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Auburn University formally installs its 19th president

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University in Alabama has officially installed its new president. Steven Leath was installed as the university’s 19th president Thursday. He was hired in March 2017 and succeeds Jay Gogue, who held the post since July 2007 before retiring last summer. Leath says Auburn intends to hire over 500 tenure-track faculty by...

Lawmakers end session with tensions, eye on elections
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Lawmakers end session with tensions, eye on elections

By KIM CHANDLER and MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers had vowed to steer clear of controversy in an election year session. They found it anyway. In a scandal-battered state, lawmakers said they were looking toward a low-key session that focused on budgets. It remained that way largely until near the end...

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Sheriff: 4 children exposed to meth by 3 adults in Alabama

JOPPA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say four children ranging from 2 months to 3 years old tested positive for methamphetamines after being exposed to drugs by three adults at an Alabama home. Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry tells news outlets that 49-year-old Billy Allen Alexander, 21-year-old Madison Paige Knowles and Tracy Rena Knowles were arrested...

Speaker Ryan is expected to seek re-election; will he stay?
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Speaker Ryan is expected to seek re-election; will he stay?

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Ryan’s future as House speaker has been such a topic of speculation that even the simple question of whether he will seek re-election to his Wisconsin seat remains secret. Officially, Ryan says he’s still deciding. But a person familiar with Ryan’s thinking told The Associated Press...

Lawmakers stretch out session amid tensions, stalemates
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Lawmakers stretch out session amid tensions, stalemates

By KIM CHANDLER and MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers stretched out the legislative session as tensions and disagreements on Wednesday derailed what they hoped would be their final meeting day. Legislators abandoned a plan to conclude the session Wednesday night as a number of measures had not reached final passage by...

Divided Alabama Senate approves ethics exemption
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Divided Alabama Senate approves ethics exemption

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama Senate has voted to exempt economic developers from the state law that governs lobbyists. The 15-14 vote on Wednesday came after contentious debate over whether the bill was an economic development necessity or creates a wide new loophole in state ethics law. The House of Representatives will decide...

Racial profiling bill stalls again in House
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Racial profiling bill stalls again in House

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives did not vote Wednesday on legislation to track race data in traffic stops, further stalling a bill that is the session’s top priority for African-American lawmakers. Lawmakers anticipated Wednesday as the last legislative day but crucial bills, including the education budget, did not pass. Asked if...

Decision to add citizenship question to census draws protest
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Decision to add citizenship question to census draws protest

By KEVIN FREKING and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to ask people about their citizenship in the 2020 census set off worries among Democrats on Tuesday that immigrants will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic and robbing many communities of federal dollars....

Trump ousts Shulkin from Veterans Affairs, taps his doctor
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Trump ousts Shulkin from Veterans Affairs, taps his doctor

By HOPE YEN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to replace him in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency. A Navy rear admiral, Jackson is a surprise choice...

Lawmakers head to end of legislative session
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Lawmakers head to end of legislative session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are heading into what could be the last day of the 2018 legislative session. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers will end the session Wednesday “if we get the work done.” Senators are expected to debate the state’s education budget, tax bills that fund Medicaid and a...