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4 north Alabama massage businesses barred from operating
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4 north Alabama massage businesses barred from operating

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Several north Alabama massage businesses are barred from operating after authorities said they uncovered evidence that they were actually “fronts for a human-trafficking operation.” Attorney General Steve Marshall said Friday he had received a temporary restraining order against TY Green’s Massage Therapy, Inc., its owner Yuping Tang, and manager Jiao Liu,...

After prison report, lawmakers eye criminal justice reform
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After prison report, lawmakers eye criminal justice reform

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers could revisit criminal justice reform as the state grapples with prison overcrowding and a shortage of corrections officers. The Department of Justice this month released a scathing report condemning Alabama prisons for excessive violence, inmate deaths, and a critical staffing shortage. State Sen. Cam...

Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote
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Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers are headed to a vote on lottery legislation next week, as supporters aim to change Alabama’s status as one of the few states without the games. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on one of two rival lottery proposals introduced...

Key takeaways from Robert Mueller’s Russia report
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Key takeaways from Robert Mueller’s Russia report

Robert Mueller's 448-page report takes the American public inside the room with Trump as he expressed fear that the special counsel would end his presidency and made several attempts to get the people around him to curtail the probe into his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the "three stooges of socialism."

Mueller report coming Thursday
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Mueller report coming Thursday

By CHAD DAY, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two years of waiting, America is about to get some answers straight from Robert Mueller— but not before President Donald Trump’s attorney general has his say. The Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of the...

Bill requires jails to provide menstrual products to inmates
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Bill requires jails to provide menstrual products to inmates

The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to require jails and prisons to provide female inmates with tampons or sanitary pads.
The bill by Rep. Rolanda Hollis would write into law that jails and prisons are required to provide the items. Hollis said she brought the legislation "to make sure" women receive the items after hearing stories of incarcerated women using cotton balls and rags to improvise their own products.