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Boy, 2, dies in Friday morning house fire in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy has died in a house fire in Montgomery. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the blaze happened Friday morning on the city’s northeast side. Montgomery Fire/Rescue spokesman O.J. Whiting said firefighters discovered the boy as they were attempting to put out the fire. They responded to the...

The Latest: ‘Putin’s chef’ indicted in Russia probe
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The Latest: ‘Putin’s chef’ indicted in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel’s Russia probe (all times local): 2:05 p.m. One of those indicted in the Russia probe is a businessman with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yevgeny Prigozhin (pree-GOH’-zhin) is an entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who’s been dubbed “Putin’s chef” by Russian media. His...

Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel
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Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on imported aluminum and steel, which it calls a natural security threat. The recommendations unveiled by Secretary Wilbur Ross Friday are likely to escalate tensions with China and other U.S. trading partners. Stepped-up foreign...

Daily News Digest – February 16, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 16, 2018

Good morning and Happy Friday! This is your Daily News Digest for February 16.  1. Talking about guns The school shooting in Florida has a lot of folks talking about guns again. These are the names and faces of those who were murdered by a psychopath Wednesday. “Do something” is the oft-repeated mantra to Congress and the president. But, do what, exactly? It’s...

“State of Manufacturing” Tour comes to Alabama
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“State of Manufacturing” Tour comes to Alabama

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons was in Alabama Thursday highlighting the state’s manufacturing industry as part of the NAM State of Manufacturing Tour. Timmons joined Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, Business Council of Alabama CEO Billy Canary, employees and business and community leaders to discuss manufacturing’s optimistic future, the rewarding...

3 months in prison for Alabama’s ex-House majority leader
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3 months in prison for Alabama’s ex-House majority leader

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced former Alabama House Majority Leader Rep. Micky Hammon to three months in prison for felony mail fraud on Thursday, rebuffing a prosecution recommendation for Hammon to spend no time behind bars. Hammon, a Republican from Decatur, pleaded guilty last year to using campaign...

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House approves church ‘Stand your Ground’ law

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A deadly school shooting in neighboring Florida colored debate Thursday in the Alabama Legislature over “Stand Your Ground” legislation regarding the use of deadly force to defend someone in a church. The proposed revision of the state’s self-defense law says a person is presumed justified in the...

The Latest: Senate rejects bipartisan immigration bill
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The Latest: Senate rejects bipartisan immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 3:47 p.m. The Senate has blocked a bipartisan proposal that would have provided 1.8 million young immigrants a chance for citizenship and $25 billion for a border wall. The bill was crafted by moderate Republicans and Democrats billing themselves as the “Common...

Senate committee approves state employee pay raise
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Senate committee approves state employee pay raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State employees could see their first pay raise in a decade under a proposed budget approved by a Senate committee. The Senate Finance and Taxation Committee on Wednesday approved a general fund budget that gives state employees a 3 percent cost-of-living increase. The spending bill now moves to the Senate floor....

Gunman kills at least 17 people at Florida high school
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Gunman kills at least 17 people at Florida high school

By TERRY SPENCER and KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday as classes were being dismissed, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students running into the streets to escape the bullets. Frantic parents rushed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where...

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Alabama closes shellfish growing waters in 2 counties

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties. Authorities say Areas I, II, III, IV, V and VI are closed and includes Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Heron Bay and Dauphin Island Bay. The order by Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed...

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Senate committee votes to end civil forfeiture by police

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal before Alabama lawmakers could prevent prosecutors from seizing property for suspected criminal activity unless the person has been convicted of a crime. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to change the process known as civil asset forfeiture. Senators said they expect additional negotiations on the bill...

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Alabama committee votes to allow nitrogen executions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama moved closer to allowing death row inmates to be executed with nitrogen gas, a method that has so far never been used. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday on an 11-1 vote. It now moves to the full Senate. Sen. Trip Pittman, the bill sponsor, says nitrogen hypoxia...

Alabama attorney general launches lab to fight cybercrime
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Alabama attorney general launches lab to fight cybercrime

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is launching a cybercrime lab with federal and state law enforcement. Marshall announced the initiative with prosecutors and Secret Service, FBI and Homeland Security officials in Montgomery on Wednesday. He says the lab will use cutting-edge tools to investigate cybercrime like online sexual exploitation, human trafficking...

Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law
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Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step to strike anti-gay language from the state’s sex education law that says students should be taught that homosexuality is both socially unacceptable and illegal. Although sex education is optional in Alabama’s public schools, a 1992 law sets requirements for...