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Jim Searcy: Protect Alabama’s economic development efforts
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Jim Searcy: Protect Alabama’s economic development efforts

By JIM SEARCY, Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama The Alabama Jobs Enhancement Act was passed last year to provide clarity to an issue that could have crippled Alabama’s economic development efforts.  The bill was necessary to provide clarity regarding a requirement for economic developers and site selectors to register as lobbyist to...

Perry Hooper: President Trump Hits a Home Run
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Perry Hooper: President Trump Hits a Home Run

By PERRY HOOPER, JR The never-Trumper faction of the Republican Party was wrong. The mainstream media was — and continues to be wrong. The Democrats just don’t get it. Two years into the Trump agenda to Make America Great Again the state of our union, is incredibly strong and getting better every day. The President...

Alabama Power raises rates to deal with coal ash
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Alabama Power raises rates to deal with coal ash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Company has raised electric rates this year to pay for closing coal ash ponds around the state. Al.com reports the company requested the increase so it will comply with rules set up by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. Utility spokesman Michael Sznajderman says Alabama Power is changing...

Graham, wary of politics in life, gets Capitol salute
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Graham, wary of politics in life, gets Capitol salute

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham is getting a rare tribute from the nation’s top political leaders under Capitol Rotunda. President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate...

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Bills would lower penalties for marijuana possession

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two legislative committees will debate proposals to lower the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The House and Senate Judiciary committees on Wednesday will consider the bills by Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat, and Sen. Dick Brewbaker, a Republican. The bills would make possession of an ounce or less of...

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Trump to tackle mental health, school safety – but not guns

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the nation united and grieving with “one heavy heart,” President Donald Trump is promising to tackle school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health” in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence. Not always a natural...