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Official: School metal detectors not in use day of shooting
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Official: School metal detectors not in use day of shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Metal detectors at an Alabama high school were not in use the day a 17-year-old student was killed in a shooting on campus, the district’s superintendent said Thursday. Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring said the school system is reviewing security measures and protocols that were in place Wednesday, when Courtlin...

Daily News Digest – March 8, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 8, 2018

Good morning! Here is your Daily News for Thursday, March 8.  1. Poll: GOP voters favor training, arming teachers Recent polling shows Republican voters in Alabama favor allowing properly-trained teachers and school administrators to voluntarily carry firearms on school grounds. My full story here. 76 percent of likely Republican voters would support allowing properly-trained education workers to...

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Byrne, Mitchell Introduce Major Budget Reform Legislation

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI) are introducing legislation to fundamentally reform the broken Congressional budget process in an effort to rein in spending, control the national debt, and make the process work more efficiently. The legislation, known as the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act of 2018, incorporates many ideas from the...

Poll shows Republican support for training, arming teachers
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Poll shows Republican support for training, arming teachers

A new poll shows Republican voters in Alabama favor allowing properly-trained teachers and school administrators to voluntarily carry firearms on school grounds. According to the survey, 76 percent of likely Republican voters would support allowing properly trained education workers to carry firearms while 21 percent would oppose such a policy. The poll, conducted by McLaughlin...

Daily News Digest – March 7, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 7, 2018

Good morning! Lots of news today. Here is your Daily News for Wednesday, March 7.  1. Big News: Historic Tax Credits announced The Daniel Pratt Gin Shop in Prattville, the Saint James Hotel in Selma and the Protective Life Center in Birmingham are three of the twelve historic properties set to to see new life thanks to a...

Daily News Digest – March 6, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 6, 2018

Good morning! Here is your Daily News for Tuesday, March 6.  1. Cochran retirement ushers in Shelby’s rise, amirite? Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran announced he will retire effective April 5 due to health reasons. While that might not seem like the top story in Alabama, remember that Cochran is the current chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. That...

Weekly Column: Broadband, ethics, school safety are issues to watch in Legislature’s 2nd half
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Weekly Column: Broadband, ethics, school safety are issues to watch in Legislature’s 2nd half

By Todd Stacy The 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature passed its halfway point last week and, with no major budget fights on the horizon, non-financial issues are expected to dominate the remaining days of the session. Broadband Internet Lawmakers representing rural Alabama communities are teaming up to make a major push for expanding...

Daily News Digest – March 5, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 5, 2018

Good morning! It’s a scoop-heavy digest this morning, so get ready to learn a few things. Here is your Daily News for Monday, March 5.  1. AG, Commerce hammer out ethics/EcDev agreement The prospects for passing a key economic development bill this session just got a whole lot stronger. Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield and Attorney General Steve Marshall have reached...

AG, Commerce hammer out ethics agreement
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AG, Commerce hammer out ethics agreement

The prospects for a key economic development bill to pass this session just got a lot better. Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield and Attorney General Steve Marshall have reached an agreement on how to proceed with legislation intended to clarify how the economic development community follows Alabama’s ethics code. HB317, the Alabama Jobs Enhancement Act,...