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Ainsworth names Jess Skaggs Deputy Chief of Staff
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Ainsworth names Jess Skaggs Deputy Chief of Staff

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth announced Thursday that he has appointed Montgomery native Jess Skaggs to serve as his Deputy Chief of Staff. “As Lieutenant Governor, I plan for my office to be the most active and engaged in Alabama’s history, and Jess Skaggs has the...

Chambliss Named Majority Floor Leader for State Senate Republicans
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Chambliss Named Majority Floor Leader for State Senate Republicans

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) announced Thursday that Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) has been named Majority Floor Leader for the State Senate Republican Caucus. Reed called Chambliss a proven leader who has a deep grasp of the Senate’s rules and procedures and has the respect of his Senate colleagues on...

Federal employees affected by partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation
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Federal employees affected by partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) today announced that federal employees who have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation benefits. “There are thousands of federal employees in Alabama who may be impacted by this shutdown,” said Fitzgerald Washington, ADOL Secretary. “Should these workers need assistance during this time,...

Governor Ivey Announces Important Changes to Staff
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Governor Ivey Announces Important Changes to Staff

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced important changes to her staff as she transitions to a full term.  Adam Thompson is being promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, joining Liz Filmore who is serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. Thompson currently serves as the governor’s Appointments Director.  In Thompson’s...

Morris to lead Alabama public corruption prosecution unit
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Morris to lead Alabama public corruption prosecution unit

From wire and staff reports MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has named federal prosecutor A. Clark Morris to lead the office division that prosecutes public corruption and white collar crime cases. Marshall made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the departure of Matt Hart. Morris will oversee the special prosecutions division beginning...

CDC: stay away from romaine lettuce
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CDC: stay away from romaine lettuce

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food & Health Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people...

Unemployment rate sits at 4.1%
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Unemployment rate sits at 4.1%

The Alabama Department of Labor announced Friday that October’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is 4.1%. That number, unchanged from September, represents 2,122,970 people working which is about 5,500 more than last month’s record-breaking number of 2,117,359. The number of unemployed people also decreased from 90,818 to 89,754. “More than 40,000 Alabamians now have jobs that...

Roby, Shelby press Feds for Alabama farmers
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Roby, Shelby press Feds for Alabama farmers

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan today will join U.S. Rep. Martha Roby to tour farm damage from Hurricane Michael in Alabama’s Wiregrass. In a speech given Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives, Roby spoke on the plight facing many Alabama farmers...

Marshall antagonist accused of sexual misconduct
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Marshall antagonist accused of sexual misconduct

By WILL WHATLEY and TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News J. William “Billy” McFarland, Jr., a Republican donor and former Judson College administrator, finds himself at the center of accusations of sexual misconduct toward college-aged women. A lawsuit filed by a former student alleges McFarland propositioned her to participate in an online sexual relationship in which he...

Glenn, Phillips indicted on ethics charges related to EPA cleanup site
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Glenn, Phillips indicted on ethics charges related to EPA cleanup site

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An Alabama grand jury indicted Willie Scott Phillips, Jr. on multiple counts of violations of Alabama’s Ethics Act and separately indicted Onis “Trey” Glenn, III on multiple counts of conspiracy and/or complicity with Willie Scott Phillips, Jr. to violate the Ethics Act. Glenn is the southeast...