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Weather service finds at least 9 tornado tracks in Alabama
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Weather service finds at least 9 tornado tracks in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service says there’s evidence that multiple tornadoes struck Alabama earlier this week, and it’s still counting. The weather service says survey teams have found tracks showing nine twisters touched down in the northern part of the state on Monday. The strongest storm was an EF-3 tornado that hit...

Lawmakers approve budget with prisons boost
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Lawmakers approve budget with prisons boost

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a general fund budget that steers additional money to the prison system as the state tries to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care for inmates. The Alabama Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to go along with House changes to...

Senate votes to track civil asset forfeiture cases
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Senate votes to track civil asset forfeiture cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has voted to track how often law enforcement authorities use civil actions to seize a person’s property when the person hasn’t been convicted of a crime. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-1 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Civil asset forfeiture is the...

Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later
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Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife. Two days later, a similar device...

Committee approves ethics exemption for economic developers
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Committee approves ethics exemption for economic developers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Senate committee has approved legislation, pushed by the state’s top industry recruiter, to exempt professional economic developers from the state ethics law. The Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee approved the House-passed bill Wednesday on a 10-2 vote. It now moves to the Senate floor. The proposal would exempt...

Gun control, arming teachers bills dead for session control
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Gun control, arming teachers bills dead for session control

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gun control proposals failed in the Alabama Legislature after most Republican committee members skipped out on Wednesday debate on the bills, including a proposal to raise the age to buy an AR-15 or similar rifle. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee canceled a scheduled meeting...

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled
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Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides said early Wednesday that Trump would win $1.6 billion for border...

The Latest: Austin mayor warns residents to remain vigilant
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The Latest: Austin mayor warns residents to remain vigilant

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Austin bombings (all times local): 6:40 a.m. Austin’s mayor is urging residents to remain vigilant, despite the death of a man suspected in this month’s string of bombings in Texas’ capital city. Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show that: “We’re just really relieved...

House committee to debate raising age for rifle purchases
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House committee to debate raising age for rifle purchases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will discuss whether to raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15, or similar rifle, from 18 to 21. The House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday will debate the bill by Rep. Juandalynn Givan. The Birmingham Democrat said a vote will show if lawmakers are serious about making substantive...

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Alabama votes 98-0 to close loophole in drunk driving law

By MALLORY MOENCH, The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Stricter regulations will be imposed on drunk drivers after a bill to close a loophole in the law and reduce road deaths passed a final vote in the House Tuesday. The vote was 98-0. The legislation sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim McClendon will require drunk...