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FT. PAYNE MAN ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) – A northeastern Alabama man has been accused of kidnapping two women, including his grandmother, in Fort Payne. Multiple media outlets report that 33-year-old Brian Scott Daniel of Henagar was arrested Wednesday morning on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree kidnapping. Fort Payne police say Daniel’s grandmother called police early

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ALABAMA POLITICS THIS WEEK | COURTS COLLAPSE, PRISONS FORFEIT

Political analyst Steve Flowers sees dark days ahead for Alabama if lawmakers cannot fatten up the state’s cash-starved general fund budget soon. According to Flowers, state employees will lose money, the court system could collapse, and Alabama may be forced to yield control of state prisons to Washington..

DEPUTIES DISCOVER BODY OF MAN BELIEVED TO BE TRIPLE MURDER SUSPECT

Jefferson County Sheriff Office believes they have found the body of a man wanted in connection to a triple murder in McCalla. Just before 4:00 pm today deputies responded to a wooded area between Groundhog Road and Lock 17 Road to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle that had been driven into the woods.

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ALABAMA TO RECEIVE SETTLEMENT FROM BP OIL SPILL

Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange announced that BP has agreed to pay the state of Alabama 2.3 billion dollars in economic damages and natural resource damages. The announcement, made this morning in Montgomery, stated the $1 billion in economic damages will be distributed to the general fund over the next 18 years.

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JUDGE SAYS COUNTIES MUST FOLLOW SUPREME COURT RULING

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order today updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama. But her order doesn’t affect counties that have stopped issuing all marriage licenses..

GAY COUPLES ASK JUDGE TO MAKE COUNTIES COMPLY WITH RULING

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for gay couples across Alabama has asked a federal judge to force reluctant probate judges to comply with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry. Shannon Minter, legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, said Tuesday that

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ALABAMA RANKS 13TH IN PATRIOTISM

TUSCALOOSA – Alabama scored a patriotism ranking of 13 on a list of states created by consumer website WalletHub. To identify the country’s patriotic hotspots, WalletHub compared all 50 states across eight key metrics, including measures such as military engagement, voting habits and civic education. Alabama ranked 1st in civics education requirement, 5th for military

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GOVERNOR ORDERS REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE FLAGS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered Confederate flags taken down from the grounds of the Alabama Capitol. Bentley issued the order Wednesday morning. At least one of the four flags has been removed. Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis tells The Associated Press that Bentley didn’t want their presence to be “a distraction.”

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LAWMAKER WANTS CONFEDERATE FLAG REMOVED FROM CAPITOL GROUNDS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A Montgomery lawmaker says the state should remove Confederate flags from the Alabama Capitol grounds. Rep. Alvin Holmes says he will file a legislative resolution to remove Confederate flags from the Capitol grounds. The flags surround an 88-foot tall Alabama Confederate Monument that was erected in 1898. Holmes says the flags

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ICAC Task Force Arrests Nine Child Predators

MONTGOMERY – The 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces across the nation — including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) ICAC Task Force — in April launched a two-month joint effort called Operation Broken Heart II, resulting in the arrest of nine child predators in Alabama and the seizure of numerous digital devices

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LAW OFFICERS SHOOT, KILL WOMAN ON ALABAMA INTERSTATE

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a law officer shot and killed a woman they say led officers on a pursuit and then fired a gun at them during a confrontation on an Alabama interstate. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said the shooting happened Wednesday night on Interstate 65 in the Clanton area. Authorities say

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY LAB TECH PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DRUG CASE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Auburn University lab technician accused of possessing and intending to sell a chemical similar to a date-rape drug has pleaded not guilty in federal court. Stephen Howard appeared in federal court Tuesday in Montgomery and his trial has been scheduled for Jan. 4. Court documents describe Howard as an employee

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GENEVA MAN CHARGED FOR HAVING SEX WITH WIFE’S DOG

A  Geneva man has been arrested  after authorities say he sexually assaulted his wife’s dog. Geneva Police Capt. Ricky Morgan confirmed officers arrested 39-year-old Jonathan Edward Medley on June 12 and charged him with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Morgan said Medley’s wife thought he was cheating on her and she placed recording devices around the house. The woman told

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2 RESCUED AFTER FALLING INTO DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM TRENCH

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say two construction workers have been rescued after falling into a ditch in downtown Birmingham. Birmingham Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Matt Russell tells Al.com two men were working in a trench and the crew needed to move a protective plate. Russell says the plate shifted and hit the workers. Emergency

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JOYCE GARRARD MAY GET NEW TRIAL

  The Gadsden woman serving a life sentence for running her granddaughter to death may get a new trial. Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50. Garrard’s attorneys say numerous rulings violated Garrard’s rights during her trial, and that jurors violated court orders to avoid news.

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BENTLEY VETOES AUSTERE GENERAL FUND BUDGET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has vetoed an austere general fund budget that he said would hurt the people of Alabama. Bentley says the budget approved by lawmakers Thursday night is unworkable and will hurt the people of Alabama. He vowed to bring lawmakers back into special session this summer. The budget cuts

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ALABAMA SENATE APPROVES SLASHED DOWN GENERAL FUND

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Senators have approved a grim general fund budget that cuts $200 million from state agencies after lawmakers couldn’t agree how to fill a projected budget shortfall. Senators on Thursday voted 20-13 for the pared-down spending plan that was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats. The vote comes after warnings by Gov.

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BENTLEY SIGNS EDUCATION TRUST FUND BUDGET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state’s nearly $6 billion education budget for the next fiscal year. Bentley announced Tuesday that he had signed the spending plan that includes an additional $10 million to expand the state’s prekindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the

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BLUE BELL ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH ALABAMA HEALTH OFFICIALS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The Alabama agreement is similar to those the company reached last

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AL SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES LOTTERY/CASINO BILL

A lottery and casino bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the bill Thursday on a 5-3 vote. The bill seeks to authorize a state lottery and Las Vegas-style casinos at four existing state dog tracks in Birmingham, Mobile and Macon and Greene counties. Republican

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GAS PRICES CONTINUE RISING

Gas prices are on the rise. They’re up 3.8 cents a gallon in the past week, bringing Alabama’s average to $2.48 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy. In comparison, GasBuddy says the national average has increased 5 cents a gallon and averages $2.71 a gallon.   That means prices yesterday were about a dollar lower

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