Turning down Baptist money to be gay-friendly. Samford University says it will refuse $3 million given annually by the state Baptist convention. The reason — the school wants the freedom to allow a gay rights group on campus — without running into issues with the Baptist convention. So, they’re telling the Baptists to keep their cash.
Letting an accused terrorist out of jail. That’s about to happen in Alabama. 22-year-old Aziz Sayyed accused of plotting an attack — by making bombs and cutting off heads — as a show of loyalty to ISIS. But a federal judge in Madison county says the would-be bomber can get out on bond — but first, he will decide on certain conditions to make sure the public’s not in danger before setting him free. A hearing on those conditions — later this month.
The state is looking for old family farms — farms that have been in the same family for at least 200 years as part of Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries says it wants to highlight farms that have been owned by the same family for at least 200 years. But first, the agency has to locate those operations. Families have to complete forms that document family ownership and describe the farming activities on the land.
Congress July 4 recess — they have to figure out what to do about health care. Not enough Republicans in the Senate support the GOP plan.