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'Just wheels in a machine': Lawmakers describe bullying, intimidation from House leadership — Ainsworth aide Connie Rowe said to have given belittling speech

Some of Alabama’s freshmen legislators are describing bullying and intimidation from leadership as they were welcomed into the state house, having been discouraged from disagreeing with GOP leadership.

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State Rep. Carns proposes bill to terminate current Birmingham Water Works Board members — ‘Their governance needs to be overhauled’

After a year of crisis at the Birmingham Water Works, two state legislators representing part of the Birmingham area are trying to alter the qualifications for serving on the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) and make the utility regional. That means the Alabama Gov. would gain the authority to appoint three of its members.

Birmingham-Southern makes one last push for state bailout

Birmingham-Southern College officials are asking legislators one more time for a $30 million bailout before possibly ceasing operations.

UAB advances to the NIT Final Four with a triumph over Vanderbilt on Wednesday

Jelly Walker scores 19 second half points and Trey Jemison dominates the paint in the road win against Vanderbilt.

Every NFL organization represented at UAB's Pro Day on Wednesday

Former standout running back DeWayne McBride participated in the bench press but most of his day was spent visiting with NFL scouts.

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Auburn's Pro Day gets a boost from Heisman winner and NFL MVP Cam Newton

It was already going to be a big day on the Plains. It was time for the university’s Pro Day where 14 former players from the 2022-2023 Auburn football squad would have a chance to showcase their talents in front of scouts from all 32 teams. 

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Auburn gymnastics' Derrian Gobourne named SEC Specialist of the Year

Derrian Gobourne is the SEC Specialist of the Year for the third straight season.

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Mobile neurosurgeon found guilty of reckless murder in death of medical student

A former Mobile neurosurgeon was found guilty Tuesday in the death of a third-year medical student in 2020. A jury found that Jonathan Nakhla caused the death of Samantha Thomas in a car crash around 12:41 a.m. on Aug. 1, 2020.

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Baldwin County development company 68 Ventures spearheading 'Everest challenge' for Baller Dream Foundation

If you ever wanted to climb Mt. Everest but would rather do it in a near-perfect climate, here's your chance. The 2023 Ballin' on Belrose for the Baller Dream Foundation will be April 2023 in Olde Towne Daphne.

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Birmingham City Council debates pledging support for Birmingham-Southern bailout, delays decision to April

The Birmingham City Council is divided in its support for a Birmingham Southern College bailout, even as Gov. Kay Ivey, state legislators and a Jefferson County commissioner have already expressed disinterest in forking up money for the private school. 

Sean of the South: Barbecue in Montgomery

This food stirs up a lot of memories. Because that’s what good barbecue does. It makes you remember.

Baldwin County man charged with raping child, striking and strangling girlfriend

A Robertsdale man is in jail in Baldwin County after investigators said he attacked his girlfriend on March 10 when she confronted him about allegations he raped an 11-year-old child.

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Deputy Brad Johnson Act reforming 'good time' early prison release criteria passes House and Senate committees

The Deputy Brad Johnson Act, which brings the long-discussed reform to the state’s so-called "good time laws," passed through both House and Senate Committees on Wednesday.

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Continuation of Alabama's sexual assault survivors' bill of rights passes House committee

The second part of Alabama’s sexual assault survivors' bill of rights passed the House committee and will go to the floor for a vote.

Justin Bogie talks over-budget and behind-schedule prison construction on News Talk 93.1 'News & Views'

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "News & Views" with Joey Clark as they discuss over-budget and behind-schedule prison construction, government red tape and a prime example of government red tape, occupational licensing.

Governor Kay Ivey gave remarks to the Austal USA’s Women’s History Month Luncheon at Austal USA Monday March 20, 2023 in Mobile
Teacher pay raises, increased Medicaid funding included in Ivey budget proposals

On Tuesday, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her recommendations for the Education Trust Fund and the Alabama General Fund to the legislature.

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Ainsworth: Tax cuts ‘better policy’ than rebates

Tax cuts are a better policy than one-time tax rebates, according to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth.

J.C. Sivley fitting nicely into the tight end rotation at UAB

J.C. Sivley, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound redshirt freshman, spent the 2002 season learning tight end position.

Parker Snider: Forfeited liberty is hard to regain

Forfeiting our liberties is not inevitable. The pandemic, however, has moved us to a state in which a longer-lasting loss of freedom is more possible and more likely than before. 

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Orr files bill requiring ethics commission to disclose exculpatory evidence

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) filed legislation on Tuesday that would require the Alabama Ethics Commission to provide someone allegedly guilty of an ethics or campaign finance violation with exculpatory evidence in their possession before resolving the case or forwarding it to a prosecutor.

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Occupational tax bill clears State Senate committee with substitution, amendment

The approved amendment would delay application of the 1% cap for cities with outstanding debt secured by occupational taxes until the January after the final payment on the debt is made.

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New faces and new opportunities as Alabama begins spring practice

Going into spring practice this year, Alabama will be breaking in two new coordinators, as well as looking for a replacement to the greatest quarterback in the program’s history, add in some key injuries and this spring will offer opportunities for some new faces to impress the coaching staff.

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Justin Bogie: Staffing and rising construction costs continue to plague Alabama’s prisons

While the 2023 regular legislative session is largely focused on tax relief and education, another issue looms in the background: the state’s correctional system and the various problems hampering its improvement.

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'Asleep at the wheel': Tuberville calls out Biden administration on seizure of Vulcan port in Mexico; Warns door opened for Chinese influence

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) says the Biden administration is "asleep at the wheel," leaving the door open for Chinese influence in Latin America after Mexico seized the port of a Birmingham-based construction firm Vulcan Materials.

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Report: Alabama has third-highest licensing burden in nation

Alabama has the third-highest occupational licensing burden in the country, according to a new study.

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Fmr ALGOP chair Terry Lathan forms 'ROAM' to fight for school choice in Montgomery — 'We’re the cavalry'

Former Alabama GOP Chairman Terry Lathan says it’s high time Republicans come together and fight for school choice.

Next NIT challenge for UAB is a trip to Memorial Gymnasium at Vanderbilt

UAB and Vanderbilt tip it off on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the NIT quarterfinals. The winners gets a trip to Las Vegas for the NIT Final Four.

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