MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - House Speaker Mike Hubbard says next year's House Republican Caucus will focus on what a "Common Sense Conservative" agenda. Hubbard says several measures will affect taxpayers. Other bills include a tax credit to encourage adoptions and a ban on former legislators lobbying the Legislature for two years after leaving office.
OXFORD, Ala. (AP) - A former patient says Oxford's push to close all drug rehab centers in the city will hurt people who need help overcoming their addictions. Terri Baker says the six months of structured living at the nonprofit treatment facility gave her a new life. But local officials say the facilities are unregulated and unsafe.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A study shows clinical drug trials have become a major part of Alabama's economy, supporting more than 17,000 jobs. A report issued by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says more than 3,400 clinical trials have been conducted in Alabama since 1999.
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) - Towns in north Alabama are postponing their Christmas parades due to the threat of heavy rain. Forecasters predict parts of north Alabama could get 3 or 4 inches of rains by Monday, and 5 inches could fall in isolated areas. Some storms could have 50 mph winds.
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