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Senate Approves Bentley Lottery Bill

The Alabama Senate has approved Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposal to start a state lottery. Senators on Friday voted 21-12 for the bill, hitting the required number of votes needed for approval. The legislative victory for the governor keeps the bill alive in the special session on Medicaid funding. It now goes to the House of Representatives. Bentley is seeking to…

Democrats End 25-hour Protest to Demand House Gun Votes

House Democrats have ended their 25½-hour sit-in on the chamber’s floor that they’ve been staging to demand votes on gun control. With just a few interruptions, Democrats commanded the House floor since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The protest was broadcast live to the world over social media. There are no indications that Republicans – who control the House – have met…

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…

Vehicle Crashes into House Causing Gas Leak

At approximately 3:49 PM on Monday, April 11, Opp Police Department officers and Opp Fire Department fire units responded to the 400 block of Forth Street to the report of a traffic crash. Upon arrival, officers found a Ford Explorer had departed the roadway and crashed into a private residence. The operator and only occupant of the Ford Explorer sustained…