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Legislative committee delays prison health care contract
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Legislative committee delays prison health care contract

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A legislative oversight committee on Thursday delayed the implementation of a prison health care contract because of questions about the company’s ties to a Mississippi bribery scandal. The Legislative Contract Review Committee put a hold on the proposed $360 million contract with Wexford Health Sources to supply...

Alabama Senate committee approves lottery bill
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Alabama Senate committee approves lottery bill

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could join multistate lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions under a proposal that cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the proposed constitutional amendment by a 3-2 vote. However, the lottery bill is considered a long shot to...

In public spat, Trump taunts Sessions, AG doesn’t keep quiet
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In public spat, Trump taunts Sessions, AG doesn’t keep quiet

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Harshly criticized yet again by his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday abandoned his usual stony silence and pushed back against President Donald Trump for saying Sessions’ response to Republican complaints about the FBI was “disgraceful.” Sessions gave no suggestion he would step down in light of...

Spokesman: Ivey willing to debate in governor’s race
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Spokesman: Ivey willing to debate in governor’s race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A spokesman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says Ivey is willing to debate her opponents ahead of the June primary. Brent Buchanan told The Associated Press Wednesday that the governor is “happy to discuss her record” in a debate. Ivey faces a number of GOP challengers after taking over last year...

Report: Harper Lee estate transferred to trust
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Report: Harper Lee estate transferred to trust

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The will of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is public following a lawsuit by The New York Times, but details on her estate remain a secret. The Times reports the will unsealed Tuesday shows most of Lee’s assets were transferred into a trust days before her death two years...

Delta tax cut stripped from Georgia bill after NRA feud
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Delta tax cut stripped from Georgia bill after NRA feud

By BEN NADLER and R.J. RICO, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in the Georgia legislature took a step Wednesday toward fulfilling the GOP lieutenant governor’s vow to punish Delta Air Lines for severing business ties with the National Rifle Association. But a Democratic rival warned the political threat could be illegal. The Republican-dominated Senate Rules...

Trump calls Sessions’ handling of Russia probe ‘disgraceful’
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Trump calls Sessions’ handling of Russia probe ‘disgraceful’

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as “disgraceful” his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia probe. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors...

Graham, wary of politics in life, gets Capitol salute
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Graham, wary of politics in life, gets Capitol salute

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham is getting a rare tribute from the nation’s top political leaders under Capitol Rotunda. President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate...

Trump reaches deal with Boeing on new presidential planes
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Trump reaches deal with Boeing on new presidential planes

By ZEKE MILLER, DAVID KOENIG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reached an informal deal with Boeing to provide the next generation of presidential aircraft, the White House says. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday that the president negotiated a $3.9 billion “fixed-price contract” for the new planes, known...

Alabama lawmakers push to arm school security volunteers
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Alabama lawmakers push to arm school security volunteers

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Any trained school employee or citizen volunteer could join an armed security force in Alabama schools under a bill lawmakers are considering — one of several such measures being proposed in U.S. states after the Florida high school massacre. Rep. Allen Farley, a Republican and former law...