Some Alabama counties have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
A supervisor in Mobile County's probate court, Russ Davidson, said the court issued its first same-sex marriage license to two women Friday after months of refusing to sell marriage licenses to anyone.
The issuance came within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal across the United States.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange released a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize Gay Marriage across the country, including Alabama.
“Today the United States Supreme Court overturned centuries of tradition and the will of the citizens of a majority of the States in declaring that Alabama and the rest of the nation must legally recognize same-sex marriage ,” said Attorney General Strange.
Time is running out for the Alabama Legislature to work out a general fund budget.
State agency heads told members of the Senate budget committee yesterday that proposed cuts will close circuit clerk offices, slash Medicaid services and send state prisons into a danger zone of crowding and violence.
Chairman Arthur Orr says there are close to $150 million in revenue generating bills under discussion that could reduce the cuts if they win legislative approval.
The Alabama House is expected to delay votes on a series of tax bills aimed at solving the state's general fund shortfall.
The House rules committee today proposed a new agenda instead of a number of GOP-backed bills that had divided some members of the party.
The package would raise less than a third of the $541 million requested by Gov. Robert Bentley in a separate tax package. The largest plank of the revenue plan is a 25-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.
Charter fishermen in Alabama are gearing up for a longer than usual red snapper season.
Thanks to a recent decision from NOAA’s Fisheries Division, recreational fishermen and commercial charter fishermen have separate seasons this year. Private anglers will only be allowed to fish in federal waters for ten days starting June 1. Charter captains' season will run 44 days, from June 1 to mid-July. Last year, both groups were lumped together for a nine day season.
Authorities say 17 suspects are facing a total of 26 charges following a drug bust in Athens.
The Athens News Courier reports the arrests were made Friday as part of the Athens Police Department's "Spring Fling 2015" operation.
Athens police Chief Floyd Johnson said the operation was carried out with investigators from the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. They say officers worked in two different waves to conduct the operation, which netted marijuana, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $2,000 in cash.
CULLMAN—Governor Robert Bentley on Monday met with members of the Cullman County Chamber of Commerce to discuss the current budget crisis in the General Fund and the impact to Cullman County if the Legislature’s severe cuts are enacted.
The State of Alabama is remembering the Tornado outbreak that happened on this day four years ago. APR’s MacKenzie Bates sat down with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox who describes the experience in just two words…
The University of Alabama’s new basketball coach is into his first full week on the job. UA Athletics Director Bill Battle named Avery Johnson their new head coach last Wednesday at the Mal Moore Athletic Facility. He replaces Anthony Grant, who was fired after six seasons on the job. Johnson was the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year with the Dallas Mavericks and also coached the Brooklyn Nets. Johnson's biggest challenge is working at a school where football is king.
While the University of Alabama Athletic programs are known for championships.