Alabama

State Appeals Circuit Judge’s Ruling Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Alabama’s attorney general is asking the state court of criminal appeals to vacate a judge’s ruling that declared Alabama’s death penalty sentencing system unconstitutional. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a petition filed Thursday that Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Tracie Todd doesn’t have the authority to prevent the state from seeking the death penalty against defendants who are…

AHSAA posthumously names Roderic Scott honorary Alabama All-Star

MONTGOMERY, Ala (ahsaa.com) —  Robert E. Lee High School senior guard Roderick “Rod” Scott of Montgomery has been selected as an honorary member of the 2016 AHSAA boys all-star basketball team, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association Director Alvin Briggs announced Wednesday. Scott, 17, a senior guard for the Generals, died March 4 from injuries sustained in an…

Cowboys bringing back LB Rolando McClain for 3rd season

IRVING, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back middle linebacker Rolando McClain for a third season. The agency that represents McClain, Sports Trust Advisors, said in a tweet that the 26-year-old had agreed to a contract Wednesday, the first day of free agency. The deal is for one year at $5 million, according to a person with knowledge…

Alabama Prison Construction Bill Faces First Test

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s prison construction proposal is facing its first legislative test. Bentley is asking lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue to build four new prisons and close most existing facilities. Some members of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee questioned aspects of the project during a public hearing Wednesday. Some lawmakers say they have concerns about…

No More Alcohol Free Counties in Alabama

Tuesday vote allows liquor in cities in last dry counties.

ASHLAND, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s last totally dry county is going wet. Residents in the Clay County cities of Ashland and Lineville voted Tuesday to legalize alcohol sales. Alcohol sales will still be illegal outside the cities. But the vote means alcohol can now be sold legally in at least part of each of Alabama’s 67 counties. Opponents argued against…

Alabama Men’s Basketball Holds Off Rival Auburn, 65-57

Crimson Tide keeps NCAA Tournament hopes alive with victory on Saturday over the Tigers

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team (17-11, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) picked up a crucial 65-57 win over rival Auburn (11-17, 5-11 SEC) on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd inside Coleman Coliseum. The victory avenges the 83-77 loss the Crimson Tide suffered at Auburn earlier this season while also keeping Alabama in the NCAA Tournament discussion….

Aston Martin: Not building in Alabama

New plant will go to South Wales instead.

  The car-builder announced the decision overnight, saying the quality of the workforce in South Wales was one factor that convinced them to build there. About 750 high-salary jobs go with the plant. Construction will begin in 2017, and car production is expected to begin in 2020. Alabama was the only American site on the list of 20 finalists that…

O.J. Howard Assists Local Girls with Lemonade Stand

Prattville, AL—2016 Offensive National Championship MVP O.J Howard returned to Prattville today to help two local girls, Maggie and Mylee Kervin, run a lemonade stand. All the proceeds from the stand went towards Operation Backpack, a program that provides nutritious and easy to prepare food to hungry children. “I came out today to help with the backpack for kids that they…

Luverne Man Charged in North Carolina Rape Case

A Luverne man is facing charges in a 2008 North Carolina sexual assault case. Joshua Wade Watson, 30, is charged with First Degree Rape, First Degree Sex Offense, and First Degree Kidnapping. Police say the rape occurred in the a parking lot in the Fayetteville, North Carolina. According to the Fayetteville Police Department the case went cold after investigators were…

SPLC Notes Uptick in Hate, Extremist Groups in 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Leaders of a civil rights advocacy group say the number of hate groups and anti-government militias increased in 2015 – and they say the rise coincides with the increasing presence of fear and hate speech in mainstream politics. Southern Poverty Law Center released its Year In Hate and Extremism report Wednesday. The report says the number…