Rise to the moment of truth Saturday, February 4, 2023


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From murder to a love-fueled jail escape and policy in Alabama: Here are your top five crime stories from 2022

Alabama is known for its quaint and quiet towns, country roads and beautiful mountains, lakes and beaches. But beyond those peaceful scenes are violent, unthinkable acts happening before our eyes. Alabama lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are battling homegrown crime daily and in 2022, they were very busy.

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State Rep. Chip Brown thankful voters approved Aniah's Law — 'It is a piece of legislation that I became emotionally involved with'

Brown said over the years, he has grown close to Blanchard’s family. He added that he spoke to them Tuesday night after learning of the passing of the amendment.

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All proposed amendments to Alabama Constitution pass in midterm elections

All of the proposed amendments to the Alabama Constitution on the ballot Tuesday passed.

Alabama AG Steve Marshall voices support for Aniah’s Law

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall voiced his support Monday morning for Aniah’s Law, a constitutional amendment that would allow judges to deny bonds to certain criminals.

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Alabama mayors, family of Aniah Blanchard rally in Auburn to push constitutional amendment

Several Alabama mayors and family members of slain Aniah Blanchard gathered in Auburn on Monday to urge voters to approve a constitutional amendment that expands a judge's ability to deny bail.

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State Rep. Chip Brown urges ‘yes’ vote on Aniah’s Law amendment — ‘It will save lives’

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) is encouraging voters ahead of the midterm elections to vote “yes” on Amendment No. 1 regarding Aniah’s law.

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Guest Editorial: Alabama's Big 10 Mayors support Aniah’s Law

Under current Alabama law, judges have limited authority to deny bail to violent offenders unless the suspect is charged with a capital offense or poses a flight risk. That means that dangerous criminals are being released back onto the streets, even when its likely they will commit more violent crimes as soon as they make bail.