Category: Primary

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018
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Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were...

Alabama kicking off bicentennial year
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Alabama kicking off bicentennial year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is getting ready to celebrate its 200th birthday. Gov. Kay Ivey will join other leaders in Montgomery on Friday at an event kicking off a yearlong countdown to Alabama’s bicentennial on Dec. 14, 2019. Bicentennial committees have been formed in each of the state’s 67 counties to...

Governor Ivey Announces Important Changes to Staff
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Governor Ivey Announces Important Changes to Staff

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced important changes to her staff as she transitions to a full term.  Adam Thompson is being promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, joining Liz Filmore who is serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. Thompson currently serves as the governor’s Appointments Director.  In Thompson’s...

Byrne plays key role in reforming Congress’ harassment policies
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Byrne plays key role in reforming Congress’ harassment policies

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Congress has reached a landmark agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations within its halls. Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne played a key role in updating the decades-old Congressional Accountability Act, which governs how lawmakers and aides report sexual misconduct claims. The law has been...

When it comes to natural gas, US ‘open for business’
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When it comes to natural gas, US ‘open for business’

By JIE JENNY ZOU of The Center for Public Integrity, The Center for Public Integrity WASHINGTON (AP) — Last November, diplomats from Brazil to Japan joined oil and gas executives at the headquarters of Washington’s largest lobbying group to christen a new partnership. Inside the marble walls of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a crowd of...

AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump’s tariffs
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AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump’s tariffs

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama’s soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are “scared to death” over President Donald Trump’s tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election....

Birmingham breaking ground on new 55,000-seat stadium
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Birmingham breaking ground on new 55,000-seat stadium

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Work is ramping up on a new outdoor stadium in Birmingham. A groundbreaking is set for Thursday afternoon for a new, 55,000-seat multi-use stadium that will be located new the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Crews already are moving utilities and doing other site preparation work. But construction on the $174 million structure...

Postal workers accused of stealing mail, trafficking weed
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Postal workers accused of stealing mail, trafficking weed

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Four U.S. Postal Service workers in Alabama are accused of stealing packages in connection with a marijuana distribution scheme. News outlets report U.S. Attorney Richard W. Moore said this week that a grand jury indicted the four Mobile workers on federal charges in November. Thirty-three-year-old Unterria J. Rogers, 26-year-old Devon Donald,...

Senate to vote on aid to Yemen in wake of Khashoggi slaying
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Senate to vote on aid to Yemen in wake of Khashoggi slaying

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are expected to vote Thursday on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate may also consider a separate resolution condemning...