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US adds 134K jobs; unemployment a 49-year low, 3.7 pct.
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US adds 134K jobs; unemployment a 49-year low, 3.7 pct.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 134,000 jobs in September, the fewest in a year, though the figure was likely lowered by Hurricane Florence, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent, the lowest level since 1969. Hurricane Florence struck North and South Carolina in the middle of September...

Mike Rogers: How East Alabama Helps Secure Our Homeland
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Mike Rogers: How East Alabama Helps Secure Our Homeland

WASHINGTON, D.C – Recently, I led a group of local leaders in Calhoun County, including Alabama Senate President pro tempore, Del Marsh, to visit and tour the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston. While the CDP has a huge local economic impact, it is so much more. Since 1998, the CDP has trained over...

Column: Fighting for Those Who Fight for Us
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Column: Fighting for Those Who Fight for Us

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne When we go to bed at night, whether we think about it or not, we are safe knowing that our servicemen and women stand at the ready throughout the world; ready to defend our nation, our values, and us here at home. But, without the appropriate funding, our military does...

Parker Snider: Towards a less angry politics
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Parker Snider: Towards a less angry politics

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute “When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to one hundred.” If only we followed the advice of the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson, who expressed this sentiment, knew first-hand how politics can lead to indignation. Today, one glance at cable news or Twitter affirms that...

API: What you need to know about Proposed Statewide Amendments Three and Four
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API: What you need to know about Proposed Statewide Amendments Three and Four

By PARKER SNIDER, Alabama Policy Institute On November 6, Alabamians will vote on four proposed statewide constitutional amendments. Although the first two amendments will likely receive the most attention (API’s analyses can be found on our website), amendments three and four deserve notice as well. They are, in fact, changes to the longest known constitution in the...

Perry Hooper: Midterms That the GOP Cannot Afford to Lose
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Perry Hooper: Midterms That the GOP Cannot Afford to Lose

By PERRY HOOPER, Jr. Under President Trump’s foreign policy, we have seen ISIS effectively destroyed, North Korea finally talking to South Korea including a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics, North Korea ending nuclear testing, NATO countries contributing their fair to the alliance and most importantly a move to fair and balanced trade agreements. On...

No. 9 Auburn aims to rebound against Arkansas
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No. 9 Auburn aims to rebound against Arkansas

By The Associated Press Arkansas (1-2, 0-0 SEC) at No. 9 Auburn (2-1, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network) Line: Auburn by 30. Series record: Auburn leads 15-11-1. VIEW: Hugh Gamble’s College Football TV Schedule: Week 4 WHAT’S AT STAKE? Both teams need a win. The Tigers are coming off a last-second loss to No....

Alabama Realtors release endorsements for 2018 General Election
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Alabama Realtors release endorsements for 2018 General Election

The Alabama Realtors on Wednesday released its endorsements of candidates for the 2018 general election. The group said its supported candidates demonstrate a commitment to “homeownership, private property rights, economic growth and development.” “Each of these candidates has shown support of the real estate industry and growth in Alabama,” said Kim Hallmark, Alabama Realtors Political...