Shelby County

Gulf Coast officials are worried that their communities won't get their fair share of Alabama's $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft says members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have some unanswered questions about the settlement.

The plan would give the council control over $599 million, but about half of that spending would still require federal approval.

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A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.

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Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded the Shelby County Commission nearly $140,000 to fight drug trafficking.

The  money will be given to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The task force performs undercover operations to bust meth labs, and helps investigate violent crimes.

The unit includes authorities from four law enforcement agencies and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Officials are particularly concerned about heroin trafficking in the county.

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The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.

Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.