Alabama

Alabama
2:53 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Changes to Alabama's Immigration Law: For Better or Worse?

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's strict new immigration law has been quite the hot button issue. Since passing House Bill 56 last session, immigrants have left the state in droves as expected, but with all the legal challenges to the law Dorthy McDade like many others thought the evacuation would be temporary...

"At the very beginning a lot of them left they were still keeping their jobs."

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Alabama
6:07 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Ala. Legislature To Consider Raising Court Fees

Montgomery, AL – Hanging in limbo as Alabama legislators head into the last day of the 2012 session is a bill aimed at keeping Alabama courts running in the midst of a financial crisis.

Court clerks from all over the state have been frequent visitors to the Statehouse in recent weeks to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would raise court costs and a fee paid by bail bondsmen.

The House sponsor, Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Columbiana, said the bill would raise about $40 million for courts, which have been hurt by several years of budget cuts.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

College All-Star Game Planned For 2013 In Alabama

Montgomery, AL – Organizers say they're planning for a nationally-televised college all-star game in Alabama's capital city early next year.

The game will be played at the Cramton Bowl in downtown Montgomery in January.

Organizers predict financial success, though a title sponsor has not signed up.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says the city got assurances that financial backers would foot half of the $750,000 bill. He says the city was also assured there would be a TV contract and that the NFL would support it in competition with the Senior Bowl.

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Alabama
5:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

New Marketing Campaign To Push Ala. Seafood

Mobile, AL – Gulf Coast promoters are launching a new marketing campaign to increase sales of Alabama seafood.

The Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission is kicking off a three-year, $5 million marketing drive to increase demand for Alabama seafood. The ads particularly target state consumers and restaurants across the region.

Commission members will gather in Mobile on Friday to unveil the campaign, which is funded with grant money from BP. The campaign will advertisements featured in television, print, online sites and billboards.

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Alabama
6:13 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Effort To Override School Start Bill Veto Stalls

Montgomery, AL – The fate of a bill designed to boost tourism spending by extending summer vacation for school children is in limbo as the Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on overriding a veto by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The House voted 71-21 Tuesday to override the governor's veto.

But the Senate on Wednesday delayed action on the bill so senators could debate a measure that would make changes in the state's immigration law.

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Alabama
6:11 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

MLB To Build 9 Homes In Tornado-Ravaged Cities

Kansas City, MO – Major League Baseball and a charitable foundation for players are working with Habitat for Humanity to build nine homes for the tornado-ravaged cities of Joplin and Tuscaloosa, Ala. About half the funding will come from State Farm, the insurance company.

Officials said Wednesday in Kansas City they want to use the effort to remind fans that the communities still need help. To spotlight the need, crews will build frames for two of the homes outside Kauffman Stadium during baseball's All-Star game on July 10.

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Alabama
6:10 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

House Panel Advances Alabama Education Budget

Montgomery, AL – An Alabama House panel has approved a version of the state's education budget that would save teacher jobs.

The House Ways and Means Education Committee tweaked the Senate's budget, which would have cut more than 600 teacher jobs. The House version reduces that to about 350.

The change was accomplished partly by removing $20 million that was in the Senate's budget for bus purchases. The House version would sell bonds to buy buses.

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Alabama
6:09 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Ala. Panel Reveals Proposed Legislative Districts

Montgomery, AL – A joint committee is proposing new districts for the Alabama House and Senate that could force four sitting Democratic representatives to face off against one another in primary elections.

The maps released Wednesday place the homes of Montgomery Democratic Reps. Joe Hubbard and John Knight in the same district. It also groups together Reps. Patricia Todd and Demetrius Newton of Birmingham.

Hubbard says Republicans purposefully pitted white Democrats against blacks in districts that contain a majority of black voters.

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Alabama
6:08 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Gov. Bentley Signs Unemployment Comp Fraud Law

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill to increases the penalties for people who are convicted of committing unemployment compensation fraud.

The new law was signed by the governor Thursday. The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood.

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations has estimated that more than $15 million in unemployment compensation benefits were fraudulently obtained in Alabama last year.

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Alabama
6:06 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Alabama Home Brew Legalization Nears Passage

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature is getting close to make it legal to brew beer and wine at home.

The Senate Job Creation and Economic Development Committee voted 3-1 Tuesday for a bill allowing adults to make 15 gallons every three months. The bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw cleared the House in 44-33 last month. All it needs now is a vote in the Senate and signing by the governor.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Ala. Senate Panel Oks General Fund Spending Plan

Montgomery, AL – An Alabama Senate Committee has passed a General Fund budget that depends on voters approving the transfer of money from an oil and gas revenue savings account and from education funds to pay for the state's Medicaid program.

The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee voted 7-0 for a $1.4 billion budget that would require voters to approve a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 general election. The amendment would partly fund the cash-strapped Medicaid Agency by transferring $184 million from the oil and gas account and from education funds.

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Alabama
6:02 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Gov. Bentley Signs Law Banning Texting While Driving

Montgomery, AL – Texting on Alabama's public roads will soon be prohibited under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bentley says he believes the law will save lives, much like the state's statute requiring motorists to wear seat belts.

The bill prohibits sending text messages, instant messages and e-mails while behind the wheel. It provides exceptions for contacting emergency services and for using global position services.

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Alabama
6:01 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Chairman's Budget Cuts Fewer Alabama Teachers

Montgomery, AL – House budget committee Chairman Jay Love has devised an education budget that would cut fewer teachers' jobs than the one passed by the Alabama Senate.

Love outlined his proposed budget for the House Ways and Means-Education Committee on Tuesday. The committee will vote on the budget Wednesday and the House could consider it Thursday.

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Alabama
6:08 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Condoleezza Rice To Co-Chair Civil Rights Events

Birmingham, AL – Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is set to serve as co-chair of events for the 50th anniversary of Birmingham's civil rights activities in 1963.

Mayor William Bell on Monday announced Rice's participation in the commemoration. He says he expects to have more big names lined up for the events in the months to come.

Important events that year included Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from the Birmingham jail, the children's marches and the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Proposed Ala. Legislative Plans Debut Wednesday

Montgomery, AL – The leaders of the Alabama Legislature's reapportionment committee intend to unveil their proposed plans Wednesday for drawing new legislative districts.

The Senate co-chairman, Republican Gerald Dial, says he will recommend Senate districts that don't pit any incumbent senators against one another.

The House co-chairman, Republican Jim McClendon, says people will have to wait until Wednesday to see if any incumbents get their districts combined in his House plan.

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