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GOP Rejects Challenge to Bobby Bright Candidacy

Former Democratic 2nd District Congressman and Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright will be able to run as a Republican for his old seat in the June Republican Primary. Bright went before a closed door  GOP committee meeting in Montgomery this afternoon…

Alabama Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday Runs Through Sunday

The state of Alabama is observing its annual sales tax holiday on severe weather preparedness items from February 23-25. This means certain equipment, gear and supplies will be exempt from the state’s 4% sales tax. Some counties and cities are…

Authorities Need Your Help Finding Man Reported Missing

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating 28-year-old Kaleb Carter Fannin. He was last seen at his residence in Montgomery on February 18. Authorities say Fannin may be traveling to Talladega, Alabama in a 2006 white Ford Taurus…

Civil Rights Groups Appeal Alabama Voter ID Ruling

Civil rights groups are again challenging a federal judge's ruling that an Alabama law requiring government-issued photo ID for voting is not discriminatory. The Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and minority voters filed an appeal in…

Lawmaker Proposes to Raise Age for Assault Rifle Purchase

An Alabama lawmaker says the state should raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15, or similar weapon, to 21. Rep. Juandalynn Givan, a Democrat from Birmingham, introduced the bill Thursday. She said someone should not be able to purchase…

PEW: Alabama's Tax Recovery from The Recession is Slow

A report on tax collections from PEW indicates the states' combined collections show an increase of 6.3 per cent in purchasing power for every dollar they collect compared to the 2008 peak collections. But the results vary state to state.…

Update: Concordia College in Selma to Close

Update: As Alabama News Network reported more than two weeks ago, the future of Concordia College Alabama in Selma was uncertain because of major financial challenges. Interim Transition Officer Dr. James Lyons has now made it official that the college…

Day Care Regulation Bill Nears Final Hurdle

The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill aimed at getting more oversight for hundreds of faith-based day cares that go uninspected by the state. Committee members voted unanimously Wednesday for the House-passed bill described as a compromise between child…

Search Underway for Suspect in Pike County Kidnapping

Authorities continue to search for the suspect in Pike County kidnapping. Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas tells Alabama News Network Timothy Latty, 42, had been staying with Joseph Chancellor, 55, when Latty told Chancellor he needed to go to Birmingham.…

Gubernatorial Candidate Walt Maddox Unveils Lottery Plan

Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox has unveiled a plan for a statewide lottery that he says will improve education.  In a written statement, he says his proposed Alabama Education Lottery would provide $300 million in school funding without raising taxes.…

Rich Hobson Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Today, the Rich Hobson for Congress Campaign announced that he has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which confirms a candidate's commitment to vote against any and all new taxes once elected. Hobson is running for Alabama’s District 2 seat in…

17 Killed in School Shooting

The 19-year-old suspect in a deadly school shooting in Florida has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Nikolas Jacob Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail early Thursday, still wearing the hospital gown he was given after…

House Approves Teacher Pay Raise

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a 2.5 percent pay raise for teachers and education employees. House members approved the raise on a 100-0 vote Tuesday. The bill now moves to the…

Trump's $4 Trillion Budget Helps Move Deficit Sharply Higher

President Donald Trump is proposing a $4 trillion-plus budget that projects a $1 trillion or so federal deficit. Unlike the plan Trump released last year, the 2019 budget never comes close to promising a balanced federal ledger even after 10…

Sen. Hank Sanders Decides Not to Seek Re-Election

Despite having already qualified to run for re-election, Sen. Hank Sanders (D-Selma) has decided not to seek another term in the Alabama Senate. He has held the District 23 seat since 1983. In a statement emailed to Alabama News Network,…

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