Alabama House committee advances lottery bill

MONTGOMERY (AP) - An Alabama legislative committee has advanced a lottery proposal as proponents try to get the issue before voters for the first time since 1999. Thursday, the House Tourism and Economic Development Committee approved the proposed constitutional amendment…

Tripp Powell announces end of state senate bid

After losing his spot on the 2022 Republican Primary ballot for State Senate District 21 earlier this month, candidate Tripp Powell is handing in the towel. After Powell's ouster from the GOP primary, Powell said he wasn't sure if he'd…

Hank Sanders running again for longtime Senate seat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former state legislator Hank Sanders of Selma is once again running for the Alabama Senate seat he held for nearly 40 years. Sanders made the announcement Tuesday. The Senate seat is currently held by Sanders' daughter,…

Nick Saban, others urge Manchin to protect voting rights

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other sports figures with ties to West Virginia are urging Sen. Joe Manchin to support sweeping legislation to protect the right to vote. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would make Election Day a national holiday and require access to early voting and mail-in

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Negotiations, disagreements on use of state virus funds

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are attempting to decide how to spend more than $500 million in pandemic relief funds ahead of an expected special session. Key lawmakers on Thursday expressed general support for using money for broadband, water and sewer infrastructure and relief to health care providers. Senate

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James opens gubernatorial campaign with evangelical appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Business owner Tim James is appealing to evangelical Christian voters as he opens his Republican campaign for governor of Alabama. James spoke in front of the state Capitol at a kickoff event Wednesday. He railed against the threat of “godless Marxism,” quoted scripture and claimed God has called the conservative state

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Alabama lawmakers begin session amid COVID surge, elections

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are returning to Montgomery to begin the 2022 legislative session against a backdrop of looming elections and rising coronavirus cases. One of the major decisions before legislators will be how to use the state’s remaining pandemic relief funds. Key lawmakers said there are discussions

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Special session possible on relief fund spending

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers say there may be a special session on how to spend the state’s remaining pandemic relief funds. Key lawmakers said there are discussions with the governor’s office on calling a special session in which lawmakers would focus only on the relief money allocation during

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House GOP backs end of handgun permit requirement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives say legislation abolishing the permit requirement to carry a concealed handgun will be among their top priorities in the upcoming legislation session. The Alabama House Republican Caucus on Wednesday announced a legislative agenda that includes the so-called “constitutional carry” legislation. The proposal would do

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Former Books-A-Million CEO to run against Alabama governor

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Books-A-Million CEO Lew Burdette announced Tuesday that he is running for governor of Alabama. Burdette made the announcement Tuesday. He currently heads a nonprofit that provides shelters and group homes for abused women and children. Burdette joins a growing list of candidates challenging Gov. Kay

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Taylor drops out of U.S. Senate race, endorses Durant

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Businesswoman Jessica Taylor has dropped out of Alabama’s U.S. Senate race and thrown her support behind Mike Durant in the Republican primary. Durant is the founder and president of an aerospace company in Huntsville, but might be best known as the helicopter pilot shot down and

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Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley dies

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley has died. She was 70. Worley later became chair of the Alabama Democratic Party and served from 2013 until she lost a power struggle in 2019. Her death was confirmed by her friend and long-time coworker and political ally

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Attorneys reviewing judge’s order on prison staffing, care

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Attorneys for inmates say they are reviewing a federal judge’s ruling that extended a deadline for Alabama to increase prison staffing but also ordered other changes to mental health care in prisons. A spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday that they are reviewing the ruling and are gratified

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Hubbard in calls described hopes of early release

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s emails and phone calls from prison detailed his hopes of winning release either through the courts or legislation. The Alabama attorney general’s office this week submitted 438 transcribed pages of Hubbard’s personal phone calls and emails as they oppose his request

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Ivey appoints John Hamm as Department of Corrections head

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey today announced the appointment of law enforcement veteran John Hamm to serve as the next Department of Correction commissioner. Hamm is currently deputy secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Current Department of Corrections Commissioner Jefferson Dunn, who has served nearly seven years in his position, is stepping down at the

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Kay Ivey draws challengers in 2022 GOP primary

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is drawing challengers in next year’s 2022 Republican primary. Lynda Blanchard, who was Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia, is switching from the U.S. race to the gubernatorial contest, according to a copy to an invitation she tweeted. Toll road developer Tim James, the

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If Roe falls, some fear ripple effect on civil rights cases

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press If the Supreme Court decides to overturn or gut the decision that legalized abortion, some fear that it could undermine other precedent-setting cases, including civil rights and LGBTQ protections. Legal scholars and advocates say overturning Roe v. Wade would have a bigger effect than most cases because it was reaffirmed

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Justices signal they may toss Roe, allow new abortion limits

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court’s six conservative justices have indicated they will uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court on Wednesday heard the biggest challenge to abortion rights in decades. The court’s conservative majority justices signaled they will allow

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Medical Cannabis Draft Rules for Physicians and Patients Released for Public Comment

By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners today announced draft rules to govern how physicians can recommend medical cannabis to eligible patients.  The draft rules were developed in accordance with the state’s new law on medical cannabis, which was approved earlier this year by the state Legislature and signed

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Lawsuits challenge new legislative, congressional lines

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – New lawsuits are challenging Alabama’s newly drawn congressional and legislative districts as racially gerrymandered to dilute the voting power of Black voters. The lawsuits announced Monday argue the new districts unlawfully pack Black voters into a small number of districts. It says that limits their ability to influence elections outside those

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State: Ex-speaker Hubbard’s words show apology was insincere

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama attorney general’s office said former House Speaker Mike Hubbard told people he was innocent as he signed a letter to a judge apologizing for his ethics conviction. State lawyers wrote in a Monday court filing that Hubbard’s own words show he “not truthful” when

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Coming off climate talks, US to hold huge crude sale in Gulf

By MATTHEW BROWN and JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday will auction vast oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to hold up to 1.1 billion barrels of crude. It’s the first such sale under President Joe Biden and underscores the challenges he faces to reach

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AP FACT CHECK: Biden hypes $1T bill impact on electric cars

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Boasting about his $1 trillion infrastructure package, President Joe Biden overstated its reach by claiming it would result in 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations and meet his pledge to nudge half of U.S. drivers into EVs by decade’s end. The measure receiving final congressional passage late Friday

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Alabama lawmakers approve job protections for unvaccinated

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers approved legislation to prevent companies from firing workers who claim a religious or medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. The Alabama Legislature gave final approval to the bill Thursday night. It now goes to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Republicans said they were responding to

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