(WAFF) - It's Friday, Margo Gray here with your morning headlines.
Governor Bentley will be in Huntsville today to talk about the budget crisis and possible cuts to the Department of Forensic Sciences. This is just one more stop in his state-wide campaign to push his tax plan that lawmakers don't seem to be budging on. Our Muriel Bailey will break down his key proposals at 5:00 & 6:00 on WAFF 48 News Today.
However, lawmakers did make moves on prison reform by approving sweeping changes to sentencing and probation standards in an effort to relieve crowding in state prisons. The state Senate went along with House changes. The bill now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature. If the governor signs it, the bill will steer low-level offenders away from prison and create a new Class D of felony. It also seeks to increase supervision of former inmates as they are released from prison.
Blue Bell Ice Cream fans- it's going to take several months before products hit store shelves again. It's going to take longer to clean & sanitizing its four productions facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama, along with new training employees. At 5:30 on WAFF 48 News Today, you have to hear how long inspectors say listeria bacteria was circulating through its Oklahoma plant.
We're waiting to see when a Huntsville City elementary school teacher will begin serving a suspension for grabbing a student. 3rd grade Providence Elementary school teacher Kimberly Davidson had a disciplinary hearing last night. Hear what she's accused of doing and why she said she did it at 5:30 a.m.
A longtime Limestone County Schools bus driver is also suspended for five days without pay for using a cellphone - on a parked bus. No students were aboard the bus when Debbie Hardaway used her phone while parked in the parking lot at East Limestone High School. However, policy forbids drivers from using cellphones on buses, whether it's texting, talking or surfing the Internet.