Alabama

Senate Sends Prison Bill to Conference Committee

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s $800 million prison construction plan is headed to a conference committee as the clock winds down on the legislative session. State senators voted 28-5 Tuesday night to send the bill to a conference committee. Bentley is trying to win approval of the plan before the session ends Wednesday. Bentley is seeking to borrow $800 million to…

No Long Hair in Alabama Prisons

The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from Native American inmates who want to wear their hair long in Alabama prisons. The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state’s prison system could keep in place its policy requiring male inmates to cut hair short. Inmates argued that keeping their hair long is part of…

Alabama QB Coker among 16 Cardinals rookie free agents

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Alabama quarterback Jake Coker is among 16 undrafted rookie free agents to agree to terms with the Arizona Cardinals. Coker was 14-0 as a starter for the Crimson Tide team that won the College Football Playoff championship game. He threw for a career-high 335 yards and two touchdowns in the championship win over Clemson. The group…

Titans don’t pick up 5th-year option on guard Chance Warmack

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have declined to pick up the fifth-year option for guard Chance Warmack, giving the 10th overall draft pick in 2013 to convince them he should stick around after this season. The Titans announced the decision Monday. General manager Jon Robinson said in a statement this is the best move for the Titans managing…

Alabama Inmates Go on Strike

Alabama Department of Corrections officials report that some inmates at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, and the Elmore Correctional Facility are refusing to work in their assigned jobs at both facilities. Inmates at the correctional facilities failed to report to work on Sunday by refusing to help corrections staff in preparing the morning meal. On Monday, inmates continued…

Enough Signatures Gained to Begin Impeachment Efforts Against Gov. Bentley

A state lawmaker says he has enough signatures to re-ignite an impeachment effort against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Republican Rep. Ed Henry announced Thursday that he had obtained 23 signatures on impeachment articles. The announcement came after the House passed a rule change requiring 21 votes to start an impeachment investigation. That thwarted Henry’s earlier effort with 11 signatures. Henry…

Transgender Restroom Ordinance Passed in Alabama City

The city of Oxford, Alabama, has passed an ordinance making it illegal to use a public restroom different from the gender on a person’s birth certificate. Council President Steven Waits tells local news outlets the ordinance passed Tuesday came in response to Target’s new restroom and changing room policies. Target announced the policies last week, which allow transgender employees and…

Ala. ranks 7th for Confederate Monuments

SPLC surveys the states and finds a thousand + monuments and symbols.

The Confederate Monument at the Alabama Capitol Building. Governor Bentley removed Confederate Battle Flags from the monument last year. Below is the cornerstone. The Montgomery headquartered Southern Poverty Law Center has surveyed confederate monuments and symbols in public places, and ranked the states based on the number found in each. The results? Alabama is 7th, with 107. The rest of…

Food Recall in Alabama

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From the Food and Drug Administration:   “CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term…

Bill Banning Abortion in Alabama, “Essentially Dead”

An Alabama personhood bill, which would have effectively banned abortion in the state, has failed to make it to a vote in the legislature. Republican Ed Henry, the bill’s sponsor, says the bill is “essentially dead.” After House Democrats mounted a filibuster on Thursday, the House adjourned before getting to the bill. Henry’s bill was a proposed constitutional amendment to…