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Inmate dies after being stabbed at prison
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Inmate dies after being stabbed at prison

CLAYTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate died this month after being stabbed by another inmate, the prison system said Friday. The Department of Corrections said in a news release that Joshua David Willingham, 29, died days after being stabbed by another inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton. The prison system said Willingham was...

Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law
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Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state’s attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama is...

Gulf Coast seafood biz slammed by freshwater from floods
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Gulf Coast seafood biz slammed by freshwater from floods

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fresh water from Midwestern floods has killed oysters along the coasts of three states and cost Mississippi half of its blue crabs. Water that came through a Louisiana spillway killed 95% of the oysters in Mississippi’s share of the Mississippi Sound and fed toxic algae blooms...

Court: First Amendment protects “hate group” label
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Court: First Amendment protects “hate group” label

By JAY REEVES Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by...