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Alabama, Mississippi refuse to pledge money to resume Amtrak
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Alabama, Mississippi refuse to pledge money to resume Amtrak

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Plans to resume passenger train service on the northern Gulf Coast for the first time since Hurricane Katrina suffered a setback with Alabama and Mississippi refusing money for the project, but a leader of the effort said Friday the project isn’t dead. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi had to pledge almost $35...

GOP-led House narrowly passes farm bill
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GOP-led House narrowly passes farm bill

By JULIET LINDERMAN and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill Thursday that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients. The bill passed by a vote of 213-211. Democrats unanimously opposed the measure, saying it would toss too many people off government food assistance. But 20...

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Trump seeks federal government overhaul, merger of agencies

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking aim at the sprawling federal bureaucracy, President Donald Trump’s administration released a detailed proposal Thursday to reorganize a number of federal agencies and merge the Education and Labor departments. The latest in a long string of attempts to rein in the government, the plan...

Alabama county placing police in all schools
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Alabama county placing police in all schools

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — One of Alabama’s most populous counties has a plan to put armed police officers in each of its public schools. Officials in coastal Baldwin County say agencies are partnering to provide permanent school resource officers at each of its 46 campuses beginning this August. Currently, only some county schools have...

White House proposes merging education, labor
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White House proposes merging education, labor

By JILL COLVIN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will propose a major reorganization of the federal government on Thursday that calls for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency. Mick Mulvaney, director of...

House GOP immigration compromise teeters ahead of votes
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House GOP immigration compromise teeters ahead of votes

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping House GOP immigration overhaul teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday as lawmakers struggled to move past an issue that has become politically fraught amid the dire images of families being separated at the border. President Donald Trump’s sudden executive action over the border crisis...

Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar
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Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

By ANGIE WANG and DAVE KOLPACK CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Trump’s decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform. Niurka Lopez of Michigan said Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy made sense because her family came to the U.S. legally...

Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security
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Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

By KEVIN FREKING and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to damage done to home-state companies, lawmakers from both parties Wednesday criticized tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security. The Trump administration has turned to a little-used weapon in trade policy: Section 232...

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Alabama man charged in government-computer scam

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted an Alabama man in an alleged 10-year scam involving surplus federal computers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois reported Wednesday that the indictment accuses 50-year-old Steven Mays of defrauding the federal “Computers for Learning” program. The General Services Administration program transfers...

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Man sentenced to 15 years for Islamic State-inspired plot

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Alabama man to 15 years in federal prison for plotting to carry out Islamic State-inspired attacks in the United States. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Aziz Ihab Sayyed of Huntsville must spend the rest of his life on probation following his release. Sayyed pleaded guilty in March to...