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Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight
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Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight

By LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A spotlight quickly focused on two Republican senators Thursday in the fight to come over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination — Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, whose support for abortion access will reverberate throughout the debate. Every vote matters in the narrowly divided chamber,...

House backs $675 billion spending bill for Pentagon
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House backs $675 billion spending bill for Pentagon

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military. The 359-49 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar measure this week. The House bill provides $146...

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Strong storms leave thousands without power

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A line of strong thunderstorms pushed through Alabama downing trees and leaving thousands of people without electricity. Alabama Power Co. on Thursday afternoon said that 156,000 customers were without electricity. WHNT-TV reported that a 70-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by lightning. Lineville Police Chief Shane Dunnagan told...

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Unipres announces $40 million expansion, to create 70 jobs

STEELE, Ala. (AP) — An auto supply plant says it’s undergoing a $40 million expansion that will create 70 jobs at its production facility in the Alabama town of Steele. Al.com reports the St. Clair County Economic Development Council and the Alabama Department of Commerce announced Unipres’ move Thursday. The factory will add a hot...

Hammon released from federal prison
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Hammon released from federal prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon has been released from federal prison. The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists that Hammon was released Wednesday after serving a 90-day sentence for mail fraud. Hammon, a Republican from Decatur, pleaded guilty last year to using campaign funds for personal expenses. He served in...

LG Electronics to build solar panel factory in Huntsville
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LG Electronics to build solar panel factory in Huntsville

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — LG Electronics is building a solar panel assembly plant in Huntsville. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that LG Electronics will establish the new factory at the company’s existing site in Huntsville. Ivey’s office said the project will add 160 jobs, bringing the total workforce at the site to 400. LG...