9:53am

Fri April 11, 2014
WVAS Local

New Welfare Laws

Alabama has new laws on the books today dealing with welfare benefits.  Thursday, Governor Bentley signed four bills that includes a measure that requires people applying for benefits to first apply for three jobs before becoming eligible.  The new law also states that people who quit a job or refuse to accept a job are ineligible for welfare assistance.  Approximately 19,000 households in Alabama receive monthly benefits. 

Alabama Retail Endorsement

One of the state's largest business groups, the Alabama Retail Association, has endorsed Gov. Bentley and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey for re-election.  The organization says it is also supporting Attorney General Luther Strange, State Treasurer Young Boozer and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillian. 

Army Hairstyles

Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.  The Army regulation issued earlier this month bans most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows, styles predominantly worn by African-American women with natural hairstyles.  Minority military women have criticized the update as racially biased. 

Jackson Hospital Health Fair

Jackson Hospital is holding a community health fair on Saturday.  Attendees can receive a free health screening for blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index.  The hospital said more than a dozen local organizations will be on hand to answer questions about diet and nutrition, diabetes and heart health.  The "Heroes of Health" event will be located on the Jackson Hospital campus off Hampton Street.  It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.