Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:21:28 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (RNN) – A man with possible ties to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot and killed after the FBI interviewed him early Wednesday. The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a manMore >>
The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a man in custody while conducting "official duties," spokesman Dave Couvertier told NBC News. In a WESH interview, a friend identified the deceased as Ibragim Todashev, 27.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:38:12 GMT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Animal protection groups are urging Alabama's governor to sign legislation toughening the penalties for animal cruelty. The Legislature passed a bill on the last night of its sessionMore >>
Animal protection groups are urging Alabama's governor to sign legislation toughening the penalties for animal cruelty.More >>
On the last night of the legislative session, Senators passed by voice vote a resolution asking Alabama's Insurance Board to treat them as they treat all active full-time state employees -paying nothing for single coverage health insurance and $180 a month for family coverage.
They were denied - a reasonable action by the Board, given some of the legal issues involved, and given that this would be granted to Senators and not House members .
Legislators no doubt will try again to achieve this health insurance subsidy, something other Southern state lawmakers get.
While doing so, they should also focus on the money they need to put into the trust funds voters approved this year to help pay obligations owed.
The current projected unfunded liability for retirees health care benefits for state employees and teachers is approaching $20 billion.
Perhaps if lawmakers were part of the system, they would have greater interest in fixing it.