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Alabama to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on March 22
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Alabama to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on March 22

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — Alabama is expanding eligibility later this month for COVID-19 vaccinations to more frontline workers, residents with certain chronic health conditions, and people 55 and older, state officials announced Friday. “We have been concerned that many people at high risk and others engaged in close-contact work have...

Labor movement targets Amazon as a foothold in the South
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Labor movement targets Amazon as a foothold in the South

By BILL BARROW Associated Press BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — The South has never been hospitable to organized labor. But that may be changing, with an important test in Alabama, where thousands of workers at an Amazon campus are deciding whether to form a union. Labor organizers and advocates see the David-and-Goliath fight as a potential...

After casino defeat, Alabama lawmakers look to lottery bills
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After casino defeat, Alabama lawmakers look to lottery bills

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers this week proposed new lottery bills, seeking to resurrect the issue after the defeat of a sweeping gambling proposal that would have also authorized multiple casinos in the state. Republicans senators introduced two new lottery bills, looking to end Alabama’s status as one of...

Biden aims for quicker shots, ‘independence from this virus’
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Biden aims for quicker shots, ‘independence from this virus’

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the possibility of beginning to “mark our independence from this...

Alabama sues to stop redistricting delay, privacy initiative
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Alabama sues to stop redistricting delay, privacy initiative

The lawsuit filed by the Attorney General Steve Marshall, Congressman Robert Aderholt and two other citizens in federal court in Alabama asks a three-judge court to force the Census Bureau to turn over redistricting data by the end of March instead of the end-of-September deadline the bureau currently is aiming for. It also asks the court to stop the statistical agency from using a new method for protecting participants' privacy, which the state argues produces faulty numbers.

Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems
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Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems

The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote precisely seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Republicans in both chambers opposed the legislation unanimously, characterizing it as bloated, crammed with liberal policies and heedless of signs the crises are easing.

House set to vote on virus relief
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House set to vote on virus relief

The House is expected to give final congressional approval Wednesday to the package, which aims to fulfill Democrats' campaign promises to beat the coronavirus pandemic and revive the enfeebled economy. House and Senate Republicans have unanimously opposed the package as bloated, crammed with liberal policies and heedless of signs the dual crises are easing.

Lottery, casino bill heads to Alabama Senate vote
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Lottery, casino bill heads to Alabama Senate vote

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate will debate a gambling bill soon, the bill’s sponsor said Monday, signaling the first major test of the proposal to begin a lottery and allow as many as eight casinos statewide. Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston said Monday that he expects his...