Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believe kudzu could be a valuable dietary supplement for the approximately 50 million Americans suffering a condition called metabolic syndrome. Sufferers have conditions that contribute to heart disease and diabetes - including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, big waists and high cholesterol. The findings published in the latest Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry show that isoflavones in kudzu root improved
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The State Board of Education is considering an overhaul of Alabama's student testing plan, including the high school graduation exam. The board meets Thursday in Montgomery to consider replacing the graduation exam with end-of-course tests. The board is also looking at requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT college entrance test. State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton says he hopes that would get more students thinking about going to college.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's tax amnesty program brought in more than $8.1 million. The program called Operation Clean Slate ran Feb. 1-May 15. The state Department of Revenue reports that more than 3,100 individuals and companies used it, and more money came in from businesses than individuals. Deputy Revenue Commissioner Mike Mason said state officials are pleased with the results. He said no one knew what to expect because it was the first time the state had waived tax penalties
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A statewide survey of Alabama residents has been conducted to find their views on workplace priorities. The poll by Auburn University found that men and women agree that better benefits packages and higher wages should top the list of changes or improvements sought in the workplace. But the genders split when it comes to other priorities. A majority of women care a lot about flexible work hours and schedules and also about the availability of onsite or convenient childcare.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Medicaid Agency says enrollment has grown by nearly 50,000 people, with the largest increase in the program most likely to include working families. Agency spokeswoman Robin Rawls says agency officials believe the economy is probably behind the increase. Rawls says enrollment in a Medicaid program for children, teens and pregnant women has jumped by 45,273 since October 2006. Families that qualify for the program have incomes at or slightly above the poverty line.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley plans to arrive in Europe on Wednesday for an industrial trip that involves trying to land new jobs and meeting with companies that have already provided jobs in Alabama. Riley is scheduled to meet with an unidentified industrial prospect and three companies with Alabama operations. Riley said he will visit with officials of Mercedes-Benz in Germany on Wednesday. Mercedes has an auto assembly plant in Vance. After Germany, Riley will go to Spain to visit aerospace giant
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Coverage for Alabama's All Kids subsidized health insurance plan is expanding, and state officials expect to sign up thousands of more children for the program. Families that earn up to three times the federal poverty level, or $66,156 for a family of four, will be eligible beginning Oct. 1. Currently, the limit is twice the federal poverty level. Cathy Caldwell, director of the bureau of children's health insurance with the Department of Public Health, says the great