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April 29, 2016


ACLU might challenge Oxford bathroom law

Randall Marshall called the city’s newest law, which restricts bathroom usage according to a person’s sex as displayed on his or her birth certificate, an escalation of a “disturbing trend” in what the ACLU sees as legal restrictions aimed at transgender people.

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Friday 04/29/2016
Medicaid funding patch passes Alabama House
Posted: April 29, 2016

Alabama would use money from a settlement in the 2010 BP oil spill to repay debt — and patch part of a projected gap in the state's Medicaid program — under a bill approved by the state House of Representatives Thursday. The clock is ticking for the bill, however. 

Thursday 04/28/2016
Alabama House passes $800 million prison building bill
Posted: April 28, 2016

House members voted 52-33 to approve a plan to take out a bond issue to build three 4,000-bed men’s prisons and one smaller women’s prison to replace Tutwiler Prison for women. But in a 49-35 vote, House members added an amendment that would require prison officials to produce more details on the prison plan and come back for another vote next year.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's opponents pass threshold for impeachment investigation
Posted: April 28, 2016

"The tide is rising," said Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, who brought the articles of impeachment. "I think that the more the leadership of the House resists, the more it's coming up."

JSU to graduate first doctoral student Friday
Posted: April 28, 2016

Michael Ryan, a Virginia native who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, browsed the web to discover JSU’s master’s degree in emergency management. He completed that program in 2005, then he waited for a doctoral program to arrive.

Wednesday 04/27/2016
Moore takes on critics of same-sex marriage stance
Posted: April 27, 2016

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore blasted gay rights activists in a news conference at the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying their call for his removal was politically motivated.

Alabamians use #IAmMedicaid to put a face on funding crisis
Posted: April 27, 2016

Representatives with advocacy groups say the campaign has gained traction, and they plan to continue it over the coming months, long after the current state legislative session ends.

Oxford leaders say bathroom-gender law is about public safety
Posted: April 27, 2016

The president of the City Council during a press conference Wednesday afternoon defended the council’s passage the night before of a law that restricts public bathroom use according to sex.

Oxford council rebukes Target bathroom policy with new ordinance
Posted: April 27, 2016

The new law, approved unanimously by the council’s members, restricts a person’s use of both public bathrooms and changing rooms to the facilities designated for use by members of the gender listed on his or her birth certificate.

BP settlement bill could ease some of Alabama Medicaid's woes
Posted: April 27, 2016

That bill passed a key vote Wednesday in the House Ways and Means Committee, but it has only three days to pass both houses.

Committee changes payday loan bill on the way to Alabama House
Posted: April 27, 2016

A bill to reduce the interest on payday loans got approval of a key committee in the Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday, but only after changes that disappointed some supporters of payday loan reform.

Mark McCarter: List of ‘bad governors’ a long one
Posted: April 27, 2016

Google “bad governors” and it’ll bring you hours of family fun, noting all sorts of governors who went from making laws to making license plates.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Alabama House approves impeachment process
Posted: April 26, 2016

Critics of Gov. Robert Bentley say the vote may actually make it harder to impeach the embattled governor.

Munford’s Bret Holmes prepares for Talladega Superspeedway
Posted: April 26, 2016

Munford's Bret Holmes, 18, will race in Friday’s General Tire 200 ARCA race, his superspeedway debut.

Monday 04/25/2016
Bill would ban private-sector pay for Alabama governors' advisers
Posted: April 25, 2016

Officials of Alabama’s executive branch would be banned from hiring staffers who are paid for with private money under a bill headed for discussion in an Alabama House of Representatives committee Tuesday.

Saturday 04/23/2016
Issues remain as Alabama Legislature nears session’s end
Posted: April 23, 2016

MONTGOMERY — Alabama’s legislative session will probably end in less than two weeks, and House and Senate leaders claim their work is almost done.

State’s post-storm to-do list has work left undone
Posted: April 23, 2016

Five years ago this week, nine people died when a tornado ripped across the northwestern edge of Calhoun County.

Calhoun County families affected by storms’ force recall terror of April 27, 2011
Posted: April 23, 2016

Some of those in Calhoun County most affected by the storms of April 27, 2011, say they’ve found peace through faith and family, though not every piece from the lives destroyed that day will fit back together five years later.

Thursday 04/21/2016
Alabama education budget passes without retiree bonus
Posted: April 21, 2016

Most Alabama  teachers will get a 4 percent raise in 2017, but retirees won’t see a bonus even if the state has extra money.


Bentley: 'No problem' with impeachment panel
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 5:01 pm

Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday that he isn't opposed to a House member's efforts to set up a process for impeachment.

Bill would raise car title fees to pay for new Alabama prison
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Alabama drivers would pay an additional $13 in title fees when buying a car under a bill approved by a committee in the Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill heads to the full House for a vote.


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