Politics & Government
5:15 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Merrill Wins GOP Runoff for Secretary of State

Rep. John Merrill (R-Tuscaloosa)
Credit legislature.state.al.us

State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa has won the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

With 92 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Merrill had 53 percent to 47 percent for former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney.

Merrill also led in the primary June 3.

Merrill advances to the general election Nov. 4 against Mobile retiree Lula Albert-Kaigler.

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Politics & Government
5:08 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gary Palmer Wins in 6th Congressional District

Gary Palmer talks to supporters at a hotel on Tuesday in Birmingham. Palmer came from far behind to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
Credit Associated Press

Conservative policy analyst Gary Palmer came from far behind Tuesday to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th congressional district.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in unofficial returns, Palmer had 47,491 votes or 64 percent to DeMarco’s 27,295 votes or 36 percent. Palmer was comfortably ahead in all six counties in the central Alabama district, which includes Bibb, Shelby, Chilton and Coosa counties as well as portions of Blount and Jefferson counties.

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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Beeker Upsets Incumbent Dunn for Alabama PSC

Chip Beeker
chipbeeker.com

Challenger Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr. has upset incumbent Terry Dunn for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

With 86 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Beeker has 59 percent to Dunn's 41 percent.

The winner has no Democratic opposition in the general election Nov. 4.

Beeker was making his second run for the state's utility regulatory board. He drew support from some business and coal groups who were upset with Dunn calling for formal rate hearings for Alabama Power.

Politics & Government
4:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama Voters Approve Cotton Research Amendment

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow cotton farmers to vote to make a fee mandatory that they have been paying voluntarily on each bale of cotton.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, the constitutional amendment was passing with 67 percent voting yes and 33 percent voting no.

The $1 a bale fee is now paid on all cotton when it is delivered to the gin, but those who don't want to pay it can get a refund. Less than 10 percent usually request a refund. The fee is used for cotton promotion and research.

Politics & Government
4:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama County GOP Chair Resigns After Pot Arrest

State Republican Party officials say the chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.

State GOP chairman Bill Armistead tells the Gadsden Times that 52-year-old John Lloyd Ellis was arrested after police found marijuana on his property. Armistead says Ellis has resigned and the GOP has no further comment.

The newspaper reports Ellis was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Science & Health
4:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

7,850 Gallons of Sewage Overflow Into Mobile Creek

Montlimar Creek
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Mobile health officials are urging people to take precautions near a south Alabama creek after a sewage overflow.

Local health district officials said in a release Tuesday that Mobile Area Water and Sewer System responded to a spill of about 7,850 gallons of wastewater into Montlimar Creek.

Health officials say a broken sewer main led to the sewage spill. Mobile County Health District officials say utility crews have repaired the sewer line to prevent additional overflows.

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Primary Runoffs And Sarah Patterson Steps Down

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Armed Voter-Alabama
4:03 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pistol-Wearing Man Allowed To Vote In Pelham

A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry got to vote in Shelby County while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.
Credit www.abc3340.com

A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry got to vote in Shelby County while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.

Robert Kennedy showed up with his gun Tuesday at the Pelham First Baptist Church Annex. A sign on the annex said firearms were prohibited, but election officials allowed Kennedy to vote while wearing his gun. Kennedy and members of his group later stood outside the polling place until Pelham police asked them to leave at the request of a poll official.

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Huntsville Jobs
3:56 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Scientific Firm To Add 450 Jobs In Huntsville

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says that a science and engineering firm plans to add 450 jobs in Huntsville during the next five years.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says that a science and engineering firm plans to add 450 jobs in Huntsville during the next five years.

Bentley said in a Tuesday statement that the move by Columbia, Maryland-based Science and Engineering Services LLC is part of a nearly $70 million expansion of its Alabama manufacturing operations.

The company already has 750 employees in Huntsville.

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Alabama-Congress
3:42 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

DeMarco, Palmer Seek GOP Nod In Ala. 6th District

A state legislator and the founder of a conservative policy group are meeting in the runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.
Credit impowerable

A state legislator and the founder of a conservative policy group are meeting in the runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer are competing in Tuesday's runoff to replace the retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The winner faces Democrat Avery Vise in November. The central Alabama district is considered one of the nation's strongest-leaning Republican areas.

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