A state lawmaker wants to make sure that faith-based adoption agencies have the right to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa introduced the bill last week specifying groups that could refuse to participate in adoptions and foster care placements that violate their religious beliefs.
The bill would also prohibit the state of Alabama from refusing to license, or renew a contract with, the groups for refusing services to people on religious grounds.
Officials in Tuscaloosa say they're working to address sewage spills that seem to be happening more frequently because of heavy rain, broken sewer lines and malfunctioning pumping stations.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1452aRR) a Water and Sewer Department report earlier this week said 1.3 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the first part of 2013. The figure is more than 13 times higher than the total amount of sewage that spilled in the area last year.