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State attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center seeking to block a new state law allowing students to transfer from failing schools. The state attorney general's staff filed papers saying the plaintiffs lacked legal standing and failed to state a valid equal protection claim. The SPLC is challenging the Alabama Accountability Act. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins set a schedule for each side to file briefs, with the last brief due on October 21st.
Governor's Economic Tour
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is scheduled to continue his Road to Economic Recovery with stops in Fayette County. Bentley's tour Tuesday include lunch at Sam's Smokehouse Restaurant in Fayette. The governor will participate in a round table discussion and tour Ox Bodies' facility in Fayette.
The National Science Foundation has awarded scholarships to 24 Alabama State University students. This marks the second consecutive year that ASU Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics student have received the award. The scholarship recipients must maintain at 3.0 GPA or better to continue to earn the scholarship each year.