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Daily News – March 20, 2018

Good morning! This is your Daily News for Tuesday, March 20.  1. Spring storm packs a punch Alabama and much of the southeast got walloped overnight by tornado-producing thunderstorms. The damage is most severe in Jacksonville and Calhoun County, where an apparent tornado destroyed homes, apartment buildings, businesses, and caused significant damage to JSU campus facilities. There is no reported...

Alabama lawmakers to debate arming teachers in school
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Alabama lawmakers to debate arming teachers in school

By MALLORY MOENCH, The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives will debate on Tuesday whether teachers can carry guns on campus. The latest push for school security proposed by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth would allow designated teachers or school administrators approved by local law enforcement to carry firearms in school. Parents...

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Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

By The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Emergency crews were converging on Jacksonville State University Tuesday in east Alabama, where storms slammed into the campus and did major damage to the coliseum. Jacksonville was among the hardest-hit communities as storms swept across the South, part of a large system that prompted tornado warnings Monday...

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Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona

By FELICIA FONSECA and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle — a crash that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology. The fatality Sunday night in Tempe was the event many in the auto and...

Talks on $1.3T catchall spending bill nearing completion
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Talks on $1.3T catchall spending bill nearing completion

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Battles over priorities in a huge government-wide spending bill are essentially settled, leaving a scaled-back plan for President Donald Trump’s border wall and a huge rail project that pits Trump against Capitol Hill’s most powerful Democrat as the top issues to be solved. An agreement could be announced...

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Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire

By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took a new, more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire. Police...

Lawmakers head into final days of legislative session
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Lawmakers head into final days of legislative session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are headed into the final days of the 2018 session with key votes looming on proposals to allow some teachers to carry guns in school, prison funding and other bills. The final meeting days are expected to bring a flurry of work as lawmakers push to get bills approved...

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Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night. Forecasters warned that the storms could threaten more than 29 million people, raising the risk of powerful tornadoes, damaging winds and hail the size of tennis balls. Cities in...

Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal
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Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill Democrats have rejected a White House bid to extend protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in funding for President Donald Trump’s long-sought border wall as Washington talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill hit a critical stage on Monday. Disputes remain...

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Bradley Byrne: Protecting our children

By BRADLEY BYRNE, Member of Congress For much of the year, the safety of our students rests in the hands of the faculty, staff, and resource officers at our schools.  Without a shadow of a doubt, the people who know best how to protect our schools are the teachers, parents, administrators, police officers, and students...

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Daily News Digest – March 19, 2018

Good morning! I don’t want to talk about last night’s game. This is your Daily News for Monday, March 19.  1. This will make you mad School officials and a deputy sheriff recommended that Parkland, Florida shooter Nickolas Cruz be involuntarily committed back in 2016, but nothing was done. Documents obtained by the Associated Press show Cruz had written the word...

Weekly Column: Major bills moving as session hits final stretch
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Weekly Column: Major bills moving as session hits final stretch

With days winding down in the Alabama Legislature’s 2018 Regular Session, major legislation is starting to move and move quickly. Here’s a quick rundown of key bills and where they stand going into the final stretch. Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh’s (R-Anniston) bill giving low-to-middle income Alabamians a tax break is now law, as Gov. Kay...

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Alabama civil asset forfeiture reform calls for transparency

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Opelika police officer Benjamin Carswell pulled over Daryl Gray for following too closely in August 2014, Carswell found $32,660 in the vehicle. Gray told Carswell he was on his way to buy a car, but the large amount triggered suspicion. The officer seized the cash and...