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Durant, Lincoln Project founder spar over postcard confusion
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Durant, Lincoln Project founder spar over postcard confusion

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News U.S. Senate candidate Mike Durant’s campaign on Thursday tried to distance itself from the anti-Trump Lincoln Project only to end the day with the “total and complete endorsement” of its co-founder.  Durant, a Republican from Huntsville, has for weeks pushed back against attacks that a co-founder of the Lincoln...

Report: Alabamians receiving fewer weeks of unemployment compensation
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Report: Alabamians receiving fewer weeks of unemployment compensation

The Florida-based think tank Foundation of Government Accountability recently praised Alabama’s weathering of the pandemic as it related to unemployment compensation and attributed it to the state’s 2019 law that shortened the number of weeks people can receive the benefits. The foundation advocates more states adopt the unemployment “indexing” — tying the weeks the benefit is available to the state’s unemployment rate. 

May 24 ballot lets voters approve $80M loan for state parks
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May 24 ballot lets voters approve $80M loan for state parks

According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the 21 state parks total about 48,000 acres of land and water. In 2021, the parks had a total of 6.2 million visitors and an economic impact of $375 million for the state, according to the department. 

Long-time State Rep. Steve McMillan dies
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Long-time State Rep. Steve McMillan dies

Some of McMillan’s accomplishments include working to create the Fair Ballot Commission, the State Teacher of the Year program, creating the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism organization and helping to push for the Lodge at Gulf State Park, according to his delegation office.

Top-ranked First Class Pre-K expands again
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Top-ranked First Class Pre-K expands again

Increased state funding totaling $173.7 million in the upcoming fiscal year will add 96 classrooms in 35 counties this fall. Additional classrooms will be funded based on the evaluation of high-needs areas prior to the start of the school year, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said.

Distribution of judges lingering legislative issue
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Distribution of judges lingering legislative issue

labama Chief Justice Tom Parker last month told Alabama Daily News that even if the Judicial Resources Allocation Commission, created through legislation five years ago, was able to reallocate all judgeships that need to be reallocated, there would still be a need for additional new judgeships in Alabama. Earlier this year, Parker told lawmakers there is a need for 12 additional circuit judgeships and eight additional district judgeships.