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Steve Flowers: Shelby is an Alabama treasure
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Steve Flowers: Shelby is an Alabama treasure

By Steve Flowers Our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby, turns 85 this week.  In March he reached another milestone – he surpassed Senator John Sparkman as the longest serving U.S. Senator in Alabama history.  Shelby has been our senator for 32 plus years. Alabama has a treasure in Richard Shelby. He is not only the...

Del Marsh: Every Citizen in Alabama Deserves High-Speed Broadband
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Del Marsh: Every Citizen in Alabama Deserves High-Speed Broadband

By DEL MARSH, President Pro Tempore of the Alabama State Senate Alabama’s economy is booming with record low unemployment, wages on the rise and new industries continuing to choose our state to expand their businesses. However, we are lagging in providing critical broadband infrastructure to all our citizens. For too long, the expansion of fast,...

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JeffCo ending misdemeanor marijuana arrests

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s most populous county will immediately end arrests for misdemeanors including the possession of small amounts of marijuana, officials announced Monday. Officers will begin issuing tickets for nonviolent misdemeanor offenses rather than taking people to jail, Capt. David Agee, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, told a news conference....

Guy Martin: The JeffCo sewer mess is more relevant than ever
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Guy Martin: The JeffCo sewer mess is more relevant than ever

The press has made Jefferson County’s sewer crisis relevant through its favorite lens – public corruption – and will re-write history if we let it.  In truth, public corruption is peanuts compared to the elephants in that arena, which, if viewed through a holistic lens, render that crisis more relevant than ever.

Safe, Affordable Anesthesia Care in Your Hometown
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Safe, Affordable Anesthesia Care in Your Hometown

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) ensure that the citizens of Alabama receive the highest standard of anesthesia care for their surgery, labor and delivery, and emergency needs where and when you need it.

Senate Bill 156 clarifies the definition of a CRNA by describing the relationship that exists with surgeons and removes language that can be seen as a barrier to care, especially in rural Alabama.

Steve Flowers: State Budgets are Priority Number One
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Steve Flowers: State Budgets are Priority Number One

By Steve Flowers After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now.  The Session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over. Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will. Even though they are, for the most part a...

Jim Searcy: Protect Alabama’s economic development efforts
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Jim Searcy: Protect Alabama’s economic development efforts

By JIM SEARCY, Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama The Alabama Jobs Enhancement Act was passed last year to provide clarity to an issue that could have crippled Alabama’s economic development efforts.  The bill was necessary to provide clarity regarding a requirement for economic developers and site selectors to register as lobbyist to...