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Abortion battles in state courts after Supreme Court ruling

By KEVIN McGILL, AMY FORLITI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Abortion bans are temporarily blocked in Louisiana and Utah, while a federal court in South Carolina says a law sharply restricting the procedure can take effect…

Groups oppose $725M Alabama bond sale for building prisons

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A coalition of advocacy groups is opposing Alabama’s plan to sell $725 million in bonds to finance the construction of two new supersize prisons. The Communities Not Prisons coalition and other advocacy organizations issued statements on…

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Biden administration is dropping a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as critical habitat for imperiled animals and…

McCarthy, Pelosi react to Supreme Court gun ruling

Eds: UPDATES: Adds new item. With AP Photos. By The Associated Press The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on New York's gun law: WASHINGTON - The two parties’ leaders in the U.S. House are offering contrasting reactions to Thursday's…

Title IX: Law ensured balanced cutbacks during pandemic

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer Title IX compliance is such an omnipresent part of running a college sports program that its significance can often be overlooked. That wasn't the case during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it…

Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

By MICHAEL PHILLIS and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) - Experts say more intense storms driven by climate change are boosting contamination risks for privately owned drinking water wells. While estimates vary, studies say roughly 53 million U.S.…

Health Department: Mississippi medical marijuana months away

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Health Department officials say it could be the end of the year before medical marijuana is available in the state. Businesses need time to receive licenses and to grow,…

Lawyers reveal potential defense in Alabama jailer escape

By JAY REEVES Associated Press Lawyers have revealed a potential defense for an Alabama prisoner who walked out of jail with a corrections official, prompting an intensive manhunt. Attorneys for Casey White argue he was in the “care and custody”…

Alabama state offices close for holiday honoring Jeff Davis

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state offices will be closed Monday for a state holiday marking the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis The day is one of three Confederate-related state holidays in Alabama. The state jointly observes Robert E.…

Bama company recalls crabmeat sold in 4 southern states

IRVINGTON, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama seafood company is recalling 1-pound packages of crab meat because federal inspectors found listeria bacteria on cooking equipment and in the cooking room. Irvington Seafood of Irvington, Alabama, says it has suspended production of…

FCC won't revoke radio licenses held by convicted ex-speaker

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission will not revoke radio broadcast licenses held by former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, after ruling that Hubbard’s convictions on ethics charges did not automatically disqualify him. Administrative Law Judge Jane Hinckley…

Cooke, Sorrell to compete in GOP runoff for state auditor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Andrew Sorrell of Muscle Shoals and Kimberly pastor Stan Cooke were the top two vote-getters in the GOP primary for state auditor and will compete in a runoff. Sorrell led balloting on Tuesday. He…

Alabama congressional races to feature one runoff in June

By The Associated Press Control of Alabama’s seven-member congressional delegation likely will remain in Republican hands, but not without a contest. Two GOP candidates are in a runoff for the open District 5 seat in north Alabama. And three Republican…

Mississippi teen facing murder charge hours after graduation

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Just hours after graduating high school, a Mississippi teenager was arrested in what has been described as a domestic dispute that left one person dead. News outlets report Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said 18-year-old Justin…

Tourism thriving in Florida ahead of Memorial Day weekend

MIAMI (AP) - Tourists have returned to Florida in numbers that are surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Officials at Miami International Airport are projecting the “busiest Memorial Day weekend ever.” According to a news release sent Monday passenger traffic at the airport…

GOP primary race for Alabama Senate seat turns bitter

By KIM CHANDLER ASSOCIATED PRESS AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby is a bitter high-dollar fight between three candidates. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks who won --…

Man kills wife, 2 teens in Alabama home, then self

RIVERSIDE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man killed his wife and two teen girls in an Alabama home, then killed himself as police arrived. Investigators say that officers rushed to the home in Riverside, located east of Birmingham, after…

Former Alabama sheriff pleads guilty to federal charges

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama sheriff who resigned last year says he is innocent of federal charges that he used improper loans to pay personal expenses including gambling debts. News outlets report former Clarke County Sheriff William Ray…

Alabama jobless rate drops to all-time low of 2.8%

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s unemployment rate has dropped to an all-time low of 2.8%. The state says the rate in April was down slightly from a month earlier and well below the national rate. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate…