Annicon, an Asian cultures festival, started by humble means, said Kelly Barkwell, Annicon planning chairwoman and volunteer coordinator. She said that each year attendance has nearly tripled but the first year “maybe 50 people attended.”

In a 2008 email exchange with appointees of Gov. Bob Riley, then-Medicaid commissioner Carol Steckel said the Alabama Nursing Home Association requested the moratorium. Three years into the moratorium, though, only one nursing home in the state met the state’s requirements for running an inpatient hospice, which included having a nurse on hand 24 hours a day.

According to an Alabama Department of Labor report released Friday, the county’s jobless rate shrank to 6.8 percent in February from 7.1 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate grew slightly to 6.2 percent from 6 percent year over year.

Monday’s vernal equinox marked the official start of springtime for the northern hemisphere, but the pollen picked up by the center’s device shows trees and plants aren’t waiting for longer days to get busy getting busy.

Since its unveiling last month, the Republican replacement plan has picked up critics on both the left and right. The Congressional Budget Office predicted the plan would cost 24 million people their health insurance. And state officials in Alabama, many of them critics of the ACA, have expressed concern that the Obamacare replacement would upend state budgets.

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