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Arise Daily News Digest 12-21-2014

AL.COM - Charter schools in Alabama? Republican lawmakers plan 2015 push.

AL.COM - Chief Justice Roy Moore calls Huntsville City Council's prayer policy 'foolish'.

DECATUR DAILY - Reporter Mary Sell’s Capitol Notebook: Shedd: Rural areas a priority.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Bentley: Every budget option is on the table.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Many prospective UNA students choosing community colleges instead.

GADSDEN TIMES - Governor's Medicaid comments bring hope, scorn.

ANNISTON STAR - Tax is owed for online out-of-state purchases, but no one is forcing payment.

ANNISTON STAR - Despite shrinking labor force, economists optimistic: Lower unemployment due to shrinking worker pool, economists say.

ANNISTON STAR - Contributor Maura Casey: Measuring democracy in America.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Gambling in Alabama: A high-stakes game of political intrigue.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Contributor Josh Moon: My Christmas wish: A Poarch Creek comeback.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Accreditation issues must be ASU's top priority.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Construction of medical school in Auburn set for completion in April.

WASHINGTON POST - For Obama, a good December, but hard choices lie ahead.

WASHINGTON POST - Fixing the broken talent flow: New barriers have sprung up to push workers into lower-value positions.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Dana Milbank: Good riddance to the worst Congress ever.

NEW YORK TIMES - Military Hospital Care Is Questioned; Next, Reprisals

NEW YORK TIMES - How the High Cost of Medical Care Is Affecting Americans

NEW YORK TIMES - Raising Ambitions: The Challenge in Teaching at Community Colleges.

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Frank Bruni: Hacking Our Humanity

NEW YORK TIMES - How School Segregation Divides Ferguson — and the United States

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Nicholas Kristof: The Gift of Education

SALON - EPA goes soft on toxic coal ash: New regulations for the dangerous coal byproduct fail to treat it as hazardous waste.

THE ATLANTIC - Inequality Between America's Rich and Poor Is at a 30-Year High

MOTHER JONES - Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

NPR - When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Arise Daily News Digest 12-20-2014

AL.COM - Speaker Mike Hubbard's lawyers file motions to dismiss ethics charges.

AL.COM - Alabama Supreme Court: Jefferson County Judge will hear Birmingham appeal of Shepherd Bend mine permit.

AL.COM - Huntsville named in top 10 places to encourage STEM education for kids.

AL.COM - Former clerk at Alabama Department of Corrections facility receives prison time for stealing inmate identities, selling them.

AL.COM - Tea party to Gov. Robert Bentley: Don't flip-flop on Medicaid expansion.   

AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith:  The rise of the populists: Could Warren, Cruz and Sessions change Washington?

AL.COM - Raising specter of Obamacare, Congressman Byrne blasts government's planned college ratings.

AL.COM - 'Black Lives Matter' protesters march, chant, hold 'die-in' at Riverchase Galleria

AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley inauguration to include 'Thank you' party at Cramton Bowl.

AL.COM - Is the death penalty dying? States ca.

rry out fewer executions in 2014.

AL.COM  - From covering the Tide to Congress: Sports journalist joins Rep. Palmer's staff in today's political update.

AL.COM - Good time credit in Alabama - how long do prisoners actually serve?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor Stephen Stetson:  Beyond the gallon: Alabama should modernize gas tax to meet transportation needs.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - State unemployment down in November.

ANNISTON STAR - EPA sets rules on coal ash for first time.

ANNISTON STAR – The Anniston Star:  Tea Party and fat cats.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Group says pay child support or spend Christmas in jail.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - 3.4 quake hits Alabama county for second time in month.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Court revives state bid to seize cash, machines.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Court reverses Blount County death penalty case.

WASHINGTON POST - Supreme Court allows same-sex marriages in Florida.

WASHINGTON POST - Employment and earnings weighed in Obama’s college-rating plan.

WASHINGTON POST - Americans increasingly say race is the country’s most important issue.

WASHINGTON POST - Government is shrinking — but it’s shrinking faster in blue states.

WASHINGTON POST - Unemployment rates fall in 41 states, D.C.

WASHINGTON POST - Why low oil prices could be bad for some states.

NEW YORK TIMES - The Bowl Game That ESPN Built:  Montgomery, Ala., Prepares for the Camellia Bowl, an ESPN Creation

NEW YORK TIMES - U.S. Declares Bank and Auto Bailouts Over, and Profitable

NEW YORK TIMES - Sizing Up the College Rating System.

Arise Daily News Digest 12-19-2014

AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley says block grant for Medicaid expansion not a flip-flop.

AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley says new plan will provide management Medicaid patients need.

AL.COM - Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman will not be released from prison.

AL.COM - U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne joins others in blasting President Obama's approach with Cuba.

AL.COM - Mobile church plans fundraiser to help lesbian couple with legal expenses in suit against state.

AL.COM - Report: Freedom From Religion Foundation challenges Rainbow City nativity scene.

AL.COM - Outokumpu loses $41 million after trouble at its Calvert plant.

AL.COM - Coal, steel and container cargoes push Port Authority's earnings past expectations in 2014.

AL.COM - President's shift on Cuba policy 'may take a couple of years' before the Port of Mobile sees benefits.

AL.COM - Alabama recovery council directs first $56 million to economic and infrastructure projects.

AL.COM - Do you pay taxes on online purchases? If you live in Alabama, probably not, ALDOR says.

AL.COM - Sen. Jeff Sessions won't be the Senate's next Budget Committee chair. And that could be good for Alabama.

AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley updates plan to reform Medicaid in Alabama.

AL.COM - Why wait? You can visit Cuba (Alabama) now: Today in state politics.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Alabama Republicans Comment on Judge’s Ruling that Executive Amnesty is Illegal

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Reporter Bill Britt:  Are They All The Same?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - We Must End Child Poverty And Homelessness In Alabama

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Cooke Running For ALGOP Treasurer

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor Katherine Robertson:  Don’t Be Fooled By New Nomenclature Of Medicaid Expansion

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star:  Siegelman's nightmarish ordeal.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Apple's Tim Cook donating to gay rights campaign in South.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Alabama takes step toward overhauling Medicaid delivery.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - State Rep. Craig Ford:  Lottery, compact part of Democrats' plan.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Nonprofit leader tapped for president's task force.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle:  Ballot access requirements aren't burdensome.

WASHINGTON POST - Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review.

WASHINGTON POST - Private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids.

WASHINGTON POST - Growing portion of FEMA disaster funding goes to admin costs, auditors say.

WASHINGTON POST - Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy.

WASHINGTON POST - Car salespeople: Still more trusted than Congress.

WASHINGTON POST - Executions continued to drop in 2014 — as did the crime rate.

NEW YORK TIMES – Medicaid Rolls Surge Under Affordable Care Act

NEW YORK TIMES - An Alliance That Enriches All Sides: Plaintiffs’ Lawyers and Attorneys General

NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Brittany Bronson:  Your Waitress, Your Professor

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist David Brooks:  The Union Future

NEW YORK TIMES – Editor Vikas Bajaj:  The Wealth Gap Is Getting Bigger

Arise Daily News Digest 12-18-2014

AL.COM - 14-year-old George Stinney, executed in 1944, exonerated in deaths of 2 young girls.

AL.COM - University of Alabama President Judy Bonner announces plans to resign by September.

AL.COM - Toyota Alabama praised as 'model plant for environmental sustainability' in 2014 North American report.

AL.COM - Auto parts supplier Iljin Alabama plans $15.8 million expansion to Phenix City facility, adding 60 jobs.

AL.COM - Alabama Libertarians, Green Party and Constitution Party suffer setback in ballot access fight.

AL.COM - Alabama recovery council to reveal selection process for oil spill restoration projects at meeting Tuesday.

AL.COM - Montgomery mayor's poll shows voters taking more of a liking to Artur Davis: Today in Alabama politics.

AL.COM - Sen. Jeff Sessions drops bid for budget chairmanship, will lead welfare reform, immigration fight.

AL.COM – Contributor Parker Griffith:  Alabama Democrats 'completely lacking in strategy and infrastructure.’

AL.COM – Contributor Clete Wetli:  Greed is killing America.

AL.COM – Contributor Michael Saltsman:  Policymakers play Christmas Grinch on minimum wage.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Anti-Gambling Money May Have Financed Supreme Court Campaign

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Conservatives Displeased With Passage Of CRomnibus

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Consolidation puts more troopers on road; savings expected later.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily:  Higher education must rise above inner turmoil.

DECATUR DAILY - Top holiday wish by lawmakers: More jobs.

ANNISTON STAR - Cuba thaw could mean more money for Alabama.

ANNISTON STAR - Contributor M. J. Ellington:  Close Alabama's insurance coverage gap.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Alabama asks judge to toss lethal injection lawsuit.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Significant flu activity found in River Region.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Contributor Josh Moon:  Those responsible for torture should stand trial.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser:   Alabama's income statistics trail nation's.

WASHINGTON POST - The great start-up slowdown:  Some economists see a link between the scarcity of start-ups and the rise in influence-peddling.

WASHINGTON POST - Opening relations with Cuba also makes the U.S. less isolated.

WASHINGTON POST - Poverty among school-age kids is above pre-recession levels in 30 percent of counties.

WASHINGTON POST - How ALEC helped undermine public unions.

WASHINGTON POST - Some conservatives urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds.

NEW YORK TIMES – AP Impact:  Abused Kids Die as Authorities Fail to Protect

NEW YORK TIMES - State-By-State Breakdown of Child Abuse Deaths

NEW YORK TIMES – A Steep Slide in Law School Enrollment Accelerates

NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:  Coal, an Outlaw Enterprise

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Charles Blow:  The Obamas, Race and Slights

BUSINESS INSIDER AUSTRALIA - The 10 Poorest States In America

HUFFINGTON POST - For Low-Wage Americans, The Holiday Season Is A Time To Work

Arise Daily News Digest 12-17-2014

AL.COM - Bessemer attorney to replace Larry Thornton as Alabama State trustee.

AL.COM - Former Huntsville doctor topped national list of narcotics prescribers in 2012, report says.

AL.COM - How Alabama lawsuit against Poarch Creek Indians could make it easier for the tribe to sell marijuana.

AL.COM - Alabama Supreme Court gets dishonorable mention in tort reform group's 'Judicial Hellholes' report.

AL.COM - Police officer saw state Sen. Thomas Whatley shove down fiancé, report states.

AL.COM - 7 things to know about FreightCar America's job fair to hire 150-200 Shoals workers next month.

AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire:  Bless his heart: What it means if Bentley reverses course on Medicaid expansion.

AL.COM – State Sen. Cam Ward:  Lawmakers must focus on growing problem of Mexican meth.

AL.COM – Contributor David Sher:  John Archibald--a double standard

AL.COM - Scrap income tax in favor of consumption tax: It all adds up for Rep. Barry Moore in today's political update.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Montgomery Mayoral Poll Good For Davis

SENATE SKETCHES - “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.

TRUSSVILLE TRIBUNE - Columnist Steve Flowers’ Inside the Statehouse: GOP Senate takeover has silver lining for Alabama.

ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - The State Board of Education’s Preliminary FY16 Budget Request

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The 10 percent solution:  UNA dreams of median state funding, but is asking for less.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - UNA OKs plan to cut personnel.

ANNISTON STAR - Alexandria man’s political ad firm at center of GOP leadership struggle.

ANNISTON STAR - Wind turbine opponents say structures could affect radio signals.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star:  Troubles in Washington.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star:  Putting a value on public safety.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser:  Alabama’s medical marijuana law is too narrow.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - State asks judge to toss lethal injection lawsuit.

WASHINGTON POST - Senate abruptly wraps up, capping least productive Congress in modern history.

WASHINGTON POST - A black hole for our best and brightest:  Wall Street is expanding, and the economy is worse off for it.

WASHINGTON POST - Colleges are cutting deals with Wall Street to steer students into debit cards.

WASHINGTON POST - Fresh attacks on Common Core ahead after GOP wave.

WASHINGTON POST - The recession saddled states with half a trillion dollars of debt.

WASHINGTON POST - How America will look in 2060, in 7 graphs.

WASHINGTON POST - Lawmakers blast Social Security for targeting family members to resolve old debts.

NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Ian Kysel:  End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

Arise Daily News Digest 12-16-2014

AL.COM - Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman could soon be released from prison.

AL.COM - 'SEC' presidential primary idea picking up steam, has support of Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett.

AL.COM - Ex-Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin running for Alabama GOP chair.

AL.COM - Sentencing delayed for Deann Stone, former Alabama educator convicted of corruption.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald:  By this standard, Alabama has more corrupt politicians than clean ones.

AL.COM - Indian marijuana sales could make getting pot a lot easier.

AL.COM – Contributor Derrick Blackshear:  Payday loans provide vital assistance to those in need.

AL.COM - 786 immigrant children were released into Alabama in fiscal 2014 and the pace isn't slowing much.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - UA College Republican Leadership Dispute Ouster Of Executive Committee

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Is Conspiracy At Play To Thwart Justice In Hubbard Case?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - U. S. Congressman Spencer Bachus Bids Farewell

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Terry Lathan To Pursue ALGOP Chair

ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - Where Are Alabama’s Children Enrolled in School?

DECATUR DAILY - The Decatur Daily:  Responsibility to fix finances on lawmakers.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily:  State wills its way to football dominance.

ANNISTON STAR - As Alabama fire deaths remain high, fire chiefs association launches info campaign.

ANNISTON STAR - Officials boost number of state troopers by adding officers from other departments.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star:  Bentley as Scrooge.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Alabama health care costs rise, study says.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER  - The Montgomery Advertiser:  Alabama sorely needs more parole officers.

DOTHAN EAGLE - Terry Everett gives $1 million to Troy technology program.

WASHINGTON POST - The college trap that keeps people poor:  The odds are stacked against low-income Americans seeking the education they need to move up.

WASHINGTON POST - Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP.

WASHINGTON POST - How a popular government-transparency bill suddenly died in Congress.

WASHINGTON POST - House races in 2014 cost an average of 64 times the household income of the people candidates wanted to represent.

WASHINGTON POST - Bipartisan team aims to curb South Dakota’s payday lending industry.

WASHINGTON POST - Three Republican governors will push Medicaid expansion.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Dana Milbank:  The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing.

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Joe Nocera:  When Football Gets the Ax

NEW YORK TIMES - With Hospitals Under Stress, Tennessee’s Governor Pursues Medicaid Expansion

NEW YORK TIMES - Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

NEW YORK TIMES - As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist David Brooks:  Warren Can Win

Arise Daily News Digest 12-15-2014

AL.COM - Former Governor Don Siegelman will be in court for Monday release hearing.

AL.COM - Who is UAB President Ray Watts? Doctor, son of Birmingham and a man under fire.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald:  By this standard, Alabama has more corrupt politicians than clean ones.

AL.COM – Contributor Isabel Rubio:  Immigration plan may mend broken policies and keep families together.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Alabama at top of charitable list.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Blue Cross extends coverage to married gay couples.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Prosecutors seek 50 years for ex-official.

WASHINGTON POST - The devalued American worker:  The past three recessions sparked a chain reaction of layoffs and lower pay.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Robert Samuelson:  Health spending — under control?

WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Terry Lenzner:  A Justice Department in retreat on civil rights.

NEW YORK TIMES - Salty Food and Belching Cows Are Winners in Spending Bill

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Charles Blow:  America, Who Are We?

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Paul Krugman:  Wall Street’s Revenge

NEW YORK TIMESThe New York Times:  Are Midwives Safer Than Doctors?

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Number of states challenging Obama on immigration grows to 24

SALON - The North isn’t better than the South: The real history of modern racism and segregation above the Mason-Dixon line.

MOTHER JONES - The Spending Bill Includes a Huge Insurance Industry Giveaway Too

NEWSWEEK - How to Fix Poverty: Write Every Family a Basic Income Check