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Weekend Digest- February 17, 2019
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Weekend Digest- February 17, 2019

Here is your Daily News for February 17, 2019. 1. New FEMA Director Prattville native Jeff Byard has been nominated by President Trump to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency after it’s former director, Brock Long, resigned earlier this week. Byard has held several positions with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency before he joined FEMA...

New Member Profile: Rep. Chip Brown
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New Member Profile: Rep. Chip Brown

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Rep. Chip Brown, R-Mobile, is the new Republican representative from House District 105. Brown has been involved in politics almost his entire life and even worked in the Legislature on staff, but this is his first elected position. Brown said he’s a long-time member of the Alabama Republican party....

New Member Profile: Rep. Jamie Kiel
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New Member Profile: Rep. Jamie Kiel

Even as a new member of the Legislature, Kiel was able to gain influential committee assignments, including the House Insurance Committee, the State Government Committee, and the Ways and Means Education Committee. Kiel told Alabama Daily News that since he has three children in Alabama schools and his wife and parents are educators, education issues are one of his top priorities.

Weekend Digest- February 10, 2019
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Weekend Digest- February 10, 2019

Here is your Daily News for February 10, 2019. 1. AL Prison Suicide Crisis Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to announce a proposal soon to replace state prisons, possibly leasing facilities built by private firms. But the Southern Poverty Law Center, locked in a court battle with the state over prison mental health deficiencies, is not...

Bill Would End Special Elections for U.S. Senate
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Bill Would End Special Elections for U.S. Senate

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News An Alabama lawmaker wants to eliminate expensive special elections for U.S. Senate seats, instead allowing the governor to appoint an interim until the next regular election.  Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, cites the cost of special elections to the state as the main reason he’s proposing House Bill 23. The...

Weekend Digest- February 3, 2019
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Weekend Digest- February 3, 2019

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Punxsutawney Phil saw no shadow yesterday, but the Alabama opossum did, so you decide who’s right. Here is your Daily News for February 3, 2019. 1. Medicaid expansion? There has been lots of talk about infrastructure, prisons, and education funding lately. But one state issue that has left the forefront ever...

State Superintendent  Requests $22 Million in School Saftey Funds
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State Superintendent Requests $22 Million in School Saftey Funds

By CAROLINE BECK and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey wants $22 million for K-12 school security improvements in the 2020 education budget. This would be the first time money specifically for school safety was in the budget, Mackey told reporters after a budget hearing before state lawmakers Tuesday....