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Lawmakers estimate new Elmore, Escambia prison costs
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Lawmakers estimate new Elmore, Escambia prison costs

A draft of the bill given to lawmakers this month allows the state to borrow $785 million in bonds for the two sites with an estimated annual debt service of about $50 million per year. Legislative leaders also think they can use about $400 million in federal COVID-19 relief money, allowing them to start turning dirt sooner. About $150 million in General Fund allocations are expected to be put toward the projects, too.

Moment of silence today for COVID-19 victims
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Moment of silence today for COVID-19 victims

A moment of silence for the more than 12,000 Alabamians who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is planned for noon today. The remembrance is organized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alabama Hospital Association.

Early numbers in hand, reapportionment committee starts public hearings Wednesday
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Early numbers in hand, reapportionment committee starts public hearings Wednesday

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Armed with new information about which districts gained and lost residents, the committee redrawing the Alabama House and Senate, Congressional and board of education maps will begin public hearings Wednesday. The hearings will be held at community colleges and can be attended in person and observed online. A complete...