Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she plans to resign Aug. 1 and enter private business with 17 months left in her term.
Chapman tells The Associated Press she has an offer in government and public relations consulting that she can't pass up, and she will end her decade in public office to take the position. She has not released details of the new job, but she said it doesn't involve lobbying.
Attorneys for Jefferson County have filed a 101-page plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
The plan calls for cutting the county's $4.2 billion debt by more than $1.2 billion and raising sewer rates annually by 7.41 percent for four years. Rates would rise by 3.49 percent annually for an undetermined amount of years after that.
The plan must be approved by Thomas Bennett, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
Alabama has several new laws taking effect Monday, including one allowing the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.
The founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, Sheila Washington, says paperwork will be filed soon asking the board to issue pardons removing rape convictions that occurred more than 80 years ago. She says pardons would mean shame is gone from the names of the Scottsboro Boys.
It's difficult enough for actors to perform a play in two languages and make sure the audience understands. An Alabama-based partnership of Cubans and Americans is tackling that and more with an unusual engagement in New York.
The cast and crew of "Alcestis Ascending" are preparing for one of just a handful of joint Cuban-American plays to hit the Big Apple since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.
They'll perform in Tuscaloosa starting Monday, then move the show to New York on July 9. Finally, the production will head to Havana.
A minor league baseball team in Alabama is holding a gun giveaway at a game and offering free admission to members of the National Rifle Association.
The Huntsville Stars are planning a promotion called "Second Amendment Night" on July 3.
A Huntsville-area gun shop is sponsoring the promotion for the Stars, a Class-AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. NRA members will get into the game for free with their membership card, and the team will hold a drawing for two free rifles and a handgun during the game.
A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect. The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification.
She said voters will be able to get the identification even if they can't afford to pay. Chapman said voters can fill out a form to receive a free photo ID. She said her office wants to develop a system where voters can receive the photo identification at the county courthouse.
State officials say an intervention in the Birmingham school district could extend into September 2014.
Former State Superintendent Ed Richardson, who leads the intervention team, said the state board of education should not end the intervention prematurely. Al.com (http://bit.ly/14ec8z3 ) reports the effort marks the state's fourth intervention in the local school system in 12 years.
Alabama civil rights leaders say they'll be creative as they plan ways to protest the Supreme Court decision to throw out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.
Speaking at a news conference on the Capitol steps in Montgomery on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma urged Alabama residents to participate in an Aug. 24 recreation of the March on Washington.
He also encouraged local protests of the ruling, which black leaders say pushes back gains made since the 1960s.
A federal judge says he will decide Friday whether to temporarily block a new Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson heard arguments from attorneys on both sides Thursday. He said he will decide Friday whether to issue a temporary restraining order because the law is supposed to go into effect Monday.
Prattville police will sell confiscated guns to raise money so they can buy uniforms and equipment.
Police Capt. Diane Hamm said the weapons will be sold to a law enforcement supply company in Montgomery. The weapons have been turned in or seized by police since 1994.
Hamm told The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/1aQ1eDw ) that the cheaper guns will be cut up and sold for scrap metal. The remaining weapons are worth about $25,000. They include a World War I-era British rifle, a World War II-era German pistol and modern handguns.