The new Alabama Senate elected in November will get to serve in a redesigned Senate chamber in Montgomery.
Senate Secretary Pat Harris says his staff is gutting the Senate chamber, including the removal of gray laminate desks and podiums that have been there since 1985. He's asked the state's two-year college system to build hickory desks and podiums that will be stained dark. The walls are also being redone and the audio system reconfigured to provide more evenly distributed sound.
Harris says the project should be finished by Nov. 15 and cost less than $200,000.
About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in the runoff election.
Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says the turnout Tuesday was slightly higher than the 5 percent he had predicted. He says it was helped by higher turnouts for the 6th Congressional District race in the Birmingham area and by the state Senate District 30 race in the Prattville area
Bennett says there were no issues reported with voters having to show photo IDs at the polls. This was the second Alabama election where the photo ID law was used.
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.
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.
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.
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.