Category: Primary

Bradley Byrne to challenge Doug Jones for Senate in 2020
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Bradley Byrne to challenge Doug Jones for Senate in 2020

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama announced Wednesday that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as the GOP tries to reclaim the high-profile seat previously held by Jeff Sessions. Byrne, 64, is the first Republican to announce his candidacy in what is expected to...

US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen
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US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSHUA REPLOGLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim. In a brief statement,...

Former Secretary of State testifies in Watkins fraud trial
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Former Secretary of State testifies in Watkins fraud trial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a jury Wednesday that she rejected a suggestion that she serve on the board of a company associated with two men on trial in an investment fraud case. Donald V. Watkins Sr., of Atlanta, and Donald V. Watkins Jr., of Birmingham, each face multiple...

Alabama Power closing Gorgas coal-fired power plant
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Alabama Power closing Gorgas coal-fired power plant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. announced Wednesday that it is shuttering a coal-fired power plant in central Alabama, a decision the company blamed on federal environmental regulations. The Gorgas plant northwest of Birmingham will close April 15, a company spokesman said. Senior Vice President Jim Heilbron blamed government regulations for the handling of...

‘Excessive fines’ ban applies to states, Supreme Court says
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‘Excessive fines’ ban applies to states, Supreme Court says

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Timbs admitted he’d sold drugs, and he accepted his sentence without a fight. What he wouldn’t quietly accept was the police seizing and keeping the $40,000 Land Rover he’d had when arrested. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sided with him unanimously in ruling the Constitution’s ban on...

Democrats’ resolution against Trump emergency coming Friday
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Democrats’ resolution against Trump emergency coming Friday

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers. Though the effort...

‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report
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‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett...

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US
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Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday. Hoda Muthana, 24, regrets ever aligning herself with the terrorist organization...

Skip Tucker: Another Brick in the Wall
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Skip Tucker: Another Brick in the Wall

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist After national pollsters, national talking heads and Hillary Clinton were handed their collective hindends by Donald Trump on election night, they made promises to be honest in future. They did this with straight faces. The slick Huffington Post had given Clinton a probability win factor of –...