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Supreme Court won’t stop Alabama execution
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Supreme Court won’t stop Alabama execution

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prepared to execute an inmate Thursday evening for the 1987 killing of a motel clerk after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last-minute bid to halt the execution because of his health problems. Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, was to be executed by lethal injection at a...

Lawmaker proposes to raise age for assault rifle purchase
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Lawmaker proposes to raise age for assault rifle purchase

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the wake of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, an Alabama lawmaker on Thursday proposed to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 or similar weapon from 18 to 21. Rep. Juandalynn Givan, a Democrat from Birmingham, said teenagers should not be able to purchase such deadly...

Alabama Senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas
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Alabama Senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has moved closer to approving the use of nitrogen gas in executions – a method so far untested in the United States. The Alabama Senate approved a bill Thursday that permits execution by nitrogen hypoxia if lethal injection drugs are unavailable or are ruled unconstitutional. State Sen. Trip Pittman said...

Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for ‘botched’ execution
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Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for ‘botched’ execution

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama stood ready Thursday to execute an inmate who argued that there is an increased risk of a botched execution because of damage to his veins from lymphoma and other illnesses. Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at a...

Husband of slain online exhibitionist charged with murder
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Husband of slain online exhibitionist charged with murder

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press CALERA, Ala. (AP) — The husband of an online exhibitionist whose partially nude body was found outside her suburban home was arrested Thursday in her killing, an Alabama police chief said. William Jeffrey West, 44, is being charged with murder in the death of his 42-year-old wife, Kathleen Dawn West, Calera...

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Alabama teacher accused of sex acts with girl in classroom

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (AP) — A teacher has been accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a student in Alabama. News outlets report 51-year-old John Daniel Hamilton was arrested by Robertsdale police Tuesday morning after a two-week investigation. Investigators say Hamilton and the girl engaged in sex acts inside Hamilton’s history classroom during school hours. The...

Bill to lower penalties for pot possession clears committee
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Bill to lower penalties for pot possession clears committee

By KIM CHANDLER and MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to lower the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, but faces a dubious future as it heads to a possible floor vote during an election year. The bill would make possession...

Trump says more must be done to protect children
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Trump says more must be done to protect children

By CATHERINE LUCEY and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to host students from the Florida high school reeling from a mass shooting Wednesday, as he seeks to show he is taking the highly charged issue of gun violence seriously. The White House said students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

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Judge won’t stop execution of inmate claiming damaged veins

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an Alabama inmate who has battled lymphoma and hepatitis C has veins that are in good enough shape that the state can execute him by injection this week. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre denied Doyle Lee Hamm’s request to block...

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Bills would lower penalties for marijuana possession

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two legislative committees will debate proposals to lower the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The House and Senate Judiciary committees on Wednesday will consider the bills by Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat, and Sen. Dick Brewbaker, a Republican. The bills would make possession of an ounce or less of...