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Prosecutor: Officer who shot man was a ‘bully with a badge’

Nov. 19, 2019 2:21 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers have given opening statements in the murder trial of an Alabama police officer charged with killing an unarmed man. Montgomery Officer Aaron Cody Smith is charged in the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn. The Montgomery Advertiser reports prosecutor Ben McGough on...

Trial begins in 2016 fatal Alabama police shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A majority-white jury was seated Monday to hear the murder trial of an Alabama police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man. News outlets report the panel of 14 jurors, including two alternates, is mostly white, but the exact breakdown is unclear. WSFA-TV reported that nine...

Judge won’t recuse in Alabama Democratic Party dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 5:43 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An judge on Thursday refused to step aside in a lawsuit over who is in control of the Alabama Democratic Party as one side of the dispute pushed for the case to be dismissed. Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin said he won’t recuse in the lawsuit brought by longtime chair...

Hyundai to build Santa Cruz SUV at Alabama plant

Nov. 13, 2019 5:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hyundai will build a pickup-style sport-utility vehicle at its plant in Alabama, which the company said Wednesday is being enlarged in a $410 million expansion project. A statement from the Korean automaker said production of the Santa Cruz compact SUV will begin in 2021 at its...

Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...

The Latest: Mother of missing girl charged with neglect

Nov. 12, 2019 7:02 PM EST

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a missing Florida girl (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities say they've charged the mother of a missing 5-year-old Florida girl with child neglect and giving false information to investigators. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams announced the charges against Brianna...

Search for missing Florida girl expands to Alabama

Nov. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they're expanding the search of a missing 5-year-old girl to Alabama, and the girl's mother is no longer cooperating with their investigation. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a news conference Monday that officers have been deployed to...

Suspect was on bond when UFC fighter's stepdaughter vanished

Nov. 8, 2019 2:53 PM EST

When UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter vanished last month, the man later charged in her disappearance was free on bond in an earlier kidnapping case where Alabama prosecutors say he nearly beat a man to death. A police chief is questioning why he was free in the first place. Ibraheem Yazeed was booked into...

Police ID suspect in UFC fighter's missing stepdaughter case

Nov. 7, 2019 7:17 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Alabama man who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris's stepdaughter. News outlets report a warrant for first-degree kidnapping was issued Thursday for 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed in the disappearance of...

People of color make gains in mayoral races across the US

Nov. 7, 2019 1:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during World War II. From Arizona to Massachusetts, the gains...