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Houses passes ‘In God We Trust’ bill after lengthy debate
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Houses passes ‘In God We Trust’ bill after lengthy debate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives voted to allow the phrase “In God We Trust” on public buildings, but only after debate went far off track. Black legislators on Tuesday accused a member of twisting history. In speaking for the bill, Rep. Arnold Mooney said the phrase is from the national anthem,...

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Alabama man accused of raping 5 year-old girl has been arrested

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama man who is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl has been arrested. An Etowah County Sheriff’s Office news release quotes investigator Brandi Fuller as saying 41-year-old Shelton Samuel Welch was arrested and charged with first-degree rape. News outlets report that jail records show he was taken into...

Ex-Miss America Mallory Hagan seeks Alabama seat in Congress
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Ex-Miss America Mallory Hagan seeks Alabama seat in Congress

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Former Miss America Mallory Hagan is running for Congress from eastern Alabama. The 29-year-old Opelika, Alabama, native announced her Democratic bid for Alabama’s District 3 seat during an event at her parents’ dance studio on Tuesday. Hagan was crowned Miss America in 2013 and until recently worked as a news anchor...

Alabama sued in transgender driver’s license case
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Alabama sued in transgender driver’s license case

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three transgender individuals filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Alabama saying the state won’t allow them to change the gender listing of their driver’s licenses without proof that they’ve undergone surgery. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the plaintiffs, said the requirement to show proof of...

Alabama AG files lawsuit against opioid manufacturer
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Alabama AG files lawsuit against opioid manufacturer

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of OxyContin and other opioids, becoming the latest state seeking to hold drug companies accountable for an addiction epidemic. Alabama Attorney General Alabama Steve Marshall filed the lawsuit in Montgomery federal court against Purdue Pharma, L.P. and its...

US trade gap hits $566 billion in 2017, highest since 2008
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US trade gap hits $566 billion in 2017, highest since 2008

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit hit the highest level in nine years in 2017, defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring more balance to America’s trade relationships. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap in goods and services rose to $566 billion last year, the highest...

US economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge
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US economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. On Monday, a plunge of over 1,100 points in the Dow Jones industrial average capped two days of losses that have erased the stock market’s gains for the year. Yet the...

Lawmakers get subpoenas for campaign finance records
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Lawmakers get subpoenas for campaign finance records

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama legislators have received subpoenas for campaign finance records in what appears to be an attorney general’s review of campaign spending. At least two lawmakers confirmed to The Associated Press that they had received subpoenas from the attorney general’s office for campaign spending records — but...

House Republicans working to plan to avert another shutdown
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House Republicans working to plan to avert another shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. In the meantime, House GOP leaders are grappling with the need to pass legislation to avert another government shutdown at midnight on...

Bipartisan immigration bill surfaces, Trump knocks it down
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Bipartisan immigration bill surfaces, Trump knocks it down

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan immigration proposal surfaced Monday in the Senate, only to be quickly knocked down by President Donald Trump via Twitter. Firing back, one senator pushing the narrowly focused compromise said Trump’s “unconstructive engagement” has hurt congressional efforts to strike a broader deal. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and...