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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,…

One Dead, One Charged with Murder in St. Clair Prison Stabbing

The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the fatal stabbing of an inmate at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville. The stabbing happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday when correctional officers responding to an inmate assault found Travis Lamar Wilson Jr., 25,…

Alabama Primary Qualification Deadline Approaching

Joseph Siegelman, son of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman, has qualified to run for Attorney General in the June Democratic Primary.   That would position him---if he wins the primary--- to run as a Democrat against the former Federal Prosecutor…

UPDATE: Wetumpka Teen Reported Missing Found Safe

According to CrimeStoppers, Hannah Marie Knighten, 16, was found safe Friday and is back with her family. The Wetumpka Police Department did not release any other details. The Wetumpka High School student was reported missing earlier this week after her…

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