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Summary of action in Alabama Legislature
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, the fifth meeting day of the regular session:
Alabama House approves tax credit for adoptions
The Alabama House has passed a bill to give adoptive parents a $1,000 tax credit to make it financially feasible for more people to pursue adoptions.
DOJ probe finds sexual misconduct at Ala. prison
Alabama Department of Corrections officials and Gov. Robert Bentley's office say they had been working to improve conditions at Julia Tutwiler Prison before a federal investigation found evidence of inmates being sexually abused by staff and fellow prisoners.
Report: 198,000 Alabamians could get subsidies
A new report says about 198,000 uninsured Alabamians are eligible for federal subsidies to purchase health insurance under the new federal health care law.
Town’s municipal code still full of weird laws
Selma residents may be unaware they are breaking the law, but then again, they may not have to worry about being caught.
STATE: Alabama reaches agreement on voter registration
Alabama could see more low-income citizens signing up to vote now that voter rights groups and state officials have reached an agreement ensuring people who apply for social services also receive voter registration applications.
Traffic advisory: Road/ramp closures on I-565 EB Exit 7 Ramp and Madison Boulevard
Weather permitting, the Exit 7 ramp of Interstate 565 East and a portion of Madison Boulevard west of County Line Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, Jan 15, for construction of the new I-565 interchange at County Road 3 (County Line Road) in Madison.
STATE: Supporters say Ala. inmate protest is growing
A Dothan minister who works with Alabama inmates says nonviolent protests have spread to other prisons.
States make moves toward paid family leave
Rhode Island, where paid family leave was approved by wide margins in the state House and Senate in just one session in July, joins California and New Jersey as the only states to offer workers family leave that is paid not by taxpayers or employers but, like Social Security, out of a pool of employee paycheck contributions.
STATE: AP photographer Martin collapses at game, dies
Dave Martin, a longtime Associated Press photographer based in Montgomery, Ala., died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field after the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night.
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