A Tuscaloosa abortion clinic is suing the state of Alabama over a regulation that could cause the facility to permanently close.
The West Alabama Women's Center filed the federal lawsuit against state health officials last week. The suit deals with a regulation requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, or a contract with a physician who does to handle patients with complications.
Governor Robert Bentley testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington yesterday. Alabama Public Radio’s Stan Ingold reports the Governor was highlighting Alabama’s prison reform efforts.
The goal of the committee’s hearing is to share lessons on successful criminal justice reform from states like Alabama. Several federal reform bills are currently before the U.S. House and Senate covering topics like reducing repeat offenders, changing federal sentencing rules and guidelines, and improving prison practices.
Organizers of regular protests at the North Carolina Legislature are being joined by NAACP leaders in a half-dozen other states to launch a week of demonstrations.
The North Carolina NAACP says that Friday will be the first of seven days of demonstrations. In North Carolina, a coalition led by the NAACP has protested at the Capitol nearly every week during the past two legislative sessions.
The City of Selma observed the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday over the weekend. It was on March 7, 1965 when state and local lawmen attacked protesters on the Edmund Pettus bridge. The demonstrators were marching for voting rights. Four days of events concluded yesterday in Selma that drew civil rights leaders from across the country. One was the Reverend William Barber. He's head of North Carolina’s NAACP. Barber says he looks at the event as not only a remembrance but a call to action. He says there's been progress, but we have a long way to go.