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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...

The Latest: FBI: 3 people in vehicle that tried to enter NSA
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The Latest: FBI: 3 people in vehicle that tried to enter NSA

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The Latest on shooting outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade. (all times local): 1:25 a.m. Three people were in a vehicle the National Security Agency says tried to make an unauthorized entry onto the spy agency’s campus Wednesday morning in an incident that led to gunfire and...

Watchdog’s report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses
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Watchdog’s report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff made “false representations” to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense on an 11-day European trip that mixed business and sightseeing, according to an internal investigation. The report released Wednesday said Shulkin should reimburse...

House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter
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House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter

By DEB RIECHMANN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government...

Aderholt meets with Trump on trade
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Aderholt meets with Trump on trade

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt was a part of a high level trade policy meeting between lawmakers and President Trump at the White House Tuesday. The meeting centered around how United States policies might evolve on trade, particularly as it relates to NAFTA and other trade deals that might get renegotiated soon. Aderholt has repeatedly placed a “buy American” rider...

Ivey touts successes; launches gubernatorial campaign
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Ivey touts successes; launches gubernatorial campaign

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Ten months after being suddenly catapulted to the governor’s office, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday launched her campaign to win the office in her own right. In her first campaign rally of the 2018 race, Ivey fell back on themes she has used since her sudden...

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Court in desegregation case blocks Alabama school split

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A mostly white Alabama city can’t break away from a heavily black county school system to form its own educational district, a federal appeals ruled Tuesday in a desegregation case dating to 1965. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a judge...

House approves teacher pay raise
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House approves teacher pay raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Teachers and school employees could get a 2.5 percent pay raise later this year, under legislation approved Tuesday by Alabama House of Representatives. Representatives, who face party primaries in June, unanimously approved the proposed raise. It now moves to the Alabama Senate. Democrats spent much of the debate arguing that teachers...

Daily News Digest – February 13, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 13, 2018

Good morning! Please stop posting what you would look like as the other gender on Facebook. Some things you can’t unsee. Here is your Daily News Digest for Tuesday, February 13.  1. Slade Slid “What is going on??” Texts, emails and tweets to this effect poured in late last night when news broke that State Sen. Slade Blackwell is no longer running...