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SOME GOVERNMENT BOARD MEMBERS MAY BE ALLOWED TO PHONE IN THEIR VOTES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have voted to allow members of some governmental boards and commissions to phone in their votes at public meetings. The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final passage to the change to the Open Meetings Law. The bill would allow members of governmental bodies to participate by speaker phone

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SHERIFFS SAY PROPOSED CHANGES TO GUN LAWS CREATE PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) – A group of Alabama sheriffs say current gun laws limit their discretion in granting concealed carry permits and proposed legislation could complicate their ability to confiscate guns from those who are potentially dangerous. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Tuesday that Louisiana movie theater shooter John Russell Houser was denied

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SECOND MISSING PERSON FOUND DEAD AFTER CANOE CAPSIZES ON LAKE GUNTERSVILLE

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say they’ve found the bodies of two people who were missing after a canoe capsized on Lake Guntersville. Local media report rescue crews on Tuesday found the body of 16-year-old boy Austin Stevens and then found the body of his stepfather, 36-year-old David Lenz, a few hours later. Authorities say

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SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOURING STATE

WHITE HALL, Ala. (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Congresswoman Terri Sewell will be touring parts of Alabama to promote the state’s rural small businesses and community infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Vilsack will attend an event on Wednesday morning celebrating the groundbreaking of a wastewater treatment facility in

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RANDOM DRUG TESTS FOR LIMESTONE COUNTY TEACHERS?

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – School officials in Limestone County are considering the idea of random drug tests for teachers, coaches and other educators. Reports say that random drug testing was a topic of discussion at a Tuesday work session of the Limestone County Board of Education. School Board President Earl Glaze said he would like

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ALLIGATOR HUNT BEGINS THIS WEEK

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Teams of hunters will head out in search of alligators beginning Thursday, when Alabama’s only regulated hunt for the beasts is set to begin. This will be the 10th season on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, where surveys confirm the area to have the highest density of alligators in Alabama. Despite a decade

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LAWMAKER HAS BRILLIANT IDEA FOR STATE BUDGET: GET PEOPLE ONLINE TO PAY FOR IT

One Alabama legislator says he’s got the perfect idea to fix the state’s budget: Get people to pay for it online. Republican State Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, said he’s started a GoFundMe campaign online under the title “Fund the Alabama State Government.” Sanfor said he started the $300 million effort to highlight hypocrisy over tax

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KAMTEK EXPANSION WILL BRING NEW JOBS TO BIRMINGHAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Birmingham auto parts supplier Kamtek has announced a plan to expand its operations in the city with a new, $80 million manufacturing facility that Kamtek says will create an estimated 120 jobs. The proposed 148,000-square-foot Pinson Valley facility would produce aluminum automotive casting parts for major auto manufacturers. The Birmingham City

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ONE PERSON DEAD, ONE STILL MISSING AFTER CANOE CAPSIZES

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say they’ve found the body of one of two people missing after a canoe capsized on Lake Guntersville. Local media report rescue crews on Tuesday found the body of the 16-year-old boy. Authorities say the teen was in a canoe Monday afternoon with two other teens and a man when

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SPECIAL SESSION ENDS WITHOUT A BUDGET AGREEMENT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers will end a special session without a budget as a political chasm widens between Republicans in the state House of Representatives and Senate. Tuesday is the final day of the special session. Legislators spent part of the day squabbling over bills that died or that lawmakers are trying get

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GREENE COUNTY’S FIRST BLACK SHERIFF HAS DIED

Rev. Thomas Gilmore, Greene County’s  first black sheriff, has died. Gilmore passed away Sunday in Birmingham. He ran an unsuccessful bid for Greene County Sheriff in 1966. In 1971, he was elected to the post and served 12 years. Gilmore was also a pastor in Ensley and a leading figure in the civil rights movement.   townwork.net/

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HUBBARD SEEKS TO DELAY OCTOBER ETHICS TRIAL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -Prosecutors are opposing indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request to delay his October trial on ethics charges. The attorney general’s office on Monday told a judge that there’s no legitimate reason to push back the trial scheduled for Oct 19. In a court filing, prosecutors said that the public deserved a resolution

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BENTLEY BATTLES SENATE OVER BUDGET CUTS/TAX INCREASES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republican Gov. Robert Bentley says he will not retreat as he battles with members of his own party over tax increases. The governor says the level cuts to state services will cause a tremendous amount of pain to the citizens if lawmakers fail to plug a revenue hole. The Alabama Senate

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19-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CONNECTION WITH STABBING DEATH

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A 19-year-old woman is facing a murder charge in the stabbing death of a man in Prattville. Police say that a “domestic altercation” led to the Friday night stabbing of a 19-year-old man. They say he was found lying in a street when officers arrived, and was taken to a hospital and

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TALLADEGA MAYOR RECOVERING FROM BEATING

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) – The 74-year-old mayor of Talladega is hospitalized after he says he was beaten outside a barbershop by a man wielding a baseball bat. Mayor Larry Barton tells Al.com that he pulled up to the Vestavia Hills barbershop in his car Saturday morning and a man in a hood and trench

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SENTENCE HANDED DOWN IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING THAT KILLED 17-YEAR-OLD

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A Huntsville man has given a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to a 2012 drive-by shooting that killed a 17-year-old boy. Circuit Judge Donna Pate last week split the sentence of 20-year-old Rodney O. Jones Jr., ordering him to serve five years in the state penitentiary, followed by five years of

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LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT DISMISSED

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed after an Alabama mother bugged her son’s wheelchair at school. U.S. District Judge Harold Albritton threw out a lawsuit filed against Houston County schools by the family of student Jose Salinas. The youth has cerebral palsy, and his mother wanted to see if

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RENOVATIONS PLANNED FOR MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND STUDIO

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) – A planned renovation and restoration of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is scheduled to begin next month. The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation, which owns the iconic studio, is expected to make the formal announcement Friday. The renovation is being paid for by a grant from Beats Electronics, a division of

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NEXT WILDER FIGHT COULD BE IN BIRMINGHAM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Birmingham is again in the running to serve as the site of a heavyweight boxing match featuring World Boxing Council champion Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa. Wilder co-manager Jay Deas says the Wilder camp would return to Birmingham’s Bartow Arena given the chance. The opponent isn’t yet decided, but Wilder is set

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BENTLEY RELEASES DETAILED BUDGET CUTS LIST

Below is the complete text of Gov. Robert Bentley’s press release today addressing proposed governmental services cuts:   MONTGOMERY—Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday released details of cuts to government services if the General Fund Budget (HB1) passed by the Alabama House receives final passage by the Alabama Legislature. HB1 slashes the Medicaid Agency by $156

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LAWMAKERS: SPECIAL SESSION PART 2 IS LIKELY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama legislators are becoming resigned to a second special session as they continue to deadlock on how to fill a more than $200 million budget shortfall. Senate budget chairman Arthur Orr said Thursday he believes a second special session is inevitable. Lawmakers are at the halfway point of the session and

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BENTLEY NIXES PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING IN ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is cutting off state Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood in the face of undercover videos that implied the group was selling fetal tissue to research groups. In a statement Thursday, Bentley calls Planned Parenthood’s practices “deplorable.” He says he doesn’t want Alabama to be associated with the

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COAST GUARD SEARCHING FOR MISSING SWIMMER

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard and police are searching in the Dauphin Island area for a missing man who had planned to go swimming and hasn’t been seen since Wednesday. The Coast Guard said early Thursday that Alabama Marine Police and Dauphin Island police are also involved in the search for 30-year-old

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