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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

Arise Daily News Digest 12-14-2014

AL.COM - Alabama among nation's leaders in moving away from youth incarceration, study says.

AL.COM - Congress approves $1.1T spending bill, but leaves door open to immigration fight.

AL.COM - Why did U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks vote against the House bill to fund the government on brink of shutdown?

DECATUR DAILY - JOBS: Rural counties slow to see same growth as metro areas.

DECATUR DAILY - Reporter Mary Sell’s Capital Notebook:  Task force targets prison overcrowding.

DECATUR DAILY - Districts shuffle assets as dollars from state drop.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily:  Financial responsibility:  State lawmakers, facing a general fund deficit of at least $265 million in fiscal year 2016, have run out of borrowing options. It take more than closing some loopholes to solve the state’s funding woes.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Alabama governor Bentley: No plans for state gas tax increase for now.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Alabama governor plans bold revenue plan in 2015.

ANNISTON STAR - Editor Bob Davis: The panics that test our values.

ANNISTON STAR - Publisher H. Brandt Ayers: GOP AGs serve whom?

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Conflict erupts between GOP chair, committee members.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Same-sex marraige protesters rally at state Capitol.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Contributor William Brown:  Republicans blame poor for poverty.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser:  Boyd has to be more forthcoming.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser:  A national service program would benefit our society.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle:  Remember the poor.

WASHINGTON POST - Thousands join ‘Justice for All’ march.

WASHINGTON POST - In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Dana Milbank:  The coarsening of politics.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist George F. Will: The cheerfulness of tax reform.

NEW YORK TIMES – ‘Selma,’ History and Protests Today

NEW YORK TIMES - Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Ross Douthat:  The Imitation of Marriage

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Nicholas Kristof:  A Shooter, His Victim and Race

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Mark Bittman:  Is It Bad Enough Yet?

THE ATLANTIC - Empire of Cotton:  Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism.

THE ATLANTIC - The Quiet Struggle of College Students With Kids

Arise Daily News Digest 12-13-2014

AL.COM - Alabama one of the 'worst' states for adult victims of child sex abuse to seek civil remedies.

AL.COM - Georgia-Pacific upgrades facility to prepare for construction comeback.

AL.COM - Bentley, educators call for wide effort between businesses, colleges to train workforce.

AL.COM - Ashes to ashes, dust to dust: Green burials grow as more Alabamians go back to the basics.

AL.COM - Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities.

AL.COM - Deputy AG Sonny Reagan was to be fired for leaking info to corruption defendants, Strange memo says.

AL.COM - Auburn University named top school for veterans in 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide.

AL.COM - 61 workers will lose jobs at Robbins rubber-mixing plant in Muscle Shoals by early 2015.

AL.COM – Contributor Frank LoMonte: UAB decision reflects troubling secrecy trend at universities.

AL.COM – Contributor David Miller: 'Keep fighting and never give up': Former UAB football player reflects on inspirational 2014 team.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Big Luther Blasts Sonny Reagan for Leaking Corruption Trial Information

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor Larry Lee’s Education Matters: Riley’s SGO in State House to “Sweet Talk” Legislators

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Senator Ward Named Chairman of the National Council of State Legislatures Committee on Natural Resources and Infrastructure

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Task force to monitor Legislature on education.

WASHINGTON POST - Why America’s middle class is lost.

WASHINGTON POST - Senate moves forward on $1.1 trillion spending bill as deadline is pushed back.

WASHINGTON POST - Most Americans’ best days are behind them.

WASHINGTON POST - Supreme Court will hear case involving life sentences without parole for juveniles.

WASHINGTON POST - Even amid recovery, state budgets bleed red ink.

WASHINGTON POST - Hunger and homelessness on the rise in U.S. cities, and Congress isn’t helping, mayors say.

NEW YORK TIMES - What Students Don’t Know About Their Loans

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT - Just the Facts on Income Inequality

Arise Daily News Digest 12-12-2014

AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley cracks open the door to expand Medicaid and enhance state revenues for budget.

AL.COM - National Wildlife Federation recommends 5 Alabama projects for oil spill restoration funding.

AL.COM - House approves $1.1T bill financing government.

AL.COM - Alabama needs more parole officers to help relieve prison crowding, state task force told.

AL.COM - Alabama's high school graduation rate rises to 86 percent.

AL.COM - Del Marsh, Alabama Senate president pro tempore: We'll cut another 8 percent out of state government before tax hikes.

AL.COM - Defense secretary backs modifications to LCS; decision could protect Mobile jobs.

AL.COM - Is disability becoming 'a shadow unemployment program?'

AL.COM - Sen. Jeff Sessions helps United Launch Alliance in Decatur dodge threat to 800 jobs in defense bill.

AL.COM - Reps. Mo Brooks, Mike Rogers cast Alabama delegation's only 'no' votes on $1.1 trillion spending bill.

AL.COM - Alabama Department of Education releases results of new reading and math tests.

AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith:  Congressman-Elect Gary Palmer receives committee assignments for 114th Congress.

AL.COM - Number of Alabamians going to prison is dropping, so why has inmate population barely budged?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Internal Memo Gives Reasons Reagan Terminated

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Reporter Brandon Moseley:  A Journalism License Would Cast Shadow Over Profession

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Study says trade deficit with China costs Alabama jobs.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills.

ANNISTON STAR - Study finds state policies encourage prison-based punishment.

ANNISTON STAR - New test shows deeper academic lapse for Alabama kids.

MONTOGMERY ADVERTISER - Robert Bentley suggests he could accept Medicaid expansion.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Upcoming Supreme Court ruling could impact Ala revenue.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle:  On Medicaid, never say never.

WASHINGTON POST - Hawaii is the healthiest state, New York is most improved since 1990, report finds.

NEW YORK TIMES - Falsified Mortgage Applications on the Rise

NEW YORK TIMES - Where Men Aren’t Working

NEW YORK TIMES - The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

NEW YORK TIMES - Furor Over Move to Aid Big Banks in Funding Bill

NEW YORK TIMESThe New York Times:  Hiding Bad Policy in a Budget Bill

THE HECHINGER REPORT - Can a school district’s technology program lift a rural Alabama town out of poverty?

Arise Daily News Digest 12-11-2014

AL.COM - State Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

AL.COM - Study ranks Alabama high in corruption, but are journalists best way to measure wrongdoing?

AL.COM - Alabama and UAB hear from the FDA on Wednesday about Carly's Law and CBD oil, and guess what?

AL.COM - Alabama state finance director wants new oversight for teachers' pension system.

AL.COM - Alabama one of the most corrupt states in the country, Harvard study says.

AL.COM - Congressman Byrne touts spending bill that funds LCS program, chips away at Obamacare.

AL.COM - Is 'No Homo' license plate free speech? Alabama Revenue Department says no, recalling tag.

AL.COM - Alabama Legislature's dress code is serious business -- and violating it can get you kicked off the floor.

AL.COM - Remington Outdoor seeks operators, technicians for new $110 million gun plant in Huntsville.

AL.COM - Conservancy group buys 1,400 acres in Talladega National Forest; aims to preserve red-cockaded woodpeckers.

AL.COM - President forming 'new alternative immigration system,' Sen. Jeff Sessions says: Today in Alabama politics.

AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith:  My brother's suicide needs my response, not my silence.

AL.COM – Op-ed:  Police officer's act of kindness offers example for others.

AL.COM – Contributor Guy Falkenberry:  Is the media biased against Conservatives?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Attorney General Ignores Request For Info on Reagan and Rumors

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Riley SGO Spotlighted at Legislative Orientation

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Columnist Steve Flowers’ Inside the Sstatehouse:  A Silver Lining for Alabama

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Roby Pushes For VA Reform

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Drone Task Force Has High Expectations

ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - What the ACT Aspire Results Really Show

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - 61 Hexpol workers to lose jobs.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star:  The PSC's failure.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Sheriffs lobby against immigration orders.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle:  Alabama funding woes are its own creation.

WASHINGTON POST - Warren leads liberal Democrats’ rebellion over provisions in $1 trillion spending bill.

WASHINGTON POST - Survey: Two years after Newtown, support for gun rights surges.

WASHINGTON POST - The gender earnings gap by state, according to the Labor Department.

WASHINGTON POST - It costs states anywhere from $128 to $966 a day to confine a juvenile.

WASHINGTON POST - Party fundraising provision, crafted in secret, could shift money flow in politics.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Harold Meyerson:  Employees shouldn’t be treated like products.

NEW YORK TIMES – Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Nicholas Kristof:  What if Whites Were the Minority?

PBS NEWS HOUR - A food stamps success story.