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Alabama's attorney general has selected a new gambling expert to replace one who died.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter. Holmes spent 20 years with the FBI, mostly working on gambling cases.

The attorney general's office had used New Jersey gambling expert Bob Sertell as an expert witness for more than a decade, but he died May 6.

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Alabama's attorney general is scheduled to testify to a Senate subcommittee in Washington in opposition to environmental regulations affecting coal-fired power plants.

A spokesman for Attorney General Luther Strange says he was invited by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to testify Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The subcommittee is focusing on climate change. Sessions is a member of the subcommittee.

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Alabama's attorney general has been selected to serve as Southeast regional chair of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Officials from state Attorney General Luther Strange's office said Wednesday that he was selected for the position at the group's summer meeting in Michigan.

Strange says he's honored that his colleagues have chosen him to represent Southeastern states and he's committed to serve the interests of the region.

Officials say Strange and other regional leaders will serve on the group's executive committee.

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A group that ran TV ads critical of the Republican legislative leadership says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because the ads were for educational purposes only.

An attorney for the Alabama Foundation for Limited Government, J. Brandon Rice, told Attorney General Luther Strange in a letter that the ads were not designed to influence Tuesday's primary election.

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State officials say more than 9,800 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs were collected during a recent take-back event.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Wednesday that he's pleased with the public's response to prescription drug take-back day, which featured more than 100 collection sites throughout the state.

Officials say Alabama's first prescription drug take-back event was held in September of 2010. Since then, more than 34,400 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs have been collected.

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The judge has delayed a trial over the state attorney general's raid of VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Attorney General Luther Strange sought the delay because the gambling expert used by the attorney general's office for at least a decade died recently. Bob Sertell died May 6 in Vineland, New Jersey, from cardiac problems.

Circuit Judge William Shashy signed an order Thursday postponing the trial from June 23 to Sept. 9 to give the attorney general time to find a new expert witness.

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The attorney general's office says a trial judge's rulings are fatal to its criminal case against former state Sen. Lowell Barron if they are not reversed.

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The Poarch Creek Band of Indians has made a major contribution to state Rep. Joe Hubbard's campaign for Alabama attorney general.

Al.com reports that the Poarch Creek Band this week gave $750,000 to Hubbard's campaign through three political action committees.

The donations give the Democratic challenger more than $1 million in cash-on-hand for his race against incumbent Attorney General Luther Strange.

Strange reported $1,449,928 in cash-on-hand in his most recent campaign finance report.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and attorneys general from 21 other states have filed a friend of the court brief in opposition to a New York law banning certain kinds of semi-automatic weapons.

Strange was the lead author of the legal papers. They were filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as part of a lawsuit filed by organizations and individual gun owners who challenged the New York ban. Strange argues the law is unconstitutional because New York failed to show that banning semi-automatic weapons would increase public safety or decrease gun violence.

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The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.

Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state which challenged the rights of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to operate three casinos in Alabama.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins ruled Friday that the state has no authority to prohibit the activity on Indian lands.

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The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.

Justices, in the opinion that was unsealed Tuesday, overturned 2011 orders from a judge that directed the state to return electronic gambling machines seized from Greene County casinos in 2011.

The attorney general's office has maintained the electronic gambling machines are not allowed by constitutional amendments allowing charities to offer bingo in some locations. Casino operators argue the games are legal bingo.

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Alabama's attorney general says law enforcement agents have seized more than 1,000 gambling machines and cash from casinos in Greene County.

Attorney General Luther Strange said in a news release that the seizures came as law enforcement agents served search warrants at four casinos. He said the action came in response to allegations of illegal gambling operations.

The search warrants were served Monday morning at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw, Ala., and at Frontier Bingo and River's Edge in Knoxville, Ala.

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The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is contributing heavily to the Democratic challenger for attorney general, who has criticized Attorney General Luther Strange's legal action against the tribe.

Montgomery Rep. Joe Hubbard filed campaign finance reports this week showing he received $250,000 from political action committees funded by the tribe.

The money represents the bulk of the $326,827 that Hubbard raised in the first month of his campaign for attorney general.

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he is concerned about what lawmakers' proposed General Fund budget will mean for his office. The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee on Wednesday approved a budget that zeroes out the office's current $7 million appropriation. The budget bill says the office should instead use $7 million from the national settlement with five big mortgage companies. Strange says it is troubling that lawmakers would not guarantee full funding for the office that prosecutes criminals and is trying the BP oil spill case. Gov.

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State Rep. Joe Hubbard is running for attorney general of Alabama.

The Montgomery Democrat is promising to address public corruption, consumer protection and crime.

Hubbard announced his campaign on Thursday. He is the only candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Luther Strange. Hubbard is accusing Strange of being an absentee attorney general.

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  A coalition of business interests called the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee has endorsed state Attorney General Luther Strange for re-election.

Committee Chairman Tom Dart said Friday the Republican attorney general has maintained the integrity of the office and has been a strong voice for fairness.

The Civil Justice Reform Committee is traditionally a major contributor to campaigns. So far, Strange has no announced opposition in his bid for a second term, but candidates can sign up until Feb. 7.

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Alabama legislators are showing their support for expanding Alabama's death penalty law to cover more crimes and to expedite executions by shortening appeals.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees voted Wednesday to approve bills being pushed by Attorney General Luther Strange and the Alabama District Attorneys Association.

One bill expands Alabama's death penalty law to cover several additional crimes, including killing someone on a school campus or in a child-care center.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is kicking off his re-election campaign.

Strange will begin his re-election bid by filing his qualifying materials Monday morning at state Republican Party headquarters in Hoover.

It's not a surprise: Strange announced a year ago that he would seek a second term in 2014.

The attorney and former lobbyist defeated incumbent Troy King in the GOP primary in 2010, and then he went on to win the general election.

Strange has no announced opposition this year among either Republicans or Democrats.

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A federal appeals court has rejected a suit challenging Alabama's property tax structure.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against black and white plaintiffs from Sumter and Lawrence counties who contended that Alabama's property tax system is rooted in racial discrimination and cripples the ability of rural, predominantly black school systems to raise revenue.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit rejected their challenges to Alabama's cap on property tax rates and the state's system of classifying property.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says one of his goals for the legislative session starting Tuesday is to shorten the appeal time in death penalty cases.

At news conferences across the state, the Republican attorney general said going through a capital murder trial and all the appeals can take nearly two decades.

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is warning about a possible scam in a case by black farmers who sued over discrimination claims.

Strange says people should be wary of anyone offering to help file claims in the farmers' lawsuit involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Strange says he's concerned about reports that black farmers are being told that for a fee someone can help them participate in the discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit resulted in more than $1 billion being offered to settle claims by black farmers that the USDA discriminated against them.

Alabama's attorney general is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.

Attorney General Luther Strange is trying to get U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of eight students in failing schools.

The suit challenges the law on equal protection grounds, saying the law's transfer provisions aren't open to the students because there aren't any non-failing public schools or private schools nearby that will accept transfers.

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has been given a temporary restraining order to stop a company accused of making unsubstantiated health claims about its products from selling them.

   Officials said Thursday that Strange charged SWATS with more than 260 counts of deceptive trade practices act violations.

   Authorities say the company claims their products can reduce cancer risks, alleviate anemia, control blood pressure, stimulate muscle growth, increase testosterone, grow new brain cells and more.

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is supporting the National Rifle Association as it opposes a federal law restricting handgun sales to people ages 18 to 20.

Strange's office has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the NRA's challenge.

The brief was joined Friday by attorneys general in 21 other states.

Strange's brief challenges a 1968 federal law that prohibits licensed firearms dealers from selling to people under 21 even though those same people aren't forbidden from possessing or using handguns.

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The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

The court ruled Friday on a request by Attorney General Luther Strange to have Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young step aside. Young has initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant for the raid in February, but did so reluctantly after being ordered by the Supreme Court.

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A special grand jury has been convened in Lee County, but prosecutors aren't saying what it is about.

Court records show Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III signed an order July 29 empaneling the grand jury at the request of the state government. Members of the grand jury were selected from potential jurors who reported for jury duty Monday, according to the records.

A spokeswoman for state Attorney General Luther Strange declined comment. Lee County District Attorney Robert Treese did the same.

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A section of the downtown Montgomery office building that houses the Alabama Attorney General's office was evacuated and the adjacent street closed after an employee opening an envelope found a suspicious white powder.

Capt. Mark Williams of the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Department said there were no injuries reported Wednesday morning. Williams said U.S. Postal Service inspectors conducted a preliminary inspection of the powder and determined it was non-toxic.

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State officials say 10 people accused of filing fraudulent BP oil spill compensation claims have been indicted.

Attorney General Luther Strange said Thursday that the defendants are accused of creating and submitting fraudulent documents claiming that they lost income because of the oil spill.

Officials say the suspects are charged with theft of property, criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property and possession of a forged instrument.

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has joined attorneys general from 22 other states in filing a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of prayer at the start of government meetings.

   The brief asks the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling from New York that said prayer at the beginning of government assembly meetings violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

   The brief from the attorneys general asks the justices to reaffirm a Supreme Court ruling 30 years ago that upheld prayer at the start of legislative sessions.

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