Category: <span>Primary</span>

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Court leaves black judge on case against white officer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make a black judge quit the case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man. The justices without comment Friday turned down a request from officer Aaron Cody Smith of the Montgomery Police Department. Smith is...

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Alabama man indicted in 2017 death of girlfriend

IRONDALE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been indicted in the 2017 slaying of his girlfriend. Al.com reports 60-year-old John Hershel Hagood is accused in the strangulation death of 71-year-old Betty Patricia Watkins. He has been jailed on $500,000 bond since his November arrest. Irondale police received a 911 call to The Village at...

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Funeral set for slain Mobile police officer

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A funeral service is set for a Mobile police officer who was slain in the line of duty. The Mobile Police Department says visitation will be held Monday evening for Officer Justin Billa, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Both events will be held at Cottage Hill Baptist...

Alabama to execute man convicted of killing federal judge
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Alabama to execute man convicted of killing federal judge

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a federal judge in a 1989 package bombing in Alabama is scheduled to be executed in April. The attorney general’s office said Friday that Walter Leroy Moody is scheduled to be executed April 19. Moody was convicted of capital murder for killing...

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Border Patrol’s checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press LAREDO, Texas (AP) — As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol’s checkpoint a half-hour drive’s north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection. It’s a situation challenged constantly by smugglers, sometimes with deadly...

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Keep the Foy Trophy, Remember the Foy Legacy

By John Carvalho The careless debacle that was Wednesday night’s Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy presentation was sad on so many levels. What’s saddest is that the actions by the participants reinforced a lack of awareness of who Dean Jim Foy was and what he represented — a memory the trophy is supposed to preserve. First, let’s...

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Daily News Digest – February 23, 2018

Good morning and Happy Friday! Y’all said more West Wing gifs so that’s what you get, even if they are non sequitur. Here is your Daily News. 1. It doesn’t feel like winter  Today Republicans from all around the state will begin to gather in Montgomery for the ALGOP Winter Dinner/Meeting. The dinner is always fun, but this year the meeting promises to be...

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Supreme Court won’t stop Alabama execution

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prepared to execute an inmate Thursday evening for the 1987 killing of a motel clerk after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last-minute bid to halt the execution because of his health problems. Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, was to be executed by lethal injection at a...

Lawmaker proposes to raise age for assault rifle purchase
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Lawmaker proposes to raise age for assault rifle purchase

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the wake of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, an Alabama lawmaker on Thursday proposed to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 or similar weapon from 18 to 21. Rep. Juandalynn Givan, a Democrat from Birmingham, said teenagers should not be able to purchase such deadly...

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Alabama Senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has moved closer to approving the use of nitrogen gas in executions – a method so far untested in the United States. The Alabama Senate approved a bill Thursday that permits execution by nitrogen hypoxia if lethal injection drugs are unavailable or are ruled unconstitutional. State Sen. Trip Pittman said...

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Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for ‘botched’ execution

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama stood ready Thursday to execute an inmate who argued that there is an increased risk of a botched execution because of damage to his veins from lymphoma and other illnesses. Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at a...

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Marsh introduces AG’s ethics overhaul

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A long-anticipated proposed update of the state’s ethics code from Attorney General Steve Marshall has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature. Senate President Del Marsh today filed SB383, sweeping legislation drafted by the Attorney General’s office and intended to clear up confusion and close potential loopholes in...

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Husband of slain online exhibitionist charged with murder

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press CALERA, Ala. (AP) — The husband of an online exhibitionist whose partially nude body was found outside her suburban home was arrested Thursday in her killing, an Alabama police chief said. William Jeffrey West, 44, is being charged with murder in the death of his 42-year-old wife, Kathleen Dawn West, Calera...

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Daily News Digest – February 22, 2018

Good morning! This from Max Lucado was the best thing I read yesterday on the life and legacy of the great Billy Graham. Here is your Daily News Digest for Thursday, February 22.  1. Bright ballot challenge brings intrigue Erstwhile and hope-to-be-once-again Congressman Bobby Brightconfirmed to WSFA that the ALGOP State Executive Committee will have a hearing Saturday afternoon on the challenge...

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Alabama teacher accused of sex acts with girl in classroom

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (AP) — A teacher has been accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a student in Alabama. News outlets report 51-year-old John Daniel Hamilton was arrested by Robertsdale police Tuesday morning after a two-week investigation. Investigators say Hamilton and the girl engaged in sex acts inside Hamilton’s history classroom during school hours. The...