Jefferson County Department of Health

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities.

Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It'll go into effect on Dec. 1.

The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will be called the "health district" and will cover the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Children's Hospital and Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

President Obama brought his Middle Class Economics plan to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham.

The Commander-in-Chief covered everything from Washington policy to a fairly new government agency called the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. The CFPB was created as part of Wall Street reform after the 2008 financial crisis. It's an independent consumer watchdog, and President Obama says they've already made a big impact.

A state lawmaker wants to make sure that faith-based adoption agencies have the right to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.

Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa introduced the bill last week specifying groups that could refuse to participate in adoptions and foster care placements that violate their religious beliefs.

The bill would also prohibit the state of Alabama from refusing to license, or renew a contract with, the groups for refusing services to people on religious grounds.