The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to establish charter schools in the state.
The House of Representatives voted 58 to 41 to pass the bill after making a few changes. State senators voted 24 to 11 to adopt those changes. The bill now heads to Governor Bentley, who is expected to sign the measure into law after a legal review.
State Democrats have been especially critical of the bill. Nick Rose is the President of the Tuscaloosa Democratic Party. He outlined the party’s three main complaints with the charter school measure.
The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on a minor seeking an abortion without parental approval.
The ACLU says the Alabama law goes beyond any parental consent law in the nation. It provides that when a girl seeks judicial approval for an abortion without her parents' consent, the court can appoint a guardian for the fetus, and it allows a district attorney to question the girl.
The executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, Susan Watson, says the law aims to shame a young woman into not having an abortion.
Here in Alabama, prisoners with HIV are segregated from the rest of the prison population. This makes Alabama just one of two states that still does this. Prison officials say it’s for the safety of the inmates, but some prisoners say it’s unfair and a violation of privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state on behalf of prisoners to end the segregation. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez spoke with the man at the center of the issue...