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Gulf Shores, Orange Beach mayors at odds as ALDOT prepares to break ground on new bridge

The back-and-forth over a new bridge near Alabama's beaches continues as the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) prepares to begin construction on the project.

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Two school districts close in-person learning after spikes in flu cases

Two school districts in Alabama have announced they’re switching to remote learning again amidst a rise in flu illnesses in students and faculty. 

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Hyundai to drop relationship with suppliers over child labor allegations

Hyundai will likely drop two auto parts manufacturers in Alabama who were accused of using child labor.

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Huntsville falls slightly, still leads Alabama cities in housing index

Huntsville dropped from 15th to 28th in the Fall 2022 edition of the Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index released Tuesday.

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Study: Alabama ranked 17th among states for schools returning to in-person learning post-COVID; Lags behind most GOP-led neighboring states

Trailing all of its neighboring states besides Tennessee, Alabama was ranked the 17th-best at getting kids back in schools from the shutdowns.

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Top 10 best states for military retirees — Alabama ranks second

Retire Guide ranked Alabama as the second-best state for military members to retire, behind Florida and ahead of Virginia. Coming in last place at No. 50, Alaska was deemed the least favorable state for veterans to retire in.

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Report: WIC participation declines in Alabama post-pandemic

Participation in a federal welfare program for Women, Infants and Children known as (WIC) declined in Alabama since before the pandemic in contrast with the rest of the Southeast.

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Alabama teen crowned Miss Junior Teen United States

Hewitt-Trussville High School student Katherine Grigsby is the new Miss Junior Teen United States.

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Federal judge quashes DOJ subpoena against Eagle Forum of Alabama

A federal judge has officially quashed the subpoena filed by the Department Of Justice against Eagle Forum of Alabama.

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ALDOT responds to lawsuit from Baldwin County toll bridge company — Will 'only exacerbate the traffic problems'

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) responded to the lawsuit filed against them by the Baldwin County Bridge Company (BCBC) over a debacle surrounding Orange Beach’s Foley Beach Express and the new Intercoastal Waterway project. 

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No significant improvement in Alabama’s math scores since 2019, other states all below in rankings

Alabama’s fourth and eighth-grade mathematics scores have lacked improvement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in its 2022 Nation’s Report Card released on Monday.

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Conflicts between state, federal drug laws cause confusion over medical marijuana in Alabama

A tension between state and federal laws concerning medical marijuana has led to confusion among lawmakers and enforcers over how the new Alabama law will work on a practical, day-to-day basis.

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State Rep. Collins: Low teacher Praxis certification exam pass rates have 'a few little caveats'

Earlier this month, a report by the Alabama Commission on the Evaluation of Services showed less than 50% of education students pass the Praxis test on the first try in Alabama.

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Cost of living: Which of Alabama's most affordable cities have the least crime?

Alabama is known for its low cost of living compared to other states, but in some cities, that can come at the expense of higher crime.

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State Sen. Elliott: Lack of community involvement, elected official concerns raise 'red flags' about ALDOT beach bridge project

One of the last hurdles for beachgoers before arriving at Alabama's Baldwin County beaches is the Intercoastal Waterway.

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Credit rating agencies give ‘stable’ rating to Alabama’s bonds before sale

General obligation bonds to be sold soon by the state of Alabama to fund improvements of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Historical Commission, and the Alabama Forestry Commission were given stable investment ratings by Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investor Services recently. 

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Medical Licensure Commission suspends license of doctor arrested for human trafficking

Members of the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission unanimously suspended Janaki Ram Prasad Earla’s license to practice medicine in Alabama at a special-called meeting Friday afternoon after he was recently arrested for human trafficking of a minor.

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Steve Marshall joins other AGs in pushback against adding COVID vaccines to child immunization schedule

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined attorneys general from other states in opposing the CDC's guidelines for adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended vaccine schedule for children.

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Adderall shortage: Alabama kids among the most heavily medicated in the country

The Food and Drug Administration announced a shortage of the drug Adderall earlier this month. But what impact does this have on Alabama?

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Owners of Orange Beach toll bridge sue ALDOT – Claim agency's director John Cooper attempting to destroy business

The owners of the Foley Beach Bypass toll bridge are suing the Alabama Department of Transportation after the state agency introduced plans to build a new toll-free bridge nearby.

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Birmingham Police refuses to provide video evidence after man in wheelchair claims he was beaten by officer

The City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Police Department are facing a lawsuit after a man in a wheelchair claimed an officer beat him. However, the two entities refuse to release video evidence of the incident.

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Woodlawn High School student identified as drive-by shooting victim

The Birmingham Police Department identified a Woodlawn High School student as the victim of a shooting on Monday, Oct. 17.

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TSA: 61 guns found in baggage in Alabama airports in 2022

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents stopped 61 guns brought by passengers entering TSA security checkpoints at Alabama airports so far in 2022. 

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Alabama's low labor participation rate continues to drop as unemployment rate remains flat at 2.6%

Despite the unemployment rate holding steady, the state's labor force participation rate continues to fall, dropping from 57.6% in August to 57.1% in September, which is significantly lower than the national average of 62.3%.

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Gov. Ivey, AG Marshall reassure parents children cannot be required to get COVID vaccine

Despite concerns from many, Alabama leaders are assuring that the COVID-19 vaccine will not be included in the regularly scheduled vaccines for children.

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AG Marshall: Conforming to 'gender ideology' instead of biology an 'attack on common sense'

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed an amicus brief Thursday in support of Indiana’s law prohibiting boys from playing on girls’ sports teams.

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Department of Energy grants $117M to company planning EV battery factory in North Alabama

The U.S. Department of Energy is sending $117 million to a planned electric vehicle battery plant in Colbert County.

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