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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.
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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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Historic Sites-Sale
3:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ala. Group Works To Spare Historic Sites From Sale

Alabama Historical Commission officials say they're working to save some of the state's historic sites from being sold despite an audit outlining the possible sale of some landmarks.
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Alabama Historical Commission officials say they're working to save some of the state's historic sites from being sold despite an audit outlining the possible sale of some landmarks.

Commission Director Frank White told Al.com on Monday that a five-year plan to cut costs and boost revenue are expected to help the organization stave off sales of popular historical properties. If sales do become necessary White says Fort Morgan, Old Cahawba and the state Capitol building won't be among the sites being considered.

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Alabama Legislator-Arrest
3:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alabama Rep. Moore Turns To Appeals Court

Republican Rep. Barry Moore has requested that Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III stay the proceedings while Moore seeks a review of his case by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
Credit legislature.state.al.us

An Alabama legislator indicted in a government corruption investigation is asking a Lee County judge to put his case on hold while he appeals to a higher court.

Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise has requested that Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III stay the proceedings while Moore seeks a review of his case by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alabama Insurance Marketplace Options To Increase

Alabamians looking for health insurance will likely have more choices in the second year of the insurance marketplace.
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Alabamians looking for health insurance will likely have more choices in the second year of the insurance marketplace.

A spokesman for the state insurance department said Monday that United Healthcare has filed plans with state and federal regulators to offer coverage in all 67 counties during the second year of the program. United Healthcare did not offer individual plans in any county during the first year.

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Alabama Runoff-5 Things
3:36 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Things To Know About Alabama's Runoff Election

Alabama voters go to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election that has more contested races on the Republican ballot than the Democratic ballot.
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Alabama voters go to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election that has more contested races on the Republican ballot than the Democratic ballot.

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Free Lunch
4:19 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Several Alabama School Systems To Offer Free Lunch

Several Alabama school systems will be offering breakfast and lunch free to all students when classes resume in August.
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Several Alabama school systems will be offering breakfast and lunch free to all students when classes resume in August.

The state Department of Education says school systems qualifying for the free meals under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act have poverty levels that are 40 percent and higher.

Systems that have all or nearly all of their schools participating in the program are Montgomery County, Barbour County, Clarke County, Lowndes County, Wilcox County, Selma, Tarrant, Midfield, Chickasaw, Albertville, Dallas County, Macon County, Linden, Bessemer and Anniston.

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Alabama-Armed Voters
4:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

AG Says County Commissions Can't Ban Guns At Polls

Attorney General Luther Strange has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.
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Alabama's attorney general has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.

The Chambers County Commission sought the advice of Attorney General Luther Strange after some people showed up to vote in the June 3 primary election in Chambers and Shelby counties carrying guns.

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Newscast
5:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Prison Overtime And Traffic Fatalities

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Holiday Traffic Fatals
4:12 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

10 Die In Holiday Weekend Wrecks In Alabama

Alabama state troopers investigated 10 traffic fatalities during the long Fourth of July weekend.
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Alabama state troopers investigated 10 traffic fatalities during the long Fourth of July weekend.

The troopers report that three of the fatalities were in Lowndes County. There was one fatality each in St. Clair, Coffee, Mobile, Perry, Walker, Monroe and Tuscaloosa counties. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian and four people were killed on motorcycles.

The long weekend began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ended at midnight Sunday. The troopers report they investigated 237 wrecks during that period, and the wrecks involved 123 injuries.

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Bentley-Executive Order
4:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bentley Recognizes Ala. Honor Guard Team Members

Governor Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Honor Guard Ribbon Monday afternoon and presented honor guard members with the awards at the state Capitol.
Credit The Governor's Office

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has presented honors to members of the state's National Guard who perform military services during funerals for fallen veterans.

Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Honor Guard Ribbon Monday afternoon and presented honor guard members with the awards at the state Capitol.

The honor guard members are responsible for performing military ceremonies during funerals for eligible veterans. The ceremonies usually include the folding and presentation of an American flag to the veterans' next of kin, and the playing of Taps.

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Prison Overtime
4:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ala. Prisons Use $20.8 In OT To Supplement Staff

Employees of Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Jefferson County, received about $2.9 million in overtime pay.
Credit Alabama Department of Corrections

Alabama's prison system paid $20.8 million in overtime last year, with 14 percent going to one prison.

Al.com reports that employees of Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Jefferson County, received about $2.9 million in overtime pay. That averages about $8,873 per employee.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristi Gates says the prison system uses overtime to supplement chronic staffing shortages. Gates says Donaldson prison has 8.4 inmates for every one officer. The overtime pay reduces the ratio to 6.9.

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Prison Changes
4:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Prison Chief Says Changes Underway At Tutwiler

Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Friday three months of working with the Moss Group is having a positive impact on Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is working with a consulting group to make changes at Alabama's prison for women, including providing more privacy in the bathrooms.

Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Friday three months of working with the Moss Group is having a positive impact on Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka. Shower curtains, toilet partitions and privacy curtains have been installed in part of the prison and the full installation should be complete by Oct. 1.

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Medicaid Enrollment
3:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

State Says Alabama Medicaid Monthly Enrollment Tops 1M

State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.
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State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.

Officials said Thursday that a review of data for the first five months of the year show the milestone happened in February. Officials attribute the increase to a federally required transfer of children from the state's All Kids program and changes in how Medicaid eligibility is determined. Officials say the numbers also reflect the first enrollment of individuals who applied for coverage through the federal health exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Alabama AG-Obama
3:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.

Al.com reports that Strange made the comment in a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville. He told the group Tuesday that part of his oath of office compelled him in that pursuit. He described it as a full-time job that's the best job in Alabama politics. Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.

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Prison Changes-Ward
3:45 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Leader Of Alabama Task Force To Testify In DC

State Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster will be in Washington on July 15 to speak to a congressional subcommittee about making changes in prisons.
Credit camward.com

State Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster will be in Washington on July 15 to speak to a congressional subcommittee about making changes in prisons.

Ward is chairman of Alabama's new Prison Reform Task Force. The House Judiciary Committee's crime subcommittee invited him to speak at a hearing on prison reform, and Ward accepted.

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