Alabama Church Shooting Kills Two, Wounds One; Suspect Detained
Alabama Church Shooting Kills Two, Wounds One; Suspect Detained

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a potluck dinner inside a suburban Alabama church, killing two members and wounding a third before being taken into custody Thursday, authorities said. Emergency dispatchers got a call at around... Read More

2022 Elections
Takeaways: Trump's Big Defeat; Election Denial Backfiring

Former President Donald Trump's crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries Tuesday despite rejecting Trump's entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss. It's a huge warning sign for... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia takes center stage in Tuesday's primary elections as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who is seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor... Read More

Deep South Primaries a Test of Conservative Credibility
2022-05-21 15:26:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — If any common themes are emerging from the primaries being held on Tuesday in Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas, it is that the voters in each state appear to be highly motivated and they’re looking for candidates — in... Read More

High Court's Alabama Ruling Sparks Alarm Over Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to halt efforts to create a second mostly Black congressional district in Alabama for the 2022 election sparked fresh warnings that the court is becoming too politicized, eroding the Voting Rights Act and reviving the... Read More

Supreme Court Reinstates Alabama Congressional District Map
2022-02-08 15:25:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday evening reinstated a voting map for congressional elections in Alabama that a lower court had said violated the Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 decision came on an emergency appeal from Alabama, which challenged... Read More

Federal Court Tosses Alabama Congressional Map on Grounds it Disadvantaged Blacks
2022-01-28 17:54:14
by Dan McCue

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A panel of three federal judges this week threw out Alabama’s newly redrawn congressional district map, holding that given the makeup of the state’s population, lawmakers involved in the redistricting process should have created two districts likely... Read More

Woodfin Cruises to Reelection in Birmingham Mayoral Race
2021-08-25 14:18:04
by Dan McCue

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin cruised to an easy reelection win Tuesday night by garnering 64% of the vote and leaving no doubt that a runoff election will be unnecessary this year. In declaring victory at about... Read More

Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues
2021-08-11 20:20:01
by Reece Nations

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the national vaccination program as the highly contagious delta variant fuels a surge in nationwide hospitalizations. Alabama ranks last in terms... Read More

Medical Marijuana
Alabama Latest State to Adopt Medical Marijuana Law
2021-05-19 19:33:58
by TWN Staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Normally conservative Alabama has become the latest state in the union to approve the use of medical marijuana in at least some circumstances. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation Monday, a week after the state House of... Read More

Judges Hear Arguments Over Contentious Census Privacy Tool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The fight over whether the U.S. Census Bureau can use a controversial statistical technique to keep people's information private in the numbers used for drawing political districts on Monday went before a judicial panel that must... Read More

In The States
Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles 'In its DNA,' Says Mayor
2021-03-12 21:03:14
by Daniel Mollenkamp

When Steven Reed was elected the first Black mayor of Montgomery, Ala., he came with an ambitious plan to develop the city and to move towards equity.  He viewed his election as a mandate for equity that could outline a... Read More

White House
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts
2021-03-08 14:29:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies must take steps to expand access to voter registration and give their employees time off to vote or volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers, a new executive order from the White House says. President Joe Biden signed... Read More

Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
2020-11-17 20:27:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gary Palmer has been elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for the 117th Congress. This is the Alabama Republican's second consecutive term as chairman, his having held the post in the 116th Congress. “I’m grateful to... Read More

House Watch
AL-02: Barry Moore (R)
2020-10-31 19:25:23
by TWN Staff

About Moore:  Growing up on a farm in Coffee County, Barry Moore learned early what a man’s hands say about him.   This dedicated work ethic led Moore to Auburn University, where in 1992, he earned his degree in Agricultural Science.... Read More

House Watch
AL-01: Jerry Carl (R)
2020-10-31 03:33:39
by TWN Staff

About Carl:  Born in Mobile, Ala., Jerry Carl started his first company at the age of 25 and grew that small business into numerous other companies throughout the region. In all, Carl has started over 10 different companies ranging from... Read More

State News
Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
2020-10-22 18:57:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in Alabama in November. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law... Read More

2020 Elections
Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay... Read More

Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling

WASHINGTON — Alabama officials asked the Supreme Court to step into the debate over how to conduct election laws in the midst of a national health crisis, in a legal dispute over absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s... Read More

State News
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
2020-06-18 13:46:30
by Reece Nations

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are... Read More

State News
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
2019-10-29 17:12:41
by Dan McCue

A federal judge blocked an Alabama abortion ban Tuesday that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy... Read More

Civil Rights
Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
2019-06-28 20:35:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Alabama's ban on second-trimester abortions, the justices announcing Friday they are content to have lower court orders blocking the law to remain in place. Though Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall regularly... Read More

Civil Rights
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban
2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

In The News
Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
2019-05-24 18:48:00
by Dan McCue

The remains of the schooner Clotilda, the last known vessel to carry enslaved African captives to the United States has been found near the mouth of a river that empties into Mobile Bay in Alabama. Search Inc., a Florida-based archaeology... Read More

Supreme Court
Roberts Holds Key to Whether Recent Anti-Abortion Laws Lead to Roe Review
2019-05-17 21:18:52
by Dan McCue

For several weeks, a growing number of states in the Midwest and South have passed laws sharply limiting women's access to abortions in a heavy-handed bid to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 ruling in Roe v.... Read More

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