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Trump says more must be done to protect children

By CATHERINE LUCEY and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to host students from the Florida high school reeling from a mass shooting Wednesday, as he seeks to show he is taking the highly charged issue of gun violence seriously. The White House said students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

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Judge won’t stop execution of inmate claiming damaged veins

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an Alabama inmate who has battled lymphoma and hepatitis C has veins that are in good enough shape that the state can execute him by injection this week. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre denied Doyle Lee Hamm’s request to block...

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Bills would lower penalties for marijuana possession

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two legislative committees will debate proposals to lower the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The House and Senate Judiciary committees on Wednesday will consider the bills by Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat, and Sen. Dick Brewbaker, a Republican. The bills would make possession of an ounce or less of...

Alabama bill proposes to arm teachers after Florida shooting
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Alabama bill proposes to arm teachers after Florida shooting

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker on Tuesday proposed legislation that would allow the state’s teachers to carry guns in school following a deadly school shooting in Florida last week. Rep. Will Ainsworth, a Republican from Guntersville, said parents, coaches and teachers in his district requested the safety measure after...

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Alabama officer killed, suspect found dead after standoff

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An hourslong standoff in Alabama ended with both the suspect and a police officer dead. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told news outlets early Wednesday that Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Earlier Tuesday evening, officers responding to a report of a...

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Senate approves budget with prison funding boost

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system would get a $51 million funding increase in October, under a budget approved Tuesday by the Alabama Senate, as the state attempts to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care to inmates. Senators voted 26-2 for the proposed general...

Locked up: Legislation seeks changes to juvenile justice
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Locked up: Legislation seeks changes to juvenile justice

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers this session will consider an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system, which advocates contend locks up too many kids for low-level offenses. The bill, which seeks an emphasis on intervention and to limit which juvenile offenders get sent to lock-up or moved to adult...

Trump fumes about Russia investigation as nation mourns
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Trump fumes about Russia investigation as nation mourns

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost...

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Birmingham’s auto insurance provider bought for $1.4 billion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham-based Infinity Property and Casualty were bought for $1.4 billion. Kemper Corp. acquired the auto insurance provider in a cash and stock transaction, making it one of the largest nonstandard auto insurers in the country, Al.com reported . The merger will create a combined company with $2.2 billion in nonstandard auto...

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Firefighter Training At Auburn First in Eastern US

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University will host the first national training program for wildland firefighters in the eastern U.S. The Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program has trained more than 2,000 apprentices to fight fires in California since 1989. Auburn University’s Dixon Center is its first eastern training site. The first academy of 48 firefighter apprentices...