Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's official Day of Remembrance Ceremony for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. State Homeland Security Director Jim Walker and the director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Sydney Hoffman, will lead the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Gov. Bob Riley won't attend because he's visiting companies in Europe. But he issued a statement saying Sept. 11 is a time to
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Homeowners insurance companies say they're raising rates for Alabama customers. State Farm, the company that sells the most homeowners insurance in Alabama, says it needs more money to assure it can pay future claims. Other major insureres in the state concur. The average rate increases statewide range from about 6 percent to about 26 percent. State Farm and Alfa Mutual, another company with a substantial share of the Alabama market, had lowered their rates in recent years.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believe kudzu could be a valuable dietary supplement for the approximately 50 million Americans suffering a condition called metabolic syndrome. Sufferers have conditions that contribute to heart disease and diabetes - including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, big waists and high cholesterol. The findings published in the latest Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry show that isoflavones in kudzu root improved
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The State Board of Education is considering an overhaul of Alabama's student testing plan, including the high school graduation exam. The board meets Thursday in Montgomery to consider replacing the graduation exam with end-of-course tests. The board is also looking at requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT college entrance test. State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton says he hopes that would get more students thinking about going to college.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's tax amnesty program brought in more than $8.1 million. The program called Operation Clean Slate ran Feb. 1-May 15. The state Department of Revenue reports that more than 3,100 individuals and companies used it, and more money came in from businesses than individuals. Deputy Revenue Commissioner Mike Mason said state officials are pleased with the results. He said no one knew what to expect because it was the first time the state had waived tax penalties
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A statewide survey of Alabama residents has been conducted to find their views on workplace priorities. The poll by Auburn University found that men and women agree that better benefits packages and higher wages should top the list of changes or improvements sought in the workplace. But the genders split when it comes to other priorities. A majority of women care a lot about flexible work hours and schedules and also about the availability of onsite or convenient childcare.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Medicaid Agency says enrollment has grown by nearly 50,000 people, with the largest increase in the program most likely to include working families. Agency spokeswoman Robin Rawls says agency officials believe the economy is probably behind the increase. Rawls says enrollment in a Medicaid program for children, teens and pregnant women has jumped by 45,273 since October 2006. Families that qualify for the program have incomes at or slightly above the poverty line.