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Austal awarded contract for two new LCS
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Austal awarded contract for two new LCS

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News The U.S. Navy will contract Mobile-based Austal USA to build two additional Littoral Combat Ships in the fiscal 2019 budget cycle. The contract hasn’t been finalized yet but notice from the Department of Defense says it will soon be completed. “To be awarded two more LCS contracts before the...

Weekend Digest- December 16, 2018
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Weekend Digest- December 16, 2018

Happy Sunday everyone. Only 9 days till Christmas!! Here is the news for December 16, 2018 1. Bicentennial begins with a Coke and a smile The yearlong celebration for Alabama’s bicentennial kicked off Friday on the state’s 199th birthday. Governor Kay Ivey was there to remark on how far the state of Alabama has come...

Alabama’s Bicenntenial Celebration Kicks Off
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Alabama’s Bicenntenial Celebration Kicks Off

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News. MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s 199th birthday as a state was this Friday and at a special kick off celebration in the State Capitol. Gov. Kay Ivey announced the beginning of a yearlong celebration of the state’s bicentennial which, will include over 400 events all around the state for the...

Sen. Doug Jones Appointed to Senate Armed Services Committee
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Sen. Doug Jones Appointed to Senate Armed Services Committee

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Sen. Doug Jones has been appointed to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) when the 116th Congress convenes in January. This is an important apointment for Jones and the State of Alabama because there are five military installations in the state that employ 8,500 active duty service...

Farm Bill passes House, Alabama Delegation unanimous
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Farm Bill passes House, Alabama Delegation unanimous

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News The U.S. House of Representatives voted to give final passage to the Farm Bill Wednesday, sending the more than $400 agriculture and nutrition legislation to President Trump’s desk. Trump has previously indicated he would sign the bill. The House voted 369-47 to pass the legislation after the Senate approved...

Weekend Digest- December 9, 2018
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Weekend Digest- December 9, 2018

Happy Sunday everyone. Only 16 days till Christmas, but who’s counting. Here is the news for December 9, 2018. 1. Katie Britt, New BCA President The Business Council of Alabama announced their new president on Friday and the first woman to lead the group, Katie Boyd Britt. Britt is currently serving as Sen. Richard Shelby’s...

Red Snapper Fishing Capacities Increased for the Gulf of Mexico
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Red Snapper Fishing Capacities Increased for the Gulf of Mexico

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a new rule to increase the annual catch limits and annual catch targets for the Red Snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico, which will mean a prosperous fishing season for Alabama anglers. Under this new NOAA rule, the total catch...

Could Congress reauthorize Land Water Conservation Fund in lame duck session?
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Could Congress reauthorize Land Water Conservation Fund in lame duck session?

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News The Land Water Conservation Fund has been preserving national parks, forests, historic battlegrounds, rivers and lakes for 50 years. But, with the program’s six-year authorization having expired on September 30th, program supporters are hoping Congress can find time to address its reauthorization in the lame duck session. Much higher...

Newt Gingrich speaks at ALFA dinner
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Newt Gingrich speaks at ALFA dinner

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News The 97th annual Alabama Farmers Federation meeting was held this weekend and on Monday they had their wrap up keynote address where former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke about the 2016 election, the state of politics, the Trump administration and future elections. Governor Kay Ivey gave a few remarks...

Weekend Digest- December 2, 2018
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Weekend Digest- December 2, 2018

Happy Sunday everyone. Here is the news you need to know for December 2. 1. George H. W. Bush 1924- 2018 The 41st President of the United States died on Friday night at 94 years old. He joins his wife, Barbara, who passed in April and their three year old daughter, Robin, who died in...

Newt Gingrich to give keynote speech at Alabama Farmers Federation annual meeting
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Newt Gingrich to give keynote speech at Alabama Farmers Federation annual meeting

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Monday will give the keynote address at the Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting in Montgomery. The former Speaker, best-selling author, and noted political commentator is the special guest for the Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting this weekend in Montgomery. Gov. Kay Ivey...

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in Montgomery
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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in Montgomery

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Christmas is finally starting to arrive in Alabama, especially after the official state Christmas tree arrived at the capitol this Thursday. The Eastern Red Cedar stands at 35 feet tall and approximately 24 feet wide. The tree will be decorated throughout this week and next until the official tree...

City officials meet with family of man killed by police
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City officials meet with family of man killed by police

By JAY REEVES and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Officials in an Alabama city met with the family of a black man killed by a police officer and apologized for wrongly describing him as the gunman in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a crowded mall, the city of Hoover announced Wednesday. That...