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STATE: Judge to hold trial on Alabama abortion law
A federal judge considering the constitutionality of a new Alabama abortion law said Monday he will hold a trial on whether the law creates a substantial obstacle to abortion by requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.
Ala. Legislature has governor blocked on pay raise
Gov. Robert Bentley may have no way to give education employees the 2 percent pay raise he has recommended.
House committee approves budget without teacher bonus
A House committee has voted to do away with a proposed bonus for education employees and instead put the money toward that group’s health insurance costs.
Common Core sides spar over ‘opt out’ bill
After efforts to repeal Common Core fell flat, a state senator on Tuesday urged lawmakers to let local school systems opt out of the education standards.
Payday lender regulation bill stalls in committee
The House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday sent a payday-loan regulation bill to a subcommittee, a move that the bill's sponsor called an effort to kill the legislation.
2 dead after north Alabama house fire
A mother and daughter are dead after a house fire in north Alabama.
Dothan considers entertainment districts downtown
The Dothan City Commission may be asked soon to authorize open consumption of alcoholic beverages during designated events and in designated locations in the downtown area.
More students moving to private schools in Ala.
More students are moving from public to private schools with the help of scholarships provided by groups that were able to raise the maximum amount of money allowed by Alabama law.
REGIONAL: Ky. propane firm says shipping glut slowed orders
The head of a Kentucky propane company that stopped sending the heating gas to business customers in several states said problems with supply and shipping forced the company to halt deliveries.
REGIONAL: Useless $350 million NASA space project mandated by Congress
NASA will complete a $350 million structure to test rocket engines at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi early this year. Then, it plans to mothball the 300- foot-high, steel-frame tower for the foreseeable future.
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