Last night, the Alabama Senate approved an Education budget and a two percent pay raise for K-12 employees. The Senate voted 22-11 for a nearly 5.8 billion dollar budget that would increase spending on schools next year. Then it voted 18-16 to give teachers a two percent pay increase. Both the Education budget and the pay raise bill must return to the House for review on Thursday.
Today marks the beginning of the pullback of thousands of militant PKK fighters from Turkey back to Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. It's an important milestone in a delicate effort to end nearly three decades of bloodshed that have killed an estimated 35,000 people since 1984.
My mother didn't plant a great many spring bulbs. But over by the pachysandra patch, there was a single lovely pink tulip, and I kept my eye on it for two weeks before Mother's Day. When that Sunday morning arrived, I rushed out, snipped it and ran inside to where she lay sleeping to present it to her. "Did you pick that outside?" she inquired, her expression shifting from sleepy surprise to something more complicated. I nodded proudly. "Oh ... thank you, sweetie."