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School ID Badge Policy
5:39 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Ala. School District to Review ID Badge Policy

(Information in the following story is from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com)


The superintendent of Houston County schools says district officials plan to review a new security policy that requires all students to wear identification badges.


The Dothan Eagle reports Superintendent Tim Pitchford says school officials will take a second look at the effectiveness of the badge requirement in April.

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Jefferson County Bankruptcy
5:32 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Alabama Lawmaker Proposes Jefferson County Tax

State Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham is proposing to reinstate Jefferson County's .5% occupational tax.
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(Information in the following story is from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews)


A state representative from Birmingham has proposed a plan that he says will allow Alabama's largest county to escape from bankruptcy.


Democratic Rep. John Rogers told The Birmingham News that he will introduce a bill in the Legislature to reinstate the Jefferson County 0.5 percent occupational tax and generate as much at $65 to $70 million. Rogers is co-chairman of the Jefferson County legislative delegation.

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Voter Registration
5:25 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Must Voters Have to Prove Citizenship to Register?

U.S. Supreme Court
leadingage.org

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday in a case about whether states can force people to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.


At issue is the legality of Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a federal registration form that doesn't require such proof.


A federal appeals court threw out that part of Arizona's Proposition 200.

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Tuscaloosa County Sheriff
6:44 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Decision on New Tuscaloosa Sheriff Expected Soon

Governor Robert Bentley is expected to appoint a new sheriff for Tuscaloosa County after Ted Sexton announced he's leaving the job earlier this month.
tcsoal.org

A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he expects to appoint a new sheriff for Tuscaloosa County soon.

Sheriff Ted Sexton announced March 8 that he's leaving Tuscaloosa County after 22 years on the job. The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/YyKbMp ) Sexton starts work Monday as homeland security division director for the Los Angeles County sheriff in California.

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Birmingham Municipal Sewer Bonds
6:39 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

SEC Wants Trial Date in Ala. Suit Against Bankers

forbes.com

Federal regulators are asking a federal judge in Birmingham to set a trial date and avoid further delays in a civil fraud lawsuit against two former bankers accused of making payoffs to win billions of dollars in deals involving municipal sewer bonds.

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Logan Martin Lake cleanup
6:33 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Volunteers to Help Clean Logan Martin

Logan Martin Lake
nytimes.com

Organizers are expecting hundreds of volunteers for a big cleanup of Logan Martin Lake that starts this weekend.

The weeklong event begins Saturday and is being put together by the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association.

The group is signing up workers and providing bags, latex gloves and T-shirts. Volunteers will use boats to reach areas that aren't accessible by foot.

The Daily Home of Talladega reports that almost 20 tons of debris was removed during just one cleanup.

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High School Technology Programs
6:28 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Alabama Tech Programs Could Get $50 Million Boost

Alabama high schools could receive $50 million to replace outdated equipment under a measure in the Alabama Legislature.

The Alabama Legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs.

Lawmakers hope giving students better equipment will help make a dent in Alabama's dropout rate.

Bond issue legislation has breezed through the House and a Senate committee with only one negative vote. The tech director for the state Board of Education, Philip Cleveland, said schools have not received state money for equipment since they got $10 million in 2005. He said students in some programs are training on outdated equipment.

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New Interchange
4:45 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Alabama Breaks Ground For Beach Interchange

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Baldwin County officials break ground for an interchange that will tie Interstate 10 with the Foley Beach Express.
Credit Brian Kelly / al.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined Baldwin County officials to break ground for an interchange that will tie Interstate 10 with the Foley Beach Express.


Bentley told the audience at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday that the interchange will bring more people to the coastal county and help with evacuations during hurricanes. Former Gov. Fob James, who lives in Baldwin County, also participated.


The $10.6 million interchange is the final of four projects linking the interchange to the beach.

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Organ Transplants
4:38 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Ala. Children's Hospital Begins Organ Transplants

Children's of Alabama says the hospital has begun to perform organ transplants this week.
Credit Google

Officials at Children's of Alabama have announced the hospital has begun performing organ transplants.


Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Bowers says the hospital performed its first heart transplant earlier this week.


Before getting approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing, patients who needed heart, liver or kidney transplants were transferred from Children's to UAB Hospital, then back to Children's of Alabama for post-operative treatment.

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Strange-Gun Control Legislation
4:29 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Ala. AG Strange Promises To Challenge Gun Control Bills

Ala. Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law.
Credit lutherstrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a ban on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition magazines that carry more than ten rounds. The bill names more than 150 weapons that would be banned.

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Baldwin County Interchange
8:01 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Ala. Governor to Attend Interchange Groundbreaking

The Baldwin Beach Express.
aaroads.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for an interchange on Interstate 10 in Baldwin County with the Baldwin Beach Express.


The governor will be joined at 10 a.m. Friday by other state and local officials at the intersection of the Baldwin Beach Express and U.S. 90 near Robertsdale for the groundbreaking.

2009 Tax Refunds
7:52 am
Fri March 15, 2013

IRS: Time for 2009 Tax Refunds Running Out

The IRS says about 16,000 Alabama taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax refund for 2009 could have a refund waiting for them. Deadline is April 15, 2013.

The Internal Revenue Service says an estimated 16,000 Alabama taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax refund in 2009 may have more than $13 million in refunds awaiting them.

The IRS estimates that half of the potential refunds will exceed $565 each.


An IRS spokesman says taxpayers seeking a refund must file a 2009 tax return by April 15, or it's too late. That's because any return seeking a refund must be filed within three years of the original deadline or the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury.

Air Manufacturers-Lawsuits
5:02 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill

The bill places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits against Airbus as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant in Mobile.
Credit Airbus

Legislation to help protect Airbus from lawsuits involving planes built at the new plant in Mobile has moved closer to final passage in the Alabama Legislature.


The House voted unanimously Thursday for the bill that places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant. A lawsuit would have to involve a problem with the airplane that arose within 12 years of when the plane was sold.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill

Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley wasted no time in signing legislation providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.


The Alabama Supreme Court decided late Wednesday afternoon to throw out a lower court order that kept the Legislature from sending the bill to the governor for signing. The Legislature delivered the bill Thursday morning and Bentley signed it just before 11 a.m.

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VictoryLand Reopening
4:26 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

VictoryLand Reopening Simulcast Race Wagering

VictoryLand in Shorter will resume betting on simulcast horse and dog races on Friday.
Credit AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh

VictoryLand in Shorter will resume betting on simulcast horse and dog races on Friday.


Owner Milton McGregor said the simulcast operation will open at 10:30 a.m. and wagering will start at 11 a.m.


The entire VictoryLand operation has been closed since the state attorney general raided its casino Feb. 19. The casino remains closed. McGregor said he's happy to put some of the employees back to work in the simulcast operation. He said the simulcast races will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays.

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