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Public services in Alabama face cuts in Gov. Bentley's budget plan by AnnistonStar
Mar 24, 2011 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Public services from restaurant inspections to outpatient care at mental health centers face cuts if Gov. Robert Bentley's spending plans for the state General Fund take effect, state officials warned lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday. Leaders of state courts and agencies also warned that hundreds...
Personal income in Alabama grows slightly faster than the nation by AnnistonStar
Mar 24, 2011 |  3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Personal income in Alabama grew slightly faster than it did across the nation in 2010, as both the state and the nation rebounded from 2009's recession-driven dip. But government transfers added more to the total than workplace earnings in Alabama, signaling that the state's private sector expans...
ACLU: Bibles handed out at Limestone County elementary school by AnnistonStar
Mar 23, 2011 |  43 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Limestone County Board of Education is reportedly investigating a claim that a teacher and librarian distributed Bibles during school hours at Blue Springs Elementary School, according to the Associated Press. On Tuesday, Superintendent Barry Carroll reportedly received a letter from the Amer...
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to appeal Bessemer bingo ruling by AnnistonStar
Mar 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is seeking to overturn a court order that authorized bingo halls in the Bessemer division of Jefferson County to reopen. Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan said the attorney general's office will appeal the order from Circuit Judge Eugene Verin to the Ala...
Mobile woman gets 5 years for bombing Tillman's Corner roller skating rink by AnnistonStar
Mar 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
A local woman who admitted trying to blow up a roller skating rink to avenge a decision by a women’s roller derby team to dismiss her friend will go to prison for 5 years, a federal judge ruled today.  Samantha Leigh Kimbrough sought forgiveness from Mike Finlen, who owns the Dreamland Skate Cent...
Legislature votes to end DROP by AnnistonStar
Mar 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Alabama Legislature voted Tuesday night to end a program that allowed many experienced state employees and teachers to be rewarded for putting off retirement. The deferred retirement program was created in 2001 by the Legislature as a way to prevent experienced teachers from retiring and then...
Richard Shelby questions Libyan military intervention at Fairhope town hall meeting by AnnistonStar
Mar 22, 2011 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
During a town hall-style meeting in Fairhope early Monday, Sen. Richard Shelby talked about the dangers presented by expanding federal debt and questioned whether the United States’ intervention in Libya will do any good.  Shelby also said, in response to questions from the audience, that he woul...
Bill to end DROP expected to pass Alabama Senate today by AnnistonStar
Mar 22, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Republicans in the Alabama Senate today expect to give final approval to a bill ending new enrollments in the state's deferred retirement program.  The legislation has already passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives in largely party line votes, but senators must consider a minor a...
Former pastor accused of using Facebook for child porn can live with brother, judge rules by AnnistonStar
Mar 21, 2011 |  9 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
A federal judge here today ruled that a former Kentucky pastor can live with his brother in Mobile until his trial on charges that he was using Facebook to trade child pornography.  Prosecutors had sought to keep Jerry L. Cannon in jail. Read the full story from The Press-Register.
Alabama officials to appeal federal ruling, seek to stop payroll deductions for AEA dues by AnnistonStar
Mar 21, 2011 |  7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Dealt a blow in District court last Friday, Alabama intends to appeal its case against the state teacher's organization to a higher court in Atlanta. However, U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith on Monday wrote the state is likely to lose that appeal. Read the full story from The Huntsville Times.

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