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Alabama House passes bill to spare Medicaid, few other agencies from looming cuts by AnnistonStar
Mar 30, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Medicaid and a few other agencies would be shielded from looming cuts in budgeted General Fund spending under a bill passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives. The House voted 97-1 for the bill, which passed the Senate last week. But the House made a change to the bill, and the Senate adjour...
Etowah County Courthouse evacuated after bomb scare by AnnistonStar
Mar 29, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The Etowah County Courthouse was evacuated after a bomb threat was called in at 9 a.m. More than a dozen law enforcement officers searched the building, and the Gadsden Fire Department responded. The Gadsden Bomb Squad did not respond. The Judicial building and Sheriff’s Office remained open. Rea...
Beware, Alabama: List says state is among most disaster-prone by AnnistonStar
Mar 29, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The website that two years ago declared Huntsville the nation's best city brought some less enthralling news Monday. Based on the past 10 years in which the state has been ravaged by hurricanes and tornadoes, Alabama has been named the nation's seventh most-at-risk state for disasters. Read the f...
Forever Wild extension to be considered in Alabama Senate committee hearing by AnnistonStar
Mar 29, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
A bill that would extend the life of Forever Wild, Alabama's land acquisition and preservation program, will be the subject of a Senate committee hearing Thursday in Montgomery. The hearing was requested by the Alabama Farmers Federation, or Alfa, which is arguing against the reauthorization bill...
Alabama prison bills may save state $106 million over 5 years by AnnistonStar
Mar 28, 2011 |  3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
A broad package of sentencing and corrections reform bills aims to reduce the state prison population, then use the savings to bolster supervision of convicted felons and improve public safety, said Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. "It's the theory of reinvestment," Cobb said. You invest the savings ...
Cuts in corporate tax loopholes could save Alabama tens of millions, Gov. Robert Bentley's office says by AnnistonStar
Mar 28, 2011 |  1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Robert Bentley within a few days will unveil plans that could raise tens of millions of dollars a year for state budgets by closing corporate tax loopholes, state Finance Director David Perry said. Perry declined to give specifics on which loopholes could be closed, but said they involved mu...
Regions moves to 14th largest American bank by AnnistonStar
Mar 25, 2011 |  1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Regions Financial Group is now the 14th largest bank in the United States by assets, according to SNL Financial, a financial analysis firm based in Charlottesville, Va. The Birmingham-based owner of Regions Bank moved up one spot on the list, displacing Citizens Financial Group, a Rhode Island-ba...
Etowah County has chance at emergency food, shelter funding by AnnistonStar
Mar 25, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Etowah County has the opportunity to receive funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. Funding is neither currently available, nor guaranteed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s fiscal year appropriation has no...
Alabama House challenge to federal health care reform law 4 votes short of passage by AnnistonStar
Mar 25, 2011 |  5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The state House of Representatives today did not pass a plan that supporters say could be used in federal court to challenge the health care overhaul law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama a year ago. The House voted 59-28 for the plan, four votes short of the 63 votes needed to pas...
Three fire departments battle blaze in St. Clair County by AnnistonStar
Mar 24, 2011 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
It took three fire departments to extinguish a blaze that completely destroyed a home on Logan Martin Dam Road early Wednesday morning. “We were called out to mutual aid to New London just after 1 a.m.,” Pell City Fire Chief Patrick Draper said. “We sent one engine, and Wolf Creek (Volunteer Fire...

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