The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced the state's teen birth rate has reached a historic low. Officials say the teen birth rate in 2011 fell to a low of 20.9 per 1,000 women ages 10 to 19. State health officials say the figure translates to about 6,700 births to teen mothers. State health officials say babies born to teenage mothers account for about 11.3 percent of all births in the state. The 2011 rate is a 58 percent decline from the state's peak in teen births in 1973, and a 32 percent decrease since 2000. State officials say programs targeting high-risk youth, new mothers, abstinence education and programs begin run from local health departments, tribal groups and other organizations have likely contributed to the decline.
New Task Force
Governor Robert Bentley is creating a task force aimed at helping studdents better prepare for successful careers. The governor signed an executive order Tuesday forming the College and Career Ready Task Force. He says it will bring together representatives of K-12 schools, two-year and four-year colleges and the business community to help the state offer a more coordinated approach to workforce development.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will run for a second term next year. Strange said in Hoover that he's has a busy term, but there is more he wants to do in a second term. He said he's traveling around the state again and looking forward to running for re-election. So far, he has no announced opposition. Strange defeated incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary in 2010 and then went on to wind the general election.