Alabama leads nation in preschool quality, behind in enrollment
Alabama Political Reporter
by Jacob Holmes
7h ago
A new national report released Thursday finds Alabama is one of only five states in the country to meet 10 of 10 research-based quality standards benchmarks for minimum quality for pre-kindergarten programs. However, the report finds the state ranks 15th the nation for preschool enrollment for four-year-olds and serves no three-year-olds. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) Thursday released its annual State of Preschool report, which tracks preschool enrollment, funding, and quality across states. The 2023 State of Preschool Yearbook found that, in the 2022-2023 ..read more
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House passes package to increase workforce participation
Alabama Political Reporter
by Jacob Holmes
7h ago
The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday passed a package of bills designed to increase workforce participation in the state. The “Working for Alabama” set of bills has the backing of Gov. Kay Ivey as well as leaders in both chambers and broad bipartisan support. The bills range from education programs to new tax credits for housing and childcare. Rep. Cynthia Almond, R-Tuscaloosa, introduced the package. “I know that we’ve had groups, both in the House and the Senate, working to identify reasons that we have people in our state who are able to work and are not working  — there i ..read more
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Alabama’s new “Porn ID Law” raises privacy and rights concerns
Alabama Political Reporter
by Bill Britt
9h ago
In a move that has sparked outrage among privacy advocates, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law HB164, a bill requiring pornographic websites to verify users’ age through government-issued photo ID. Critics argue that this law is a continuation of anti-privacy legislation aimed at appeasing the religious right-wing of the state’s GOP, driven by a desire to enforce conformity on citizens through faith and coercion. Sponsored by state Rep. Ben Robbins, R-Sylacauga, Rep. David Faulkner, R-Mountain Brook and Rep. Susan DuBose, R-Hoover,, the law dubbed the “porn ID law,” has been condemned ..read more
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Child labor violations discovered at several locations for food franchise
Alabama Political Reporter
by Patrick Darrington
9h ago
Department of Labor investigations into several Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburger franchise locations in Alabama discovered child labor violations by the operator. Mark Houghton, operator of the franchise, was found to have employed 149 children under the age of 16 that worked longer than federal child labor law permits. Specifically investigators with the Wage and Hour Division discovered the following violations by Houghton: Children age 14 and 15 were employed to work more than three hours on a school day. Employing 14 and 15 year olds to work after 7 p.m. between the day after Labo ..read more
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Alabama buys Foley Beach Bridge, ends tolls
Alabama Political Reporter
by Bill Britt
9h ago
In a major development for Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Governor Kay Ivey, alongside Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and representatives from the Baldwin County Bridge Company, announced on Thursday the state’s acquisition of the Foley Beach Express Bridge. This strategic move will render the bridge toll-free, enhancing accessibility to the state’s flourishing coastal areas. Governor Ivey expressed her enthusiasm for the initiative stating, “Alabama’s Gulf Coast continues to experience record growth and success, and I am proud we are making needed infrastructure improvements in the area that will hel ..read more
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Montgomery police chief’s resignation ends tumultuous two-year tenure
Alabama Political Reporter
by Josh Moon
9h ago
Montgomery Police Chief Daryl Albert resigned on Thursday afternoon, ending a tumultuous two-year tenure leading the police force in Alabama’s capital city.  Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said in a statement issued late Thursday that Albert submitted his resignation and that it was accepted. “Today, Darryl Albert informed me that he is resigning from his post as Chief of Police, and I have accepted his resignation,” said Reed. “MPD Deputy Chief John Hall will continue to serve as acting chief. Improving public safety is a priority for our city. We are committed to confronting violent crim ..read more
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Mercedes workers set to vote for union in May
Alabama Political Reporter
by Patrick Darrington
9h ago
Are workers in Alabama less than a month from agreeing to form a union at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance? It was announced Thursday that the election to create a union would be held on May 13-17 in person at the Mercedes plant. Five thousand workers will participate in the vote facilitated by the National Labor Relations Board. The election announcement comes just four months after workers initially proclaimed they were seeking to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). Several workers at the plant commented that they were ready for the election and to win the union. “Workers at our plant are r ..read more
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Rep. Sewell to host Affordable Connectivity Roundtable
Alabama Political Reporter
by Staff
10h ago
On Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:30 a.m. CDT, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will host an Affordable Connectivity Roundtable at the Brighton Community Center. The event will bring together families enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and participating internet service providers to highlight the benefits of the ACP and the need for Congress to extend it. Without action from Congressional Republicans, the ACP will expire at the end of the month and 1 in 5 Alabama families will see higher internet costs or lose access to the internet altogether. 413,668 Alabama families (1 in 5 ..read more
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Alabama’s First Class Pre-K leads the nation in quality for 18th year
Alabama Political Reporter
by Staff
10h ago
Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (ADECE) announced Thursday that Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is once again recognized for the highest quality in yesterday’s release of the national report, The 2023 State of Preschool. Alabama is one of only five states in the country to meet 10 of 10 research-based quality standard benchmarks for 2023 and is the only state in the nation to have achieved this distinction for 18 consecutive years. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) tracks preschool enrollment, funding and quality across s ..read more
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Committees approve bills to ensure Biden is on the ballot in November
Alabama Political Reporter
by Patrick Darrington
1d ago
On Wednesday, an Alabama House committee and Senate committee approved similar legislation to ensure President Joe Biden is able to appear on the ballot in November. Last week, Secretary of State Wes Allen warned the Democratic National Convention and Alabama Democratic Party that a certification of nomination must be submitted to his office no later than August 15. According to Alabama  Code § 17-14-31(6) the certificate must be delivered 82 days before the general election. In a letter to the Alabama Democratic Party Chair Randy Kelley, Allen stated that Biden and Kamala Harris would b ..read more
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