Forecasters say isolated storms are expected across much of Alabama late Wednesday night into Thursday. The National Weather Service projects that the main threats from the storms will be damaging straight-line winds, hail and heavy rain.
New Abortion Law
Governor Robert Bentley has signed the Women's Health and Safety Act in a ceremony at the State Capitol. The governor said the new law makes abortions safer for women in Alabama. The law goes into effect in July. It will require clinics to use doctors who have admitting privileges at local hospitals and meet stricter building standards. Opponents of the legislation claim the new regulations will cause the state's five abortion clinics to close.
Several hundred members of the Alabama Education Association filled the Capitol steps Tuesday to push for better working conditions and the repeal of new state tax credits for private school students. Incoming AEA president Anita Gibson said the school employees took off from their jobs to try and preserve their profession. Gibson said one of their goals is to urge the Legislature to reconsider a recently enacted law, which provides state tax credits for parents who choose to send their children to private schools rather than public schools rated as failing.
Governor Robert Bentley is offering a $5,000 dollar reward leading to an arrest and conviction in a 2012 death case. Authorities said 28-year-old David DeRoncey was found shot to death inside his vehicle along Interstate 65 on November 25, 2012.