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Senate Committee approves Rosa Parks Day
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Senate Committee approves Rosa Parks Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama inched closer to setting aside a day to honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks. An Alabama Senate committee on Tuesday approved legislation to name Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day. The bill now moves to the full Senate. Parks was arrested Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery for refusing to give...

House approves $85 million for prison improvements
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House approves $85 million for prison improvements

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday approved an $85 million increase for the state’s prison system as they try to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care for inmates. The House of Representatives approved $30 million for the Department of Corrections before September and a...

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Disney World trip ends in horrific crash for Texas students

By JAY REEVES and DAN ANDERSON, Associated Press LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — One minute members of the Texas high school band were sleeping soundly on an early morning bus trip home from a much-anticipated trip to a music festival at Disney World. The next minute their bus was plunging into a ravine so steep rescuers had...

Lawmakers hold hearing on proposal to arm teachers
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Lawmakers hold hearing on proposal to arm teachers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a Wednesday hearing on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police...

Alabama House votes to reinstate school security task force
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Alabama House votes to reinstate school security task force

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After fatal shootings in Florida and Birmingham schools, the Alabama House of Representatives voted Tuesday to reinstate a school safety task force. Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican who chaired the original task force in 2016, introduced the initiative to create an annual force with law enforcement, educators,...

Tillerson out at State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo
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Tillerson out at State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Tuesday, making a surprise Twitter announcement that he’s naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank...

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New York City halts sewage train to Alabama amid stink issue

ADAMSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An operation sending train loads of partially treated sewage material to an Alabama landfill has been halted. AL.com reported Monday that six wastewater treatment plants from New York City and one from New Jersey had been sending their solid material left over from treatment processes to the Big Sky Environmental, LLC...

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Interior Department announces civil rights grants

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four Deep South states are getting nearly $6 million to preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African-American struggle for equality in the 20th century. The Interior Department says Alabama is getting $2.3 million for nine projects, Mississippi is getting $1.3 million for four projects, and Louisiana and Georgia will...

Settlement possible in Alabama execution-useable vein case
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Settlement possible in Alabama execution-useable vein case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers say a settlement is possible in the case of an Alabama inmate whose lethal injection was halted last month when the execution team could not find a useable vein. Lawyers for the state and inmate Doyle Hamm wrote that they were in “serious settlement discussions.” The filing did not elaborate...

Lawyers say Alabama death row inmate mentally incompetent
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Lawyers say Alabama death row inmate mentally incompetent

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the upcoming execution of an Alabama inmate who they say was mentally ill when he moved to fire his lawyers and drop his appeals. Michael Eggers is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 2000 choking death...