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Poole: Alabama on ‘sound footing’ moving forward with prison plan
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Poole: Alabama on ‘sound footing’ moving forward with prison plan

In April, the state signed a $623 million contract with Cadell Construction to build the first of the new prisons, a specialized men’s facility in Elmore County that will house 4,000 inmates. According to the Department of Corrections, the facility will be equipped with modern mental health facilities and include job training capabilities. 

Sheriff: Car linked to Alabama escapee, jail worker found
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Sheriff: Car linked to Alabama escapee, jail worker found

A nationwide manhunt has been ongoing since the pair disappeared April 29. Casey White was awaiting trial in a capital murder case and Vicky White was assistant director of corrections for Lauderdale County. She appears to have helped him plan and execute the escape, Singleton said.

Daily News Digest – May 3, 2022
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Daily News Digest – May 3, 2022

Leaked SCOTUS opinion indicates Roe reversal; Arrest warrant issued in Alabama for missing jail official; Biden speaks in Troy today; Brooks to Jan. 6 panel: 'send me a subpoena'; Trump's bid to shape GOP faces test with voters in May races

Daily News Digest – May 2, 2022
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Daily News Digest – May 2, 2022

Authorities: escaped inmate, officer still missing; Amendment would mean $80M for state parks improvements; Red Bay woman charged after dogs kill public health worker; Researchers returning for assessment of last US slave ship; WATCH: Capitol Journal Week in Review

Watch: Capitol Journal Week in Review, April 29, 2022
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Watch: Capitol Journal Week in Review, April 29, 2022

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – We had a topical show on the latest Capitol Journal Week in Review on Alabama Public Television. State Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, reviewed the highs and lows of the recently concluded Regular Session and previewed the expected special session later this year. State Sen. Chris Elliott,...

Trucking industry backs Ivey with TV spot
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Trucking industry backs Ivey with TV spot

The state trucking industry, namely the Alabama Trucking Association, is taking a different approach this year. In its support of Gov. Kay Ivey's reelection efforts, the truckers are foregoing the typical campaign contribution, and instead running an ad of their own.

Daily News Digest – April 27, 2022
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Daily News Digest – April 27, 2022

Alabama Medicaid enrollment increases as pandemic requirement continues; Blanchard loans campaign $1.6M; Ivey, James get major contributions; Arby's worker arrested after grease thrown on customer; Jan. 6 panel wants to hear from McCarthy after new audio; Russia releases U.S. Marine in prisoner exchange

Watch: Capitol Journal, April 23
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Watch: Capitol Journal, April 23

Alabama Public Television's Randy Scott took over the anchor chair to host Capitol Journal this past week. Guests included Cam Ward, Director of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole; Joe Borg, Commissioner of Alabama Securities Commission; and Dr. Don Williams, President/CEO of the Alabama Hospital Association.

First prison construction contract signed
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First prison construction contract signed

Caddell and Birmingham-based BL Harbert were both part of teams expected to build prisons under  Ivey’s earlier plan to lease from private developers three new facilities. That plan fell apart earlier last year, but Caddell and Harbert had been vetted and put in the groundwork to quickly move on prison construction, lawmakers said last fall.

Daily News Digest – April 18, 2022
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Daily News Digest – April 18, 2022

After 'draconian' cuts a decade ago, more support for mental health; Tax Day: an extension may be better than rushing a return; Space & Rocket Center marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 16; Congress seeks compromise to boost computer chip industry; University of Alabama honors first Black football players