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Top-ranked First Class Pre-K expands again
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Top-ranked First Class Pre-K expands again

Increased state funding totaling $173.7 million in the upcoming fiscal year will add 96 classrooms in 35 counties this fall. Additional classrooms will be funded based on the evaluation of high-needs areas prior to the start of the school year, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said.

Distribution of judges lingering legislative issue
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Distribution of judges lingering legislative issue

labama Chief Justice Tom Parker last month told Alabama Daily News that even if the Judicial Resources Allocation Commission, created through legislation five years ago, was able to reallocate all judgeships that need to be reallocated, there would still be a need for additional new judgeships in Alabama. Earlier this year, Parker told lawmakers there is a need for 12 additional circuit judgeships and eight additional district judgeships.

Groups praise extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage
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Groups praise extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage

The latest report from the Alabama Department of Public Health shows that maternal deaths increased from 36 in 2016 to 44 in 2017. Alabamians ranked “poor pregnancy outcomes” as their third greatest concern in the latest Community Health Assessment.

Judge turns passport fees into mental health care
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Judge turns passport fees into mental health care

Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Kim Boswell said the ongoing creation of six mental health crisis centers around the state, where people can be stabilized and possibly referred for outpatient treatment, may reduce the need for civil commitments and the need for inpatient care.

State dedicates $17.8M to incentivize licensed day cares
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State dedicates $17.8M to incentivize licensed day cares

By MADDISON BOOTH, Alabama Daily News The Alabama Department of Human Resources will use $17.8 million from the 2023 education budget to incentivize licensed day cares in the state. The department will award the funds based on its five-star quality rating system and hopes the money will help more families across the state have access...