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Brenda palmer
Trial of former Montgomery Public Schools CFO accused of $300k invoice theft scheme set for November 7

The trial of Brenda Palmer, a former interim chief financial officer at Montgomery Public School (MPS) System allegedly involved in a scheme to steal over $300,000 in taxpayer funds, will begin on November 7.

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Declining student enrollment at Montgomery Public Schools continues

A steady decline in student enrollment at Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) will continue through at least 2024.

Port of Mobile
Port of Mobile ‘closely monitoring’ possible railroad worker strike

The Alabama Port Authority is “closely monitoring” the ongoing labor negotiations between major railroad companies and their employees across the nation, according to a Port of Mobile spokeswoman.

Ross Bridge
Hoover's Ross Bridge Golf Course stops play after groundskeeping mistake

Tee times at Ross Bridge are no longer being accepted for an undetermined period of time until course management can fix a recent herbicide mix-up that has caused the deterioration of fourteen of the course’s eighteen greens.

Stockdrop
Alabama company stocks crushed on heels of inflation news

Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday on reports of higher-than-expected inflation in August.

Medcannabis
Houston becomes third Alabama county to allow medical cannabis dispensaries

Houston County became the third county in Alabama to pass a resolution allowing for the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries within their counties.

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State Rep. Simpson calls for mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl traffickers

State Rep. Matt Simpson (R–Daphne) will introduce legislation in the 2023 Regular Session creating mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking fentanyl in Alabama.

JUUL
Alabama gets $15.5 million from JUUL teenage marketing settlement

JUUL Labs Inc. will pay the state of Alabama up to $15.5 million after the e-cigarette company settled a lawsuit brought by numerous states and territories over its marketing practices toward teenagers.

Recession
Recession fears complicate tax talks in Alabama: 'There’s scary times out there'

Will the United States, and thus Alabama have been in or be in a recession by this time next year?

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Alabama Commission on Higher Education director pushes back against Biden's student loan forgiveness plan — ‘Bad policy’

Alabama colleges and universities should not increase tuition "for a long time" and President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness makes people think “Santa Claus will come along often,” according to Dr. James Purcell, executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).

Auburn University
'Not safe to speak' — See how UAB, Auburn, Alabama fare in collegiate free speech survey

Auburn University is the top school in Alabama when it comes to free speech, according to a report released this week.

Medical Marijuana
Houston County to consider allowing medical cannabis dispensaries

The Houston County Commission will consider at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 whether to allow medical cannabis dispensaries to operate in the county.

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Tuberville criticizes NCAA 'lack of leadership' on NIL: 'Created an environment where student-athletes can be exploited'

Congress must pass name, image, and likeness (NIL) legislation due to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) “lack of meaningful leadership and clarity” on the issue, according to Sen. Tommy Tuberville R-AL. 

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State Rep. Pringle to introduce manslaughter for lethal drug dealers bill again in 2023

Should dealers in Alabama who sell narcotic drugs that result in someone's death be charged with manslaughter?

DCSO
Dale County gives law enforcement 27% pay bump

Christmas came early for law enforcement personnel employed by Dale County last week.

Airbnb
Dothan delays short-term rental regulations on 'overreach' concerns

The Dothan City Commission delayed passing regulations on short-term rental properties Tuesday morning after a local mission house owner expressed concerns about governmental overreach.

tax money
Alabama on 'an island' in Southeast — No major tax relief in 2021 and 2022

Alabama was the only state in the Southeast to not offer its citizens any broad-based, major sales or income tax relief in 2021 or 2022.

Barry Moore
U.S. Rep. Moore: Send IRS agents to the U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) introduced the Bureaucrats to the Border Act last week to require new Internal Revenue Service enforcement personnel hired through the so-called Inflation Reduction Act to complete a 30-day detail supporting Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the southern border.

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Visit Dothan CEO to be sentenced in November for fraud in former role

The Visit Dothan President & CEO Aaron McCreight has a November sentencing date in federal court in Iowa after pleading guilty to one count of bank fraud in January.

Mobile Infirmary front facade
Two-thirds of Alabama hospitals non-compliant with price transparency rule

Less than one-third of Alabama hospitals are complying with a Trump-era rule mandating price transparency online, according to a new report.

Redsnapper
Proposed federal red snapper rule decreases Alabama catch limit

A proposed federal rule could dramatically limit red snapper fishing opportunities if enacted next year.

Dothan
Dothan extends $9,000-a-month D.C. lobbying contract

City commissioners in Dothan approved a two-year continuation of a contract with a lobbying firm at their most recent meeting on Aug. 15.

CAFETERIA FOOD SCHOOL LUNCH
Dothan upholds employee’s termination in food program scandal

Members of the Dothan Personnel Board upheld the recent termination of a former city of Dothan employee who oversaw an after school food program now allegedly under FBI investigation. 

Alabama money tax
Biden’s student loan forgiveness tax-free In Alabama

Alabamians likely won’t owe any state taxes on the amount received from President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan announced last week. 

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