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Mar 05, 2015 How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work

QUOTE: employers are now paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp than at any time since the 1970s. Nonetheless, dozens of legislatures have changed their workers’ comp laws, often citing the need to compete with neighboring states and be more attractive to business. The changes have forced injured workers’ families and taxpayers “to subsidize the vast majority of the lost income and medical care costs generated by these conditions”...

Jul 05, 2013 After Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws

QUOTE: State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans who control state legislatures throughout the region say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. But such fraud is extremely rare, and Democrats are concerned that the proposed changes will make it harder for many poor voters and members of minorities — who tend to vote Democratic — to cast their ballots in states that once discriminated against black voters with poll taxes and literacy tests.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2012 Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice

QUOTE: Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound....The Senate vote came after a bitter debate in which Democrats pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained — even with the changes — demeaning to women and insulting to doctors.

New York Times
Dec 23, 2011 Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID

QUOTE: The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2011 Bishops Criticize Tough Alabama Immigration Law

QUOTE: Since June, when Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, signed an immigration enforcement law called the toughest in the country by critics and supporters alike, the opposition has been vocal and unceasing....An Episcopal bishop, a Methodist bishop and a Roman Catholic archbishop and bishop, all based in Alabama, sued on the basis that the new statute violated their right to free exercise of religion...

New York Times
Dec 22, 2010 Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is a Warning

QUOTE: the declining, little-known city of Prichard is now attracting the attention of bankruptcy lawyers, labor leaders, municipal credit analysts and local officials from across the country. They want to see if the situation in Prichard, like the continuing bankruptcy of Vallejo, Calif., ultimately creates a legal precedent on whether distressed cities can legally cut or reduce their pensions, and if so, how.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2010 Graft Probe Heats Up Bingo Issue in Alabama

QUOTE: ...Alabama learned that its hottest issue — whether electronic bingo is illegal gambling, or a harmless way to raise revenue for governments and charities — had become the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Even by the normally unsightly standards of Alabama politics, the fight had become downright ugly.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe

QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2008 Officials Investigate 3 Alabama Counties in Voter Fraud Accusations

QUOTE: In May, a local citizens group gathered affidavits detailing several cases in which at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times. The affidavits were presented to state officials in Montgomery, the capital, and after the June 3 primary, the Alabama attorney general, Troy King, a Republican, seized voting records from the primary election in Bullock, Lowndes and Perry Counties.

New York Times
Sep 17, 2007 Alabama Plan Brings Out Cry of Resegregation

QUOTE: After white parents in this racially mixed city complained about school overcrowding, school authorities set out to draw up a sweeping rezoning plan. The results: all but a handful of the hundreds of students required to move this fall were black — and many were sent to virtually all-black, low-performing schools.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2007 Democrats See Politics in a Governor's Jailing

QUOTE: House leaders are beginning an investigation this week of the prosecution of Don Siegelman, the former Democratic governor of Alabama who was imprisoned in June on federal corruption charges. The case could become the centerpiece of a Democratic effort to show that the Justice Department engaged in political prosecutions.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2007 Ex-Governor Says Conviction Was Political

QUOTE: the idea that the government had plunged forward heedlessly with a grab-bag of charges against Mr. Siegelman, and was still trying to convict him of it, fueled his lawyers’ arguments… The prosecutors, on the other hand, repeatedly depicted the former governor as the nexus of a web of corruption…

New York Times
Jan 14, 2007 They Say We Have Too Many Lawsuits? Tell It to Jack Cline

QUOTE: there was never a valid time for Mr. Cline to sue. If he had sued when he was exposed to the benzene, it would have been too early. Alabama law requires people exposed to dangerous chemicals to wait until a “manifest” injury develops. But when his leukemia developed years later, it was too late.

New York Times
Oct 31, 2006 Gulf fishermen feud over net 'curtains': Gillnetting, still allowed in Alabama, is the target of sports fishing industry and conservationists.

QUOTE: Are these net-haulers guardians of a traditional way, or are they outlaws who are robbing the ocean of resources and undermining the larger economic good?

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 03, 2006 Strong-Arming the Vote

QUOTE: party politics certainly appears to have been a driving force in a legal maneuver it just pulled off in Alabama, where it persuaded a federal judge to take important election powers away from the Democratic secretary of state and give them to a Republican governor.

New York Times
Nov 16, 2005 FEMA Tells 150,000 in Hotels to Exit In 15 Days: No More Free Rooms For Katrina Evacuees

QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday warned an estimated 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in government-subsidized hotels that they have until Dec. 1 to find other housing....14 people filed a class-action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Louisiana, claiming that FEMA has failed to live up to its responsibility to provide relief to Katrina victims fairly and quickly.

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2005 Firms in Gulf Coast Allege Nonpayment

QUOTE: Two months after the government began allotting billions of dollars for disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, subcontractors in the Mississippi Gulf Coast say they are not being paid. As a result, they say, they cannot pay their workers, who are mostly immigrant laborers...

Washington Post
Oct 26, 2005 The Thread That Unraveled Segregation: The Thread That Unraveled Segregation

QUOTE: 'It was no secret that a transportation boycott would happen in Montgomery, Hackney says. And yet, no one knew it would be Rosa Parks. No one knew what day -- Monday? Thursday? -- she'd refuse to get up so a white man could have her seat. "The day she sat down and didn't get up was a decision she herself had made,"'

Washington Post
Sep 26, 2005 Getting Home Before It's Gone

QUOTE: As corporations get rich, real estate developers circle and Katrina evacuees resettle far from home, grassroots organizations are shifting from relief to demanding the right of return.

Sep 12, 2005 Katrina Pushes Issues of Race and Poverty at Bush

QUOTE: ...the White House has been scrambling to quell perceptions that race was a factor in the slow federal response to Katrina and that its policies have contributed to the festering poverty propelled into public view by the disaster.

Washington Post
Sep 10, 2005 In the Floods, Parties' Agendas Surface: Post-Hurricane Crisis Presents an Opportunity to Pursue Longtime Goals

QUOTE: ... Katrina's wind and water have ushered in two significant changes, a suspension of wage supports and a relaxation of government contracting rules.

Washington Post
Sep 09, 2005 Insurers Are Urged to Pay Valid Claims

QUOTE: [Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale said]"...I expect and believe that, where there is any doubt, that doubt will be resolved in favor of finding coverage on behalf of the insured." Dale's position startled many insurers and reinsurers, who are concerned they are being pressured to pay claims for damage they did not insure. "

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2005 FEMA Director Singled Out by Response Critics

QUOTE: ...politicians and officials in both parties have derided Brown's qualifications to head the nation's chief disaster-response agency ....

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2005 Influx of Relief Workers Spurs Tension Over Housing Priorities

QUOTE: Each worker the Federal Emergency Management Agency brings in creates more competition for housing and other basic necessities for victims of the hurricane...."I just don't understand it. How can they have air-conditioned tents and trailers so quickly for themselves and nothing for us?"...

Washington Post
Mar 10, 2005 When we marched for Selma-- and freedom

Mar 02, 2005 Take Two Tablets: The Supreme Court picks through the rubble of its Ten Commandments jurisprudence.

QUOTE: ...pair of [Supreme Court--Ed.] cases involving displays of the Ten Commandments on state property. At one level everything appears scholarly and doctrinal. Until you realize that the doctrine is a mess, and the justices are so tangled up in old tests, old glosses on old tests, and new glosses on new tests that they don't even know how to talk about the Establishment Clause cases, much less how to resolve them.

Oct 04, 2004 Putting A Price on Innocents' Lost Years: Exonerations Up, Md. Lacks Formula For Restitution

QUOTE: As DNA testing frees increasing numbers of innocents from prison, Maryland and other states across the country are facing a politically sensitive and morally complex calculus: What is the value of a life unjustly spent behind bars?

Washington Post
Mar 30, 2004 Justices Weigh Challenge To Ala. Execution Method

QUOTE: Nelson filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming that this procedure would violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment -- even though he says he no longer disputes his death sentence.

Washington Post
Aug 15, 2003 Alabama's Chief Justice Defies Court Order

QUOTE: Defying a federal court order, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court said yesterday that he will refuse to remove a granite monument that is inscribed with the words of the Ten Commandments...

Washington Post
Jun 20, 2003 Price sues, accuses SI of libel

QUOTE: The lawsuit charged libel, defamation of character and slander in connection with an article published in the May 12 [2003--Ed.] issue of "Sports Illustrated".

Birmingham Post-Herald
May 15, 2003 Criminal Inquiry Under Way at Large Pipe Manufacturer

ABSTRACT: The company has been cited for more than 400 safety violations and 450 environmental violations since 1995... a disjointed and fragmented regulatory apparatus repeatedly failed to detect, much less end, patterns of misconduct.

New York Times
Jan 20, 2003 Courts Put Girls on the Stand in Alabama

QUOTE: Teenage girls in Alabama who want an abortion without a parent's permission must go to juvenile court first, to get permission from a judge.

New York Times
Dec 03, 2002 Judge orders Tutwiler relief

Quote: ...Thompson issued a preliminary finding that the state's only women's prison is unsafe and violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment...

Montgomery Advertiser
Oct 24, 2002 A Monumental Issue Puts Two Icons on Trial: 10 Commandments Display at Issue

QUOTE: U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson, who said he would rule by Nov. 18 on whether the monument could remain in the Alabama court building, framed the case in the biggest and boldest terms today, telling attorneys, "The issue here is: Can the state acknowledge God?"

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2002 Tests target students' tobacco use

QUOTE: ...some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teenagers to determine whether they have been using tobacco. Opponents say such testing violates students' rights...

Boston Globe
Aug 13, 2002 A Long Road of Broken Promises for Black Farmers: USDA Fights Claims After Landmark Deal

QUOTE: ...many thousand other farmers have had their claims rejected, the totals of payouts and forgiven loans are far short of what was projected, and the battling almost every claim filed.

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2001 Governors' Limits On Press Raise Concerns

QUOTE: [Alabama Governor Donald Siegelman and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura] have gone to unusual lengths to keep information from reporters or news organizations that have fallen from favor.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2001 Report Faults U.S. Planning in Burning Chemical Arms

QUOTE: ...a new Congressional report says thousands of people who live near three chemical depots face an unnecessarily high risk in case of an accident in incinerating the gases.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2001 Alabama's Ten Commandments: Why there should be a wall between church and state

QUOTE: Any Hindu, Buddhist or atheist entering the Alabama Judicial Building could rightly be squeamish upon seeing the words "I am the Lord, your God" or "Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy." [Ten Commandments]

Jul 10, 2001 Judge Considering Ex-klansman's Competency in Church Bombing Trial

QUOTE: ...a Birmingham judge began hearing evidence today on whether Bobby Frank Cherry, a former Ku Klux Klansman, is competent to stand trial as the final defendant in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

New York Times
May 19, 2001 Judge in Alabama Imposes Deadline On Prison System

QUOTE: ...Alabama judge gave the state prison system exactly one month today to find room for nearly 2,000 inmates who are now crowded into county jails...

New York Times