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Alabama's U.S. House delegation condemns Hamas attack on Israel; Carl, Palmer blame Biden for Iran support

Several members of Alabama’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives weighed in on the warfare that erupted in Israel over the weekend following a terrorist attack near the Gaza Strip.

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State government agencies opt to recognize 'Indigenous People’s Day,' despite official designations of Columbus Day, American Indian Heritage Day

Some state agencies took to Twitter and Facebook on Monday to notify citizens and recognize one or more of the holidays. Few recognized Columbus Day or Fraternal Day, however. 

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Auburn basketball Coach Pearl blasts Biden administration after terrorist attack near Gaza Strip — 'Rhetoric and support for Israel’s sworn enemies, emboldened and empowered them'

Auburn men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl accused President Joe Biden on Saturday morning of funding adversaries of Israel to the detriment of Israeli residents. 

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RSA responds to nonprofit report labeling pension fund’s investment managers ‘Pro-ESG’; Claims report relied on faulty information

After 1819 News reported on a “spotlight bias” study from the 1792 Exchange, which gave the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s investment managers one of the highest “Pro-ESG” averages in the country, a spokesperson from RSA responded to refute the nonprofit’s claim.

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Secretary of State Allen: No congressional run in new District 2 congressional seat

Secretary of State Wes Allen told 1819 News on Friday that he will not run for Congress in the newly redrawn District 2. 

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EPA investigating ADEM for racial discrimination in wastewater funding in response to SPLC complaint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday it is investigating whether or not the Alabama Department of Environmental Management engaged in racial discrimination when distributing funding for sanitation infrastructure.

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Anniston’s Pelham Range renamed in honor of mid-20th century female officer due to federal orders

What was previously Calhoun County’s Pelham Range Army Reserve Training Center became the Clarke Range Complex after military officials renamed the facility last week.

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Report: Samford, UA, Auburn, have some of the most conservative students in America

According to a recently published report from Niche, three Alabama universities are among the most conservative colleges in the United States.

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Lawsuit alleges defamation against Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center for 'anti-immigrant hate group' label — 'The beginning of the beginning'

D.A. King, a plaintiff in a defamation lawsuit against the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a podcast appearance on Monday that his case against the far-left activist organization is just “the beginning of the beginning.”

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Jefferson County DA Danny Carr to help put on ‘Second Chance Hiring Fair’ in mid-October

The office of Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr is working with several local nonprofits, businesses and government agencies to help formerly incarcerated individuals get to work.

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Developer behind ‘The Preserve’ project to add hotel, parking garage in Hoover neighborhood says it has ‘temporarily’ pulled proposal

Capstone Communities, the developer behind the attempt to alter the plan for a Hoover community to construct hundreds of residential units, a parking garage and a hotel, responded on Thursday to a request for comment by 1819 News.

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Nonprofit claims RSA's investment managers voted for higher percentage of 'Pro-ESG' shareholder resolution than vast majority of public pensions in 2022

The 1792 Exchange released a new “spotlight bias report” detailing the percentage of “pro-ESG” resolutions supported by state pension funds in 2022, and the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) landed near the top of the list.

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Radical 'sexual education' organization ACASH lied to Trussville schools about material at health fair, provided teens with information about pronouns, superintendent says

Trussville City Schools Superintendent Patrick Martin told 1819 News on Thursday that the controversial Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health lied to school officials about the material presented to students at a health fair last spring. 

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin: Alabama congressional map ‘clearly sought to diminish the voices of black voters’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin applauded the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on Wednesday for denying Alabama’s emergency stay request over an August ruling prohibiting Alabama from using the congressional map passed by state lawmakers in July.

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CEO of sexual risk prevention ministry speaks at Trussville church about protecting children: ‘The ones who should be protecting them are silent’

CEO of sexual risk prevention ministry Decisions, Choices and Options (DCO) Joi Wasill spoke to members of the Trussville community at CrossPoint Church Tuesday night about the challenges children face in today's cultural and ideological climate.

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Alabama House special primary results: District 16 Republicans, District 55 Democrats enter runoff

Voters in central Alabama participated in two special primary elections for the Alabama State House on Tuesday, and one ended in a runoff for the Republican nomination.

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Thousands of small businesses in Alabama won’t have to pay monthly estimated sales taxes starting Sunday

Thousands of small businesses in the state will no longer have to pay monthly estimated sales taxes to the Alabama Department of Revenue effective Sunday. 

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Homewood City Council moves forward with referendum for new city government model inspired by Vestavia Hills

The Homewood City Council moved forward in the process of creating a referendum to change the city’s model of government during its meeting on Monday night.

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Residents of ‘The Preserve’ in Hoover attempting to stop rental units, hotel from altering development

A group of Hoover residents are attempting to stop a new development proposed for their neighborhood. 

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Alabama State University football player punches security guard in face after away loss, receives suspension from school

A video circulating on Twitter over the weekend shows Alabama State University wide receiver Jacob Freeman punching a security guard in the face after the team lost to Florida A&M on the road on Saturday.

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Calhoun County Schools cancels football game against Anniston on behalf of White Plains after recent shooting

After Anniston High School canceled its community pep rally and homecoming parade on Thursday following a recent shooting, White Plains High School canceled its matchup against Anniston on Friday. 

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Anniston High School cancels homecoming parade and pep rally after Tuesday shooting that police say involved teen girls

The Anniston High School Bulldogs will take on the White Plains Wildcats in its annual homecoming football game on Friday night. But, unlike previous years, Anniston residents didn’t get to encourage the team the night before.

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Barry Moore: Illegal immigrants under Biden more than the population of over half of states

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) took a jab at President Joe Biden on Friday morning, suggesting that the number of illegal immigrants that have entered through the southern border exceeds the populations of a majority of U.S. states.

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ADOC's Hamm blames rising construction prices for significant Elmore prison cost overrun

MONTGOMERY - Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner John Hamm delivered an update on prison construction during Wednesday’s Join Prison Oversight Committee meeting, insinuating that just one of the two new mega-prisons could cost the state over $1 billion.

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Homewood committee recommends city council move forward with referendum considering city manager model

This week, the Homewood City Council’s Finance Committee officially recommended that the council change how the city government operates.

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ADOC's Hamm refuses to answer questions about potential August hostage situation, prisoner with gun: 'It wasn’t pretty, but we’re getting to the bottom of it'

MONTGOMERY - Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm refused to go into detail about an incident at Donaldson Correctional Facility in August, which involved a prisoner with a gun who may have taken guards hostage.

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Activists protest Samford University for not recognizing LGBTQ law student organization

Student and local LGBTQ activists crowded in front of the Wright Center at Samford University in Birmingham on Thursday to pressure the private Christian college into removing what they call anti-LGBTQ policies.

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