2014 Daytona Beach Bike Week Review
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We came, we saw. We took in an industry party or two, and rode more than ever.

Motorcycle USA kicked off Bike Week 2014 with a spin on Harley’s two latest offerings, the 2014 Low Rider and Super Low 1200T. Debuting them in Daytona Beach was only fitting seeing how the first Low Rider was introduced there as well back in 1977. Harley brought back its popular Dyna with a host of upgrades, including a stompin’ Twin Cam 103 engine and big dual discs up front. On the Super Low, Harley compressed the rider’s triangle of the Sportster and gave it a tall windscreen, saddlebags and floorboards for light touring duty. Find out more in our 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider First Ride article and be on the lookout for a first ride review of the 2014 Super Low 1200T in the near future.

A couple days later, we’d meet up with our friends from Harley-Davidson again for its annual Ride-In Custom Bike Show. Both Willie G and son Bill Davidson showed up to greet fans and host the awards ceremony. The trophies were collectible custom-painted helmets by Atomic Bob of Atomic Dice Studio Arts. Harley owners competed in eight classes, from Pre-1948 to Trik…………… continues on MotorcycleUSA.com

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AL education budget deal: health insurance premiums to stay down
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Gov. Robert Bentley announced that he has struck a deal with lawmakers on the education budget.

“Our teachers, support personnel and retirees work hard and do a great job to prepare our students for success,” the governor said in a statement released on his official website.

The main sticking point of the Education Trust Fund in recent days had been funding for teachers’ health insurance, known as PEEHIP, the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Program.

The budget deal brokered by Gov. Bentley’s administration and both the House and Senate budget chairmen includes funding for PEEHIP at $ 780 per member per month.

The previous version of the budget funded member insurance at $ 753 per member per month which was believed to lead to premium increases.

Lawmakers and the governor have no say over premium hikes. All decisions on health insurance costs including premiums and co-pays are made by the PEEHIP board.

The budget requests that the PEEHIP board dip into the Retiree Healthcare Trust, a fund that’s been deposited with surpluses over many years. The budget requires that the board approve a loan of $ 107 million from the Retiree Healthcare Trust in order to keep the Education Trust Fund balanced.

Rep. Bill Poole, R – Tuscaloosa, who chairs the W…………… continues on WSFA

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