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Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate
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Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate. “We have no time to waste,” Biden said at...

Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice
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Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that disadvantaged communities in America...

Alabama lieutenant governor to skip Senate race in 2022
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Alabama lieutenant governor to skip Senate race in 2022

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said Friday he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by longtime incumbent Richard Shelby next year. Ainsworth, a first-term Republican from Guntersville, announced on social media that he had considered a bid but decided against running because his three children need...

Alabama-based group providing $10M in grants in 5 states
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Alabama-based group providing $10M in grants in 5 states

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A liberal nonprofit organization based in Alabama says it will provide more than $10 million in grants over the next two years to increase voter outreach across the Deep South headed into the midterm election. Announced by the Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday, the Vote Your Voice initiative will be administered through...

Alabama governor offers $5K rewards in 2 unsolved murders
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Alabama governor offers $5K rewards in 2 unsolved murders

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has put up $5,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in two unsolved killings. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson announced the rewards Friday in the 2015 slaying of Taffine Smith Berry, 37, and the 2020 slaying of Christopher Murphy, 48, al.com reported. Both homicides occurred...