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The Alabama Senate is back at work Wednesday after missing Tuesday due to poor attendance. All but one senator showed up Wednesday morning to conduct business. A majority of the senators stayed away Tuesday, which forced Tuesday's meeting to be canceled. Some of the Republican senators who stayed away said their absences helped foster negotiations on the state budgets. They had accused Democratic legislative leaders of not giving the a role in shaping the budgets.

A small group of senators is meeting in private Wednesday to discuss several budget issues, including whether to give extra money to junior colleges and universities and what size raise to approve for teachers.

Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron says he's confident that when the discussions are over, a majority of the Legislature will favor a six percent raise for teachers rather than the four percent recommended by Gov. Riley.