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House Speaker Ledbetter: Special session before regular session to allocate ARPA federal COVID relief funds possible

As the legislature continues its organizing session, House leadership is not closing the door on a possible special session to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Mobile County District Attorney Keith Blackwood sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Photo: Erica Thomas.
New Mobile County District Attorney vows to protect rights, seek justice

Mobile County District Attorney Keith Blackwood was sworn in Wednesday by the honorable Michael A. Youngpeter, of the 13th Judicial Circuit. Blackwood was elected as District Attorney following the retirement of District Attorney Ashley Rich.

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AG Steve Marshall: Justice Department’s guidance on remote prescription of abortion pills ‘illegal and dangerous’

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a statement on Tuesday in response to a U.S. Department of Justice opinion that suggests U.S. postal service carriers could deliver abortion pills in states where abortion is illegal, calling the guidance “illegal and dangerous.”

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Montgomery conducts post-Camellia Bowl ‘audit’ after complaints from fans

City of Montgomery officials recently completed a "post-event audit" after some fans complained about their visit to the Camellia Bowl hosted at the Cramton Bowl on December 27.

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Alabama House passes amended rules package — Speaker Ledbetter says concerns addressed in caucus meeting, bipartisan negotiation

At Tuesday's organizing session, the Alabama House of Representatives approved a series of contentious rule changes in tandem with electing new House leadership.

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Birmingham City Council approves plan to build 'micro-shelters' for city's homeless — Site and provider selection to begin

The Birmingham City Council unanimously passed a measure to move forward with a plan to build a community of “micro-shelters” for the homeless in the city.

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Ledbetter formally elected as House Speaker, Greg Reed reelected as Senate Pro Tem

Tuesday’s Organizing session for the Alabama legislature saw a slew of new leadership in the House, and a sweep of incumbent reelections in the Senate.

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin proposes $13.5 million 'cost of living adjustment' for city employees after already approving raise in recent budget

The Birmingham City Council is considering a pay raise for its employees that would cost the city over $13 million if approved.

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Bills backed by Tuberville, Shelby to support Alabama’s National Heritage Areas signed into law

Drafted by U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) and former U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa), the bills renew the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area for 15 more years and create a new area, the Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area.

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Pinson mayor says people are 'sick and tired of laws not being enforced' to shut down bingo halls

Leaders of the city of Pinson want bingo halls out of Jefferson County and the mayor and council are calling on the sheriff to act.

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U.S. Rep. Aderholt secures $13.8 million for 14 projects in north Alabama including broadband, education, medical expansions

U.S. Rep Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) announced on Monday he had secured funding for 14 projects in north Alabama totaling $13,792,200.

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U.S. House passes bill to defund 'army' of 87,000 new IRS agents

As is its first official act following the contentious Speaker race, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night with the help of Alabama's delegation to strip the IRS of new funding for 87,000 new agents.

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Ivey executive order to change ADOC's so-called 'good time' policy

Gov. Kay Ivey issued an executive order on Monday to address some of the mounting issues affecting the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

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Alabama woman who joined ISIS hopes to return to the U.S. — ‘If I need to sit in prison and do my time, I will do it’

An Alabama woman who moved to Syria to join ISIS in 2014 but is currently trying to renter the United States now says she’s willing to serve time in prison.

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Former Alabama House Speaker released from prison after serving time for ethics conviction

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who served 28 months in prison in connection to ethics violations, has been released from the Limestone Correctional Center.

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Alabama GOP enters no-confidence vote in reelection bid of RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

The Alabama GOP (ALGOP) announced plans on Monday to introduce a vote of no-confidence in the reelection bid of Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

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Dozens of properties across Alabama, including much of the Trussville Entertainment District, listed in money laundering scheme indictment

The investigation into a possible multi-million dollar illegal sports gambling conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering scheme could lead to the seizure of 30 properties, many across Alabama, including several that make up the Trussville Entertainment District (TED). 

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Some lawmakers wary of proposed rule changes to be considered by the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives is expected to consider several significant rule changes that could alter the balance of power in the legislature's lower chamber.

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The great Alabama outdoors: Saltwater anglers break 11 records from 2021 to 2022

The salt life was a good one for anglers in Alabama during the period of October 2021 through October 2022.

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Two dead in Baldwin County: Investigators say husband was shot and killed after shooting and killing his wife

An investigation is underway in Baldwin County after a husband and wife were shot and killed Saturday night.

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City of Birmingham considers purchasing 'micro-shelters' for homeless

The Birmingham City Council is considering building “micro-shelters” to address the homelessness problem in the city.

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'Self-managed' abortions could still bring criminal prosecution under child chemical endangerment laws

Pills and other self-managed abortions could run afoul of Alabama law, even though the prevailing law does not hold mothers criminally liable for receiving an abortion.

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'There's just something special about him': East Alabama child collects items for those in need instead of asking for Christmas gifts

For those who remember going through the old “Sears Christmas Wish Book” and circling all of the toys they wanted from Santa as a child, there is no doubt that kids have a little extra hope during the Christmas season. But for one east Alabama child, hope was something he gave to others in 2022.

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Lifeline: Pro-life Christian organization in Birmingham helps broken and struggling families

Herbie Newell was recently in Kansas meeting with a real estate agent about a piece of property. When the man asked him what he did for a living, Newell told him.

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'They are trying to cancel my whole existence': Huntsville drag queen teacher discusses retirement in NYT article

In a newly released New York Times article, now-retired Huntsville drag queen teacher, James Miller, discusses backlash after videos of drag queen story hour went viral. 

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Crimson Tide football legend turned cattleman John Hannah decries beef industry ‘oligarchies,’ inflation — ‘I’m going to go out of business’

John Hannah is a Crimson Tide and New England Patriot football legend. Now he raises beef cattle in Blountsville, and he said inflation could put him out of business if it continues at its current rate.

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Kevin McCarthy wins Speakership — All six Alabama Republicans in House of Representatives back McCarthy, longest Speaker race in over 100 years

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday night during the 15th ballot cast in the contentious leadership election by a 216-211 vote, with five members voting "present."

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