Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - State Rep. Earl Hilliard Junior said Monday he would seek the 7th District congressional seat once held by his father, who in 1992 became Alabama's first black congressman since Reconstruction. The 39-year-old Hilliard announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination during a downtown kickoff attended by supporters including his father, Earl Hilliard Sr. The younger Hilliard, a lawyer and independent filmmaker, said he would be "my own man" as he tries to combat the crushing
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A Birmingham group is calling on state officials to strengthen laws against teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students. The group, called Citizens for Better Schools, held a news conference outside the State Department of Education headquarters in Montgomery on Monday. Executive director Ronald Jackson said the organization was contacted two weeks ago by a mother whose 17-year-old son had an inappropriate relationship with his 38-year-old Advanced Placement history teacher.