Mobile City Council members are rejecting a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.
The proposal received only four of the five votes it needed to pass on Tuesday.
The Mobile County Health Department has been trying to persuade cities to ban smoking in public places. The agency is promoting such ordinances with the help of a $2.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Democrats in the Alabama House have decided to fight new legislative districts in Washington rather than in the state.
House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden said House Democrats have consulted with their attorneys and decided not to challenge the districts in state court. Instead, they will take their battle to the U.S. Justice Department. The Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to approve the new districts before they can be used in the legislative elections in 2014.
The latest fundraising numbers are in for the two presidential campaigns, and the amounts are eye-popping. President Obama and the Democratic Party raised $71 million, which is an enormous haul. But it was dwarfed by Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee, which together raised $106 million in the month of June.
The attorney for Don Siegelman is asking a federal judge to set aside his order denying the former Alabama governor a new trial.
Siegelman attorney Peter Sissman filed the request Monday with U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller in Montgomery. The attorney wants a delay so he can have more time to try to get documents about former U.S. Attorney Leura Canary.
Canary was the chief federal prosecutor in Montgomery during the case, but she stepped aside. Siegelman's side contends she still had some involvement.
State officials say more than 25,000 individuals or married couples who are owed income tax refunds still haven't gotten them.
The state has paid more than a million personal income tax refunds so far this fiscal year.
Revenue Department spokeswoman Carla Snellgrove said state officials have sent personal income tax refunds totaling $480.8 million to 1,042,192 individuals or couples from Oct. 1 through Friday. The state's 2012 fiscal year started Oct. 1.
Legislative committee rooms at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery are getting video surveillance equipment.
The Alabama Department of Homeland Security announced it has awarded a grant of $72,836 to perform the work. Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier is a former legislator. He says the investment will protect legislators, staff and visitors to the Statehouse.
Officials say the equipment is being added in space previously used by the state attorney general that has now been converted to meeting rooms for legislative committees.
Setting the stage for more election-year debate over taxes and economic policy, President Obama this morning challenged Republicans to support a plan to extend for one year — but only for families earning less than $250,000 annually — the so-called Bush tax cuts.
Republicans want the tax cuts, which expire at the end of 2012, to continue for everyone. Obama says it's time for wealthier taxpayers to pay more because that will help narrow future budget deficits.
Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wave at a campaign event on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis. Republicans have pushed deep cuts in public employment since the economic downturn began.
Bryce Covert is the Editor of the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog and a writer for The Nation.
It's no secret anymore (particularly since Obama's The-Private-Sector-Is-Doing-Fine-Gate) that there have been huge numbers of government worker layoffs during the recovery. Many are rightly pointing out that this is only making the jobs crisis worse. But what's behind those losses?
People gather outside the Supreme Court on June 28, the morning the health care ruling was announced. Lawyers say they're still teasing out the consequences for other key areas of the law — including civil rights.
There's been lots of talk about how the Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold the health care law could affect the federal Medicaid program and President Obama's political standing. But days after the historic ruling, lawyers say they're still teasing out the consequences for other key areas of the law — including civil rights.
At first blush, it might seem odd that a case about the Affordable Care Act would send civil rights experts scrambling back to their law books.
Chief Justice John Roberts poses with Supreme Court justices during the official photo on September 29, 2009 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Roberts joined with the court's liberals Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Some state regulatory boards aren't abiding by a requirement in Alabama's new immigration law that they check the legal residency of people getting licenses to do business in the state.
The state Examiners of Public Accounts issued reports saying the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board and the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission have ``not taken action to comply with state law that requires its licensees to be either United States citizens or lawfully present in the United States.''