A company financially backed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama is on the hook for nearly all of a 14 million dollar lawsuit. Five Indian guest workers have been awarded the money for damages by a federal grand jury.  The workers were defrauded and exploited in a labor trafficking scheme by the gulf coast marine services company Signal, an immigration lawyer and an Indian Labor Recruiter.

     Richard Cohen is the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center who filed the suit. He says R-S-A head David Bronner should have done his homework…

The Montgomery Advertiser

The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned 96 Alabama school systems that they are violating federal guidelines by discouraging enrollment based on immigration status.

The group sent a letter to state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice. SPLC attorney Jay Singh said Thursday that all children have a right to attend public schools regardless of immigration status.

The letter asks Bice to ensure that all schools comply with federal mandates by the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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State lawmakers and education officials have filed a state lawsuit to have the Alabama Accountability Act ruled unconstitutional.

   The Montgomery Advertiser reported Wednesday (http://on.mgmadv.com/15yhreh) that the suit was filed on behalf of Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, Lowndes County schools Superintendent Daniel Boyd and Alabama Education Association president Anita Gibson.

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The Mobile County school system has agreed not to suspend students for minor infractions such as not tucking a shirt in or being late to class.

   The agreement was part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center challenging the Mobile system's past practice of sometimes giving students lengthy suspensions for minor infractions.

   The settlement requires approval of the superintendent for a proposed suspension of longer than 20 school days.

Early on a Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, today's gay rodeo is slowly picking up pace. Competitors quickly move to make it to their event and spectators wander about the arena. William Edlin of Austin, TX is bright-eyed and ready to go. In his eight years on the circuit, Edlin says he hasn't seen too much conflict and anticipates a gay rodeo in Alabama will have a positive impact.