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State Sen. Chambliss calls I-65 widening between Birmingham, Montgomery 'high priority'; Blames 'left-lane driving' for current capacity issues

The traffic plaguing a stretch of Interstate 65 between Birmingham and Montgomery has been a cause of frustration for regular travelers for decades.

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Auburn's Owen Pappoe, Marquis Burks declare for 2023 NFL Draft

Two more veteran defensive players for Auburn are heading to the pros with senior captain Owen Pappoe and senior defensive lineman Marquis Burks both declaring for the draft. 

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Birmingham City Council puts forth almost $4 million for Carraway Hospital demolition, amends agreement with real estate company to fund development

The Birmingham City Council approved nearly $4 million to continue the demolition of the former Carraway Hospital and signed a new agreement to spend millions developing the property.

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Tuberville blocks Defense Department confirmations until Secretary of Defense answers questions on military abortions

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) is holding The Secretary of Defense’s feet to the fire until he justifies his claim that lack of abortion access could affect military readiness.

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Barry Moore joins fellow Republicans calling for resignation of 'non-binary drag queen' Department of Energy employee charged with felony theft

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) joined a group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to call for the resignation of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employee who also happens to be a non-binary drag queen charged with stealing luggage worth over $2,000 from an airport.

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Alabama Power increases rate, blames 'unprecedented inflation and economic conditions'

On Tuesday, Alabama Power announced a rate increase for customers starting in 2023.

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Montgomery City Council delays vote on lodging tax increase again

The Montgomery City Council delayed voting again on an ordinance to increase the city’s lodging tax at a meeting Tuesday night.

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Mo Brooks blasts Trump’s call to ‘terminate’ the Constitution

Rather than taking a moment to revel in his vindication regarding the legitimacy of Hunter Biden’s laptop, Trump instead wasted no time making himself the center of the news cycle again by calling for the “termination” of the Constitution to hold a new presidential election.

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U.S. Rep. Moore: CDC must detail 'science and decision-making process' for military COVID vaccine mandates

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is continuing to put the Department of Justice (DOJ) on blast for its attempts to induce servicemembers into receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Circuit Judge drops sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper, Jr.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge J.R. Gaines granted a motion to drop the sexual abuse case against former Alabama State Rep. Perry Hooper, Jr. on Tuesday.

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Alabama’s enhanced driver’s license program, ‘STAR ID,’ enforcement delayed to 2025

Residents of Alabama now have an extra two years to obtain their STAR ID driver’s licenses, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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GOP Conecuh County Sheriff candidate Mike Blackmon challenge to razor-thin election results — 'Multiple questions about this election'

An election challenge is underway for the Conecuh County Sheriffs race after the Republican candidate requested himself be made the winner.

Colby Wooden (25) and Derick Hall (29) share a moment after the game. Auburn vs Alabama  on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's Colby Wooden, Derick Hall declare for 2023 NFL Draft

Two of Auburn’s top players are taking their talents to the NFL. Defensive linemen Colby Wooden and Derick Hall both declared for the 2023 NFL Draft in separate videos on Tuesday morning. 

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DOJ, Alabama reach settlement to lift restriction on alcohol, drug use for Medicaid recipients with Hepatitis C seeking coverage for meds

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) secured a settlement on Tuesday with Alabama Medicaid to reverse its requirement for Medicaid recipients with Hepatitis C (HCV) to abstain from alcohol or illegal drugs to receive coverage for HCV medication.

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Katie Britt, Jerry Carl, Barry Moore call for 'much-needed' social media reform following 'Twitter Files' release — 'Concerns of collusion between Biden and Big Tech were justified'

Many people, including U.S. Lawmakers, are saying the recent revelations by new Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibbi regarding the platform’s censorship practices have confirmed what they already knew: that Washington Democrats have been colluding with Twitter to ban accounts and suppress unfavorable news stories, such as the New York Post's story on Hunter Biden's laptop in 2020. 

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AG Marshall: No moratorium on capital punishment in Alabama — Condemns those sympathizing with killers

Alabama Attorney General (AG) Steve Marshall is letting Alabamians know there is no moratorium on executions in the state during the investigation into the Alabama Department of Investigations’ (ADOC) execution process.

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Montgomery County DA files motion to drop sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper, Jr.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office filed a motion Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to drop the sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper Jr.

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Birmingham Police Department officer arrested, charged with domestic assault

A law enforcement officer turned himself into Jefferson County Jail on Sunday following a domestic assault investigation.

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Remote learning, COVID masking, 'inclusion of ideological curricula' among parent concerns of new Hartselle City Schools superintendent candidate

An online petition protesting the hiring process for a new superintendent for Hartselle City Schools has over 400 signatures. Parents and community members said the process has not included public input and they do not feel all of the qualified candidates have been thoroughly considered. Furthermore, they believe the rushed process could lead to a superintendent with extreme social views because they have not heard questions answered in a public manner.

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House Education Policy chair Terri Collins: Legislature to focus on school funding, improving teacher training

Education continues to be the professed legislative priority for those in Alabama politics, including Gov. Kay Ivey and Republican House Speaker nominee Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville).

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State continues full-court press for electric vehicles: ADECA's Boswell touts $2.4 million in public funds for charging stations

Some of the state's most influential powerbrokers really want you to consider transitioning to an electric vehicle (EV).

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Father of deceased Selma High student charges school was slow to respond to possible fentanyl overdose; School denies claims

The father of the Selma High School sophomore who passed away in the school lunchroom accused the school on Thursday of not responding until it was too late and failing to notify him of the incident. However, the school denied these claims were true.

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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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Montgomery man sentenced for using heroin, violence and embarrassing information to coerce women into prostitution

A Montgomery man was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday for forcing five individuals into prostitution, including one minor.

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Huntsville City Council president decries police chief appointment as a 'step backwards' — 'Stark contrast' to commitment to 'diversity, equity and inclusion'

The Huntsville City Police Department has new leadership after the city council approved the appointment of Kirk Giles to take over as police chief despite some objections from council members.

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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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108 machines, over $13,000 seized from five gambling halls in Etowah County

Deputies with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) seized 108 machines and over $13,000 from five gambling halls in the area on Thursday.

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