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Politics & Government
6:43 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ala. Legislature Responds to Caylee Anthony Case

New legislation makes it a felony for a parent to neglect to promptly notify authorities when their child is missing or dead. It's in response to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida.
www.forbes.com

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill making it a felony for a parent to neglect to promptly notify authorities when their child is missing or dead in response to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida.

   The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham, received final passage in the Senate and House Monday and now goes to the governor for his review.

   The bill was inspired by Anthony, who was not reported missing for 31 days.

Politics & Government
6:36 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Alabama Governor Offers Help to Oklahoma

Tiffany Bauman comforted a dying dog that was injured by the tornado in Moore, Okla.
Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Alabama's governor says the state stands ready to help Oklahoma recover from a deadly tornado.

Private School Tax Credits
7:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Ala. Legislature Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay

The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Gov. Robert Bentley a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.
Credit State of Alabama

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.

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School Security
7:24 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama Schools Get Authority To Hire Security

The state Legislature has authorized city and county school systems to hire armed security guards to protect students.
Credit Trent Moore/The Cullman Times

The Alabama Legislature has authorized city and county school systems to hire armed security guards to protect students.

The Senate voted 21-0 Monday to go along with changes the House made to a school security bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery. The bill now goes to the governor for review.

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Borrowing Millions
7:19 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bond Issue Approved For Alabama Schools

Murphy High School is one of the many tornado-damaged schools that the bond issue will help.
Credit G.M. Andrews/AP Photo

The Alabama Legislature has approved selling bonds to borrow $30 million to repair tornado-damaged schools.

The Senate voted 26-6 Monday afternoon to give final passage to the bond legislation. The bill now goes to the governor for his review.

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Democrats-Medicaid
4:43 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama Democrats Fail In Expanding Medicaid

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.
Credit AP Photo/Dave Martin

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.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits

The Ala. House has rejected Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
Credit fox10tv.com


The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.


The House voted 57-10 Monday to reject the governor's proposal. Now the proposal goes to the Senate on the last meeting day of the legislative session.

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Arts & Life
8:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dothan Museum Hosts Exhibit of World War II Images

Major (Retired) Edward B. Ledford looks over photographs during the opening of an exhibition of WWII photos from Associated Press photographers at the Wiregrass Museum of Art.
Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle

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.

Business & Education
8:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Ala. Community Colleges Expanding Business Courses

Gadsden State Community College rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.
campusexplorer.com

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.

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Arts & Life
8:12 am
Mon May 20, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' Stars to Appear at Auburn Event

Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson is one of two stars from the popular reality TV show "Duck Dynasty" who'll attend an event in Auburn.
aetv.com/duck-dynasty

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.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama Legislature Returns for Last Day

Monday, May 20 is the last meeting day of the 2013 legislative session.

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.

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama to Practice Hurricane Traffic Reversal

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.

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Arts & Life
8:50 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Eufaula Restaurant Wins Alabama BBQ Sauce Contest

Phil's BBQ in Eufaula has been named as best sauce by the state's tourism department.
marieletseat.com

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.

Alabama Wind Farm
8:44 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Residents Opposing Lookout Mountain Wind Farm

Some residents near a proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain say they oppose the project.
www.independentaustralia.net

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.

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Business & Education
8:40 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Club Holds Annual Event in Alabama

The Mercedes-Benz Club of America chose Alabama for its StarTech 2013 event.
www.automotiveaddicts.com

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.

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