Category: <span>Primary</span>

Big Dig: Superspeedway tunnel draws closer to checkered flag
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Big Dig: Superspeedway tunnel draws closer to checkered flag

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Workers say they’ve made significant progress in digging a giant tunnel beneath the Talladega Superspeedway. The two-lane tunnel is being built under the track on the backstretch near Turn 3, Al.com reported. The tunnel will be 208 feet (63 meters) long; and 28 feet (8.5 meters) wide. That’s big enough for...

Inmate who escaped Alabama prison is captured in Kentucky
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Inmate who escaped Alabama prison is captured in Kentucky

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence has been captured after escaping earlier this week from an Alabama prison. A statement by the Alabama Department of Corrections said Corey Aris Davis, 30, surrendered early Saturday in Kentucky. The surrender took place without violence. Further details were not immediately available. The Department of...

Martha Roby: Prayers for Wetumpka During this Time of Recovery
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Martha Roby: Prayers for Wetumpka During this Time of Recovery

[Photo credit: Hal Yeagar, Governor’s Office] By MARTHA ROBY, U.S. Representative, Alabama’s 2nd District On the afternoon of Saturday, January 19, a powerful tornado hit the City of Wetumpka in Elmore County, ripping through the beautiful downtown area and inflicting heartbreaking and significant damage. By the grace of God, no lives were lost, and only...

Aderholt backs tariff bill
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Aderholt backs tariff bill

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt is backing a new bill giving expansive authority to the president to raise tariffs on imports in response to similar actions taken by other countries. Adherholt met with President Donald Trump in the White House Thursday to discuss the legislation. “For far too long, foreign countries have levied significantly higher tariffs...

Prisoner convicted of sex trafficking escapes
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Prisoner convicted of sex trafficking escapes

ST. CLAIR, Ala. (AP) — A man serving life in prison on human-trafficking charges escaped from a maximum-security prison in north Alabama, officials said Thursday. Corey Aris Davis, 30, was discovered missing from his cell at the St. Clair Correctional Facility during a security check about 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Department of Corrections said in...

Belt buckles and beer: Federal shutdown hits businesses hard
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Belt buckles and beer: Federal shutdown hits businesses hard

"It's a fog with no end in sight," Michael Northern, vice president of a company that owns three restaurants in the Huntsville, Alabama, area near a huge Army base that houses some 70 federal agencies, including NASA. He said business is down 35 percent. "People are just going home and nesting, trying to conserve resources."

Two Alabama school systems close because of flu
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Two Alabama school systems close because of flu

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two North Alabama school systems are closing as the number of flu cases in both systems increase. Al.com reports Albertville City Schools will be closed Friday and Monday, while Fayetteville City Schools will close Friday. Albertville officials say 13 percent of the district’s almost 5,700 students were absent Thursday. WHNT-TV reports...

Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union
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Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union

By KEVIN FREKING, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded Wednesday night that “no...

Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy
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Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas. With no end in sight to the...

Funeral set for Alabama officer slain in Mobile
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Funeral set for Alabama officer slain in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The funeral for an Alabama police officer who was slain in the line of duty is being planned in Mobile. Officials say Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder will be remembered during a ceremony set for 11 a.m. Friday. A procession will follow, with burial at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Police say...

Senior Bowl ‘golden opportunity’ for small school prospects
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Senior Bowl ‘golden opportunity’ for small school prospects

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — John Cominsky has more people watching Senior Bowl practices this week than he figures would typically attend his games at Division II Charleston. “We maybe had three or four hundred people max at our games watching us play,” the defensive lineman said. “Just the attention here...