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Q & A with candidates for governor
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Q & A with candidates for governor

Alabama Daily News recently asked candidates for governor to answer some questions via email about why they're running for governor and how they'd improve the state if elected.

Election result security tightened for primary
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Election result security tightened for primary

By MOLLEE BRELAND, Alabama Daily News Alabama is attempting to secure its election night reporting from all 67 counties. County probate offices will use for the first time Tuesday state-supplied computers to report and transmit election results.  Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said his office spent about $247,000 to get the computers to each...

Huntsville tops “best place to live” list
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Huntsville tops “best place to live” list

In making the list, the publication weighs cities’  job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration ratings. It also uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. News rankings of the best high schools and hospitals.

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.