begun debate on a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.
Hartselle Republican Ed Henry says the bill's purpose is to protect the rights of citizens to carry arms.
Some of the supporters expressed concern that President Obama is using recent shootings at schools and other public shootings as a reason to pass legislation reducing the rights of Americans to bear arms.
Plans to address the education budget Thursday in the state Senate got postponed.
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills says the budget was being delayed until next week because of disagreements over a pay raise for K-12 employees and other issues.
Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman of Daphne favors a 1 percent raise with the possibility of a 1 percent bonus. The House approved a 2 percent raise. Pittman says he may come around to the House's view if he sees the raise is sustainable in future years.
More than 1,000 students are retracing a landmark civil rights march in Birmingham.
Students from a dozen high schools and colleges marched from the city's 16th Street Baptist Church on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Children's Crusade against racial segregation in 1963.
School officials in Houston County are considering eliminating armed guards from schools and cite associated costs as a reason why.
Superintendent Tim Pitchford Tuesday told the Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/ZmFAyH ) the school system has installed automatic locks to allow principals to quickly lock schools down, installed more security cameras and have set in place other security measures to make schools safer.
The Alabama House passed a bill Tuesday night saying no public or private schools has to accept a student transferring from a failing public school under the new Alabama Accountability Act.
The bill by Republican Rep. Jim Carns of Mountain Brook passed 62-40 and now goes to the Senate. Proponents said the bill keeps some systems from being overrun with transfers they can't afford. Opponents said it gives affluent suburban school systems a reason to reject transfers from inner-city schools.