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Alabama prison officials want $42M budget increase, 500 new officers
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Alabama prison officials want $42M budget increase, 500 new officers

By WILL WHATLEY and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections is asking for an increase in state funding in 2020 and expecting a decrease in the state’s prison population. Prison officials on Wednesday requested $519 million next year from the state’s General Fund budget, an increase of $42...

Sewell joins 200 Democrats to introduce Social Security expansion bill
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Sewell joins 200 Democrats to introduce Social Security expansion bill

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Alabama Congresswoman Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) joined Connecticut colleague Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) to introduce legislation increasing Social Security benefits for seniors. Sewell said the bill would increase benefits current and new beneficiaries by an average of two percent, increase the minimum benefit threshold to 25 percent above the poverty...

Daily News Digest – January 29, 2019
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Daily News Digest – January 29, 2019

Good morning! Too bad you can’t build a sleet-man. Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, January 29. 1. Snow? Meh. It doesn’t look to be much of a snow event. We’re more on the “bust” side of the forecast where about 1 inch is expected to fall in North Central Alabama. No fun for kids...

Matthew Stokes: We can’t ignore Angela Davis’ profound lack of judgment
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Matthew Stokes: We can’t ignore Angela Davis’ profound lack of judgment

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Birmingham has enjoyed positive coverage in the national news media in recent years.  From the New York Times to the Food Network’s Andrew Zimmerman and many in between, national platforms have drawn the nation’s attention to the unique quality of life in Birmingham, particularly its variety of high...

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Twinkle Cavanaugh: Let’s Stop Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

By TWINKLE ANDRESS CAVANAUGH, Alabama Public Service Commission President  “Sarah, can you get me Floyd at the barbershop?” Such a request was typical of phone service in the 1950’s and prior, not only for The Andy Griffith Show’s mythical Town of Mayberry, but in communities throughout America. That was when operators used to manually connect...

Martha Roby: Prayers for Wetumpka During this Time of Recovery
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Martha Roby: Prayers for Wetumpka During this Time of Recovery

[Photo credit: Hal Yeagar, Governor’s Office] By MARTHA ROBY, U.S. Representative, Alabama’s 2nd District On the afternoon of Saturday, January 19, a powerful tornado hit the City of Wetumpka in Elmore County, ripping through the beautiful downtown area and inflicting heartbreaking and significant damage. By the grace of God, no lives were lost, and only...

Aderholt backs tariff bill
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Aderholt backs tariff bill

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt is backing a new bill giving expansive authority to the president to raise tariffs on imports in response to similar actions taken by other countries. Adherholt met with President Donald Trump in the White House Thursday to discuss the legislation. “For far too long, foreign countries have levied significantly higher tariffs...

Shelby introduces Trump’s immigration compromise proposal
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Shelby introduces Trump’s immigration compromise proposal

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on Monday introduced legislation designed to implement President Donald Trump’s announced compromise proposal on reopening the government and putting money toward a border wall. The comprehensive appropriations package contains the remaining seven bills funding the government through Fiscal Year 2019, the full $5.7 billion...