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Arise Daily News Digest 7-30-2014

AL.COM - Birmingham lawyer starts national TV ad campaign to sign up veterans to sue VA for healthcare delays.

AL.COM - Alabama State University spent $318K suing forensic auditor hired by Gov. Bentley.

AL.COM - US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law; ruling on Alabama's version expected this week.

AL.COM - How's FRED doing? Tracking Alabama's economy with five key indicators.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: God's lawyers come again, demand Alabama PSC to cease and desist.

AL.COM - BP's second quarter profit jumps, but still wary of future expense of oil spill.

AL.COM - Franklin County schools setting up security teams with volunteers; some could be armed.

AL.COM - Here's why Alabama will be hard-pressed to reduce unemployment fraud even further.

AL.COM - Judge says Mercedes-Benz violated rights of Alabama workers to organize union.

AL.COM - Expert: Alabama needs to focus on workforce to raise its economic development prospects.

AL.COM - Top aide for Gov. Robert Bentley, Luther Strange to testify at EPA's hearing on carbon emissions.

AL.COM - 'God bless Jeff Sessions,' Rush Limbaugh says: Today in Alabama politics.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Believe in an Alabama where we dare defend the children.

AL.COM - Insurance companies cutting choices significantly in bid to counter Obamacare costs, study finds.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - PSC to Go to Atlanta to Testify to EPA

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Roby, Rogers and Brooks Say: Maxwell No Place for Immigrant Detainees

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

WSFA - Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: Not first time Wiggins faces conflict of interest allegations.

AL.COM - Lawmakers say federal government too slow in carrying out RESTORE Act.

AL.COM - Mercedes-Benz builds 2 millionth vehicle at Alabama plant.

AL.COM - Alabama is growing high-tech entrepreneurs, but is high-speed Internet the key to keeping them?

TRUSSVILLE TRIBUNE – Columnist Steve Flowers’ Inside the Statehouse: The story of 3 who vied in the 1962 governor’s race.

DECATUR DAILY - Morgan teen becomes president: Ellow inaugurated at Boys Nation in Virginia.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Fight against child abuse gets a boost.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily: As job losses mount, leaders look for answers.

WELD FOR BIRMINGHAM - Poverty and public transportation.

ANNISTON STAR - Report: Alabama didn't share enough Homeland Security money with local governments.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Oh, THAT way of life.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Alabama needs a leader to begin an honest conversation about money.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Wiggins accuses Bentley of SACS violation.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - State employees' insurance could go up again.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Shelby, Roby call for reforms at CAVHCS.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Right-wing misinformation lures in immigrant kids.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: CAVHCS policy hid its delays.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Alabama budgets strain under the yoke of earmarks.

WASHINGTON POST - House Republicans propose plan to deal with border crisis.

WASHINGTON POST - How the history of electricity explains municipal broadband.

WASHINGTON POST - Gender equity revolution no longer stalled.

WASHINGTON POST - Senate moves to patch transportation funding.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel: Building a progressive alternative to ALEC.

WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: VA bill shows that Congress can work when it faces a powerful constituency.

NEW YORK TIMES - When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Mark Bittman: Introducing the National Soda Tax

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Criticism arises after children are rushed to see immigration judges.

Arise Daily News Digest 7-29-2014

AL.COM - Governor Bentley to feds, prison reform advocates: 'You all are crazy to sue us.'

AL.COM - Feds trumpet Obamacare savings on prescription drugs, $180 million in Alabama.

AL.COM - Alabama's not alone: Governors in Tennessee and Mississippi fighting mad over immigrant relocations.

AL.COM - 'Crazy' to sue Alabama over prisons? It was regrettable but necessary, lawyer says.

AL.COM - Attorney General Strange faces tough questions from sheriffs on permits, guns at polls.

AL.COM - Pray God blocks EPA plan, chief regulator of Alabama utilities tells consumers.

AL.COM - Gov. Bentley appoints replacement for ousted Alabama State Trustee Elton Dean.

AL.COM - Gov. Bentley calls special meeting of Alabama State board after replacing two members.

AL.COM - Gov. Bentley said EPA 'trying to kill us in the South' with coal emission standards.

AL.COM - Some already working at Alabama's new Remington plant, VP says, more jobs available on rolling basis.

AL.COM - Alabama State President Gwendolyn Boyd responds to scathing letter from former trustee.

AL.COM - Gov. Bentley still considering special session for Alabama economic development incentives.

AL.COM - Alabama State president gets $1,000 a month car allowance but has no car.

AL.COM - Parker Griffith: Democrats pushed me 'with a knife' to get me to run for Alabama governor.

AL.COM - Why does Alabama struggle to fund government? Bentley says education gets growth taxes.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Losing GOP Senate Candidate Complains of Legal Violations to AG

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Gov. Bentley Sets the Record Straight

ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - Public School Spending By Category

DECATUR DAILY - The Decatur Daily: Alabamians watch taxpayers’ dollars.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Greene County marks 45th year since historic election.

GADSDEN TIMES - Medicare's own health looking up.

GADSDEN TIMES – Contributor William Canary: Fix Highway Trust Fund.

ANNISTON STAR - Moratorium extended on permitting short-term lenders to set up shop.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Alabama needs a leader who values good government over ideology.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Audit: Area VA staff ordered to change wait times.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Complaints turn to inexperience of Boyd's recent hires.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Refuse to accept failure for kids.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Some Ala animal shelters facing problems.

WASHINGTON POST - A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collections last year.

WASHINGTON POST - Would boosting the eligibility age for Medicare save it from ‘bankruptcy’?

WASHINGTON POST - White House says delays in curbing greenhouse gas emissions may cost billions.

WASHINGTON POST - More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year.

WASHINGTON POST - America really is two different political countries these days.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Dana Milbank: North Carolina Republicans put ideology above lives.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Catherine Rampell: Sick? Now you can stay home.

NEW YORK TIMES - Spending Big to Fight Big Donors in Campaigns

NEW YORK TIMES - How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Jesse Wegman: The Injustice of Marijuana Arrests

NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Courtney Martin: Child Care and the Overwhelmed Parent

Arise Daily News Digest 7-28-2014

AL.COM - Why Rev. Al Sharpton will be in Birmingham this week to launch his voting rights campaign.

AL.COM - Alabama prisoners claim they face retaliation for filing lawsuit over medical care.

AL.COM - State Sen. Cam Ward: When it comes to energy, Alabama's future is now.

AL.COM - Big bucks in brewing, but how does Alabama stack up?

AL.COM - Bama brewing by the numbers.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Here's the secret in Alabama: If you call it 'economic development' you can get away with anything.

AL.COM - Alabama goes all in on ignition controls for drunken drivers, but do they work?

AL.COM - Lack of Medicaid expansion hampers economic development in rural Alabama, official said.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - VA: Did area doctor's acts constitute insurance fraud?

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Watkins apologizes for picking Boyd as ASU president.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - SAF-T-Net goal is weather preparedness in Alabama.

WASHINGTON POST - House, Senate negotiators reach deal on veterans bill.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist E. J. Dionne: Paul Ryan’s stale ideas on poverty.

WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Jacob Lew: Close the tax loophole on inversions.

NEW YORK TIMES - Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Paul Krugman: Corporate Artful Dodgers

SALON - Why do we vilify low-income black women simply for being mothers?

THE ATLANTIC - Whiteness Is Still a Proxy for Being American

THE ATLANTIC - When the State Takes Kids Away From Parents: Three Perspectives

THE NATION - Poor Parents Need Work-Life Balance Too

NPR - With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Arise Daily News Digest 7-27-2014

AL.COM - Jeff Sessions wants Americans to call Congress on immigration and ask about President Obama's allegedly planned action.

AL.COM - Greyhound racing in Alabama and 6 other states face wagering woes, racing foes.

AL.COM - As greyhound racing declines nationwide, the Birmingham Race Course is in 'survival mode.'

AL.COM - Alabama whistleblower Edward Lane wins at Supreme Court, but loses pay.

AL.COM - University of South Alabama student fatally shot by officer was seeking help, lawsuit says.

AL.COM - More job cuts: izzy+ to close manufacturing plant employing 200 workers in Florence.

AL.COM – Contributor Apryl Marie: America's children need to be the priority in the immigration debate.

DECATUR DAILY - Gov. Bentley picks up pace of in-state flights.

DECATUR DAILY - Reporter Mary Sell’s Capital Notebook: Committee rethinking budget tax exemptions.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Tax-free sales starts Friday in Alabama.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - House sub-committee rethinking exemptions.

TUSCALOOSA NEWSThe Tuscaloosa News: Taking school funds would be a mistake.

GADSDEN TIMES - Botched executions renew debate.

GADSDEN TIMESThe Gadsden Times: Bentley's trial balloon.

ANNISTON STAR - Publisher H. Brandt Ayers: '... God bless America.'

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Driving ASU president Boyd a costly task.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Groups worry about 911 charge hitting state’s poor.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - How do illegal immigrants impact U.S. economy?

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Elton Dean right to resign from ASU board of trustees.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Contributor Gordon Trawick: Change must come from Alabama's people.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Auburn lands in Forbes’ top 10 small places for business.

WASHINGTON POST - In U.S. custody, migrant kids are flown thousands of miles at taxpayer expense.

WASHINGTON POST - After foreclosure, trying to buy their house back.

WASHINGTON POST - Everyone says turnout is key. So why does it keep going down?

WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy.

NEW YORK TIMES - Echoes of Past Battles on Immigration Ring Through Current Debate

NEW YORK TIMESThe New York Times: Repeal Prohibition, Again

NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Stephanie Coontz: The New Instability

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Cellphone unlocking bill passes Congress and heads to Obama's desk.

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Contributor Diana Wagman: A mother's Southern discomfort.

Arise Daily News Digest 7-26-2014

AL.COM - Where is the man who shot George Wallace?

AL.COM - Governor moves quickly to replace ousted Alabama State University trustee.

AL.COM - Gov. Bentley removes Alabama State University Trustee Marvin Wiggins from office.

AL.COM - Jeff Sessions makes history by being unopposed for U.S. Senate, and re-election campaign is in no hurry.

AL.COM - Report to show that 185,000 Alabamians with jobs would benefit from Medicaid expansion.

AL.COM - Birmingham attorney, ASU alumnus Donald Watkins says governor lacks cause to remove Wiggins.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Sessions Says the Republic Faces a Grave Threat from Obama

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Democrats Ask For Reasons Why Convention Should be in Birmingham

FACING SOUTH - The South's child well-being crisis.

DECATUR DAILY - House votes to boost tax credit for high-income families.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Judge: Mercedes violated labor laws regarding unions; ruling did not impose any fines.

ANNISTON STAR -State panel to review child support payments.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: A lack of compassion.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Free market vs. death penalty.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Immigrant children have tough times, tough choices.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Dear Mr. President: Not all Alabamians callous toward kids.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Barry Moore wants call barred from perjury case.

WASHINGTON POST - More than 30,000 undocumented kids have been released to sponsors in every state.

WASHINGTON POST - Congress is getting more polarized — but so is your own state legislature.

WASHINGTON POST - One-third of Americans support impeaching Obama. One-fifth don’t understand “impeachment.”

Arise Daily News Digest 7-25-2014

AL.COM - Governor's office says bond refinancing to save state $20 million over 12 years.

AL.COM - Rep. Barry Moore's lawyers ask court to say recorded phone call inadmissible.

AL.COM - 'Under no circumstances' should immigrant children be sent to Alabama, state lawmakers say.

AL.COM - More questions than answers as Alabama military base eyed as possible housing site for immigrant children.

AL.COM - Till named Alabama's deputy secretary of commerce, replacing economic development veteran Swann.

AL.COM - 10 million previously uninsured people gain coverage under Obamacare, study finds.

AL.COM - Affordable Care Act ruling could ultimately make poor states subsidize rich ones, report says.

AL.COM - Flood of young immigrants could end up taxing state's education, public service systems, Gov. Robert Bentley says.

AL.COM - Gender pay gap is even worse for African-American women in Alabama: Today in state politics.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Cost of Accountability Act Over 1,000 Times Higher Than Scholarship Awards Last Year

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Kelly Butler Joins Bentley Staff as State Budget Officer

THE ATLANTIC - One Hour and 57 Minutes in Arizona: Joseph Wood's death Wednesday is the fourth botched execution in the United States this year.

GADSDEN TIMES - Chairman of Alabama State board resigning.

AL.COM - Appeals court moves hearing in Siegelman case to October.

POLITICO - Why Am I Moving Left?

ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - Is It Still 2002 for Alabama’s Schoolchildren?

AL.COM - Alabama has 'moral obligation' to care for immigrant children, Rep. Terri Sewell says.

DECATUR DAILY - The Decatur Daily: Alabama lags in overall well-being of children.

ANNISTON STAR - Pro-expansion panel tries to get Medicaid message across.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Expect more to get more.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Ala-based network expanding to West Coast.

DOTHAN EAGLE - Martha Roby opposes housing immigrant children at Maxwell.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Complaints are little help in immigration crisis.

WASHINGTON POST - The drug that’s forcing America’s most important – and uncomfortable – health-care debate.

WASHINGTON POST - How not to shut down coal plants.

WASHINGTON POST - Some Republicans push compassionate, anti-poverty agenda ahead of 2016 contest.

WASHINGTON POST - Obama’s uphill struggle against economic inequality.

WASHINGTON POST - After execution gone awry, unclear if any changes could follow.

WASHINGTON POST - A look at death penalty sentences and executions, by state.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Ruth Marcus: Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Catherine Rampell: Corporations are people. So what if people were corporations?

NEW YORK TIMES - Conservatives Hone Script to Light a Fire Over Abortion

NEW YORK TIMES - States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds

NEW YORK TIMES – Editor Jesse Wigman: Why the Death Penalty Is Doomed

Arise Daily News Digest 7-24-2014

AL.COM - Poll: A little over half of Americans say they or others are better off with Obamacare.

AL.COM - Governor Robert Bentley says call for special session 'misinterpreted.'

AL.COM - Obamacare nets nearly $1 million in insurance refunds to split among 10,000 in Alabama.

AL.COM - Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began.

AL.COM - Making the failing grade: Website ranks Birmingham-Hoover area among worst for home vacancies.

AL.COM - Users of free government cellphones to start paying state 911 tax.

AL.COM - Bentley says national leaders should look to Alabama as model for running government.

AL.COM - Feds offer funds to help poor Alabama communities 'reimagine' workforce development.

AL.COM - ADEM sets hearing for controversial Shepherd Bend Mine on Black Warrior River for Aug. 28.

AL.COM - Affordable Care Act could survive loss of some subsidies, analysis says.

AL.COM - Alabama lawmaker heads up increasingly influential Southern Caucus: Today in state politics.

AL.COM – Contributor State Rep. Laura Hall: Republicans Wage War on the Middle Class

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor State Rep. Darrio Melton: We Can't Fix Alabama by Taking the Resources from Those Who Need Them Most

THE ATLANTIC - Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor

THE ATLANTIC - Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?

THE NATION - We’re Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Own Failures

MOTHER JONES - 785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

WSFA - Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: Governor's call for resignations carries clout.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Report: Accountability Act groups took in $25M, distributed $24K.

ANNISTON STAR - Governor: School fund safe from business incentive program.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: If Obamacare goes away.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Bentley's latest scheme.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - ASU chairman signed for $100K transfer days before meeting.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Sessions opposes EPA carbon rule.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Chemical claims pit workers against auto supplier.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Low, fair not same in taxes.

WASHINGTON POST - Will it be cheesesteaks, sunshine or fame that tip the scale? Members of Congress make their pitches to host the DNC convention.

WASHINGTON POST - Border crisis creates discomfort for state, local politicians over housing children.

WASHINGTON POST - Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, new analysis shows.

WASHINGTON POST - Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it.

WASHINGTON POST - Glenn Beck takes to the theaters to attack Common Core.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist E. J. Dionne: A conservative judiciary run amok.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Robert Samuelson: Making corporate tax dodgers patriotic.

NEW YORK TIMES - U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Charles Blow: Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet