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10:16am

Tue March 4, 2014
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Another Sales Tax Holiday Proposal

An Alabama lawmaker is looking to create a sales tax holiday for consumers buying guns and ammunition.  Republican Rep. Becky Nordgren of Gadsden said Monday that she has filed legislation to create an annual state sales tax holiday for gun and ammunition purchases.  The firearms tax holiday would occur every weekend prior to the Fourth of July.  Alabama currently has tax holidays for back-to-school shopping and severe weather preparedness. 

Payday Loans

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6:37pm

Mon March 3, 2014
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Legislative Issues

Legislators return to the Alabama Statehouse Tuesday.  The abortion issue likely will dominate the lower chamber's agenda.  The Alabama House is scheduled to debate four bills that would add new restrictions on abortion.  In the Alabama Senate this week, a bill is pending in committee that would make it legal to carry a loaded pistol in a vehicle without a concealed carry permit.  The sponsor, GOP Senator Scott Beason of Jefferson County, has said it is unfair for the citizens to have to pay for a Second Amendment right. 

Bridge Crossing

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9:59am

Mon March 3, 2014
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Common Core Options

A state senator who has sought to repeal the Common Core school standards says he now wants to give local schools system the ability to opt out of them.  Republican Sen.

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6:13pm

Fri February 28, 2014
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ASU Funding

A Baldwin County senator now says a proposal to cut $10 million dollars from Alabama State University's Operating Budget will be restored.  Tripp Pittman, who chairs a Senate Budget committee, tells Al.com, that he will work with the chairman of an Alabama House committee to add the $10 million back to ASU's appropriation. 

Voter ID

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9:59am

Fri February 28, 2014
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ASU Responds

The Alabama Senate has approved an education budget that would fund a one-time bonus of one percent for public school employees and add 250 teachers in middle schools.  Governor Robert Bentley has recommended a 2 percent cost of living raise for teachers, but budget committee chairman Senator Trip Pittman says that's not affordable.  The governor also disagreed with the 10 million dollar cut to Alabama State University's funding.  Alabama State University President Dr.

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6:23pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Education Budget

The Alabama State Senate has approved an education budget.  The budget cuts funding for Alabama State University by more than $10 million dollars.  The budget will now go to the Alabama House of Representatives. 

ASU Fights Cuts

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10:18am

Thu February 27, 2014
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Higher Education Day

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to speak to students and educators during a Higher Education Day rally at the state Capitol.  Officials say the rally is organized by the Higher Education Partnership, which is an advocacy group for supporters of public universities.  Officials from Bentley's office say lawmakers, students leaders and faculty are also expected to speak during the event. 

Dog Attack

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7:07pm

Wed February 26, 2014
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Teacher's Pay

A state Senate committee has approved an education budget that replaces Governor Robert Bentley's recommended 2 percent pay raise for school employees with a one-time bonus of 1 percent.  Mobile Senator Vivian Figures accused her colleagues of ignoring the needs of public school workers.  The Senate committee also voted Wednesday to cut the budget of Alabama State University by $10 million dollars and then give Bentley the authority to restore if he wants.  Bentley said he had nothing to do with the ASU cut and doesn't think money should be used for leverage. 

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9:52am

Wed February 26, 2014
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Freezing Repeat

Another dose of winter weather converges on the state today.  Temperatures will free-fall into the 20s overnight in Montgomery.  Matt Anderson with the National Weather Service office in Birmingham says late season freezes can be especially damaging.  Anderson says warmer temperatures will return by the weekend. 

Brooks Retires

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6:05pm

Tue February 25, 2014
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Abortion Bill

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. 

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