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Parker Snider: Charter schools are keeping promises
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Parker Snider: Charter schools are keeping promises

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute On the campaign trail in 2012, Mitt Romney remarked that “charter schools are so successful that almost every politician can find something good to say about them.” Romney was right. President Bush told crowds he was a “big believer” in charter schools, President Obama proclaimed National Charter Schools Week...

Roby Weekly Column: A Recap from the Road
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Roby Weekly Column: A Recap from the Road

Each year, members of Congress take the month of August to spend time on the ground in their respective districts meeting with constituents and local leaders, visiting businesses and industries, and ultimately listening to the concerns of people at home. Having this opportunity to hear firsthand from the people in Alabama’s Second District is very important,...

Teacher held on child porn charges also a foster parent
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Teacher held on child porn charges also a foster parent

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama kindergarten teacher jailed on child pornography charges had been approved by the state to provide therapeutic foster care, authorities said Thursday. Daniel Prentice Donaldson, 26, of Montevallo, received the foster care certification in June through the United Methodist Children’s Home, which acts as a contractor to provide care for...

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Hayden tent collapse injures 12

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank’s shareholders’ event. WBMA-TV (https://bit.ly/2MRgc3T ) says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some ducking under tables for cover. WBRC reported that former Notre...

New book details Lisa Theris’ near death experience
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New book details Lisa Theris’ near death experience

By Johnny Adams, Union Springs Herald August 12, 2018 marks one year that Lisa Joy Theris was found naked alongside Highway 82 near Midway, AL. She had been lost in the woods for 25 days and nights with no clothes, no food, no phone; she had absolutely nothing, except the will to survive. Authors Johnny...

Alabama’s lagging infrastructure could hurt economic development efforts
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Alabama’s lagging infrastructure could hurt economic development efforts

By MICHAEL TOMBERLIN, Alabama News Center In economic development, companies consider three key elements as they look to locate or expand in an area. When it comes to business climate and workforce development, Alabama is tops. When it comes to reliability and access to infrastructure, not so much. Shashi Nambisan, executive director of the Alabama Transportation...

Perry O. Hooper: Trump right about the Trade Issue
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Perry O. Hooper: Trump right about the Trade Issue

By PERRY O. HOOPER I am a strong advocate for free enterprise and for free trade. However. we have a real problem with China and their trade policies and tactics. Imports of Chinese goods alone equal two-thirds of the global U.S. trade deficit today. The very first trade issue President Trump raised when he began...

Talladega Superspeedway to undergo $50M ‘Transformation’ to enhance fan experience
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Talladega Superspeedway to undergo $50M ‘Transformation’ to enhance fan experience

By Michael Tomberlin, Alabama News Center The owners of Talladega Superspeedway are investing at least $50 million as part of a year-long project dubbed “Transformation” that will add amenities that include a fan area in garages and a massive covered area with a bar, seating and giant video screen. International Speedway Corporation said today it is making the...

Matthew Stokes: Ivey can win without Trumpian rhetoric
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Matthew Stokes: Ivey can win without Trumpian rhetoric

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Now that Alabama’s long primary and runoff campaigns are completed, we can agree with the Calvinist who fell down a flight of stairs – we’re just glad it’s all over.   For the first time in several election cycles, there is a possibility that the governor’s race will...

Matthew Stokes: Mr. Oliver
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Matthew Stokes: Mr. Oliver

By MATHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist The kids and I had to run some errands last Friday so I drove by his place.   I knew he wouldn’t be there. I knew there would be sign on the door saying CLOSED.  I knew there were flowers, and maybe a ribbon or a wreath. I...