Alabama News

House Committee to Consider Revamped Lottery Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A legislative committee is considering reworked lottery legislation as supporters anticipate a tight vote in the House of Representatives. The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee on Thursday heard details of a substitute plan by Rep. Steve Clouse. Committee members will vote next week. The bill, like the Senate-passed plan, authorizes a lottery with paper tickets….

Alabama’s Proposed Abortion Ban Approved by Committee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama legislative committee has advanced a near total ban on abortion, but added an exception for rape and incest. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday for the bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion. The bill could be before the full Senate Thursday. The legislation comes after four states approved…

State Auditor Requests Public Hangings for Cop Killers

State Auditor Jim Zeigler wants to bring back public hangings for anyone convicted of murdering a law enforcement officer.  He’s laid out a plan to crack down on cop killers and sent it to President Donald Trump. Zeigler says ten law enforcement officers across the country have been killed already this year, two recently in Birmingham and Mobile.   In a…

Sunflower Field Brings Visitors to Autaugaville

The Sunflower Field in Autaugaville is officially in bloom and people from across the state are making the drive to check it out. The Sunflower Field is located at the intersection of Highway 14 and County Road 33 in Autauga County. This is the third year the Sheridan Family opened their sunflower field to the public.  Visiting the field is…

Body of Rantavious Love Recovered from Coosa River

Elmore County officials have recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy who went missing earlier this week. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis confirms the body of Rantavious Love was recovered at 6:45 this morning near Gold Star Park. Love was swept away in the Coosa River while swimming with friends Wednesday afternoon. Crews had searched for him over the past days….

AG Marshall Talks to Hospital Staff About Opioid Crisis

The ongoing fight against the opioid crisis in Alabama continues tonight.  Now, Attorney General Steve Marshall is taking the fight to the front lines to see the problem first hand. The opioid crisis is often described through statistics and studies and few people see it firsthand like nurses and doctors.   Amanda Hannon with the Elmore Community Hospital says it’s…

Deadline for Candidate Qualifying this Week

The deadline to qualify for state elections is closing in.  The deadline is this Friday at 5 p.m. Here’s breakdown of some of the candidates who have qualified so far: Republican candidates for Governor: Kay Ivey, Tommy Battle Scott Dawson, Bill Hightower and Michael McAllister Democratic candidates for Governor: Sue Bell Cobb, Walt Maddox, James Fields and Anthony White Republican…

School System Criticized for Prayer at Graduation, Baccalaureate Program on Campus

A baccalaureate program and commencement ceremony in Opp are being brought into question.  The Freedom from Religion Foundation says the recent baccalaureate ceremony at Opp High School is illegal and that there should not have been a prayer at the school’s graduation. The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the school telling them to change their polices, while…

Moral Movement Alabama Rallies at State House

As lawmakers returned to the State House Tuesday, Moral Movement Alabama rallied for their attention outside.  Members of the organization say their legislators aren’t responding to their concerns. The group sent House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh a letter requesting a meeting in February.  As of Tuesday, they still have not heard back. “Our legislators are…

ALEA Prepares for Lake Season

  Lake season is right around the corner and ALEA Marine Patrol troopers want to make sure you stay safe. They are already seeing more people on the water as the temperatures continue to rise, but their staffing is at an all-time low. “We’re spread very very thin and we’re in desperate need of more personnel,” explained Captain Jonathan Archer….