Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, which is meant to encourage people to register to vote. Different state agencies and grassroots organizations work in conjunction to encourage people to do so in time for November’s midterm elections.
Every third Friday in September is the National Day of Recognition for prisoners of war and service members who are missing in action. Ceremonies are set to take place across the county, but in Alabama, the public is invited to honor these service members Saturday morning at the state capitol.
A crisis was tentatively averted after railroad unions across the country came to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to avoid a strike. Among the agreed conditions, workers will get a raise and can now take unpaid days off for appointments without being penalized.
The state allocates millions to its First-Class Pre-K Program through the Department of Early Childhood Education. Recognized by many groups as one of the best programs in the country, it currently costs $174 million to operate. WSFA got an exclusive look inside one of these classrooms to see how this money is being used.
The pandemic has caused academic setbacks for students in Alabama. That’s according to a new report from the National Assessment of Education Progress that shows a significant drop in reading and math scores.
Beginning this school year, schools can receive free feminine hygiene products for their students. This is thanks to a bill that was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey in April that allocates $200,000 for the products to be put in Title I schools.
The Alabama Republican Party has released a statement following the Tuesday afternoon arrest of Perry Hooper Jr., a prominent former state lawmaker and Montgomery political activist, on a first-degree sexual abuse charge.
As the state continues to work to improve its math scores, introducing STEM programs in early grade levels is one of the ways leaders are trying to do so. Governor Kay Ivey visited a Montgomery elementary school to experience its brand-new STEM lab. The only one in the river region for students that young.
Alabama is the worst state to have a baby, according to a new report from Wallet Hub. And Midwives across the state are concerned that new rules the state’s department of public health wants to implement could possibly worsen the situation. The rules would affect birth centers where women can give birth outside of a hospital setting.
There’s a renewed push from state leaders to bring new, higher-paying jobs to Alabama. But in order to do that - business experts and state leaders say they need to provide better incentives to attract those new employers. And just this week - a newly-formed commission met for the first time to do just that.
Alabama’s republican leaders voted to support significant changes to the state’s election process. The party held their organizational meeting Saturday and adopted a resolution that supports a closed primary election and added a new requirement for people wanting to run for office on a Republican ticket.
The process from seed to sale is moving along for the state’s medical cannabis commission. Following last month’s meeting, the commission says they are on track for the next steps of the process because they approved their rules and regulations.
Some are focused on increasing the penalties for those involved in exhibition driving, while others will be built to try and help law enforcement end the problem. One suggestion is using cameras to identify vehicles who participate.
A trip across the pond could bring new aerospace projects to Alabama. This week, the Secretary of Alabama’s Department of Commerce, Greg Canfield, was in London meeting with industry executives working to get them to invest and bring new jobs to our state.
Alabama’s Black Belt is one step closer to becoming a National Heritage Area. These areas are established by congress and receive up to $1 million in federal funding annually to preserve important sites. Congresswoman Terri Sewell sponsored the legislation to make the Black Belt eligible for such funding.
The state is another step closer to having medical cannabis available for patients. The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission released a draft of regulations for the medical cannabis industry. And the next step is a public hearing for feedback that will be held Thursday, but not all the topics can be changed by the commission.
Voters across the state will see three names for certain races on November’s ballot. For the first time in over 20 years, the Libertarian Party earned enough signatures to have complete ballot access. The party has candidates running for different offices from county sheriffs, and positions in the state house, to the governor’s office.