Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.
The governor announced details of the plan at a news conference Monday in Huntsville. He said it would either pay 100 percent of monthly premiums for health insurance for five years or offer $15,000 in cash payments.
He said the program would help retiring workers while at the same time saving taxpayers between $18 million and $26 million a year.
Alabama voters on Nov. 6 will get another chance to remove racist sections of the Alabama Constitution.
Amendment No. 4 on the ballot would remove language from the 1901 Alabama Constitution that includes providing for separate schools for black and white students and levying a poll tax.
Supporters say this amendment is different from one narrowly rejected by voters in 2004. That one removed the same sections, but also removed language that says there is no right to a public education at taxpayer's expense.
Authorities say a new federal grant will open doors for disadvantaged students to become part of the nursing program at the University of North Alabama.
Officials say the $2.1 million grant goes to UNA's College of Nursing and Allied Health.
The Florence TimesDaily reports (http://bit.ly/R7PL64) that the grant will provide access to the university's Opportunities for Entry into Nursing program for what officials describe as "under-represented minorities."
The Montgomery County Board of Education is hiring a private investigator to look in allegations of grade changing.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue the investigation after the Montgomery Advertiser reported last week that teachers at the three high schools admitted to participating in or observing hundreds of improper grade changes. County Superintendent Barbara Thompson said the school system does not condone grade changing without documentation.
A lawsuit has been filed accusing the Alabama Department of Education of refusing to release school data showing the impact of Alabama's law cracking down on illegal immigrants has had on Hispanic students.
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery filed the lawsuit, which contends education officials have declined to release data on student enrollment before and after the immigration law was enacted.
The lawsuit says the SPLC has requested a copy of information that education officials have sent to the U.S. Justice Department.
Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore says the church has been silenced by political correctness. Moore spoke Tuesday at a rally on the state Capitol steps.
It was organized by several ministers concerned about President Obama's views on same-sex marriage and abortion.
Moore said America is in a time of moral decay and is seeing an attack on the institution of marriage. He said he's tired of hearing politicians say let's get down to the real issues because marriage and abortion are real issues.
A professional organization representing Alabama's osteopathic doctors said it can't support the creation of a new medical college in Auburn.
Members of the Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association (ALOMA) said construction of a new medical college in 2015 could dilute the quality of medical school applicants in the state. The Auburn school would open after another one slated to admit students in Dothan beginning next year.
Members of the group say the situation could create a glut of students looking to complete medical school requirements at locations throughout Alabama.
Changes to federal eligibility rules for Pell Grants have some Alabama students returning to college looking for new ways to pay for classes.
The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/ONRj9R) that the Alabama Commission on Higher Education has commissioned the University of Alabama Education Policy Center to do a study on the topic this fall.
Ben Baker, director of student financial services at the University of North Alabama, said that students could get less Pell Grant money under the changes.