Higher Education Day

Feb 27, 2014

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to speak to students and educators during a Higher Education Day rally at the state Capitol.  Officials say the rally is organized by the Higher Education Partnership, which is an advocacy group for supporters of public universities.  Officials from Bentley's office say lawmakers, students leaders and faculty are also expected to speak during the event. 

Dog Attack

Tallassee police are looking into the death of a 4-year-old girl after she was attacked by dogs Wednesday.  The child was reportedly attacked on Lower Tuskegee Road just south of Tallassee around 5 p.m.  Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers told WAKA that he's uncertain how many dogs were involved, but two dogs were captured, both mixed breed apparently.  The girl received numerous injuries.  The dogs didn't belong to the child's family, and police are trying to verify if the animals have an owner. 

General Fund

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a $1.8 billion General Fund that offers no additional money for most state agencies.  The House approved the bill by an 80-20 vote Tuesday night.  It now moves to the Alabama Senate.  Ways and Means Committee Chairman Steve Clouse, a Republican from Ozark, called the budget the best the state could do in a lean year.  Some Democrats took to the House microphones saying it was time for the state to consider new revenue sources, such as legalized gambling. 

Buy Alabama's Best

You should start seeing promotional materials for the Buy Alabama's Best Campaign at grocery stores around the state.  The effort to spotlight Alabama-made product kicked-off Wednesday.  President of the Alabama Grocers Association Ellie Smitherman Taylor says tastings of various specialties are always popular.  The campaign runs throughout the months of March and September.  Alabama food products account for $2 billion dollars in sales annually.