Attorney General Luther Strange

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.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will run for a second term next year.

Strange defeated incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary in 2010 and then went on to win the general election.

Strange said Monday in Hoover that he's had a busy term, but there is more he wants to do in a second term. He recently underwent knee surgery. He said he's traveling around the state again and looking forward to running for re-election.

So far, he has no announced opposition.

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Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.

Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.

Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. 5.

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Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.

The $15.4 million that Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has paid to outside lawyers accounts for about two-thirds of his total spending.

Alabama's liquor control agency has moved up a hearing to determine if the newly reopened VictoryLand casino in Shorter will get a license to serve liquor.

A spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Hal Taylor, said the hearing was moved from Jan. 23 to Jan. 10 because VictoryLand requested an earlier date.

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A judge has ruled that the state attorney general's office can destroy the gambling machines seized in Alabama's first casino raid in 2009.

Circuit Judge Bob Vance ruled Monday after American Gaming Systems, Eclipse Gaming, Bally Gaming and Nova Gaming said they no longer wanted the machines because they are outdated. Former Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force seized about 100 machines from White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County on March 19, 2009.

The attorney general's office and state troopers have raided an electronic bingo casino in Lowndes County and seized more than 350 machines.

Attorney General Luther Strange said a search warrant was served Friday at Southern Star Entertainment Center in White Hall after an investigation of several months.

The casino opened in March with what it described as legal bingo machines, but Strange said they were illegal. He said cash was seized along with the machines.

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A new law has taken effect that's aimed at making it tougher for people to get a key ingredient needed to produce the illegal drug methamphetamine. At the same time, the new law insures that allergy sufferers will still have access to the same substance, pseudoephedrine, which can mean the difference between clogged sinuses and being able to breathe. The new law stops a process called "smurfing" where manufacturers of meth ask various people to buy pseudoephedrine in small amounts from different locations.

Top state and federal criminal justice officials are urging Alabama residents to participate in a program that will allow people to turn in prescription drugs with no questions asked. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Attorney George Beck and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris on Thursday announced there would be 60 sites around the state Saturday that would accept prescription drugs being turned in by the public. Alabama officials said they have expanded the state's participation in what has been a national program.

State Attorney General Luther Strange says claims forms are being mailed to more than 29,000 Alabama borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2011 and may be eligible for payments. The payments are from a $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Borrowers eligible for the settlement had mortgages serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. Strange said the national settlement administrator mailed postcards to eligible borrowers nationwide last week. The Alabama packets are being mailed between Monday and Oct. 12.

Alabama AG Warns Of Danger Of Fraud After Isaac

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As Tropical Storm Isaac neared the coast of Alabama and nearby states, Attorney General Luther Strange warned his office would be on the lookout for those who might exploit the situation by committing fraud. When Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Sunday he triggered the state's laws cracking down on price gouging and looting. The anti-looting law was adopted after last spring's devastating April tornadoes. It makes looting a crime and provides stiff penalties for those who exploit a tragedy like a hurricane or tornado.

Alabama, Georgia AGs Applaud Air Pollution Ruling

Aug 21, 2012

Attorneys generals from Georgia and Alabama have applauded a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.

Alabama and Georgia joined with 13 other states in challenging the rule.

The EPA had adopted the rule in an attempt to cut down on downwind air pollution from power plants.

Judge Refuses To Block New Ala. Bail Bond Fees

Aug 15, 2012

A Montgomery County judge has declined to temporarily block a new state law that adds fees to bail bonds. Several individuals and bail bond companies filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the law, which added a $35 fee to every bail bond. Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey denied a preliminary injunction, but still must rule on other issues in the suit. The Legislature passed the law to provide money for Alabama's court system. The plaintiffs say it infringes on the constitutional right to bail.

AG Seized $283,000 In Cash From Alabama Casino

Jul 27, 2012
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Alabama's attorney general seized more than $283,000 in cash during a raid on the Center Stage casino near Dothan.

Attorney General Luther Strange has asked a Houston County judge to let him turn over the money to the state treasury and allow him to destroy 691 computer terminals, servers and other pieces of equipment seized in the raid Wednesday. Strange says the equipment and money were part of an illegal gambling operation.

Circuit Judge Larry Anderson is considering the case.

Atty. General Raids Dothan's Center Stage Casino

Jul 25, 2012

State and local law enforcement have raided Center Stage casino near Dothan and seized several hundred machines.

State Attorney General Luther Strange announced that his office worked with the Houston County sheriff and district attorney to serve a search warrant Wednesday morning that resulted from an ongoing investigation of illegal gambling.