Category: <span>Primary</span>

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Senate votes to collect data on race and traffic stops

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops. Senators on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 27-0 vote. It moves to the Alabama House. The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, said “racial profiling exists.” During the...

Alabama trooper shortage critical, says group
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Alabama trooper shortage critical, says group

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama State Troopers Association says the number of troopers patrolling Alabama roadways is dangerously low. The Troopers Association on Wednesday called on Gov. Kay Ivey and lawmakers to increase funding to boost the number of troopers on the road. Trooper Association President David Steward said there are about 250 state...

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Alabama closes schools, offices as snow moves in

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on wintry weather in the Deep South (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Much of Alabama is shut down because forecasters say a snow storm with bitterly cold temperatures could cause travel problems. More than 70 school systems in Alabama were closed Tuesday and others were dismissing students early. Numerous businesses...

Big decisions await Congress on immigration
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Big decisions await Congress on immigration

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Before a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday night, a host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in Congress, waiting on a deal to prevent the deportation of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and an agreement on other immigration-related issues, including President Donald...

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Daily News Digest – January 16, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  1. It’s going to snow! We are getting some snow today. It looks like everywhere from Montgomery to the Tennessee line has a decent chance of snow, and the whole state could be below freezing by the end of the day. Gov. Ivey has declared...

Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office
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Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office

By CALVIN WOODWARD and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump often brags that he’s done more in his first year in office than any other president. That’s a spectacular stretch. But while he’s fallen short on many measures and has a strikingly thin legislative record, Trump has followed through on dozens of...

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Dems aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave

By KEVIN FREKING and BILL BARROW, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump’s persistently low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House and deliver a blow to the president. The number of...

Bipartisan deal would create 12-year citizenship pathway
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Bipartisan deal would create 12-year citizenship pathway

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan agreement among a handful of senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants includes a pathway to citizenship that would take up to 12 years. The Associated Press on Saturday obtained details of the deal that includes $1.6 billion for structures including a...

The Latest: Trump declares ‘I am not a racist’
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The Latest: Trump declares ‘I am not a racist’

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says in the wake of his recent comments about Haiti and African countries that “I am not a racist.” Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office...

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Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died. Fourteen states stretching from Kansas to Delaware, including all...

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Hospitals over capacity in Birmingham due to flu situation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Central Alabama hospitals are over normal capacity due to a large number of patients with flu or flu-like illnesses. Al.com reports that health officials say the “flu situation” is not a pandemic, but calling it a major seasonal flu issue in Birmingham. The last major flu event in the city was...

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Alabama judge to decide dispute over Confederate memorial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The fate of a Confederate monument in downtown Birmingham won’t be decided for months. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo has scheduled a hearing for April 13 on a state lawsuit challenging the city’s decision to shroud the stone obelisk in plywood. The judge’s decision comes after the state attorney general’s...

Alabama business, political leaders not too impressed by Texas-funded effort to stir up trouble for Shelby
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Alabama business, political leaders not too impressed by Texas-funded effort to stir up trouble for Shelby

By Todd Stacy, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY – Some Roy Moore supporters aren’t letting December’s Senate special election loss go, and a few have focused their ire on U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt reports that a few Moore backers are floating a censure resolution within the Alabama Republican Party and an out-of-state...

Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case
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Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court...

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Flu outbreak filling hospitals in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hospitals are filling up with patients because of a worsening influenza outbreak. The acting state health officer, Scott Harris, says hospitals in nearly one-third of Alabama’s counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity, and some are full. UAB Hospital is rescheduling non-emergency elective operations to help free up...