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Former Lt. Gov. nominee to challenge Worley
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Former Lt. Gov. nominee to challenge Worley

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Nancy Worley has a new challenger to lead Alabama Democrats. “Alabama’s Democratic Party needs to be unified,” Will Boyd of Florence said Friday night in an announcement sent to Alabama Daily News. “And with an election coming up next year, the party needs to focus on the mobilization and...

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Literacy bill focuses on early reading efforts, holding back third graders with poor skills

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Proposed legislation to hold back Alabama third-graders who don’t have sufficient reading skills will dedicate more time, training and financial resources to early literacy efforts, but some educators are concerned about aspects of the bill. “If a child can’t read by third grade, their chances for retention later go...

GOP lawmakers say abortion ban bill worth potential fight
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GOP lawmakers say abortion ban bill worth potential fight

By CAROLINE BECK and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Legislation to criminalize the performance of almost all abortions in Alabama goes further than many of the more than two dozen anti-abortion bills proposed in other conservative states this year. The heavy restrictions in the bill are exactly why more than 70 GOP lawmakers...

Bills seek benefits improvements
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Bills seek benefits improvements

Legislation being considered in the Alabama State House could offer better retirement benefits to public school teachers and many city and county government employees as well.

Bill Ties E-Verify Use to Business Licenses
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Bill Ties E-Verify Use to Business Licenses

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala – A bill in the Alabama Senate is seeking to tighten up the rules when it comes to companies screening potentially illegal workers through the federal E-Verify system. Senate Bill 71 from Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, would require businesses with five or more employees to swear via...