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Lawmakers pushing common sense welfare reform

By Slade Blackwell MONTGOMERY -- Alabama Republicans are working to pass a package of bills aimed at reforming many of the state’s public assistance programs. The five-bill package includes measures to: Allow for drug testing of welfare applicants with a drug conviction within the past five years Restore community service, job training or work requirements for able-bodied food stamp recipients without depen ...

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Alarm makes presence known by sounding off in parking deck

By June Mathews I’ve been having issues with my car lately. And no, I’m not referring to mechanical breakdowns or flat tires. I’m talking about things like leaving the car running in parking lots and spilling an entire mega-jumbo cup of sweet tea on the front seat then two days later turning over a huge container of potting soil in the trunk. My most recent issue occurred when I set off the car’s burglar al ...

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Childhood obesity in Alabama an epidemic

By Zack Steele This is a subject I wanted to touch on after reading this week that Alabama is second in the nation in obesity. Many factors contribute to this growing problem. Our southern cuisine in Alabama is great, but unfortunately lends to problems due to the fat content. I would argue that another major problem is processed food, fast food, and of course,  reduced physical activity in our children. Ch ...

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Why is there pain, suffering in the world?

By Robert Wilkerson If you could ask God one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask? Pollster George Barna surveyed a cross section of adults, asking that question. The No. 1 response was “I’d ask God why is there pain and suffering in the world?” Before we can hear an answer to that question, we need to understand what God’s word teaches about pain and suffering. In spite of ...

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Spring break essentials for vacation, stay-cation

By Abby Hathorn For The Tribune Who is ready for spring break? Now, who is beach-ready and prepared for spring break? Don’t fret if you’re staring at last year’s worn out swimsuits, beach towels and totes because this is the perfect time to shop local for your spring break essentials. First things first -- find a cute tote in which to toss your cell phone, ear buds, favorite magazines and other vacation nec ...

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How to become a better buyer

By Dave Parrish With the return of daylight saving time and milder weather there has been a marked increase in real estate activity. When you throw that activity up against the low inventory of homes on the market you start to see what this past weekend looked like for many. Clients finally find a home they love and are ready to make an offer only to find out that the home just went under contract or that t ...

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Do I need succession planning for my business?

By Chesley Payne Small business owners often spend a lifetime building a successful business. However, they often overlook planning for what will happen after they are no longer able to operate their business. Small business owners often want to leave their business to their children or a trusted employee who wants to continue the business. Selling the business is always an option, yet, sometimes events wil ...

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Speaking engagement takes turn for the better at Pinson Valley HS

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- I came to talk about the inverted pyramid writing style and the importance of accuracy, but Alabama football is just too fascinating. I was asked to speak to Jennifer Moore’s 1:30 p.m. Pinson Valley High School creative writing class Wednesday, about how working on the yearbook staff in high school convinced me to pursue this as my career, job challenges, the story writing process an ...

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Legislative session passes halfway point

By Slade Blackwell MONTGOMERY -- The 2014 legislative session is now at the halfway point. Since it is an election year, this session has been somewhat less controversial than others. However, I am encouraged by what my Senate colleagues and I have been able to accomplish thus far. We have worked hard this session to pass legislation that will continue to help businesses in the state as well as develop our ...

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Which multivitamin should I be taking?

By Channing King We all know we need to take multivitamins, but how do we decide which ones are right for us? With many choices out there, selecting the correct product can seem daunting for some, while others may assume all multivitamins are the same. This time, I’m going to share with you what I have learned from research and results I've seen and experienced. The first thing you want to look at when choo ...

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