Category: Primary

Daily News Digest – March 22, 2018
Post

Daily News Digest – March 22, 2018

Good morning! This is your Daily News for Thursday, March 22.  1. Guns are done The teacher carry bill is dead. Rep. Will Ainsworth and House Speaker Mac McCutcheon both blamed Democrats for threatening filibuster the bill, yet there wasn’t a whole lot of enthusiasm for passing it within the House GOP Caucus. Gun control bills are also...

Jones says Congress must act on gun violence
Post

Jones says Congress must act on gun violence

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress must act to address gun violence, even as lawmakers protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones said Wednesday in his maiden speech to the Senate. Jones, a Democrat who won a special election in December, said the nation has reached a tipping...

Weather service finds at least 9 tornado tracks in Alabama
Post

Weather service finds at least 9 tornado tracks in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service says there’s evidence that multiple tornadoes struck Alabama earlier this week, and it’s still counting. The weather service says survey teams have found tracks showing nine twisters touched down in the northern part of the state on Monday. The strongest storm was an EF-3 tornado that hit...

Lawmakers approve budget with prisons boost
Post

Lawmakers approve budget with prisons boost

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a general fund budget that steers additional money to the prison system as the state tries to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care for inmates. The Alabama Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to go along with House changes to...

Alice Martin faces tough questions on her interest in Bentley’s appointment as AG
Post

Alice Martin faces tough questions on her interest in Bentley’s appointment as AG

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Attorney General candidate Alice Martin on Tuesday faced tough questions about her conflicting statements on whether or not she pursued former Governor Robert Bentley’s appointment to become Attorney General. Appearing on the “Matt & Aunie” radio show on Talk 99.5 in Birmingham, Martin was asked why she previously said...

Senate votes to track civil asset forfeiture cases
Post

Senate votes to track civil asset forfeiture cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has voted to track how often law enforcement authorities use civil actions to seize a person’s property when the person hasn’t been convicted of a crime. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-1 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Civil asset forfeiture is the...

Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later
Post

Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife. Two days later, a similar device...

Committee approves ethics exemption for economic developers
Post

Committee approves ethics exemption for economic developers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Senate committee has approved legislation, pushed by the state’s top industry recruiter, to exempt professional economic developers from the state ethics law. The Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee approved the House-passed bill Wednesday on a 10-2 vote. It now moves to the Senate floor. The proposal would exempt...

Gun control, arming teachers bills dead for session control
Post

Gun control, arming teachers bills dead for session control

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gun control proposals failed in the Alabama Legislature after most Republican committee members skipped out on Wednesday debate on the bills, including a proposal to raise the age to buy an AR-15 or similar rifle. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee canceled a scheduled meeting...

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled
Post

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides said early Wednesday that Trump would win $1.6 billion for border...