State funded child care that allows some women to get off welfare by working is being reduced by the Department of Human Resources, even though the agency's 2004 budget was increased about 7.8%.
Since the DHR budget only passed the legislature Friday, DHR Spokesman Mike Gibson said spending priorities for 2004 are quote -- "fuzzy and the agency doesn't know what will happen."
Jill Zurfluh, Executive Director of the Child Day Care Association in Mobile, said with the September ninth defeat of Governor Bob Riley's tax plan, some daycare centers in Alabama are expected to close and dismiss employees because of the DHR budget.
Children's advocates plan candlelight vigils Monday night at 7 p.m. in Mobile, Daphne, Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden and Evergreen. Advocates want to spotlight cuts that they say could affect some 12,000 children in daycare statewide and another 15,000 on waiting lists to enroll. DHR has some 38,000 children enrolled statewide in child care.
The vigil in Montgomery will be held on the Capitol Steps.
The airline says the family was asked to leave because the parents were making threats, not because of their baby.More >>
An 18-year-old man and his 36-year-old adoptive mother have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse with each other.More >>
Doctors say they will treat Sen. John McCain's aggressive brain cancer with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.More >>
A bad case of road rage in Midland caught on camera is now going viral. In the video, you can see a semi trying to get around what looks like a Hummer but the Hummer isn't letting the truck pass.More >>
An Australian woman's death late Saturday night in an alley behind her southwest Minneapolis home sparked anger and a demand for answers both in the city and in her home country.More >>
Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion.More >>
Two Trump advisers acknowledged that the president's public comments largely reflected what they have heard him say about Sessions privately.More >>
Pastor Daniel Villarreal Jr. posted on Facebook, with the hashtag #PrayersFromEveryNation as his wife is suffering from a very rare disorder called HELLP Syndrome.More >>
A dog in Scotland reportedly gave birth to a green puppy - and apparently the colorful newborn is not the first of his kind.More >>
The boy is on a mission to thank every police officer in America because he considers them his best friends.More >>