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Does a leadership change, drop in GOP contributions suggest a new political direction for the Business Council of Alabama?

New leadership in the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) has some wondering if the political tides in the organization are shifting left.

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Alabama prison captain and former lieutenant arrested on ethics charges

An Alabama prison captain and a former officer were arrested Monday on ethics charges, including bribery of a public servant.

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Records show new BCA head Helena Duncan a consistent Democrat primary voter, Maxine Waters political donor

On Wednesday, the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) named Helena Duncan its president and CEO, filling the vacancy left behind by Katie Britt, who resigned from the position when she announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in June 2021.

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AG Marshall applauds federal appeals court upholding injunction, protecting religious vaccine exemptions for U.S. Air Force members

On Tuesday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous injunction that protected members of the United States Air Force from being disciplined for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons.

House Speaker-designate Ledbetter announces picks for House committee chairmanships

There will be new faces in leadership roles for the Alabama House of Representatives, with House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) making the announcement on Wednesday.

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Newly-elected Dale Strong endorses Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign

Since former President Donald Trump announced his bid for the 2024 presidential election, he has not been without support from Alabama politicians.

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Attorneys claim Kenneth Eugene Smith suffered 'pain and torture' in botched execution

The drama surrounding Alabama’s ongoing issues with the death penalty continues to unfold, as lawyers for the most recently failed execution describe “torture” in the botched attempt.

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Katie Britt tapped to serve on new Republican Advisory Council

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has appointed U.S.  Senator-elect Katie Britt to the newly formed Republican Party Advisory Council.

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Alabama officially certifies results of November midterms

The Alabama State Canvassing Board has officially certified the results of the November 8 election, which included several constitutional amendments now in effect.

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Alabama charter schools growth reflects national enrollment trend

With education slipping in Alabama, charter schools are popping up to offer solutions for students, especially in predominantly black communities in the Deep South.

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How Bama Fever-Tiger Pride pulls off the speedy apparel process featuring victor after the Iron Bowl

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming Iron Bowl, fans on both sides of the divide will flock to stores to find apparel to support the victorious team.

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Alabama, Auburn unite for four-day 150-mile 'Iron Ruck' supporting veteran-suicide awareness

To support awareness for veteran suicide, the University of Alabama and Auburn University will be participating in a ruck march beginning Wednesday and ending at Bryant-Denny for the iron Bowl.

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Autopsy shows former Saints player Glenn Foster, Jr. who died in Alabama police custody died of natural causes

The autopsy report for Glenn Foster Jr., the former New Orleans Saints player who died in police custody, shows no signs of strangulation, despite claims from the family’s high-profile lawyer.

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin declares gun violence public health crisis — Calls for regulatory authority akin to response to opioid epidemic

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is calling for stricter gun measures and federal restrictions on firearms, calling guns a public health crisis tantamount to the opioid epidemic.

U.S. Rep. Moore cosponsors bill to audit funds sent to Ukraine

The United States has already sent nearly $54 billion in aid to Ukraine, and President Joe Biden has requested that Congress earmark an additional $38 billion in further assistance.

Ivey calls for temporary halt to executions in Alabama — Says 'criminals hijacking the system'

Governor Kay Ivey called for a halt on all executions after a rash of unsuccessful lethal injections has presented a dim view of the state's protocols.

Mo Brooks not backing Trump's 2024 bid — Tuberville backs former president '100 percent'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville is doubling down on his support of former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential race, while U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is looking elsewhere for a potential candidate.

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Alabama infant mortality rate surges — Up 8.6% from previous year

Alabama’s infant mortality rate showed an increase from 2020 to 2021, which is continually higher than the national average

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Court of Appeals heard oral argument to remove injunction in Alabama's law banning surgical and medical interventions for transgender youth

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Friday for overturning a preliminary injunction filed against Alabama's Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act (VCAP).

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Selma leaders, school officials grapple with community issues in wake of apparent high school student fentanyl overdose — 'Our babies are in trouble'

Wednesday evening, local leaders and school officials gathered at Selma High School (SHS) and spoke with parents and others to address community issues after the death of an SHS student.

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Shelby, Tuberville vote 'no' on Respect for Marriage Act, will now head to House for vote

The U.S Senate on Wednesday passed the hotly-debated Respect for Marriage Act, which would federally enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriage into law.

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State of Alabama set to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith for 1988 murder-for-hire of pastor's wife

Kenneth Eugene Smith, an Alabama man convicted in a murder-for-hire plot of a pastor’s wife, is set to be executed today.

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Alabama solar farm to pay $500,000 in penalties for waterway pollution

An Alabama solar farm is involved in a $1.3 million multi-state settlement for violations of the Clean Water Act.

Lawyers attempt last-minute stay of Thursday execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith

Defense lawyers are seeking a stay for the Thursday execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith.

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Alabama to receive part of multimillion dollar settlement from Google for misleading user location tracking

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced on Monday the state would be getting a piece of $391.5 million from a multi-state settlement with Google regarding the company's location tracking practices.  

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Incoming House Majority Leader Stadthagen pledges to work to make next quadrennium 'as productive as possible'

Last week, the Alabama House Republican Caucus chose State Rep. Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle) as the next Majority Leader of the caucus.

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Federal trial begins for second person accused in kidnapping, murder of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney

The federal trial for Derick Brown, the woman charged in the kidnapping and murder of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, is underway today in Tuscaloosa.

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