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Leaked Trump memo may spur Alabama infrastructure effort
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Leaked Trump memo may spur Alabama infrastructure effort

A draft plan for the Trump Administration’s “Infrastructure Incentives Initiative” has leaked, offering the first glimpse into a highly-anticipated effort to fund road and bridge improvements across the country. For Alabama, the draft plan raises major questions as to how the state will compete for grants without a revenue mechanism to match federal funds. The...

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Daily News Digest – January 24, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  1. Leaked Trump memo may spur Alabama infrastructure investment There are unintentional leaks and then there are intentional leaks. It looks like the White House has intentionally leaked a document showing its plans for a major infrastructure initiative – and there are BIG...

Alabama House votes to end special elections for US Senate
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Alabama House votes to end special elections for US Senate

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to do away with special elections for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats and instead let the governor’s appointee serve for up to two years. Instead of calling a special election, the governor’s would appoint an interim replacement who...

Congressman saw aide as ‘soul mate,’ but denies misconduct
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Congressman saw aide as ‘soul mate,’ but denies misconduct

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who settled a former aide’s sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money said Tuesday that he developed a deep affection for her and reacted badly when she began dating another man, but never harassed her or pursued a romantic relationship. Rep. Pat Meehan said Tuesday that he...

The Latest: Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal
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The Latest: Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump is rejecting a proposed bipartisan immigration bill. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the legislation brought forth by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin...

Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by Feb. 8
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Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by Feb. 8

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says “nobody knows” whether Republicans and Democrats can reach an immigration deal by a new Feb. 8 deadline. He says Democrats learned that shutting down the government won’t work. Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on...

Mallory Moench named AP Alabama legislative relief staffer
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Mallory Moench named AP Alabama legislative relief staffer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Mallory Moench has been hired by The Associated Press to help cover the Alabama Legislature and state politics. Moench is a multimedia journalist with experience on three continents. The 12-week assignment to the Montgomery legislative relief position was announced Monday by South Region News Director Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor...

Winners & Losers: Shutdown Edition
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Winners & Losers: Shutdown Edition

It turns out the drama of the first government shutdown since 2013 was short-lived. For those not hopelessly addicted to political Twitter – which is to say most Americans – nothing much seem to really happen at all. Still, there is political fallout from the budget fight, and that means winners and losers. Here’s my...

Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours
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Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

By ALAN FRAM, ANDREW TAYLOR and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates skewer Senate Democrats
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The Latest: Immigrant advocates skewer Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Prominent immigrant advocacy groups are skewering Democratic senators for relenting in a fight that linked immigration changes to continued government funding. The youth group United We Dream says Senate Democrats who supported a deal to keep the government running through Feb....