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Alabama Senate committee approves lottery bill
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Alabama Senate committee approves lottery bill

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could join multistate lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions under a proposal that cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the proposed constitutional amendment by a 3-2 vote. However, the lottery bill is considered a long shot to...

In public spat, Trump taunts Sessions, AG doesn’t keep quiet
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In public spat, Trump taunts Sessions, AG doesn’t keep quiet

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Harshly criticized yet again by his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday abandoned his usual stony silence and pushed back against President Donald Trump for saying Sessions’ response to Republican complaints about the FBI was “disgraceful.” Sessions gave no suggestion he would step down in light of...

Spokesman: Ivey willing to debate in governor’s race
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Spokesman: Ivey willing to debate in governor’s race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A spokesman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says Ivey is willing to debate her opponents ahead of the June primary. Brent Buchanan told The Associated Press Wednesday that the governor is “happy to discuss her record” in a debate. Ivey faces a number of GOP challengers after taking over last year...

Report: Harper Lee estate transferred to trust
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Report: Harper Lee estate transferred to trust

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The will of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is public following a lawsuit by The New York Times, but details on her estate remain a secret. The Times reports the will unsealed Tuesday shows most of Lee’s assets were transferred into a trust days before her death two years...

Delta tax cut stripped from Georgia bill after NRA feud
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Delta tax cut stripped from Georgia bill after NRA feud

By BEN NADLER and R.J. RICO, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in the Georgia legislature took a step Wednesday toward fulfilling the GOP lieutenant governor’s vow to punish Delta Air Lines for severing business ties with the National Rifle Association. But a Democratic rival warned the political threat could be illegal. The Republican-dominated Senate Rules...

Trump calls Sessions’ handling of Russia probe ‘disgraceful’
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Trump calls Sessions’ handling of Russia probe ‘disgraceful’

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as “disgraceful” his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia probe. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors...

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Daily News Digest – February 28, 2018

PRESENTED BY LEVERAGE PUBLIC STRATEGIES Good morning and good luck to all campaigns trying to get in those last minute donations for the February reporting period! This is your Daily News Digest for Wednesday, February 28.  1. Sprint through the tape There were two primary runoffs for legislative seats last night: Montgomery City Councilman “Coach” David Burkett defeated longtime...

Trump reaches deal with Boeing on new presidential planes
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Trump reaches deal with Boeing on new presidential planes

By ZEKE MILLER, DAVID KOENIG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reached an informal deal with Boeing to provide the next generation of presidential aircraft, the White House says. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday that the president negotiated a $3.9 billion “fixed-price contract” for the new planes, known...

Alabama lawmakers push to arm school security volunteers
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Alabama lawmakers push to arm school security volunteers

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Any trained school employee or citizen volunteer could join an armed security force in Alabama schools under a bill lawmakers are considering — one of several such measures being proposed in U.S. states after the Florida high school massacre. Rep. Allen Farley, a Republican and former law...

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University of Alabama settles portion of lawsuit over student suicide

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama will provide $400,000 to assist sexual assault victims under a settlement announced Tuesday to end a lawsuit filed by the parents of a Texas woman who killed herself after reporting an assault as a student. A joint statement released by the school and the parents of Megan...

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Senate approved Ten Commandments bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill aimed at allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in schools and government buildings despite criticisms that it was an unconstitutional establishment of religion. Senators voted 23-3 for the proposed constitutional amendment on Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The...

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Dangerous dog owners will face criminal penalty in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama dog owners will now face harsh fines or prison time if their animal injures or kills another person. The House of Representatives passed the final vote on a bill Tuesday that will hold the owner of a dangerous dog accountable and restrain or euthanize the animal if it commits an...

Senate approves state employee raise
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Senate approves state employee raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State employees would receive their first cost-of-living raise in a decade, under a bill approved by the Alabama Senate. Senators on Tuesday voted 28-1 to approve a three percent pay raise for state employees. The bill now goes to the Alabama House of Representatives for debate. State employees have not had...

Trump names campaign manager for re-election bid
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Trump names campaign manager for re-election bid

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump never stopped campaigning after winning the White House and now he’s making fresh moves to establish his re-election effort. The president on Tuesday named former digital adviser Brad Parscale as campaign manager for his 2020 election bid, a sign he is prioritizing...

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Health officials testing patrons as TB cases linked to bars

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Officials are offering $20 gift cards to bar patrons who will come in for testing after health screenings linked tuberculosis to five nightclubs in the southeastern Alabama city of Dothan. The Alabama Department of Public Health says the tests are free and begin Tuesday, with the first 300 participants to get...