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Tuberville on Trump: ‘He’s going to win this race — We’ve got to have him in there' because 'this place is in trouble'

During an appearance on Fox Business’ "Kudlow," U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) predicted that former President Donald Trump would win the presidential election in 2024.

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Report claims Madison school teacher compared Turning Point USA to KKK, reveals leaked email, audio footage

A popular conservative student organization released leaked audio footage, which it claims is from a teacher at Bob Jones High School (BJHS) in Madison admitting to comparing the organization to the Ku Klux Klan. 

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Birmingham Water Works, Jefferson County to examine benefits of implementing automatic meter readers for water and sewer

The Jefferson County Commission approved a new billing agreement with the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) on Tuesday after what reports say were months of negotiations.

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U.S. House GOP touts first 100 days with majority on Capitol Hill — 'We have been hard at work and have produced results'

Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill touted their first 100 days holding the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday and criticized President Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats for lagging behind.

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U.S. Rep. Rogers suggests sending arms to Taiwan — Would accelerate development of missiles his largest campaign contributor is competing for right to produce

Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks), chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, urged military officials on Tuesday to accelerate the development of a missile that his largest campaign contributor is competing to obtain the right to produce. 

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Diversity dollars: Who are the highest paid DEI admin at Alabama’s three largest public universities?

Alabama’s three largest tax-funded universities are spending at least $2.5 million a year on salaries for staff working in diversity, equity and inclusion departments on campus.

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Report: Sewell calling for an investigation into Alabama train derailments after four incidents with Norfolk Southern trains in the state

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) is expected to send a letter Monday to the Federal Railroad Administration to call for an investigation into several train derailments in Alabama after four incidents in the state this year, all having to do with Norfolk Southern trains.

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Alabama College Republicans back bill to add financial literacy requirement to Alabama high schools

The College Republican Federation of Alabama is backing a bill in the Alabama House of Representatives to require students to learn financial literacy before graduating high school in the state.

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Senate passes two economic incentive bills — Ivey’s 'Game Plan' facing zero opposition in Statehouse thus far

The Alabama Senate voted in favor of two bills on Thursday that, if passed, will expand special privileges and tax abatements for specific corporations in the state but also impose transparency requirements on certain economic incentives.

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Ivey: Construction to resume on Birmingham’s estimated $5.44 billion ‘Northern Beltline’ with $489 million in federal funding for the next five years

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that construction will begin soon on a 10-mile four-lane road connecting Highway 31 and State Route 75.

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Alabama House unanimously passes economic incentive package to expand special funding, tax abatements for private corporations

The Alabama House of Representatives passed four economic incentive bills included in Gov. Kay Ivey’s “Game Plan,” expanding the state’s ability to provide special funding and tax abatements to specific corporations.

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Birmingham Water Works Board passes new director policies as lawmakers push to overhaul

Just as some state legislators push to overhaul the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB), the utility decided on Wednesday to adopt a new self-governance policy and director pledge.

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Alabama House, Senate pass bills increasing penalties for drag racing, reckless driving

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to increase penalties for exhibition driving, which has been an ongoing issue for cities like Birmingham over the past year.

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Fmr VP Pence defends Ukraine support, PATRIOT Act in speech at University of Alabama — 'We are the arsenal of democracy'

Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the University of Alabama (UA) on Tuesday night, touching on a wide variety of issues from the Biden Administration to the PATRIOT Act.

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AG Marshall working with lawmakers to draft bill to increase sentences for gang-related crimes

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is working with Republican lawmakers to bring a set of bills to the Alabama Legislature with the intention of curbing gang violence by increasing sentences for gang-related crimes.

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Third Norfolk Southern train derails in Alabama this year, hospitalizing two

Another Norfolk Southern train derailed in Jasper on Saturday night, marking the third time one of its trains has gone off the rails in Alabama since January.

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Jefferson County Commission to review gerrymandering lawsuit from NAACP — ‘What we did was to follow the law’

Jefferson County Commission president Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News on Monday that the JCC is reviewing a lawsuit filed against it by activist groups accusing it of racial gerrymandering. 

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1819 News asks artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT 10 questions about Alabama

In November 2022, OpenAI launched ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that has garnered a significant amount of both awe and criticism from the public. 1819 News sat down with ChatGPT to ask it ten questions about Alabama:

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Alabama politicos rip proposed U.S. DoE Title IX rule change forcing schools to allow men to compete in women’s sports — 'Women deserve to compete on a safe and level playing field'

One day after state lawmakers filed a bill to prevent men from competing in women’s college sports, the U.S. Department of Education (USDED) is considering changing Title IX regulations to force schools to allow trans student athletes to compete according to their gender identity. 

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AL(dot)com reruns misleading headline accusing Florida police of arresting son of DeSantis critic ‘for memes’ while actually charged with posting ‘I want to shoot up the school’

A popular statewide media website in Alabama reran a story on Friday morning that contained a misleading headline accusing Florida officials of arresting the son of a critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “for memes.” In reality, the boy was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school.

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Ivey details proposed bills in ‘Game Plan’ to expand tax abatements, government funds for specific corporations

On Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey revealed more details of her economic incentive “Game Plan,” specifying the actions she wants the Legislature to take this spring.

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Report: Another Norfolk Southern train derails in Alabama

At least two Norfolk Southern trains have derailed in Alabama as the train company faces national scrutiny for its handling of a derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, which resulted in over a million pounds of toxic chemicals potentially being spilled.

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Birmingham-Southern decides to remain open for fall semester as legislators consider giving a loan after being bearish on bailout

Financially distraught Birmingham Southern College (BSC) is staying open after its board unanimously voted not to close its doors Wednesday night, despite failing to obtain a bailout from taxpayers. 

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Alabama Center for Law and Liberty, API push back against Biden's efforts to force organizations to cover abortion-inducing drugs despite moral objections

The Alabama Center for Law and Liberty filed a comment on Monday opposing the Biden administration’s suggested repeal of a rule protecting companies with moral objections to abortion-inducing drugs.

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University of Alabama Huntsville settles lawsuit, drops ‘speech zones’

The Alabama Center for Law and Liberty (ACLL) and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) reached a settlement on Tuesday in a lawsuit against the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) over the university’s speech policy, which it has now agreed to reverse.

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AG Marshall signs letter to BlackRock, other financial institutions over ESG push — Stop allowing savings to be 'commandeered by activists'

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall signed a letter late last month with several other attorneys general criticizing large financial institutions like BlackRock Inc. for leveraging their capital to push woke environmental and social objectives.

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Tuberville WSJ op-ed defends standoff over military nominations and abortion policy — ‘The only war they are focused on winning is the culture war’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) issued an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday defending his hold on general and flag officer nominations on the Senate floor in response to a Department of Defense policy that uses taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.

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