Riley talks of potential impact of economic stimulus package.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama could get
about $1 billion over two years for public education from the
federal economic stimulus package.

The governor told high school students Monday in a live telecast
that the stimulus package would allow Alabama to avoid making more
big cuts in education spending. But he says Alabama is looking at
widespread layoffs and larger class sizes if the stimulus package
fails in the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, the Alabama Legislature convenes at noon today for
its 2009 regular session. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the governor
outlines his legislative goals in his State of the State address to
the Legislature.

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