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Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case
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Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court...

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Flu outbreak filling hospitals in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hospitals are filling up with patients because of a worsening influenza outbreak. The acting state health officer, Scott Harris, says hospitals in nearly one-third of Alabama’s counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity, and some are full. UAB Hospital is rescheduling non-emergency elective operations to help free up...

Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity
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Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity

By ALAN FRAM and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation....

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The Latest: 6 senators say they’ve reached immigration deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and immigration (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Six senators say they’ve reached a bipartisan agreement to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and strengthen border security. The lawmakers say they’re seeking enough support to push the deal through Congress. The significance of...

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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...