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Hubbard working with Ala. governor on Boeing pitch
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he's assured the governor that the Legislature will make sure Alabama is competitive for the Boeing 777X aircraft assembly plant.
The Republican leader from Auburn said Thursday that he and Gov. Robert Bentley have had discussions about Boeing and have gone over different scenarios about what the Legislature could do to help.
Hubbard says he told the governor that legislators will do everything in their power to land the Boeing project.
Alabama's offer to Being is due Tuesday. Several other states are competing for the project.
The Missouri Legislature has been in special session this week to approve a package that ranges from $435 million over two decades to create 2,000 jobs to $1.7 billion for the addition of 8,000 jobs.
Alabama House GOP sets 2014 agenda
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the agenda for the House Republican Caucus in 2014 will continue the GOP's record of changing the status quo, and it will include several measures affecting taxpayers.
The House Republican Caucus unveiled what it is calling its "Common Sense Conservative" agenda Thursday.
It includes a bill to raise the threshold where small businesses have to make monthly estimated state income tax payments from $1,000 to $2,500. That could affect 6,000 business owners. Another bill would make filing state business taxes easier by creating on online tax filing system for all taxes.
Other bills in the package include a tax credit to encourage adoptions and a ban on former legislators lobbying the Legislature for two years after leaving office.
The Legislature convenes Jan. 14.
Ala towns postpone parades due to weather
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) - Towns in north Alabama are postponing their Christmas parades because of the threat of heavy rain the next few days.
The National Weather Service says 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.
Many towns are rescheduling Christmas parades to avoid the threat.
WAAY-TV reports that Sheffield's parade was set for Thursday, but it's being called off because of the forecast.
Parades also are being postponed in Arab, Athens, Boaz and Courtland.
All the parades are being reset for next week, when the weather is supposed to be better.
Some fear drug rehab facilities could be shut down
OXFORD, Ala. (AP) - Terri Baker worries that Oxford's push to close all drug rehabilitation facilities operating in the city will hurt people who need help overcoming their addictions.
Baker tells The Anniston Star that she spent two months in prison before being referred to one of them, Oxford Outreach in 2007. She said 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.
The Oxford City Council last month hired an attorney to take legal action against the city's 11 residential drug rehab facilities, which council members said are operating as boarding houses in violation of zoning ordinances.
Study: Pharmaceutical research boosts Ala. Economy
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new report says clinical drug trials and associated pharmaceutical research 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 of new medicines have been conducted in Alabama since 1999. . Universities, hospitals and research institutions in Birmingham, Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, Mobile and Dothan worked on many of those trials.
Gov. Robert Bentley joined officials of the research organization Wednesday to announce the results in Birmingham. Bentley said biopharmaceutical companies generated $3.2 billion in economic activity in Alabama in 2011, and he's looking for their economic impact to grow.
Malzahn: Auburn's Marshall belongs in Heisman mix
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gus Malzahn thinks quarterback Nick Marshall "should be in the mix" for the Heisman Trophy.
Marshall has led the third-ranked Tigers into the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday against No. 5 Missouri with clutch plays and an increasing proficiency in the offense.
His latest big play was a touchdown pass to Sammie Coates to tie the game with 32 seconds left against No. 4 Alabama.
The junior college transfer hasn't put up gaudy stats but he has delivered game-winning touchdown passes in the final minute against both Georgia and Mississippi State.
Now, Marshall faces a quarterback-harassing Missouri defense that just shut down Texas A&M's 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
Marshall has passed for 1,627 yards and rushed for 922 and now has one more national showcase.
Ga. man charged with stalking after Iron Bowl call
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A western Georgia man who called his ex-girlfriend from jail to talk about the Iron Bowl game has been charged with stalking.
The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reports 48-year-old Michael Marshall's 51-year-old girlfriend filed a yearlong restraining order against him after he was arrested for a DUI and other traffic violations earlier this month.
Marshall appeared in Muscogee County Recorder's Court Thursday and said he thought the call last Saturday would be a nice gesture.
Marshall told the court, he "just called to say War Eagle. It was an incredible game."
The judge set Marshall's bond at $5,000.
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