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Jefferson County Commission
Some Republicans are voicing doubt over Alabama IVF ruling. Democrats see an opportunity (Associated Press)
Melson, Daniels Bring IVF Protection Bills (Alabama Daily News)
House Committee Holds Hearing on Bill Codifying Definition of Man, Woman (Alabama Reflector)
One of Alabama’s Largest Art Festivals Announces New Location, Dates for 2024 (AL.com)
Birmingham Mayor Woodfin: Black Athletes Should Avoid Alabama Schools if Anti-DEI Bill Passes (Birmingham Times)
The Alabama Chief Justice Who Invoked God in Deciding the Embryo Case (New York Times)
Despite speaking on Super Bowl Sunday, Dan Pile chose not to say the Northeast YMCA will be a “Super Y” after a major redevelopment on that Roebuck campus.
His hope, Pile said, is that the redevelopment will be the new norm, the standard for all YMCAs.
“Actually, what I believe will happen is this will become a prototype of future YMCAs,” said Pile, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. “We’re not the only provider but we’ve convened in bringing in other providers. I really believe this represents the future of the YMCA, especially here in Birmingham.” Read more.
Birmingham City Council
The Alabama Legislature will kick off the 2024 session on Tuesday with work on the state’s two budgets and a host of other issues awaiting them.
Lawmakers this year are expected to take up legislation that would create a voucher-like program for schools in the state and possible legislation creating mandatory kindergarten or something very close to it. Legislators may also consider bills on gambling; ethics and trafficking and kidnapping. Read more.
Many Alabama officials have for generations pushed the false narrative that residents of the state were nearly unanimous in their support for secession prior to the Civil War. Howell Raines, former executive editor of the New York Times and an Alabama native, says otherwise. Read more.