Calhoun Community College

A Senate committee has approved a House-passed cigarette tax and other revenue bills as lawmakers press forward in trying to close a budget shortfall.

The Senate Finance and Taxation Committee approved the 25-cent cigarette tax after postponing a vote earlier in the day.

The committee also approved Medicaid provider taxes on pharmacies and nursing homes.

Committee Chairman Arthur Orr says negotiations are continuing and he did not know when the bills would be up for a Senate vote.

A northern Alabama community college plans to transition from traditional textbooks and offer students more digitally-based education opportunities.

   Calhoun Community College president Marilyn Beck told the Decatur Daily ( ) 32 courses at the community college will focus on tablet and e-book education materials and students will still have the option to purchase textbooks.