Rise to the Moment of Truth Sunday, April 2, 2023


Alabama attracted over $10 billion in capital investments in 2022; Baldwin County leads the race

The state of Alabama generated $10.1 billion in new capital investments in 2022, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce’s 2022 Alabama Economic Development Impact Report.

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Bill to ban underage sale of Delta-8 and other cannabinoids filed in the Alabama Senate

Senate Bill 66 (SB66) is sponsored by State Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence). Similar to a bill filed by Melson in 2022, SB66 seeks to ban the sale, distribution, marketing, or possession of psychoactive cannabinoids derived from or found in hemp to any individual under 21.

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Alabama Power’s parent company Southern Co. employees’ DEI training rate was 81% in ‘22, CEO says

About 81% of Southern Company employees participated in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training in 2022, according to a letter to stockholders sent by outgoing Southern Company CEO and Chairman Thomas Fanning on Friday.

State Rep. Collins: 'Not the case at all' public teacher compensation in Alabama is lacking

According to Gov. Kay Ivey, another teacher pay raise is under consideration for the 2023 legislative session. However, as things stand right now, teacher compensation is in a good place, according to State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), the chairwoman of the House Education Policy Committee.

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U.S. Rep. Palmer successfully passes stipulations protecting gas stoves and repealing $27 billion EPA 'slush fund'

An amendment from U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) removing $27 billion for an Environmental Protection Agency “slush fund” and preventing the Biden Administration from banning gas stoves has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Moody landfill fire working group now taking public comments to determine what changes could be made

Months after a fire started underground at a Moody landfill, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management continues to address shortcomings that may have put the public at risk.

Former Dothan employee involved in COVID feeding scandal appeals termination again

A former city of Dothan employee is appealing a ruling by Houston County Circuit Judge Henry "Butch" Binford that upheld her termination for her involvement in the city's youth food scandal paid for with federal COVID funds.

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Big Oak Ranch: Alabama Christian children’s home helps children from difficult circumstances find dignity

As you enter the Big Oak Girl’s Ranch headquarters, the first thing you see is a seal on the floor. On it is a tree, and on the tree are the last several lines of Isaiah 61:3.

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Baldwin and Mobile Counties getting nearly $50 million in offshore oil and gas production revenue

The state of Alabama is getting $49,748,522 in the 2023 disbursement of The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds. GOMESA funds are to be used for coastal conservation, restoration, and hurricane protection.

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Embattled Autauga County Superintendent Tim Tidmore steps down

Autauga County Board of Education Superintendent Tim Tidmore has announced his retirement from the position, taking the position of Assistant Superintendent effective immediately.

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'We're not babysitters for children — That's not our job': Birmingham's Woodfin, BPD chief Thurmond beg parents to know where their kids are amid violent crime wave

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Birmingham Police Department chief Scott Thurmond both warned parents on Thursday to keep an eye on their children in the midst of the city’s violent crime wave, which made 2022 one of the most violent years in Birmingham history and has claimed the lives of 16 children in the last 15 months.

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DeSantis expands school choice as Alabamians await action by the legislature

Students in Florida this week gained virtually unlimited access to school choice.

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State Rep. Chip Brown files anti-ESG legislation

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) filed legislation last week that would prohibit local and state agencies from considering environmental, social, and governance criteria when awarding some public contracts.

Leaked emails: Troy trustees plotted to censor free-market think tank for criticizing state government's economic incentives after Alabama Power, BCA complaints

A leaked email conversation between several trustees at Troy University shows prominent individuals in the state discussing how to “vet topics” at a university-affiliated think tank for being critical of economic incentive programs due to complaints from Alabama Power and the Business Council of Alabama (BCA). 

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Grocery tax repeal bill could leave many foods still taxed as lawmakers debate WIC vs. SNAP definition

How many groceries are left untaxed or reduced by the state depends on what definition legislators use for food in possible grocery tax reduction or elimination legislation in the next couple of months.

Donald Trump indicted by New York grand jury — 'This is a dark day in American history'

The indictment was handed down Thursday, The New York Times reported. Though the details have not been released, the charges are believed to be related to alleged "hush money" payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

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Baldwin County, Montgomery Public and Tuscaloosa City school systems suing social media platforms for mental harm to children

Due to the impact of social media on children, some Alabama school systems claim they need money for support and training, according to a new lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.

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Contract shows Alabama Power paid Matrix $124,000 a month for political consulting services — Tasked with maintaining ‘ongoing direct relations’ with AEA, AFL-CIO

In 2018, Alabama power signed a contract with Matrix LLC in which it agreed to pay the political consulting firm $124,000 per month for their services, including “external relations” with controversial groups like the Alabama Education Association.

ALGOP chairman John Wahl officially endorses cutting the state's grocery tax

The head of the Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) is officially coming out in full support of ending the state’s grocery tax, an effort that has failed to gain any traction in the state house in past years.

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U.S. Marshals discouraged from arresting leftwing protesters at SCOTUS justices' homes, Katie Britt reveals

A whistleblower within the U.S. Department of Justice has provided material to U.S. Sen. Katie Britt that appears to contradict U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s recent testimony regarding federal marshals' response to protests at the homes of U.S. Supreme Court justices.

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Huntsville couple indicted for using $1.7 million in COVID loans for plastic surgery, vacation

A Madison County couple were indicted on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of $1.7 million, according to the Department of Justice.

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City of Fairhope denies stopping building of two apartment developments was unconstitutional

The city of Fairhope has responded to a lawsuit that was filed after a development company was denied applications to build two multi-occupancy housing complexes.

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Shelnutt, Dubose to introduce Drug Free Babies Act to prevent pregnant women from obtaining medical marijuana

With so-called medical cannabis soon to be available under certain conditions in Alabama, the legislature is looking at ways to prevent pregnant women from using it.

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Legislation would double renewal time for Alabama driver's licenses, increase fee to $75

New legislation filed in the Alabama Senate would double the amount of time a person can renew their drivers license in Alabama.

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Ivey orders flags to be lowered to half-staff Monday to honor Huntsville police officer killed in the line of duty

Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff on Monday, April 3, to honor Huntsville Police Department Officer Garrett Crumby who was killed in the line of duty.

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Suspect in deadly Huntsville police shooting was out on bond in connection to bar shooting that left 2 injured

The suspect in the shooting of two Huntsville police officers and a civilian has been identified as Juan Robert Laws, 24.

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Unsafe city: 16 children shot dead in Birmingham over last 15 months

On Sunday, Birmingham police detected gunfire around Third Avenue Southwest in the Titusville community and arrived at the scene to find a 17-year student at Jackson Olin High School dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

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