Monday, September 1 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:36:57 GMT
Alabama State Troopers are investigating after a single-vehicle crash resulted in the death of a Wetumpka man. According to a news release 51-year-old Geroge Gregory Golden was killed when the 2013 ChevroletMore >>
Alabama State Troopers are investigating after a single-vehicle crash resulted in the death of a Wetumpka man.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:05:07 GMT
According to Montgomery District Attorney Darryl Bailey, Montgomery police are investigating two homicides that occurred Friday night in the city, one on Park Town Way off the Troy Highway, and the otherMore >>
According to Montgomery District Attorney Darryl Bailey, Montgomery police are investigating two homicides that occurred Friday night in the city, one on Park Town Way off the Troy Highway, and the other on Truett Drive, just off Court Street. More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:35:09 GMT
Montgomery's Greek Orthodox church is celebrating another Labor day with their annual barbecue and pastry sale.The sale started at 9 this morning and it ends at 5 p-m.They'll be selling barbecue chicken,More >>
Montgomery's Greek Orthodox church is celebrating another Labor day with their annual barbecue and pastry sale.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:31:01 GMT
With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and...More >>
Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new...More >>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a 1-year delay, until 2015, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.
"We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively," Treasury Assistant Secretary Mark Mazur said in a blog post. "We have listened to your feedback and we are taking action."
Under the law, companies with 50 or more workers must provide affordable coverage to their full-time employees or risk a series of escalating tax penalties if just one worker ends up getting government-subsidized insurance. Business groups have complained since the law passed that the provision was too complicated.
The unexpected decision is sure to anger liberals and labor groups, but it could provide cover for Democratic candidates in next year's congressional elections.
While the White House sacrificed timely implementation of a key element of President Barack Obama's health care law, the move also undercuts Republican efforts to make the overhaul and the costs associated with new requirements a major issue in congressional races. Democrats are defending 21 Senate seats to the Republicans' 14, and the GOP had already started to excoriate Senate Democrats who had voted for the health law in 2009.
Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarret cast the decision as part of an effort to simplify data reporting requirements.
She said since enforcing the coverage mandate is dependent on businesses reporting about their workers' access to insurance, the administration decided to postpone the reporting requirement, and with it, the mandate to provide coverage.
We have and will continue to make changes as needed," Jarrett wrote in a White House blog post. "In our ongoing discussions with businesses we have heard that you need the time to get this right. We are listening."
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