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In the grand scheme of national affairs, or even those of Alabama, the PTA meeting at Vaughn Road Elementary in Montgomery on Oct. 9 didn't make news of any sort. Fox News was not there, nor even a local TV station or newspaper reporter. Read moreLee: Education Matters

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The legislature has approved four constitutional amendments for voters to decide on the November 2018 ballot.One amendment provides that any legislative seat becoming vacant after October 1 of the year before a regu-lar election will remain vacant.Another makes changes in the University of A… Read moreAmendments on the ballot

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Rarely have as many different emergency situations erupted at once in our small town. With three separate fires and an attempted bank burglary and arson occur­ring simultaneously in the early hours of Saturday, there naturally is suspicion that all are related, the fires per­haps an attempt … Read moreTakeaways from Saturday's fires

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When Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. traveled to Germany in 1993 to convince Mercedes-Benz officials to locate their first U.S. automobile plant in Alabama, he was criticized in many quarters for providing so many financial incentives to the company. His efforts paid off, though, and Mercedes officials … Read moreMore good business news

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It’s a rare week when we don’t receive an inquiry (complaint) about why it takes so long for a subscriber to receive the newspaper through the mail. That’s not a problem locally, since we sort in-county papers into bundles down to carrier walk sequence before delivering them to county post o… Read moreReasons for delivery delays

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The bill House Republicans passed as a first step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which they dubbed “Obamacare,” left much to be desired. When the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the House bill the CBO projected that 23 mi… Read moreStill no plan for health care

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1-14 years, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages. Those are shocking statistics that would be harder to believe but for our experien… Read moreWater tragedy strikes again

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President Donald Trump’s campaign promise of inexpensive health care that will cover everyone is a far cry from the health care bill that made it through the House of Representatives. The American Health Care Act will increase costs, reduce quality, and make insurance harder to obtain for a … Read moreHealth care promises

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We like to think we are safer in rural Alabama than in other parts of the country, but there is one area where it is more dangerous here than in 44 other states. And it’s not the well-documented incidents of diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and obesity, although we we ha… Read moreAnother poor state ranking