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Gun background check system riddled with flaws
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Gun background check system riddled with flaws

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Recent mass shootings have spurred Congress to try to improve the nation’s gun background check system that has failed on numerous occasions to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. The problem with the legislation, experts say, is that it only works if federal agencies, the...

Steve Flowers: McGregor will be active this election season
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Steve Flowers: McGregor will be active this election season

By Steve Flowers As the June primaries for our statewide races get closer, there is a lot of media attention and stories written about the power being wielded by special interests, PACs and big money. They focus on the large amount of cash and influence being bet on the horses for governor and the legislature....

Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal
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Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump pleaded with him Monday to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war. Trump retorted: “We’re not backing down.” The president said U.S....

Keep the Foy Trophy, Remember the Foy Legacy
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Keep the Foy Trophy, Remember the Foy Legacy

By John Carvalho The careless debacle that was Wednesday night’s Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy presentation was sad on so many levels. What’s saddest is that the actions by the participants reinforced a lack of awareness of who Dean Jim Foy was and what he represented — a memory the trophy is supposed to preserve. First, let’s...

“State of Manufacturing” Tour comes to Alabama
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“State of Manufacturing” Tour comes to Alabama

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons was in Alabama Thursday highlighting the state’s manufacturing industry as part of the NAM State of Manufacturing Tour. Timmons joined Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, Business Council of Alabama CEO Billy Canary, employees and business and community leaders to discuss manufacturing’s optimistic future, the rewarding...

The Latest: FBI: 3 people in vehicle that tried to enter NSA
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The Latest: FBI: 3 people in vehicle that tried to enter NSA

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The Latest on shooting outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade. (all times local): 1:25 a.m. Three people were in a vehicle the National Security Agency says tried to make an unauthorized entry onto the spy agency’s campus Wednesday morning in an incident that led to gunfire and...

Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal
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Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits. The 240-186 vote came in the pre-dawn hours, putting to bed...

API: Using our tax breaks and bonuses for things that matter
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API: Using our tax breaks and bonuses for things that matter

By Parker Snider, Alabama Policy Institute “Crumbs”. That’s how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi characterized the thousand-dollar bonuses and wage increases that companies are offering employees in the wake of federal tax reform. This description has, appropriately, come under attack. Walmart, Alabama’s largest employer, is spending around $400 million on employee bonuses. In fact, according...

Alabama Should Move to Strengthen Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
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Alabama Should Move to Strengthen Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

By Matthew Glans — Private property rights are one of the fundamental tenets of our Republic. Enshrined in the Fifth and 14th Amendments are clear protections for private property, banning the government from seizing property from private citizens without due process of law. Unfortunately, in many states, including Alabama, the laws governing seizure have been...