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National defense goals could boost Alabama’s space industry
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National defense goals could boost Alabama’s space industry

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Aerospace investment appears poised to blast off in Alabama, as companies such as Blue Origin and Aeroject Rocketdyne plan new jobs and new facilities. The firms are expanding because Huntsville-based government space programs could soon have billions of new dollars to spend for defense and telecommunications, Al.com reported. Blue Origin and...

Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis
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Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis

By KIM CHANDLER,  Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An advocacy group charged Friday that Alabama officials have failed to address a rising suicide rate in state prisons despite a federal court order to improve conditions for mentally ill inmates. Attorneys representing inmates in an ongoing lawsuit over mental health care argued state officials have...

Descendants from last US slave ship gathering in Alabama
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Descendants from last US slave ship gathering in Alabama

By JAY REEVES ,  Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The years have been hard on Africatown USA. Established by the last boatload of Africans abducted into slavery and shipped to the United States just before the Civil War, the coastal Alabama community now shows scarcely a trace of its founders. Industrial development choked off...

Democrats and GOP square off over Trump’s tax returns
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Democrats and GOP square off over Trump’s tax returns

By MARCY GORDON,  AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With Democrats now controlling the House and holding the legal key to seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns, Republican lawmakers are invoking privacy in defending Trump’s flank. At an oversight hearing Thursday, lawmakers examined proposals to compel presidents and presidential candidates to make years of their...

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law
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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

By MARK SHERMAN,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights. The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that...

The Latest: Trump’s more measured on border security talks
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The Latest: Trump’s more measured on border security talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional negotiations for a potential bipartisan agreement on border security. (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is taking a wait-and-see approach to a potential bipartisan agreement on border security. Asked about the congressional negotiations, Trump told reporters on Thursday: “I hear they’re working on something, we’ll see...

Alabama NAACP criticizes state ruling on police shooting
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Alabama NAACP criticizes state ruling on police shooting

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is criticizing the state’s decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed a black man in a case of mistaken identity. A statement from the civil rights organization says Attorney General Steve Marshall’s decision essentially tells Alabama’s black residents their lives don’t matter. And the Alabama president...

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Alabama Ethics Commission clears district attorney

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Ethics Commission has cleared a district attorney of a complaint that he improperly paid an employee. News outlets reported the ethics panel investigated a complaint that 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Randall Houston improperly paid an employee from grand funds. Houston is in his third term as prosecutor for...

Inmate executed after Supreme Court ruling
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Inmate executed after Supreme Court ruling

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn’t let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation’s highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal...

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations
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Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Congress that investigations and legislation don’t mix. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi said such threats have no place in the House, as unbowed Democrats charged ahead Wednesday with plans to probe Trump’s tax returns, business and ties to Russia. The...