Arise Daily News Digest 3-8-2012

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Gingrich tells crowd at Birmingham's Harbert Center he's staying in the race.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Montgomery lawyer's speech inspires $1.1 million in donations to his cause.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Scott Beason: 'I did what was right.'

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Birmingham industrialist brothers see pending crisis for skilled labor.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Alabama Board of Education buys out two-year college Chancellor Freida Hill's contract.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Alabama Senate committee OKs smoking ban.

(MOBILE) PRESS-REGISTER - The Press-Register: Bingo case resolved, but not the larger issue of gambling.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - The Birmingham News: Republicans’ best bet for defeating President Barack Obama is Mitt Romney.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - The Birmingham News: Spencer Bachus is the better choice for Republicans, and Penny Bailey is best for Democrats.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - The Birmingham News: Don Chamberlain is the best choice for Republicans in this strongly Democratic district.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Former Gov. Bob Riley backs U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus in Alabama primary.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Former Gov. Bob Riley endorses Mitt Romney for president.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley outlines public pension changes.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Gov. Robert Bentley says jury made right decision.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS - Alabama Education Association poll shows Gov. Mitt Romney with 10 point lead as GOP primary approaches.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Another Leader of Alabama's Troubled Community-College System Steps Down

(MOBILE) PRESS-REGISTER - New poll shows Rick Santorum leading in Alabama GOP primary.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILYThe Times Daily: Neighbors endorsed.

GADSDEN TIMES - Casinos returning with Alabama gambling verdict.

GADSDEN TIMES - Bill could return Ten Commandments to buildings.

ANNISTON STARThe Anniston Star: Where religion doesn’t matter.

ANNISTON STARThe Anniston Star: ‘Greater purity’ in Montgomery.

(TALLADEGA) DAILY HOME - Not guilty; Preuitt ready to resume his life.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Gingrich uses gas issue to fuel Ala. Campaign.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISERThe Montgomery Advertiser: Legislative veneer peeled off.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Not guilty: Former defendant says 'jury got it right' in gambling corruption trial.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Summary of action in Alabama Legislature.

DOTHAN EAGLE - After verdicts, Smiths try to return to normal life.

DOTHAN EAGLE - Slocomb residents happy with Smith verdict.

DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: No winners:  Everyone loses after bingo corruption trial fails twice to convict.

WASHINGTON POST - Romney campaign urges rivals to back out, saying delegate gap is too big.

WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Dana Milbank:  The GOP’s gasoline alley.

NEW YORK TIMES - ‘Super PAC’ Increasing Congress’s Sense of Insecurity

NEW YORK TIMES - In Quest to Create Jobs, Some States Get Creative

NEW YORK TIMES - Room for Debate:  The Fairness of Hate Crime Laws

NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Charles Murray:  Narrowing the New Class Divide

NEW YORK TIMESThe New York Times: Counsel in Death Penalty Cases

MOTHER JONES - "It's Just Not Right": The Failures of Alabama's Self-Deportation Experiment