Merrill seeking an AG opinion on lottery vote, Tuscaloosa VA to hold job fair

Aug 24, 2016

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says he believes a November lottery referendum is no longer possible, but is seeking an opinion from the attorney general's office.

Merrill believes the law is clear that today is the deadline for Alabama Lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment and addit on the November ballot.  They missed that deadline.

However, Merrill has asked for an emergency opinion from the attorney general's office to see if he could alter the ballot if lawmakers pass the lottery bill later this week

The secretary of state says ballots will be printed Monday.

Sen. Jim McClendon said lawmakers had until Friday based on a law that allowed "amendments" to ballots up to 74 days before an election.

Merrill says that section related to changes to candidates' names.

The Tuscaloosa Veterans Hospital is holding a job fair at the University of Alabama's Campus.

More than 30 different businesses are coming together to look for potential employees among Tuscaloosa’s veterans.  The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the U-A medical center on campus.

Damon Stevenson is the Public Affairs officer for Tuscaloosa VA. He says many employers choose veterans because of their work ethic demonstrated in the military…

“Many potential employers have indicated they feel veterans are very good employees, cause they demonstrated loyalty and the ability to work hard and things that they’ve proven in the military. So many times employers look to veterans to hire for many jobs they have available.”

Stevenson also says that veterans should come with their resume and business casual ready, as some companies are looking to interview at the job fair.

The city of Birmingham is about to launch an experimental weekly learning opportunity for new entrepreneurs.

One Million Cups is a free weekly gathering that helps build startup companies on a grassroots level.

Kathleen Hamrick is the director of the UAB iLab at Innovation Depot.  She this event will benefit Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

“It’s critically important… over the course of the next year, we anticipate about a hundred and three entrepreneurs will be supported by the program because its once every week nine AM to ten AM… two entrepreneurs will be supported by the program.”

Hamrick says the goal is to connect local entrepreneurs to the available community resources that can help their businesses succeed.