Montgomery, Alabama – In Alabama today it is the calm after the storm. The good news is that there are no reports of any lives being lost overnight during the stormy weather that hit the state in two waves beginning around 6:00 p.m.
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Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama officials speculate the state will receive about $3 billion dollars from the $787 billion dollar economic stimulus bill.
Alabama Education Association Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert says the portion set aside for education should help keep about 3,700 Alabama teachers and 4,000 support personnel from losing their jobs.
State Senator Hank Sanders, who chairs the Senate Education and Budget Committee, says while the funds will help, he is not sure if the portion for education will stem layoffs.
Montgomery, Alabama – For Wilcox County, an already bad situation is worsening. Wilcox County has Alabama's highest unemployment rate, and recently the Wilcox County Community of Pine Hill lost 300 jobs with the closing of a mill.
Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, the only member of Alabama's congressional delegation to vote in favor of the economic stimulus bill, says the measure will offer some immediate help by extending unemployment benefits for the nation's jobless. Davis says long-term benefits include the creation of jobs around the nation.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she's seriously considering running for lieutenant governor in 2010. Chapman says she will make a decision by June 1 on whether to enter the Republican race. If she doesn't, she says she will seek a second term as secretary of state. The former chairman of the political science department at the University of Alabama, William Stewart, says Chapman would be a formidable candidate because of her experience in state government