West's tensions with Russia could raise Rogers' profile
For a little more than a year, Rogers has chaired the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees most everything associated with America's nuclear weapons. That includes missiles, bombers and the satellites that watch them, among other things.
Apr 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anniston students get inside look at democracy
Students from Anniston elementary schools toured the State House and the Capitol in Montgomery this week. The tour has been a rite of passage, at least in some schools, for decades. Countless Alabamians recall making the pilgrimage, at age 9 or 10, to the places that figure so prominently in Alabama's fourth-grade history textbooks — places that also loom large in Civil War and civil rights history.
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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District 12 Senate race sees injection of ‘dark money’
One political scientist says it's a sign that “dark money” has found its way into state-level politics. "If someone doesn't curtail this, it's going to become the new method for financing campaigns," said Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University.
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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As taught on TV: Broadcast stations offer wide array of content to meet ‘educational’ requirement
"Most educators would include pro-social messages as being important," said Aletha Huston, an emeritus professor of child development at the University of Texas. "It's probably what TV does better. But 'pro-social' is even harder to define."
Apr 13, 2014 |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bentley signs Alabama education budget without teacher pay raise
Gov. Robert Bentley signed a $5.93 billion education budget bill Friday, ending for now a duel with the Legislature over a 2 percent pay raise for teachers.
Apr 11, 2014 |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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State school board tries to leave high-stakes testing behind
The state Board of Education denounced the long-running program in no uncertain terms in a resolution Wednesday -- just minutes before state school officials walked reporters though Alabama's new, home-grown testing regime.
Apr 09, 2014 |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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In state school board race, Common Core generates much passion, little money
Patricia McGriff has seen relatively little money from groups opposing Common Core — even though she's running for the state school board, the body most likely to have an impact on the standards debate.
Apr 08, 2014 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislature votes to loosen rules on stormwater runoff plans
As a weekend of rain swelled ditches and flooded streets across the state Monday, environmentalists and business leaders were waiting eagerly to see if Bentley would sign SB355 — a bill that would rewrite the rules for how local governments handle stormwater runoff.
Apr 07, 2014 |  0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anniston civil service, McClellan bid bills pass
Despite the potential impasse on the budget, many of the Calhoun County delegation's bills fared well this year.
Apr 05, 2014 |  0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Analysis: 2014 Legislature ends on a flat note
The legislative session that ended Thursday wasn't Alabama's strangest, or its most contentious -- or its most productive. But it was a great example of how hard it is to make laws without getting into a fight.
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‘Dark’ money on edges of local Alabama Senate race
Opponents of Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, have picked up some fundraising steam in recent weeks. But dark money — cash spent on politically-themed ads by organizations that don't disclose their sources of income — may soon become the driving force of the campaign.
Apr 04, 2014 |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislature leaves governor with no-pay-raise education budget
Sine die another day: The last-minute vote left Gov. Robert Bentley with few options. He could approve the budget, which doesn't have the 2 percent teacher pay raise he lobbied for. Or he could veto the budget and convene a special session of the Legislature so lawmakers could start again.
Apr 04, 2014 |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Parental-notification abortion bill awaits governor’s signature
The bill would require parents to show proof of their identity, and of the identity of their child, when granting permission for a minor to get an abortion.
Apr 03, 2014 |  0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senate passes parental-notification abortion bill
The Alabama Senate voted Thursday to approve a bill that would tighten some of the parental notification restrictions on minors seeking abortions.
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Guns-in-cars bill dies in House committee
The bill, which passed the Alabama Senate in March, failed to pass out of a House committee because no one on the committee would second a motion to send it to the full House.
Apr 02, 2014 |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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E-textbook bill passes hurdle, heads to House
A bill that would allow the state to issue up to $100 million in bonds to replace paper textbooks with electronic ones was on its way Wednesday to the Alabama House of Representatives for a vote.
Apr 02, 2014 |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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General Fund budget passes with state employee bonus
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Apr 02, 2014 |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
The budget was passed with two days left to go in the legislative session, and it may come back for another vote if Gov. Robert Bentley asks for changes before signing the bill.
JSU tuition hike more likely as state budget narrowly passes Senate
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Apr 01, 2014 |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
University officials say the move leaves JSU hundreds of thousands of dollars short, and will likely require a tuition increase.
JSU: No-tuition-hike pledge depends on state budget action
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 31, 2014 |  0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Jacksonville State University students who are wondering about the price tag for tuition next year should keep a close eye on the Legislature Tuesday.
Effects of Alabama marijuana-oil bill unclear
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 31, 2014 |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
University researchers would be able to distribute a marijuana-derived oil to Alabama epilepsy patients as part of a medical study, under a bill likely to be signed into law this week.
Alabama parole backlog cleared for first time in years
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 30, 2014 |  0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Even when crime victims don’t show up to speak, Janette Grantham of the group Victims of Crime and Leniency is usually present to argue against parole for any inmate convicted of a violent crime. Grantham said no one had told her the parole backlog was cleared, though she said she's noticed a significant drop in the number of hearings.
FACT CHECK: Was Sen. Joseph McCarthy right?
TRUTH RATING: 1 out of 5
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 28, 2014 |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Some historians believe that perhaps ten out of the roughly 200 people accused by McCarthy had ties to Soviet intelligence, but McCarthy never produced substantial evidence against any of them at the time he made the claims.
Future of executions in Alabama unclear due to drugs shortage
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 27, 2014 |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama has run out of a key drug in its lethal injection cocktail, and death penalty experts aren’t quite sure what the state will do to replace it.
Thousands apply for Accountability Act scholarships
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 25, 2014 |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 3,000 Alabama elementary, middle and high school students are lined up for scholarships to attend private school next year through a program set up by the much-debated Alabama Accountability Act.
Bill would limit sex offenders on school campuses
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 24, 2014 |  0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
A bill before the Alabama Legislature would require registered sex offenders to warn principals before they enter K-12 school campuses, and would give school systems the power to monitor them while they’re in a school.
Gag orders: Even before drug shortage, Alabama sought secrecy about lethal injection
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 23, 2014 |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
At least a half-dozen states have laws on the books that make part or all of the process for lethal injection confidential, and most of those laws have been passed or strengthened since the death-drug shortage began in 2011.
Lawyer: Court order shouldn't block death penalty info
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
A lawyer for an inmate on Alabama's death row says a court-ordered confidentiality clause in her client's case shouldn't prevent the Alabama Department of Corrections from releasing information on suppliers of drugs for lethal injection.
Constitutional reform bills get new life in Alabama Senate
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Both bills were suggested by the Constitutional Revision Commission, which was appointed in 2011 to rewrite the entire 1901 Alabama Constitution, article by article.
State: Court order blocks release of Alabama death penalty information
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 20, 2014 |  0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
The Alabama Department of Corrections has turned down requests from The Anniston Star and other news outlets for information about the manufacturers of drugs used in executions by lethal injection.
Lawmaker: Make death drugs secret or bring back electric chair
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 20, 2014 |  0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama will have to go back to use of the electric chair if lawmakers don't pass a bill that makes lethal injection drugs confidential, the bill's sponsor told a Senate committee Wednesday.
Anniston civil service bill passes Legislature
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
Mar 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Anniston City Manager Brian Johnson has previously explained that the purpose of taking some employees out of the civil service system is to allow him flexibility of assignments in unusual or critical situations.



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