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Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama’s voter ID law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s voter ID law that requires people to show government-issued photo identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Wednesday ruled in favor of the state, saying the provision does not discriminate against minorities and is not an undue...

Toyota-Mazda plant: Alabama bids to become a major auto hub
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Toyota-Mazda plant: Alabama bids to become a major auto hub

By KIM CHANDLER and TOM KRISHER MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama, seeking the fast lane in its bid to become a major auto making hub in the South, has landed a coveted $1.6 billion joint venture plant by Japanese car giants Toyota and Mazda that will eventually employ 4,000 people. The new plant is to...

The Latest: Toyota and Mazda announce Alabama plant
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The Latest: Toyota and Mazda announce Alabama plant

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Toyota-Mazda factory going to Alabama (all times local): 2 p.m. Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are building a joint-venture auto plant in Alabama. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and company executives made the announcement in a Wednesday news conference. Alabama and North Carolina were finalists for the plant...

Alabama’s governor, lawmakers look ahead after scandals
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Alabama’s governor, lawmakers look ahead after scandals

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, in her first State of the State address since scandal catapulted her into the governor’s office, told legislators Tuesday that the state has turned the page after a cloud of controversy enveloped Alabama government for much of the past two years. Ivey, who...

New Toyota-Mazda factory to be built in Alabama
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New Toyota-Mazda factory to be built in Alabama

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama as the site of a new $1.6 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant, a person briefed on the decision said Tuesday. The plant will employ about 4,000 people and will be built in the Huntsville area in Limestone County, said...

The Latest: Lawmakers begin 2018 legislative session
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The Latest: Lawmakers begin 2018 legislative session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama legislative session (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Alabama lawmakers have begun the 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers convened at noon Tuesday at the Alabama Statehouse to begin a legislative session that also coincides with an election year. The session will be dominated by two major budgetary issues:...

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title
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Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now. The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench...

Trump takes field at college football championship game
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Trump takes field at college football championship game

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump took the field before Alabama and Georgia faced off in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. Tens of thousands of fans filling the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium greeted Trump with a mixed reaction as ROTC members escorted him onto the field for the...

Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans
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Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation’s heartland. “Those towers are going to go up and you’re...