April 30, 2011 |
The death toll from this week's tornadoes continued to climb Saturday morning, making the storms fueled by record winds the second worst in history. As the rescue and relief efforts continued through much of seven states, officials braced for what was being called a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power; usable water was in demand. In hard-hit Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama decided to end the school year early. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency on Saturday morning reported that the state's death toll has risen to 254, pushing the region's total to more than 340. Mississippi and Tennessee each reported 34 deaths.
March 2, 2007 |
A tornado pulverized a high school in southern Alabama on Thursday, toppling the roof and killing at least five people as students sought shelter in the hallways. With power still out in most of the city of 21,000, shaken officials in Enterprise called a brief news conference Thursday night to announce a dawn-to-dusk curfew and plead with residents to stay off the streets so rescue vehicles could easily get to the ruins of Enterprise High School.
October 22, 2000 |
A federal appeals court says a recent Supreme Court ruling on school prayer does not stop Alabama students from talking about religion or praying publicly at school, as long as it is voluntary. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta last week upheld its earlier ruling in Alabama's school prayer case, throwing out parts of a Montgomery federal judge's order that had limited religious expression by students in DeKalb County. The U.S.
November 17, 1999 |
The Birmingham school board rescinded the superintendent's $30,000 pay raise as a teacher strike protesting the raise left most classrooms deserted for a second day in Alabama's largest city. With the pay raise withdrawn on a 4-0 vote, local Education Assn. President Gwen Sykes said she will recommend teachers return to work today. Supt. Johnny Brown's raise would have been a 20% increase to $181,000 while teachers and other employees received raises of 1.5% or less.
November 16, 1999 |
Hundreds of teachers, bus drivers and lunchroom workers went on strike Monday, protesting a $30,000 raise for the city school superintendent at a time of meager pay increases for other school system employees. Many of the system's 75 schools were virtually empty as teachers picketed the school board office. School officials said 1,264 of the 2,100 to 2,200 teachers in the system were absent--as were about 30,000 of its 38,000 students.
May 6, 1998 |
Gov. Fob James has told the U.S. Supreme Court that he believes government officials should defy high court decisions they consider unconstitutional. James made the comments in written arguments filed Friday asking the Supreme Court to overturn the decision of a judge who limited religious practices in DeKalb County schools. On Monday, the governor asked the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent.