Faulkner University

The Alabama Prison Reform Task Force is currently considering a slate of recommendations from the Council of State Governments to address Alabama's poorly performing prisons.

Some of their suggestions include hiring more probation officers and creating a new, lesser felony class for low-level offenses.

The Task Force estimates that proposed changes should reduce Alabama's prison population from 200% capacity down to 162% by 2021.

Faulkner University

The president of Faulkner University has announced plans to retire after nearly three decades in the position.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports Billy D. Hilyer announced Tuesday that he'll retire May 31, 2015, which is at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Hilyer has been president of the university for 28 years.

Hilyer's career with the university began in 1974 as a part-time counselor.

Chairman of the university's board of trustees, John W. Hill, says a search committee to find the school's next president has already been formed.