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Latest 'Twitter Files' release implicates major media outlets in pushing false claims of Russian bot influence — includes the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race

“Before, we could only speculate. Now we know: the ‘Russian threat’ was, in this case at least, just a bunch of ordinary Americans dressed up to look like a Red Menace."

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State Rep. Chestnut files bill to prohibit mandatory employee microchipping

A bill in the Alabama Legislature seeks to prohibit companies from mandating employees receive a microchip implant as a condition for employment.

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Freshman Legislator Focus: Mark Shirey — 'When we do tax cuts, let's make a smaller government'

Education is the “number one issue that keeps coming up” in District 100, according to new State Rep. Mark Shirey (R-Mobile).

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State Sen. Elliott criticizes Ivey administration for lack of progress on new mega-prisons — 'Let's get on with it'

Not much is known about the progress of the construction of the two new mega-prisons approved by the Alabama Legislature after a special session in 2021.

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'Our country demands police reform' — Birmingham Mayor Woodfin responds to Tyre Nichols incident

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Birmingham Police Department (BPD) Chief Scott Thurmond both weighed in on the killing of Tyre Nichols by several police officers in Memphis on January 7.

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State Sen. April Weaver seeks to prohibit inmates from training tracking dogs

State Sen. April Weaver (R-Brierfield) seeks to prohibit Alabama inmates from participating in any program that trains dogs to recognize scents or track humans.

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Alabama culinary scene gains three nominations for 2023 James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation announced the 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists and two Alabama restaurants and one Alabama chef are in the running.

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Top-ranking two-year college Marion Military Institute makes lifelong impact on graduates and the world

Truth, Honor, Service. That’s the motto for Alabama’s unique and prized Marion Military Institute (MMI). The two-year college has been in operation since the mid-19th century and has produced some of the most elite in the United States armed services. However, MMI offers much more than a step in the door to the military.

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ALGOP chairman John Wahl elected Republican National Committee vice chairman

Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl has been tapped to serve as vice chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

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Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate warns egg shortage will 'be with us a little while' — 'With Easter coming up, don't look for eggs to get cheaper anytime soon'

High egg prices continue to be a problem for consumers as inflationary pressures combined with a strain of avian influenza have limited production.

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Study group to look for ‘efficiency’ in state government

A study group made up of elected officials and state employees will soon begin to look for ways to “improve efficiency and streamline operations” in the executive branch of state government.

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Tuberville on Project Veritas Pfizer video: Companies that receive taxpayer dollars shouldn’t play ‘dangerous games’ with gain-of-function research

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) took to Twitter on Friday morning to address the recent undercover video from Project Veritas in which an alleged Pfizer employee discusses the possibility of the pharmaceutical company mutating the COVID-19 virus to create new vaccines.

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Hundreds hear and feel 'big boom and shake' in south Alabama

An unusual boom was felt and heard just after 11 a.m. Friday in south Alabama. Meteorologists, first responders and news media received hundreds of calls about the boom and shake from a widespread area.

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle sold out show in Birmingham: ‘It was fair game’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin joined "Alabama’s Morning News with JT" on Thursday to discuss controversial comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who performed at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on Wednesday night.

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Former NFL quarterback, Heisman finalist Ryan Leaf speaks about opioid addiction and mental health at VitAL summit

Former NFL quarterback and 1997 Heisman Trophy finalist Ryan Leaf spoke at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook on Thursday about his struggle with opioid addiction. 

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University of Alabama condemns antisemitic messages found written in chalk around campus

The watchdog organization Stop Antisemitism is asking the University of Alabama to investigate anti-Jewish messages seen written in chalk around the Tuscaloosa campus.

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'Betrayed and violated': Accuser speaks out against Perry Hooper, Jr. lawsuit

The woman who accused former State Rep. Perry Hooper, Jr. of sexual abuse is speaking out after Hooper claimed the alleged assault was an “obvious political setup” and sued the city of Montgomery for his arrest.

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State Sen. April Weaver sets sights on state's 'good time laws' in upcoming legislative session

State Sen. April Weaver (R-Brierfield) is prioritizing Alabama's so-called "good time laws" in the upcoming legislative session to prevent the premature release of dangerous inmates from prison.

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AG Steve Marshall: $276 million opioid settlement should go toward solving addiction

As a result of the settlements, Alabama has been rewarded $276 million. 

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Marshall, 15 state AGs ask Congress to roll back Biden administration's COVID vaccine powers

Congress should “modify, clarify, and rescind” the emergency-use authorization authority the federal government used to approve novel COVID vaccines, according to a letter sent to Congressional leaders from Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and 15 other attorneys general on Thursday.

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Ivey issues executive order to ensure compliance with public records requests for state agencies

In her newest round in a series of executive orders, Gov. Kay Ivey seeks to provide the public with easier access to state agencies' public records.

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Baldwin County deputies rescue teen with serious injuries from 'human trafficking operation'

A traffic stop in Baldwin County led to a horrifying discovery for deputies. Now, two people are facing charges in connection to what investigators believe was a human trafficking operation.

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City of Foley selected to host police K9 competition; National Champion to be selected

A national police dog competition is coming to south Alabama in September and officers and their K9s around the U.S. are preparing for the big event.

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Life on Wheels helps prevent over 360 abortions — 'That’s the power of ultrasound'

“When a woman changes her mind after seeing the ultrasound, we call that an interception. But if they come to Christ, that’s a pick six.”

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'Our food chain is broken': Foley farmer believes drastic increase in egg prices is a hoax, and she's not alone

Egg prices continue to soar after a record price jump in 2022. Industry leaders have blamed avian influenza and feed prices as reasons to drastically increase prices.

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U.S. Sen. Tuberville: 'We're walking a fine line' sending tanks to Ukraine

The United States is “walking a fine line” in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, according to U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) who is concerned about the billions of dollars and equipment being sent overseas.

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Perry Hooper files complaint against Montgomery — Claims sexual abuse charges were an 'obvious political setup'

Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. has filed a complaint against the City of Montgomery and Montgomery Police Department (MPD) Chief Darryl J. Albert concerning now-dropped charges of sexual abuse filed against Hooper in 2022.

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