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.
Alabama's first lady Dianne Bentley is scheduled to attend a domestic violence training session for Shelby County law enforcement officials.
Gov. Robert Bentley's office says the session Monday morning is part of Dianne Bentley's initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The training session is being provided by SafeHouse, which offers emergency and transitional housing for those who are homeless because of abuse. The organization also provides domestic violence response and prevention programs.
Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley is continuing a program to distribute blankets to homeless and displaced families during the winter months. The first lady announced the start of the program called "Blankets with a Blessing" Monday. She said new quilts and blankets would be collected from businesses and individuals through Nov. 13. The blankets will be donated to a domestic violence shelter somewhere in the state. A total of 55 blankets were donated last year and were given to SafeHouse shelter in Shelby County. "Blankets with a Blessing" started in 2004.