Birmingham's FBI office and the Civil Rights Institute will examine violations of the nation's civil rights laws at its annual public conference on civil rights and law enforcement.
"Fifty Years Forward-Toward Progress and Partnership" will be held at the 16th Street Baptist Church May 19 and 20. The church was bombed 50 years ago. Rev. Carolyn McKinstry and FBI agents will share perspectives on the 1963 church bombing and its aftermath.
An Alabama tea party group says it gave up its bid for tax-exempt status amid what seemed like delays and unusual scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service.
Now, the head of the group says it appears the organization was caught up in the IRS's admitted practice of targeting conservative groups.
Pete Riehm is chief executive of the Mobile-based Common Sense Campaign. He says the IRS asked for the names of donors and their employers while considering whether the organization should be exempt from paying taxes.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced plans for bridge and road improvement projects across the state.
Bentley announced the improvement plans Monday and the governor's staff members say bridge safety is a top priority. Many of the 22 counties receiving money for improvement projects through the Rural Assistance Match Program have deteriorated bridges that must be replaced or rehabbed.
ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - An automotive supplier is breaking ground on a new plant in southeast Alabama. HS Automotive Alabama Inc. is holding a ceremony Monday morning to mark the start of work on a new, 65,000-square-foot factory in Enterprise. The project is the company's second expansion in Enterprise. The $12 million investment will lead to about 100 new jobs. HS Automotive Alabama makes weather stripping, tubing and hoses for Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia. Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and others will attend the ground-breaking at Yancey Parker Industrial Park
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republicans are considering changes to campaign finance laws. Senate Republicans want to tinker with the overhaul the GOP pushed in 2010 and 2011. House Republicans want to go one step further to lift the existing ban on corporate contributions. But neither chamber proposes changes that would block the kind of fundraiser House Republicans held Tuesday night. State law already bars lawmakers from raising money during a legislative session. The House GOP was able to host a fundraiser, however, because the money is going to its not-for-profit foundation.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Richardson and his team have been named as finalists for the 2013 Heyman Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal. They are being honored for their role in the rescue of a 5-year-old south Alabama boy who was abducted at gunpoint earlier this year. The boy, who was held in an underground bunker for six days, was rescued safely. His captor, Jimmy Lee Dykes, was killed. Richardson oversaw a FBI team that included crisis negotiators, tactical units, bomb experts, behavioral scientists and surveillance units.
Alabama's governor has signed legislation making home brewing legal.
Alabama had been the only state banning the home brewing of beer and wine, but the Legislature passed a bill Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he signed the bill Thursday. The new law takes effect immediately.
The American Homebrewers Association estimates there are 5,000 home brewers in Alabama, even though the practice has been illegal.
The new law allows them to make 15 gallons of beer or wine every three months. It cannot be sold.