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Politics & Government
2:55 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Alabama lawmakers to take up medicaid reform

Politics & Government
7:29 am
Sun March 24, 2013

DOJ opposes Alabama appeal over Immigration law

Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Alabama Supreme Court: No cash for man in drug bust

Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat March 23, 2013

State Lawmakers may cut taxes at toxic site


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill that has passed the Alabama House and is pending in the Senate poses an old dilemma for lawmakers — jobs versus the environment. The bill would drastically lower taxes for businesses that use the hazardous waste disposal facility at Emelle, in Sumter County near the Alabama-Mississippi line. The fees for disposing waste were raised in the early 1990s to help spur activity in the economically depressed county in Alabama's Black Belt. But bill sponsor Rep. A.J.

Alabama Common Core standards
6:48 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Panel Defeats Bill to Stop Ala. Common Core Goals

Alabama's common core standards for public schools have survived another challenge.

It appears a bill to abolish the standards is unlikely to pass the Legislature. The Common Core standards for learning in math and English were recommended by the National Governors Association.

Bills were introduced in the House and Senate to prevent adoption of the standards. The Senate bill has been indefinitely postponed. A subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee voted Wednesday to kill the bill.

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Toomer's Oaks
6:40 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Auburn Council Sets Date for Toomer's Oaks Removal

The removal of the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University has been set for April 23.

The Auburn City Council has set April 23 as the date when the iconic Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University will be removed.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports removal of the trees will require closing city streets in the area.

City Manager Charlie Duggan said the removal has tentatively been set for 7 a.m. to noon on April 23, but the time is subject to change depending on weather and how long the removal takes.

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Healthiest Alabama County
6:34 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Study Ranks Shelby as Alabama's Healthiest County

A new study finds Shelby County is number one when it comes to the health and quality of life in Alabama.

Shelby County is ranked number one in a new study of the health and quality of life in each of Alabama's the 67 counties.

The analysis was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

It examined 25 factors that influence health, including childhood poverty, numbers of smokers, obesity levels, teen birth rates and access to physicians and dentists.

2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Alabama Legislature on Spring Break

Alabama lawmakers will return to Montgomery April 2 for the second half of the regular Legislative session.

The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up the first half of its 2013 session and gone on spring break.

Wednesday marked the 15th meeting day of the session. Lawmakers left the capital city Wednesday evening and will return April 2 for their final 15 meeting days.

The issues remaining for the second half of the session include the state education budget and the General Fund budget.

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Public Service Commission
6:31 am
Wed March 20, 2013

PSC Sets Meetings on Alabama Power Rates

Alabama's Public Service Commission will meet to discuss rates for Alabama Power Co.

The state's utility regulatory board has scheduled three meetings focusing on the rates for Alabama Power Co.

The Public Service Commission says the public meetings will be May 8, June 18 and July 17 in Montgomery. Each meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the PSC's headquarters. The PSC says the structure of each meeting will be announced later.

The PSC's rate stabilization plan for Alabama Power has provided the state's largest electric utility with a rate of return on common equity of 13 percent to 14.5 percent since 1982.

Health Overhaul-Alabama
5:06 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Legislators Hear Comments On Ala. Medicaid Bill

State legislators heard from community groups and managed care companies regarding efforts to reorganize Alabama's Medicaid Program.
Credit Microsoft images

Representatives from community groups and managed care companies are lauding the Legislature's efforts to reorganize Alabama's Medicaid program.

Speakers told House and Senate members Tuesday that the proposal is a major first step, but they also voiced concerns for the bill before it goes to committees for public hearings and revisions.

The bill would change Medicaid from a fee-for-service program to a program where private-sector contractors develop care networks in up to eight regions of the state.

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Veteran Legislature-Cuts
4:49 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Ala. Legislator Discusses Severity Of Budget Cuts

Representative Richard Lindsey of Centre says he's never seen state services cut to their current level.
Credit Alabama House of Representatives

One of the longest serving members of the Legislature, Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre, says he's never seen state services cut to their current level.

Lindsey says cuts began in 2008, and they have continued each year since then. Lindsey says prison guards are at a bare minimum, schools don't have enough supplies, and fewer state troopers are patrolling the highways.

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Casino Raid
4:38 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Judge Won't Step Aside From Alabama Casino Case

Attorney General Luther strange asked Judge Tom Young Jr. to step aside from deciding what to do about gambling machines and cash seized from VictoryLand casino.

A Macon County judge has refused to step aside from deciding what to do about gambling machines and cash seized from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

State Attorney General Luther Strange had asked Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr. to recuse himself on grounds that he is prejudiced against the state's evidence. Young ruled at a hearing Tuesday that he is not prejudiced and will remain on the case rather than sending it to another judge. A spokesman for the attorney general says he is evaluating the next move.

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Alabama Power Outages
6:57 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nearly 100,000 Still Without Power After Storms

Nearly 100,000 customers were without power across Alabama early Tuesday after storms with the force of hurricane winds toppled trees and utility lines.

Alabama Power said early Tuesday morning that 98,200 customers were without power as of 6 a.m., down from more than 222,000 customers after the Monday storms.

Most of the customers who remained without power -- about 50,000 -- were east of Birmingham in communities such as Gadsden, Oneonta, Anniston and Pell City. Dozens of communities around the state experienced significant damage, authorities said.

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Alabama Branding Initiative
6:46 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Ala. Governor to Unveil New Branding Initiative

Governor Robert Bentley is joining officials with the State Department of Commerce to unveil a new branding initiative for the state.

Gov. Robert Bentley and leaders of the Alabama Department of Commerce will unveil a new branding initiative and website aimed at assisting in recruiting new and expanding industries in the state.

The brand will be something that will turn people's attention to Alabama. The governor will unveil the new brand in a news conference at 10 a.m. today on the front steps of the Alabama Capitol.