A bill aimed at keeping minors from getting an abortion without parental consent was approved Tuesday by the Alabama House Health Committee. The bill's sponsor, Representative Mike Jones of Andalusia, said his goal is to ensure the bill is safe from future legal challenges. Representative Joe Hubbard of Montgomery said the bill doesn't address all of his concerns but he hopes to resolve them once the bill is presented to the full House. This piece of legislation is one of four abortion bills approved by the House Committee Tuesday to strengthen abortion regulations.
Three candidates seeking to become Alabama's next governor are all running pro-lottery campaigns. Democrats Parker Griffith and Kevin Bass and Republican Stacy George all believe a state lottery system could support college scholarships and other programs in the state. Dr. Birdie Larkin, professor of Political Science at Alabama State University, said educational funding will resonate with parents. The primary election in Alabama is set for Tuesday, June 3rd.
A two-vehicle crash Friday night claimed the life of a Selma man and injured four others. Troopers report that 22-year-old Kirkpatrick Tate was killed when the car he was driving collided with an SUV on U.S.
Alabama legislators are discussing whether to remove the state sales tax on groceries again. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would phase out the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries. It would increase the tax on other purchases to 5 percent to make up the lost revenue. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen.
Alabama State Troopers have identified a 17-year-old female who was killed in a single vehicle crash that occurred just before 10 o'clock Monday night. Three other in the vehicle were injured when the car overturned several times on U.S. 231 South, about four miles south of Montgomery. The deceased passenger was identified as 17-year-old Cheyenne Moore of Montgomery. Three others were injured and transported to Baptist South Hospital. Troopers said the four occupants were ejected from the vehicle and seat belts were not used.
This week is Severe Weather Awareness week in Alabama, today's focus is on lighting. The National Weather Service is urging residents to learn proper safety precautions in the event of severe weather. Forecasters say severe thunderstorms will be possible across all of central Alabama Thursday evening and continuing through Friday morning. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be the main threats. Kimberly Trost with the Elmore County EMA agency says it is vital to get weather information from the proper source. Trost also says severe weather is a fact of life in Alabama.
The National Weather Service says despite a couple of strong storms this season, it appears Winter 2013-14 will end up in the normal range for Alabama. Birmingham Weather Service meteorologist Matt Anderson says, taken by itself, January was extremely cold. Anderson says the Weather Service is expecting drastically warmer temperatures in the next couple of weeks.
The winter storm that moved through the South left more than 8 inches of snow in parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service says the Jackson County town of Pisgah in northeast Alabama received more than 8 inches of snow by early Thursday morning. The weather service said parts of metro Huntsville got 7 inches of snow. Accumulations of 4 to 5 inches were common around the Birmingham area.
The head of the Alabama Emergency says timing, better forecasting and preparation helped the state avoid a repeat of the problems that occurred during a winter storm two weeks ago. Agency Director Art Faulkner says many difficulties were avoided because the worst of the frozen precipitation fell late Wednesday and early Thursday instead of during the middle of the day.
Winter weather is still is gripping the South, the massive storm knocked out power to a wide band of the region. From Texas to the Carolinas, roads are slick. Businesses and schools are closed and people are beginning to deal with the aftermath of the storm.