Category: Primary

Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting
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Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

By RYAN J. FOLEY,  Associated Press In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders...

Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals
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Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for a second time, he’s out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter. The reality star American president will soon learn if the sequel, on...

Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario
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Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK,  Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president. But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her...

National defense goals could boost Alabama’s space industry
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National defense goals could boost Alabama’s space industry

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Aerospace investment appears poised to blast off in Alabama, as companies such as Blue Origin and Aeroject Rocketdyne plan new jobs and new facilities. The firms are expanding because Huntsville-based government space programs could soon have billions of new dollars to spend for defense and telecommunications, Al.com reported. Blue Origin and...

Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis
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Advocacy group: Alabama has prison suicide crisis

By KIM CHANDLER,  Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An advocacy group charged Friday that Alabama officials have failed to address a rising suicide rate in state prisons despite a federal court order to improve conditions for mentally ill inmates. Attorneys representing inmates in an ongoing lawsuit over mental health care argued state officials have...

Descendants from last US slave ship gathering in Alabama
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Descendants from last US slave ship gathering in Alabama

By JAY REEVES ,  Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The years have been hard on Africatown USA. Established by the last boatload of Africans abducted into slavery and shipped to the United States just before the Civil War, the coastal Alabama community now shows scarcely a trace of its founders. Industrial development choked off...

Democrats and GOP square off over Trump’s tax returns
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Democrats and GOP square off over Trump’s tax returns

By MARCY GORDON,  AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With Democrats now controlling the House and holding the legal key to seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns, Republican lawmakers are invoking privacy in defending Trump’s flank. At an oversight hearing Thursday, lawmakers examined proposals to compel presidents and presidential candidates to make years of their...

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law
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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

By MARK SHERMAN,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights. The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that...

The Latest: Trump’s more measured on border security talks
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The Latest: Trump’s more measured on border security talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional negotiations for a potential bipartisan agreement on border security. (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is taking a wait-and-see approach to a potential bipartisan agreement on border security. Asked about the congressional negotiations, Trump told reporters on Thursday: “I hear they’re working on something, we’ll see...

Alabama NAACP criticizes state ruling on police shooting
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Alabama NAACP criticizes state ruling on police shooting

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is criticizing the state’s decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed a black man in a case of mistaken identity. A statement from the civil rights organization says Attorney General Steve Marshall’s decision essentially tells Alabama’s black residents their lives don’t matter. And the Alabama president...